This Week At Midnight (70)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week. I also decided that since I do a weekly recap, it really is just good sense to link up with The Sunday Post, hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewerbecause that is such a fun link up as well!

The Books 

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For Review

All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder, huge thanks to Scholastic!

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Trombly, huge thanks to Penguin!


Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk  (along with the very fun nail polish, which I cannot WAIT to use!) Thanks to author Melissa Gorzelanczyk

#OTSPSecretSister (HUGE thanks, Nicole!!)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Enchanted Forest coloring book! (Coloring is SO therapeutic, this is awesome!)


I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch 

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel  

Weekly Shenanigans

Yeah, only two books. BUT… two epic books.


I was a little wary of The Raven Boys, since as you may recall, I thought it was about some kind of avian-human hybrids. But after a bit of a slow start, I got really into it! Now, I will be needing The Dream Thieves, please and thank you.

As for The Heart of Betrayal… dying. How can I wait a full year for the next (and sadly, last) book? By the by, just found out on Twitter about two minutes ago that it is called… wait for it… The Beauty of Darkness. Can I just pre order it now? Seriously, I tried, but no, I cannot.

On the Blog:


Fun in the Blogosphere:

ARC August: My ridiculous list of books


This is hosted by the lovely Octavia & Shelley at Read.Sleep.Repeat, and it is a chance for bloggers to get their derrières in gear and read some of the ARCs that basically need to be read!

August is basically going to have to be ARC-central around here. No purchased books, no won books, all ARCs, all the time. Because September… September is dicey. Remember that time in April that I had about 12 ARCs to get to? I have twenty. 20. And that doesn’t include BEA books. AND, more than half of those twenty come out on the same day. (September 1 is apparently “publish all the books” day.)

Assuming I can read 3-4 books a week (in a good week, anyway), I am going to aim for 15. Yes, this is lofty, BUT it has to be done. My reward? Queen of Shadows, of course! 

I will update this graphic every week by (hopefully!) crossing out the ones I’ve read! Wish me luck, and let’s hope Nori doesn’t see this debacle 😉 ARC August

So, that’s all I’ve got this week! Will you be participating in ARC August? Do you feel like all the books are coming out in September? Which of these ARCs do I have to get to first?

Posted July 18, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 71 Comments

71 responses to “This Week At Midnight (70)

  1. Yesss I am so glad that you really got into The Raven Boys! It was a slow start, but how awesome was the story? I’m reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me at the moment and I’m really enjoying it. Good on you for reading ARCs only during August…I have so many I have to read too. Good luck with it all! I’m going to join ARC August!

    • I did! The story was really quite unique, and I did NOT see the twist coming at all! Adam I could do without though 😉 I am glad you’re enjoying Because You’ll Never Meet Me- I have heard mostly good things. And thanks- I need all the luck I can get ;D Good luck to you too!

    • I also just finished reading The Raven Boys. I found it difficult to get into at first, but then I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read the second book. Hopefully we’ll find out answers to some of the lose ends.

  2. Omg, yes, there always seems to be a rush of books at the end of the year right? A rush of THE EXCELLENT AND GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. *hyperventilates just thinking of them all* I won’t need to do any challenges though, because I’m just quietly longing after them and don’t actually have any. xD HAHA.
    ahhh!! PRETTY BOOKS. And I’m seriously considering getting the Enchanted Forest colouring book. I just have to convince myself it truly is for adults and I can do it. *channels inner Peter Pan*

    • Coloring is fun, so you should do it! Who even cares if it is for adults? I promise I won’t judge if you have a Barbie coloring book in your nightstand that is yours, and not a small human’s. (This is me confessing that I do, in fact have such a beast.)

      I did like The Raven Boys! I am looking forward to getting the next one you know, after these 200 ARCs 😉 Which I am SO excited about but also a little worried by!

  3. Kim

    Wow, those are a lot of new books! Personally, I didn’t enjoy Because You’ll Never Meet Me, but I hope that you find it otherwise. I just finished Your Voice is All I Hear a few hours ago and I just loved it! Happy reading! 🙂

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG
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  4. Awesome haul! I really need to read The Stars Never Rise and Trouble is a Friend of Mine. I’m doing ARC August, too, because I’m drowning in ARCs. It does seem like September 1st is Publish All the Books Day. Good luck and enjoy your new pretties!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

  5. yayayayay so happy you like The Raven Boys so far — Dream Thieves is even more just !!!!!! And then, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is WHOA. Sorry I’m getting carried away but this series is SO incomparable. I adore it to pieces!!!!!

