Welcome to February’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.  Also, covers all link to Goodreads, because I am awesome.

The Books

For Review/From Publishers:

Huge thanks to Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Penguin, Abrams, and Macmillan for these lovely books! 


Huge thanks to Wednesday Books, Candlewick, HMH, and Sky Pony


I only bought two books, and frankly I don’t think that is bad. I only spent like, $14 total.


Thanks for the trades, trading peeps! Clearly I am doing an awesome job of unhauling ?

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 13 books this month! I suppose that isn’t *terrible* considering it was a short month? We’ll just ignore the fact that several were graphic novels ?

These were… mostly good I guess. Best of the bunch? Dread Nation. My least favorite… probably a tie between Spinning and This One Summer

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! 

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!

LOTS of new beauties this month. And apparently, our new theme is shades of purple? Okay then! 

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • It has been nine months since Praimfaya. Praimfaya could have reproduced and had baby Praimfayas by now. The good news? We have less than two months til Eden!! And the trailer should be out basically any day now!
  • Zombies might have taken over my life. I binged Fear the Walking Dead in record time (for me, at least) and then… might as well watch The Walking Dead, right? I don’t love it *quite* as much, but I’m still pretty into it. Also, read a zombie book for the first time in years, so seriously, it’s been Zombie Month. Thanks to the assholes on Twitter who spoiled TWD as soon as it returned. I didn’t need to be surprised. (Seriously Twitter, can we not?) 
  • I really don’t have much exciting to share right now! I mean, maybe cause it’s still winter (though I have been wearing flip flops the past few days and I am not sorry) or maybe cause it was a short month, but… maybe you guys have exciting stories to share, because I sure as hell do not.

Happy March, loves!

Posted February 28, 2018 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 43 Comments

43 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: February 2018

  1. Ooh a lot of these I don’t know! Clearly I am behind on the new release schedule… Sky in the Deep looks badass though, I hope it is! I see Jen wilde in there, I think I read one of hers. And the Extinction trials… I know we talked about this, but the physical copy is so awesome, I’m glad I bought one. That one is definitely a keeper for the shelf! And ooh Saga too. I’m so hit or miss on Saga… sometimes I like it, sometimes I’m like meh.

    Two Dark Reigns looks so frickin cool. That series… has the best covers. I am loving all these dark covers I think…

    Okay your next Monthly Minutes post will say (hopefully) that the 100 trailer came and was awesome, and that S5 looks like the best season ever. We can hope? I think it’s going to happen. And oh you got the flip flops out? I’m jealous.

    Thanks for linking my post too. :):):)

    • I think I actually might know what releases when a little *too* much hhah. A few of the physical books are sequels- I think you’d like Nemesis and Genesis though! And Grim Lovelies is in Paris which of course. Sky in the Deep DOES look badass, doesn’t it? Fingers crossed! I ummm may have traded the Jen Wilde one? ? Seemed too fluffy for my tastes. I like Saga- it doesn’t always blow my mind (though it does sometimes!) but I looove the characters, so I feel pretty invested at this point.

      I know, I LOVE the covers for the Three Dark Crows series. I cannot WAIT to see what the UK one looks like, I have been collecting those instead of the US ones, though I must say, well done this time, US.

      Gah YES can we please be able to talk about the trailer!? We WILL be able to say “Only 24 days til EDEN!” so there’s that 😀 And probably something like “um, I think Jason is trying to literally kill us, MY BABIES”? Sounds about right anyway.

      Yesss flip flops, I wore them today! Sadly, it is supposed to snow 10 inches on Friday so I guess I’ll begrudgingly go back to the boots. And of course!! 😀

  2. I got The Unbinding of Mary Reade too and hope to get to it this week!! Also I have a pretty copy of Autoboyography on my shelves calling for me to read it ahaha.

    SO many pretty covers though omg. All the heart eyes for those. Also thanks for that enormous list of blog post that I am going to go through for blog hopping purposes.

  3. Excuse me while I wipe all this drool up, because there are so many drool-worthy things up there. I spy 4 books I would love to have in my hot little hands in your stacks, and can we talk about those covers. I had a short chat on Twitter with Nicole about the Two Dark Reigns cover, which had me all sorts of excited and nervous. I think 13 books is good for any month. Gold star for you! Thanks for the love up there with the links too. XOXO

  4. I’m excited for Relative Strangers. It sounds fabulous and right up my alley. I need to get on the ball with Jenn Bennett books. I *still* haven’t read Alex, Approximately and now there’s Starry Nights. Need more time to read!

