Welcome to August’s Monthly Minutes at Midnight! 

 Here’s the deal: I’ll share the books I’ve obtained, posts of interest from others, giveaways I have happening, and just general random shenanigans. You know I love a shenanigan.  

The Books

For Review/From Publishers:

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury 

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Spinning by Tillie Walden

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Thanks to Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Macmillan & Disney/Big Honcho Media for the review copies! 



So I was pretty good this month- in fact, I bought that copy of The Sky So Heavy for 50 cents. And I bought A Closed and Common Orbit while drinking wine, so I clearly cannot be held accountable for my actions. It was only $6 anyway. Saga 5 was cheap too- let’s just pretend I actually own Saga 4. And if you thought I wouldn’t be buying The 100 Season 4 immediately… are you new here?

The shirt was designed by Bob Morley, to benefit the JED Foundation. I read up on it, of course, and hot damn do I wish something like this existed when I was younger. I plan to go into this a lot more during Shattering Stigmas, so I’ll leave it at that for now, but if you are feeling overwhelmed and need some help, please check this out.


Thanks to Holly for the ARC of Last Chance, and all the lovely humans that I traded with that I can’t remember all the names of at this juncture. Know I adore you, though! ♥

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 12 books this month. Not my best month ever, but eh. I also completed ARC August! All the books  I read were ARCs, so at least there’s that! 

Things started off pretty good, but then went downhill a little. But overall, more good than bad, so it sounds like a win to me.

Giveaways: Click Here, or on Sidebar

Blogosphere Bulletin

Here are some of the loveliest/most entertaining/super helpful/just plain interesting posts I found this month! 

This… is still shorter than usual because I am still operating at a moderate level of blogging fail.

Random Musings

No one likes summer ending, do they? I do not. I don’t even love the heat or anything, but the thought of impending snow bums me out. So let’s pretend it isn’t a thing, okay? Rashika came to visit in August. Actually, if we’re being technical, I picked her up at some college in backwoods New York state, so that happened. Here we are being weirdos:

Fancy & New Since Last I Saw You!

I love looking at pretty covers! So here are some new ones that I have fallen in love with since our last update!

Sigh, I love covers. 

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • It’s been three months since PraimfayaHow incredibly sick are you of me talking about it? If you do care, I shared some of the latest Season 5 info here
  • Orphan Black ended, and I am sad. I planned on posting a kind-of-review, and then… I didn’t. Perhaps I still will. Who can tell? 
  • Shattering Stigmas will officially be happening October 2-15! If you’d like to participate, either check out the sign up post, or hit me up in the comments! 

Happy September, loves!

Posted August 31, 2017 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 21 Comments

21 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: August 2017

  1. I got Eight Days too and am excited for it. I have a couple of the ones you read this month coming up so I hope they were the good ones! I love the Obsidio cover so much. Was the ending of Orphan Black good? I am two seasons behind or so but want to catch up. Hope you have a great September!

  2. AHHH LOOK AT THOSE COVERS! I am in love with the one for Tess of the Road. Or I’m in love with dragons. It’s hard to say. 😍😍 And such a beautiful book haul (RUINED😍) and congrats on reading so many ARCs!! I’m strangely not super behind on my ARCs at the moment and basically don’t know how to function without running around like a headless wet hen?!? Weird.

    (Eeep thanks for linking to my post!)

  3. Oh, I love graphic novels. I really enjoyed This One Summer – hope you do too! And I need to read Spinning soon. 🙂

    Yay for getting to hang out with Rashika! How fun!


  4. OMG I didn’t know the cover for Hero at the Fall had been released! It’s GORGEOUS!!! I didn’t even enjoy the first two books that much, but I might pick this one up solely because of the cover. It’s also the finale, so it should at least be better. Great post!

  5. Oooh! The new Paula Stokes looks good. You’re lucky! Thanks for the mention. I am having a Sally Field moment right now (“They like me. They really like me!”).

  6. Eight Days on Planet Earth looks quirky and great. Adding that one. And should I read the Tintera books? The covers appeal to me and i know that’s a lousy reason to get a book, but I dunno… aren’t they dystopians? Oh and the new covers- Obsidio looks fab and so does the Dimished, which I’ll be checking out.

    I too am having Orphan Black sadness, but my 100 and Continuum rewatches are helping? Hope you like Closed and Common Orbit- I adore those books.

  7. Kel

    Looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead! I’m sad for summer’s end too. I actually prefer fall weather, but fall means back to school. One more year!

  8. Ahh so many pretty books! I have My Lady Jane and This Mortal Coil on my TBR pile and I’m literally SO excited to read them! I hope we both enjoy them. XD

    Congrats on reading all ARCs in August – that’s amazing! I’m contemplating returning all my library books and just focusing on review copies in September! 🙂

  9. Is it wrong I still get a little excited when I see someone link to my blog? It’s been three years, I should be over this, but thank you for the shout out.

    Now onto all the books, I wish I had your restraint and not buying too many books (also, smart wine talking buying A Closed and Common Orbit, I wish my wine brain was that smart) and you got Gentleman’s Guide! I bought that just the other day and I kind of don’t want to read it because the book itself is so pretty! Also, I know it’s still a month away but I can’t wait for Shattering Stigmas! And I’d seen Bob Morley post about that t shirt you got but I didn’t realise what the money was going towards. The JED Foundation sounds like an amazing thing, I will definitely go and read more about it now.

  10. Well, I think you had a pretty great reading month, congrats on reading so many ARCs! Did you enjoy Far From The Tree? I just finished reading it and loved it! 🙂
    I can’t wait for Obsidio, even if I am sooooooo nervous about it just as well. I mean, this series is already so intense, I wonder what will happen next ahah 🙂
    HAppy reading and have a wonderful September! xx

  11. We’re always weird with our friends! The other day my friend commented on a Facebook post from years ago when we were in college (still scary to even say that), and it was about us being weird and no one getting our jokes but each other. What a great reading month! I am hoping I can keep a solid 4 books a month going now that school has started.

  12. All the books! Prosper Redding looks so pretty. And Tess of the Road has such a great cover too. I am so excited for that one.
    Twelve sounds like a great reading month. 😀

  13. Such a pretty picture of you, that one with the haul 🙂 I wonder how you’ll like A Closed And Common Orbit. I didn’t love it as much as the first one, but of course I still think it’s your money well spent 🙂
    And you shared my post too! Thank you!! I didn’t even know, I didn’t get a pingback 🙂 <3 so glad that post received so much love!
    And those are indeed some amazing covers. P.S. I'm starting to get curious about This Mortal Coil because I keep hearing it everywhere. I was sadly denied a NetGalley copy, so I won't find out soon, but you are all making me curious 😀

  14. While I hate that summer is coming to an end, I do so love reading on a float in the pool, winter and snow means I get to pile up next to the wood-stove with hot chocolate or coffee and read.

  15. John Smith

    I’m very curious about “The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding”–I’m sure it’s really good!

  16. I can’t believe you just up and bought Saga 5. I don’t even have Saga 5, or 1, 2, 3, 4 or any of them. I’m waiting until the collections come out, though they are on my xmas list because I cannot afford both of them.


  17. Danielle Hammelef

    I can’t wait to read Dare Mighty Things and Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares. I think 12 books is an awesome amount. Thanks for sharing!

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