This Week At Midnight (76)

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 

YAY BOOKS! All the books!


Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett for review, thanks to Penguin!!

Exposed by Brighton Walsh won, thanks to Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway

Dreamland by Robert Anderson #booksfortrade

Cut Both Ways by  Carrie Mesrobian won, thanks to Lauren @ Bookmark Lit!

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (plus a crap ton of swag!) from Bookitcon, thanks to Nori for sending it along!

You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison won, thanks to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl & Author Kris Dinnison

For Review: (pictures=Goodreads)


via Edelweiss, thanks to HarperTeen & HMH Books for Young Readers

Also, these bad boys arrived today!! Woo hoo! Thanks for the pre-order offer, Bloomsbury!!


Weekly Shenanigans

Four books again? Why yes, I think I did!


I read Sweet Madness in one sitting. I haven’t done that since… I don’t even know! It clearly wins the week. Runner up? Dumplin’.

On the Blog:



Fun in the Blogosphere:

Allie @ Little Birdie Books wonders if our own company is good enough. 

Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections shares her struggle with finding time to blog.

Angelica @ The Bookish Angel tells us her six blogging regrets

Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway has a great BEA giveawayBecause Everyone’s Awesome.

Not Nick @ Nick’s Book Blog is confessing stuff, and it’s nice to know we’re not alone!

April @ Good Books and Good Wine (Guest Posting on Chasing Faerytales) talks blogger superiority, and if it’s real or imagined. 

Julia @ A Perfection Called Books understands the fear of typos and is here to help!

Aentee @ Read at Midnight wonders how much realism we should expect from fantasy books.

Cait @ Paper Fury wants to know if a book needs to be perfect to be rated 5 stars (I say no!). Also- her site is shiny, go look!

Rashika @ The Social Potato shares her top 5 diverse books of 2015 (so far!)

Ashley @ Nose Graze explains the basics of free speech- and why you may be using it incorrectly!

Random Musings:

ARC August is almost over and I OWN this bitch. Let’s check in with the graphic representation!

ARC August

And I should be finishing One tonight. So ARC August? I WIN.

Remember that time I said I was going to The Hunger Games Exhibition? I did, and it was fabulous! I also somehow talked my mom into THIS:


I promised her it’d be on the blog so that the whole world could see it. She was just glad I didn’t post it on Facebook where her friends would see it 😉

And just a few more:



Did you pre order any books (ah hem, Queen of Shadows) that are coming out in September? Do you pre-order books in general? I may or may not have a pre-ordering obsession… 

Posted August 29, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 79 Comments

79 responses to “This Week At Midnight (76)

  1. AHHH HUNGER GAMES EXHIBITION!!! THAT IS SO FABULOUS. Although you two look a little too cheerful to be victors, c’mon. 😉 BAHHA JUST KIDDING. THAT IS SO GREAT. And woohoo for doing all the August ARC challenge!! YAY FOR YOU! Dumplin is amazing, right?! So refreshing (though I thought it was a teeny tiny bit sloooow) and SO MANY PRETTY ARCS. Omg. 0_0 I hope The Assassin’s Heart is good! And the cover for The May Queen Murders is gonna give me nightmares of creepiness thanks a lot.

    • Hahah I told my mom that, and she agreed- maybe we should have fake cried or something? I mean, we WERE about to slaughter each other so.. 😉 And thanks!! I did like Dumplin’! I had SOME mixed feelings, but overall more positive than negative!

      Sorry about the creepy nightmares. But not that sorry. I hope it is extra creepy and weird, I like that sometimes for a change of pace! I am so excited about all of those books, I don’t even know where to begin!

  2. Awesome haul! So many books were available this week. I had no self control. I did notice that I forgot to add The May Queen Murdrers to my StS. Oh, well, next week. You did great with ARC August! Congrats! I have not pre-ordered anything. I have most of September’s releases already. I’m also going to a Sarah J Maas signing, so I’ll wait to get Queen of Shadows. Have a great weekend!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

    • Hahah weeeelll you did have all the books, so it’d be easy to forget one 😉 WHOA, no pre orders!? Impressive! I pre ordered… four. Well, two were giveaway wins, so that doesn’t count kind of? Right? (Go with it 😉 ) and QoS was one of course. Jealous of the Sarah J Maas signing though! That sounds amazing!

  3. Haha I love that your mother went along for the photo, that looks so good! And congrats on SMASHING ARC August, yo! My goal was to reach 75% and I did just that, so I win as well, whoohoo!

    Also, I really loved Meant to Be, I hope you do too!

  4. Oh my, you’ve smashed ARC August. Congrats! 😀 And woah, lots of giveaway wins too. It’s seems you’ve had a pretty great week. And those pictures! You and your mum are adorable. I bet the exhibit was simply fantastic!!

  5. Woah, those are a lot of ARCs to finish. Congratulations! I don’t have that many to-be-released books in August that I want to read so I’m painfully in waiting for September to come. lol! And it’s all about Dumplin’ lately. I’ve heard many positive feedbacks about this one. I can’t wait until it comes out. And, there’s a Hunger Games exhibit!? It looked like a lot of fun. I love Katniss’ wedding dress! It’s so pretty!