  6. Awesome haul! I almost bought that Enchanted Forest coloring book a couple weeks ago. Seeing it makes me want to go back and get it. Damage Done sounds totally intriguing but when I read they possibility of an unreliable narrator… nope. I’m hope. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. So glad you enjoyed The Raven Boys! I’m really odd-man-out on that one. I’m happy to hear you got into in and want to continue. So many awesome ARCs… I think I only have about 5-6 but I *really& need to get on ’em.

    • You should! It looks like it is going to be really fun 😀 You don’t do unreliable narrators? I am on the fence with them- sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them, it depends on the book for me. And yeah, I enjoyed TRB- I was soooo afraid I was going to hate it and be shunned 😉 Good luck with your ARCs, I hope you can get to them too!

      • Geez, that should have said “I’m out”… not “I’m hope.” Proofreading – I’ve heard it’s a wonderful thing. Yeah, unreliable narrators is just one of those things I can’t handle. Major pet peeve. I can do love triangles, forbidden love… any number of tropes. But not an unreliable narrator. Ugh. Mara Dyer is a prime example. I just couldn’t.

  7. Ahhh, so many books! I am always slightly bewildered when I visit your hauls – do you end up reading everything?! I get two or three every week, I read about five a week (currently sitting at 117 books read for 2015 so far), and I still always feel two steps behind! It’s a bit distressing 😀 But then, I love the challenge. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week, Shannon 🙂

    Check out my STS post!



    And you have Trouble Is A Friend of Mine, I want to know how that is.

    Coloring is SUPER therapeutic, I need to buy a coloring book. And crayons…

    The cover of Heart of Betrayal gets me overtime, it’s so gorgeous.

    I am so excited for your event! I bet it’s going to go great.

    🙁 I always forget about your discussion challenge, gosh…

    PLEASE READ HAS TO BE LOVE AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT IS ASAP BECAUSE I HAVE TO KNOW, THAT COVER IS ADORABLE. You’re just a bit amazing for making your goal 15 books. 🙁 I say this as a person who’s “good” month is reading eight books.

    I don’t know what I think about the Vivian title change and that cover, I liked the UK covers. I still need to read that duo. I had the books since LAST YEAR. UGH.

    I am not participating in ARC August because challenges are scary.

    I do feel like all the books are coming out in September. Except for all the ones I’m dying for that won’t come out until NEXT YEAR.

    You have to get to Has To Be Love, Everything Everything, One, Dumplin and Vivian. None of which I’ve read but I’m very curious about them…

    • I was hoping you’d pop in and see that 😀 The first thing I thought when I opened it was “Amber is going to be thrilled!” (seriously!) and then realized that I was super excited too! I am really hoping I love it too- I have heard really good things, hence why it was on my wishlist 🙂

      Has To Be Love will be read soon, promise! Because it;s a September 1 book, so it shall be!

      DUDE- I only read TWO books last week, so HOW am I going to do this!?

      As for Vivian… yeah, I like the UK title AND cover wayyyy better. The US cover (and title, I guess) for the first one wasn’t BAD, but the second one is NOT good. Why couldn’t they just leave it as it is in the UK? DOES NOT COMPUTE.

      I actually may end up reading Everything Everything this week- it may have won in my Val challenge post thingy!

  9. I’m definitely thinking about signing up for ARC August. I have a lot of ARCs that I could knock out if I dedicated a whole month to reading them. :b I hope you enjoy the Scorpio Races! I’ve had it on my shelf for the longest time so I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on it. Also, I always love how you post other people’s links for the week! I always go through and look at them. It’s just something unique about your blog that I love. 🙂 Have an awesome week!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • AWW thank you SO much!! I really appreciate that, it makes it all worthwhile 😀

      And I am excited about The Scorpio Races too, I have heard really good things! Hopefully we will both get our ARCs under control next month- good luck!!

  10. GIRL I AM WITH YA!!! We can cheerlead each othet on! i mean we can’t chat on twitter but we can just message a bit. i told my hubs be prepared for me to have my nose stuck ina book all of August. He said “Well what will be any different than usual?” LOL. We can do this since my Sept is look pretty scary as well.
    <3 Britt

    • That sounds good! Seriously, who decided that September was a good time for attempted blogger homicide by book? It is insane! The worst part? All I can think about is the books I want to request for the winter! Someone stop me!

