This Week At Midnight (79)

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 

Good lord, the books. This book week makes me smile.

For review:

IMG_5576Thanks to Merit Press for this gorgeous book for review!

Huge thanks to Macmillan and Merit Press for these beauties! 

After the Woods by Kim Savage

I See Reality by Various Authors

The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay


Via Edelweiss, with huge thanks to Simon & Schuster and Harper Teen! 



Jackaby Beastly Bones by William Ritter Thanks to Algonquin!!

The Next Together by Lauren James Thanks to Kirsty-Marie @ Studio Reads!!

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus Thanks to Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books & Author Ann Jacobus!!

Weekly Shenanigans

I may or may not have stayed up all night last night just so I didn’t only read two books again. Spoiler: I did.


1st-placeAir Awakens. By like, so so much. Because: 1) I freaking loved Air Awakens, and 2) I felt meh about Very and ragey about Inheritance of Ashes.

I decided that I am not doing “On the Blog” anymore because you guys are smart and can look at the sidebar. 


Blogosphere Bulletin:

Random Musings:

I feel like I have been posting “too many” five star reviews lately. In fact, I have another coming up on Monday! The thing is, all the books I have been reading have not been five star books- you can see the evidence in my mini-reviews and such- but it seems the books I do full reviews of have been rated super high. There are reasons for this: One, I agreed to do tours because I loved the books. Two, the dates just kind of fell that way. I have read some um, not five star books, but the way the pub dates fell, you’ve been getting them all! Three, I really did have a streak where I was reading some phenomenal books! So when you combine those things, you get a lot of five star reviews.

Things we need to talk about this week:

    • HUNGER. GAMES. TRAILER. Watch, then sob. Then let’s all hug it out in the comments.
  • Also, less than two weeks until you (I) can buy Mockingjay Part 2 Tickets!! October 1, my grabby hands shall haveth! Will you be getting your tickets? When do you plan to see it?
  • I have been trying to decide if a weekly update is worth it. What say you?

Posted September 19, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 73 Comments


73 responses to “This Week At Midnight (79)

  1. Oh oh I have The Next Together too! 😀 It was a surprise ARC and I’m trying to decide If I should read it now or closer to release date. OH THE HORRIFIC DECISIONS A BOOKWORM MUST MAKE. *collapses*
    MoCKINgJAy mAKEs ME NoT okAY.

    • Wait, when does it release there? It released like, 2 weeks ago in the UK I think? I tried looking it up on Goodreads, but it only shows the UK edition. It doesn’t exist yet in the US sadly. I mean, I own it because I keep taking quick flights across the Atlantic (fine, some plane that Book Depository uses does, whatever).

      Also, Mockingjayyyyyy. What are we going to do?! HOW? Just HOW!?

  2. I don’t suppose there’s a thing such as too many five-star books, because GOOD BOOKS ARE EVERYWHERE. Besides, if coincidence says so … *shrugs* The Mockingjay Part 2 trailer is kind of not keeping certain plot twists secret for non book readers, and also killing book readers on the side. *clutches chest and dies of feels*

    I’m not quite sure what you mean by a weekly update, actually? I mean, I enjoy basically all your posts so I suppose I would enjoy that too, but I’m genuinely confused over how updates would be different from recaps.

    • YAY I am glad you feel this way. I did throw in a crappy book today before I flail about another favorite at the end of the week 😉 I have been thinking about the whole business of spoiling the movie for awhile, because people have been outraged and such. On one hand, I understand, but then… it’s been YEARS, you know? But totally agree with the feels!

      Oh, yeah, I meant this, recap, whatever I post on Saturdays haha. But hey, if you like it, I shall keep posting it 😀 Thanks for the input, and for making me feel happy 🙂

  3. WOW! Great haul! You got some awesome ARCs, I’m looking forward to reading After the Woods. Nice wins! Lucky you this week! I hope you enjoy all of these! I’ll have to check out Air Awakens, I haven’t heard of it before. Have a great weekend!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

    • Aw thanks!! I am So excited for After the Woods. It’s been on my radar for ages, and it’s here!! And definitely check out Air Awakens, I reviewed it on Goodreads (and will here eventually too) but it was SO good! The next book will be out in less than 2 months too!

  4. Weekly updates are a lot of fun, but they’re one of the only posts I can’t actually schedule in advance. I find bi-weekly actually works better for me due to limited time etc., and some weeks there isn’t much to talk about. But I do enjoy your updates Shannon – so whatever works for you! Excellent haul this week, I haven’t heard of many of them so keen to hear your thoughtS!

    • Ooooh bi-weekly isn’t a bad idea! I seriously don’t know if I could NOT post an update every week, just because I have been doing it for so long but… some weeks there just isn’t much to say! I guess I’ll just play it by ear, thanks so much!!

  5. I like your weekly updates. Though I never make any discussion posts I like reading them. I’m sorry the Ashes book wasn’t very good. I’m interested to hear your rants now. I decided not to request it, good call as it turns out. Congrats on your five star streek. Nope, nothing wrong with that.

