{Mirror, Mirror} Sick & Stressed But There’s Still Lots of Books

Posted July 30, 2016 by Rachel Lightwood in Memes & Features / 4 Comments

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is our feature that replaces the old Stacking The Shelves/Weekly Recap posts. Bieke decided to make her own original feature because it was more than just a STS or recap post.

In My Life:

  • Okay, so school started back on Monday. I’d cheer, but yeah, I cannot say that without being sarcastic… It’s my last full term of school ever, though. I’m so keen for it to be over! I know that I should be more grateful that I have the chance to get an education and all of that – and I am, truly – but sometimes it’s really hard to remember why…
  • On top of that, I’m pretty sick ATM. Ugh. I have had the last two days off school this week and I hate having to miss lessons. I know I’ll have fallen behind on my workload and that just makes me feel stressed and sicker… but hopefully, I’ll be fine after a weekend of rest.
  • Shivaun Plozza is coming to our book club next month! I’m eager. I have heard so many good things about her book, and about her in general. She’s meant to be a real sweetie and has some fun things planned for the meet. Pumped!
  • I’ve decided to join ARC August! It’s late minute, I know. I don’t have a TBR. I don’t have a plan. I’m winging it – just gave a vague goal to get some ARCs crossed of the list. I’ll post something about it on the 1st of August to make it offical, so keep your eye out for that.

What I’ve Been Reading:

I wasn’t as wowed with Binge as I would have liked, It was hilarious in a typical Tyler Oakley fashion, but not nearly as touching as I would have hoped (apart from the last three chapters or so). The Burning Hand was brilliant, like all of the prequel novellas have been. Signs of You was touchingly written, but a little dissatisfying? Think Twice was not as good as the first book; it was way too slow and character-driven. What the Dead Want was a snoozefest that made little sense. The last 10% drove me insane with frustration! Gena/Finn did the same thing… first part was brilliant, the second part starting slipping, and the third part was a trainwreck that made me throw the book across the room with anger. Fablehaven and Burning were also fantastic!

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m rereading Dorothy Must Die in audiobook format  and it’s so much better than the print version. I’m loving the narration. It’s making all the difference! I’m also just about to start Smash & Grab.  I have no idea what it is about, but I’ve managed ot stay on top of my July ARCs pretty well so far so *fingers crossed* I’ll get this one read too.


I got too many eARCs this week. I’m overwhelmed! The authors approached me for both Untouchable and Shattered Girls – thank you so, so much – so they’re my priority. They were both highly antipciated reads too so that’s exciting. I’ve been really into YA horror this year so The Women in the Walls sounds perfect. The Edge of Everything and The Memory of Things were auto-approvals that I’m a little bit hesitant about… not sure what to do about those two. I have Lock & Mori on my kindle from ages ago so I plan on marathoning it and Mind Games next month!

What have you guys been up to this week? And if you like to keep up to date with releases, are there any July releases you’d recommend? I enjoyed Rollin’s Burning if you haven’t picked it up yet.
Rachel Lightwood


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4 responses to “{Mirror, Mirror} Sick & Stressed But There’s Still Lots of Books

  1. July has sucked for me. I went on vacation which put me behind, I came back with the flu, my computer broke when I came back and my boyfriend had to get his appendix removed. Not fun. I’m hoping things get back to normal in August.

  2. Nathan

    If you have a cold zinc tablets can help, otherwise I agree with Genesis’s advice and hope your feeling better soon. Have a good week. I do distance education, so my school year can literally go all year if I want to (I take a little time off between courses but can work any day or time of day I choose too). The traditional school model can be stressful, but it has it’s perks, so do your best, but don’t get to stressed either, because that is not healthy. Enjoy your books and get well!

  3. Oh no, Rachel! I hope you start to feel better soon! I always recommend Echinacea pills, the natural ones. I always have to drink them with juice because the taste is bad, but it helps to strengthen your immune system. Also, lots of Vitamin C or pure Orange Juice. If you have Vics, every night before going to sleep, apply some on your feet and put socks on and apply some of it on your throat and use a big tshirt to cover your throat so it works better. And a little bit on the nose. Oh and drink lots and lots and lots of water. Okay, I’m done being a mother for now haha
    I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Smash & Grab but I noticed on your Goodreads that you like it so that’s good 🙂
    Have a good weekend and week <3

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