  11. You’re going to have a busy August….

    On the ‘end of series’ issue. I do think a bad ending can taint the whole thing as it makes it seem like a huge anticlimax. I feel the same re books and TV on that front!


  12. All WE Have Is Now- love that premise. I’m looking forward to that one big time. And Heart of Bertrayal- I’m just going off the cover art of those (which nice) but they make me want to take a look. Some nice ARC there too…

  13. I haven’t read all the books you received, but some of them are on my tbr! Arrows and The Stars Never Rise sounds interesting. Glad you love The Raven Boys! I plan to read it too since everyone say it’s awesome.

    Anyway, happy reading and good luck for ARC August! 🙂

  14. I also got the Enchanted Forest colouring book this week. I enjoy it so far, although I only managed to colour one page so far. And yay for The Stars Never Rise, I read it this month and really enjoyed it. I might have to add the Raven Boys to my to-read list as well now. I have no clue where it’s about, but heard good things about, so I might have to give it a try.
    I haven’t read any of those ARCs you listed, so I don’t have an opinion which ones you should read first. Have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    • Oh YAY! I saw that on your post before I commented back- you are one page ahead of me 😉 I need to find some down time to color! I am glad you enjoyed THe Stars Never Rise. And The Raven Boys- I didn’t know what it was about either, I seriously thought some kind of avian-human hybrids. (It isn’t!)

  15. Justin

    Great haul! I really hope you enjoy all of the books you got! I still need to read Kiss of Deception, but I am looking forward to starting that series. From everything I have heard about the books, and what you say about the second book, I am hoping I will enjoy it!

    Here is my StS

    Justin @ Justin’s Book Blog

  16. It looks like you’ve been a busy girl, Shannon. Wow! Now that’s what I call a book haul! I actually stopped requesting ARCs a while back, because I could see how easy it would be to end up in your position. That would freak me out! I’ve decided to take this next week to finish the ones I have off, before I start requesting more. Plus, I already have a ton of books I’ve either bought or was given this past year that I haven’t even looked at. Like you, I made a pact I would stop buying books (with minor exception) past this month. One of those exceptions are the next books in The Raven Cycle, because I HAVE to find out what happens next.

    • Hahhahah I am most certainly a cautionary tale! My bookshelf is obscene and yet… all I can think about is the new 2016 books 😉 I am pretty sure I need a support group! And I like that you are making exceptions for books you KNOW you will read- because I think it’s unrealistic to forbid ourselves. But otherwise… I am with you- NO NEW BOOKS!

  17. The Raven Boys <3 Just wait till The Dream Thieves! I can't even with that book. And what's kind of hilarious is that I was JUST looking at that coloring book online – I really want the oceans one that she's publishing in October!

  18. Honestly, so much O_O for your ARC list for Arc august because there are some highly anticipated ones there. Like, just give me all of them please 😛

    I haven’t read The Kiss of Deception because of hype but I think I’ll try it eventually. TRB was great!

    • I agree, there are some books on there that I cannot WAIT to read- though I have even MORE of those “cannot wait” books that I got at BEA that I can’t read until I finish the ARCs I request, so it is hectic! I really loved TKOD, but I think it is one of those “love it or hate it” books 😉

  19. I haven’t heard of that Arrows book, but it looks interesting, will have to check it out. I do love the adult coloring books, although I have been trying to resist keeping them at my house and distracting myself from reading, but I may give in and buy one! Great haul this week! You can check out mine in the link below!

    • Oh yay! I hope you do participate, because September IS crazy. I haven’t counted the total. Ah, lets! 20. 20 is the total. Well, that isn’t good. BUT I am already reading one and it is only July, so maybe that’s good? 😉 Thanks! I am so excited you loved them, I am looking forward to them!

  20. Eek, The Raven Boys holds such a special place in my heart and I’m so happy you got into it. <3 Oh my goodness, 15 ARCs for August?! I don't know what it is about September 1st, but it looks like I'm going broke on that day, if all of the books in your lovely graphic are any indicator. *makes grabby hands* I NEED THEM ALLLLL.

    • Aww yay! I am glad you love it so much!! And dude- I have 20 ARCs for September, TEN of them for September 1! What is that!?!? And of course, Queen of Shadows comes out that day too, so I preordered that. I mean, what are we to do? Go bankrupt, I guess 😉

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