  6. So much awesome in one post! Woo! You killed ARC August, go you! I maybe got half my goal completed, so not great. I’m still pretty happy with that though! 🙂 I hope you enjoy all your new books. There are some amazing titles there that I can’t wait to read too. 😀

  7. This is the week of ALL THE BOOKS!! Congrats on winning so many amazing beauties!! Also the Harper mass uploads on Edelweiss are impossible to escape. Enjoy your fantastic bookishness this week and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  8. Omg your haul is AWESOME!!! I saw some of the books on Edelweiss but I really need to control myself….and I might just visit it soon and request some more. Thanks Shannon haha And ooooh! I want those pins! I pre-ordered QoS and sent the email to get them but since they don’t ship to PR, I’m just hoping they send these. Anyway, have a good week of reading!

  9. Great haul! I hope my buttons came in! I can’t wait to read Blood and Salt, Burning Glass, and The Girl from Everywhere! I hope you enjoy all your books!

  10. I WAS ROOTING FOR THREE BOOKS DAMMIT. 😀 I love the Hunger Games photos. Not long until the next movie! Ah parents and putting stuff online. My mum once took a video of my family singing on Christmas and uploaded it to Facebook because it was hilarious (we’re not generally blessed with great singing voices), pissing off my aunt in the process, but when I asked her whether it’s okay that I’ll upload a video with her in it (assuming that the answer would be yes), she wouldn’t give me blanket permission, because she wanted to see how she looks first. I told her I can’t show her everything before I upload it, so then she kept trying to piss me off by telling me that I can upload X but not Y and so on. 😀 Aaaanyways, I sometimes preorder books, but not very often, because I don’t like not knowing when I’ll have to pay what (because obviously I’ll forget about it until the money’s suddenly gone).

    • HEY NOW! You’ll probably get your wish this week, I’m struggling a bit with staying conscious AND I have a wedding that I am in so… yeah. I’ll be back to three, you win 🙁

      Bwhahah your mom sounds fun! Your aunt…. does not. Glad your mom posted it anyway! GOOD call about the pre-ordering and money thing! I *think* Book Depository takes it immediately, which is good. Amazon takes it whenever the hell they feel like it, which is not so good when you’re poor. As we all seem to be because of buying all the books 😀

  11. I don’t pre-order, but then I don’t buy either. Too bad the Hunger Games didn’t have one of those boards where you put your face through for a photo. It would be very silly and definitely worth posting to FB!
    I can’t believe how many books you took in this week, and congrats on reading 4 again. Only 1 more ARC left, WOO HOO!

    • HAHAH That would have been SO funny! They did do a video at the end where we had to act out the chariot ride, but it was just too much money to waste hahha. Wait- you don’t EVER buy books!? How?!

      And thanks so much! I actually finished that night, which is pretty amazing to me, I never thought I’d get to 15 🙂

      • Yup, the last book I bought for myself was October 2013, and it was only because I couldn’t get it at my library so I used a B & N GC to get it. It was the second book of a trilogy I really wanted to read. I use the library and since I’ve been back to blogging I’m plenty busy with ARCs on top of that. My library rocks, the only reason they didntvhavecthat book was someone lost or ruined it. They had the first and third books. And lately they have almost everything electronic also.


    What happens if they don’t even give them to me. Sad face.

    OMG HUNGER GAMES MUSEUM. Glad you had so much fun Shannon <3

  13. OOH YOU HAVE BLOOD AND SALT. And also Assassin’s Heart has too beautiful a cover. *tries to keep my hands off my screen* Congratulations on absolutely killing it in ARC August! And ooh, everything in THG exhibition looks too glorious for words.

  14. I often pre-order books (the last one was Tessa Dare’s new book) but I haven’t pre-ordered Queen of Shadows yet, though I fully intend to read it, because I want to treat myself to it once I finish writing this nasty article I’m currently working on.
    I like pre-ordering, though, I know it helps the authors because it counts like first-day sale and if I’m going to read the book anyway, I might as well order it in advance.

    • Oh that is a good idea- I love rewarding myself with books 🙂 I agree, once I found out that pre orders were good for authors, I started doing it more often. Helps them, and I have an excuse to buy books? Win-win! Hope you finish your article soon, and enjoy QoS!!

  15. I can’t wait to get my QoS buttons. I have been pre-ordering like crazy and slowing down on book tours. I love getting free books, but I need to be more picky. I may find myself tour-less by the end of October, and that would be fabulous.
    (p.s. I have been writing this comment for like over an hour now. can’t seem to stay focused with all the beautiful words and awesome post links on your site)

    • Oh yay, I hope they’ve arrived! And SAME- I am basically NOT doing tours, because the last two I signed up for didn’t work out so well. I am only doing tours if I know there’s a high chance I will like the book- like, almost guaranteed!

      And THANK YOU! That is so sweet of you, you made my day 🙂

  16. Whoa the Hunger Games place looks so cool!! I’d have so so much fun there too. I know you’re THG-obsessed, so I’m sure you were totally in your element 🙂 Wow you smashed ARC August challenge!! Great job. I read The Girl From Everywhere, and it was amazing. Burning Glass is great too, I’m reading it now!

    • Aww thanks! I WAS in my element- they should probably just relocate to my bedroom once they’re done in NYC 😉

      I am SO EXCITED for those books, you have no idea. Well, you probably DO, actually. But I have to get through a few more ARCs first since I am always over-requesting, oops 😀

  17. We have more books in common this time! On this occasion it is the May Queen Murders as well as Dreamland. I like everything dream based in my books, which is why that one makes the cut. The Girl From Everywhere is something I think is a retelling? If it is, then I think it is one that intrigues me, ahaha, my memory is vague!

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