    • Ah, well, seeing as you’re the third vote for updates, they shall stay! But if I miss one, I will try not to freak out 😉

      And I hope you saw the rant 😉 It was bad. Be so glad you didn’t request it, because none of it made any sense! And thank you! I think 5 stars are good too! I threw in the rant today though for good measure before I go back to flailing 😉

  6. I’ve been reading good and bad about Jackaby, I’m curious to read what you’ll think of it. I had a string of 5 star reviews at the beginning of the year, too, it felt weird, lol ! And sometimes, I wished I could give 6 stars… Oh well, good for us ! And for our readers. Enjoy your new haul 😉

    • Aw thanks! I agree, it’s good that we love our books! I had like, this weird wave- a bunch of 5 stars in late December-early January, then a BIG wave now, but I think that’s because a lot of books I have been REALLY excited about are coming out soon and I am finally reading and reviewing them, so I think it makes sense 🙂

    • You made Coke Zero come out my nose! Bwhahahha. Will I ever get to them all? No. Never. I mean, the numbers are not on my side, that’s for sure. I WILL get to all the review copies though, because I make sure of that.

      I assume one day I will start purging a bit. I have VERY limited shelf space left, as you can imagine 😉

  7. Fi

    Great haul of books! There’s quite a few I can’t wait to get my hands on so looking forward to hearing what you think of them!

    Happy reading 🙂

  8. I’m confused, isn’t this the weekly update? Or do you mean with more personal information? I enjoy reading them. It’s the one time I come out from under my stone, post something and check out everyone else’s blogs to see what they’ve been up to the past week if I’ve been too busy to do it the rest of the week.

    I REFUSE to watch the Hunger Games trailer. I don’t want to spoil myself, because I already know I’m going to watch the movie. I mean… I’ve read the book, I know what happens, but STILL. I don’t know when I’ll see it yet. It depends on who I can find to drag along. 😀 I went to the premiere the last two times, but it’s always so full I might as well wait a day longer, because that ish was cray. That parallel universe book sounds good, mainly because it has parallel universes in the title. 😀 I’ll check it out when it comes out!

    • Yes, yes, this is the weekly update! I wonder if I should continue doing it- but everyone so far has either also been confused (so clearly, I worded it in a bad way- sorry!) or says I should continue, so continue I shall!

      Bwhaha I love that you KNOW what happens yet you still don’t want to be spoiled! I think that is pretty great, actually. Surprisingly, the premiere last year was not bad! I think because my theater had like, eight screens showing JUST Mockingjay- so I went with the third one. There was like, an 8:00, an 8:10, and an 8:20… so I just went with 8:20, figuring all the real loons would be at the 8:00, and I was right! The year before though, with Catching Fire?! Holy CRAP. So, fingers crossed that the movie theater behaves again. I will either be going with Val, or if she can’t make it down, my mom 😉

  9. Fantastic book mail!! Congrats on the wins!! 🙂 I started reading Very in Pieces, but put it down around 16%. I just was having a hard time getting into it. I’m curious to see what you think of it, so I’ll be watching for your review. Enjoy your weekend! ♥

    • Aw thanks! You’re good to go with Very, honestly. It doesn’t really get more exciting, though I DO like Very herself. I reviewed it… last week one day? Maybe Friday? It wasn’t BAD, but it wasn’t great either. I waffled between 2.5 and 3 stars, but I rounded up because I was feeling generous 😉 Probably really a 2.75.

    • WHAT THE HECK! The comment section cut off my reply! That’s not very nice… I was saying that I hope you read these books soon and love them all the same! I don’t really care if you give us an onslaught of 5 star reviews 😉 If I could read and review 5 star reviews all in a row, I’d be dancing in the rain! I’ve had enough of these 2-3 stars I’ve been getting…

      • That was NOT nice of the comment section. I will have words with it later. Ugh, 2 and 3 stars are awful to review! They simply aren’t fun for anyone. You can’t snark them as much as you’d like, and you certainly cannot flail! I hope you break out of this slump soon. If it helps, I started a pretty crappy book yesterday 😉

      • I did enjoy it, but I’m still on the fence about the ending. Did you have a physical copy or an electronic one? I had some troubles “seeing” some of the unique pages in my eCopy that told the story. I don’t feel like I missed anything…plot-wise…but I do want to look at a physical book to see how it is laid out.

  10. AHH. OMG YOUR HAUL IS AMAZING SHANNON! I can’t wait to see what you think about all these wonderful books – especially An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes (the concept sounds absolutely incredible) and Jackaby! Thanks for sharing and, as always, amazing recap!

  11. I love weekly updates, but I know they can be difficult to do/keep up with – so it’s ultimately what works for you! I’m so ready for Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, yet not, because I don’t want the series to be over. haha

    I have Jackaby. I bought it awhile ago, so I really need to read it with the sequel coming out.

    • Aww you are sweet, thank you! For now, I will try to keep up with them, but I won’t be too hard on myself if I can’t. I agree about Mockingjay! Like, yes, I am SUPER excited but… GAH it cannot end! Like, what am I supposed to do with my poor fangirl heart?! 😉

    • Ohh fingers are crossed for you and Blackhearts! I was worried because some people got approved last week, and I’d requested it ages ago, so I was sure I’d be denied, but it just seems like they’re a bit slow with the approval? So yes, fingers are all crossed! And thanks 😀

  12. Oh, that trailer! I actually hadn’t seen it yet. Perfection. And they’re pulling out all the stops when it comes to ripping our hearts out. Ack!

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