This Week at Midnight, it is Christmas!!

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. Because I love books, and you love books, so let’s see the books!

The Books

For Review


Thanks to HarperCollins: 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

Thanks to Abrams:

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters



Via Netgalley, thanks to Quercus!!



Illusive and Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-JonesThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall thanks to author Emily Lloyd-Jones

Gifts of a bookish nature:


Huge thanks to Amber @ YA Indulgences who was my Secret Santa!!


From my family! So excited for these- my Hunger Games Funko Pop collection is complete, I have more prints from Evie’s Society6 shop to frame, AND a new Kindle!


And huge thanks to my #OTSPSecretSister!!

Weekly Shenanigans

I read four books! Yay!!! And they were quite a good bunch, too! I needed them!


1st-place Mockingjay re-read #10 notwithstanding, Nora & Kettle. SO GOOD.

ck_2nd-placeAssassin’s Heart was really good!


Posts this Week:

Blogosphere Bulletin (abbreviated Christmas edition)

Random Musings:

Christmas is hard. Children are… insane? Yes. It’s like non-stop bouncing off the walls, and then being so tired when actual Christmas comes that they just cry and whine all day. Good times! But they looked cute, at least!


I also need to get something together about reading challenges. Actually, this is as good a place as any, no?

Okay, so in addition to Goodreads (which I have not set my goal for yet) I plan on partaking in not many reading challenges 😉


This one is kind of ummm self-explanatory since I co-host it…


I loved this challenge so much last year, I definitely want to play again! I usually got to at least 2-3 debuts a month, so I think that’s pretty good! We’ll shoot for that again! Click the picture to go to Jana’s page and sign up!

I feel like there was one more that I wanted to sign up for so… maybe I will remember and add it in 🙂

Things we need to talk about this week:

        • The covers of The Winner’s Kiss are back to pretty and matching! Of course, I already canceled my pre-order, and re-pre-ordered from Book Depository so… do I cancel again and re-re-pre-order? Then my books would match. But… I am tired.
        • This year seemed to fly by, even though it wasn’t necessarily the best. How was your 2015? Any fun plans for New Year’s Eve?

Have a fabulous week, loves!

Posted December 26, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 34 Comments

34 responses to “This Week At Midnight (93)

  1. Ooh, I had no clue they switched back the Winner’s Trilogy cover! So, so happy — I have to say the original cover is glorious. And yay for completing your HG Funko Pop collection! I saw my first real-life Funko Pop in a store the other day and now I’m itching for one … can’t decide which one though. (Probably Mulan, but the HG ones are VERY tempting.) And thank you for the shout out, it means the world 🙂 🙂

    • Aw no problem! I have read your post, enjoyed it, and have had it open to comment on for like 4 days! It is kind of ridiculous- but it is first in line for tomorrow hahah. (It has been first in line for 4 days, actually- the line just keeps getting longer after it!) OOOH Mulan for sure! I feel like since Mulan has been out longer, you should get her first! I don’t know why 😉

      And YEP, switching them back! Here’s the thing- on the international covers, Kestrel is wearing a pretty green dress. I don’t feel like the red dress on the US cover goes well with the mauve one she wears in the first book. BUT I also want a hardcover. BUT I also already paid for the green one. Decisions, decisions 😀

  2. So much bookish goodness… love it! I’m not a chocolate (or sweets) lover but those Lindor chocolates are *divine.* And your goodies from Evie’s shop. Swoon! I recently bought myself a pillow cover from her with a quote from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Love it so much. And hooray for completing your HG Funko Pop collection! Life is good. 🙂 No New Years plans on this end. Or rather, my plan is to make no plans. The last month has been *insane* (hence my poor neglected blog) so I am nabbing every chance I get for quite downtime. If there’s a choice between staying at home or going out… I’m picking home every time lately. 🙂

  3. I started reading The Shadow Queen and the prologue hooked me already!
    Okay, that mug is life. I need it.
    I also got a Kindle!! I got a Kindle Paperwhite from the boyfriend.
    I’m so happy to know you loved Assassin’s heart! I’ll be reading it soon so I need the motivation.
    Your kids are so adorable and cute! You could just eat them with kisses.
    I hope you have a fabulous week 🙂

  4. Awesome haul. I love those little Funko Pop Dolls. Looks like it was a great christmas for you. You read so much faster than I do. 2015 seemed to fly by so fast.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  5. Looks like you got some fantastic gifts this Christmas. I really love those Funko Pops – that’s awesome your Hunger Games collection is now complete. I might have to start collecting some of these; especially Harry Potter and anything Disney. haha

    I imagine Christmas IS hard with children. My niece and nephew were here Christmas Eve and phew, they wear you out.


  6. Since I am tired of repitition, GREAT STUFF! 🙂 Yes, children do tend to whine and cry more around the holidays. Is it because there is a wider audience pool? Anyway, my 15 year old brother nearly flipped the Mule with my younger cousins in it on Christmas, and then there was a football fight and tears and screaming and ugly words and separation. Meanwhile, I worked diligently in my coloring book. Ain’t nobody got time for that mess.

  7. You know, I usually don’t like weekly recaps, but I have found myself looking forward to yours the past couple of months. You do them so well, and really do a good job of letting me know everything that happened that week and all the possible things I missed! Thanks for a great post/ blog 🙂

  8. Megan C.

    You got some great bookish Christmas goodies! And *ugh* I canceled my free 2-day shipping pre-order of TWK from Amazon and ordered from the Book Depository a day before the announcement -_- I ended up canceling my TBD pre-order so that I could have all matching hard covers, but I’m pretty annoyed I won’t have free 2-day shipping now. Happy holidays!

  9. Soooo much awesome, I don’t even know where to start!!! I’ll start with Evie’s design prints because they’re GORGEOUS!! Her designs are all absolutely stunning. I’m totally obsessed with them and drool over them often. I have no shame. Secondly, THG Funko Pops!!!! So adorable!!! I got the Mockingjay one from my wonderful TBTB Secret Santa and now I need the rest of the gang! I have a SLIGHT Funko Pops! obsession to go along with all of my other obsessions. 😉 I hope you have a wonderful holiday/bookish weekend! Enjoy all your new goodies!!

  10. I can’t wait for The Shadow Queen! It sounds completely amazing. Also, I hope you enjoy your new Kindle! I got one for the first time last February and I’ve been loving it. The new HD one, from what I’ve heard, is pretty great. Have a lovely weekend!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  11. WAIT. THE WINNER’S KISS COVER IS BACK? YES! I had no idea about this – thanks so much for letting me know Shannon. It seems all the critiquing blog posts definitely changed their minds. 😉

    And I am so excited to see what you think of The Conspiracy of Us – I loved that one a ton. And I’ve heard some great things about The Shadow Queen too, so I hope you enjoy that! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous recap! ♥

  12. Ha, your kids look so cute! 🙂 I know you don’t share pics of them often so thanks for that. And yeah, my kiddo was over-excited about the family get-together, too. He’s too young to really understand Christmas but with the whole family doting on him (he’s the first of the grandchildren, I’m the oldest kid from that side of the family so none of my cousins have children yet) he was really tired at the end of the day.
    Ooh, you got some lovely presents, I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  13. YAY for Kindle! My boys’ got a new one this year – mine is old and i need to replace it, too!

    Also, I am happy to hear that Assassin’s Heart is good. I am super excited for it!

  14. Dang, you’ve been busy! Yours is the second blog where someone got The Masked Truth. I think it sounds like a scary, but thrilling read. Christmas is SO HARD!!! I am taking a total break from my family to try and regain some sense of myself (and give my aching hip a rest!). Have a great week.

  15. Hey, that’s so cool you read Mockingjay! I didn’t know you were into the series. I quite like it too. 🙂 Have you mentioned it before? Hang on, now that I’m writing this I feel like you might have mentioned it once or twice… PER POST. 😀

    Those prints look really good and the Secret Santa and Secret Sister presents too!

  16. YESSS Bookish presents are the best! That print looks absolutely stunning on the right, I need to check out this store! A shame Aussie shipping is so expensive! Wow, you got so many amazing books, I particularly want to pick up The Shadow Queen as well. Cute picture of the kids too! Happy reading Shannon.

  17. I have yet to start The Winner’s Curse series and I should maybe get on that soon. Assasin’s Heart looks so good. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I spent Christmas with my family, which included my eleven year old nephew and nine year old niece. Man, kids are EXHAUSTING, but so adorable. Yours look super cute. 🙂 I am still recovering from jet lag from my trip back to Italy from the States so I will be taking it easy on New Years’ Eve.

  18. Jealous of The Shadow Queen and Banished. I didn’t realize they’d done a change on the Winner’s covers again! Will have to go check it out. Hope you have a great week coming up! I didn’t do a Sunday post this week. Just didn’t have time with working at my part time job at the bookstore all weekend.

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