  5. Oh, I’ve also got the Unbinding of Mary Reade, and I’m excited to read it! Dread Nation is also on my list. It looked great, so I’m glad to hear you liked it.

    Ahhhh look at all those lovely covers. *flails* I want them all.

    As always, thanks for the roundup of posts! I love going through them and seeing what other people are talking about. 🙂

    • Oh yay, I hope you like them both! Dread Nation was awesome- the main character is one of my faves of all time- she’s tough but flawed and also freaking hilarious! So I really think you’ll enjoy it too! Plus, 1800s zombies! 😀 And YAY I am so glad that you enjoy the posts, that makes me smile!

  6. I’ve definitely bookmarked that master list of book blogging memes! There are so many memes out there that I didn’t even know about. This will definitely be helpful when I’m having serious creativity blocks. BTW…I LOVE the purple-themed book covers!!!!

  7. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead but have never watched Fear—I guess I need to change that. I think that will be my new workout show (TWD is the BEST workout show ever because it totally gets my heart pumping and keeps me motivated to watch the next episode).

    • DUDE YES. Watch Fear. It’s way better than TWD. I think you’ll like it more- it’s more character focused, family focused. Hopefully they won’t ruin it 😀 That is a good idea- I wish I watched it earlier in the day, workout show is ideal- plus you can guarantee doing it for 43 minutes!

  8. I’m loving the cover for The Surface Breaks – so pretty!!! I’m glad you read some good books this past month, and graphic novels might read quicker, but they count! LOL I need to get caught up on Saga. I think I finished with the fifth volume.


  9. Eep so jealous you got The Unbinding of Mary Reade! Can’t wait for your thoughts. I also got Sky in the Deep and I’m reading it now–it’s pretty good so far.

    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THOSE COVERS TO MY RADAR. *adds everything on goodreads* *cries at growing TBR*

  10. SO MANY BEAUTIFUL BOOKS AND YOU HAVE AUTOBOYGRAPHY SO I’LL SCREAM QUIETLY IN YOUR EAR NOW. It’s so good, so so good.?? Also the covers these days for YA are jus tall disgustingly gorgeous and my TBR and wallet hate it. By which I mean I need them all. ? I also got approved for Grim Lovelies and I’m so happy! It looks so amazing!? Also I accomplished nothing in February, I’m great.?

  11. I don’t have anything exciting to really share either. Except I now have a CPAP! I’ve raved about it all month. 🙂 I have been in a show slump lately and I can’t seem to get interested in anything people recommend. *sigh* I’m rewatching Hart of Dixie right now.

  12. You know what, I actually haven’t heard of any of these books except for The Fandom which I randomly received for review, and The Brightsiders which I’m looking forward to! 13 books is pretty good, I actually read half of that this month. So glad ot hear you loved Dread Nation, omg. I’m so glad you’ve discovered TWD, one of my favourite shows ever!

  13. Kel

    You read my mind, lol! My first thought on seeing the top pictures was, “Wait a sec, isn’t she *un*hauling books?” Oh well, there are definitely worse problems to have, and you’re getting through a ton of books this year, so you’re good. 🙂 Seriously impressed by the 13 books this month! February kicked my butt life- and reading-wise. Onward to March!

  14. Ooh! Look at all those pretty covers!!! Maybe I should do a best cover of the month collage for my monthly wrap ups (or maybe not, WE’LL SEE)! 13 books in one month! Now if only I can get my lazy self to read so many books in one month! I hope you have a great March!

  15. I like your haul! And yeah, I think that’s totally a bargain 🙂 hey, I also read 13 this month. I don’t know about terrible, 13 is the most I’ve ever read in a month, and Feb IS short xD noe graphic novels, though!

  16. Oh what an amazing haul! I’m spotting The Beauty That Remains, which I got lucky enough to read already and loved, as well as The Color Project WHICH WAS SO AMAZING! <3 I hope you will love both – and sooooo many books in this haul, that's amazing haha, you have some great reads to look forward to in this, hopefully 🙂
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post! <3 <3

  17. Sooo many ARCs to read, GOOD LUCK! Heheehe.

    I’ve got a copy of Markswoman at my library that I need to read eventually. Dread Nation is on my TBR this month, I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

    And I want to read Amber Dusk solely because it has my name in it, cuz I’m petty.

  18. Danielle Hammelef

    I love all the pretty book covers. Purple is my favorite color, so bring on the shades of purple! I have to check out Dread Nation if it was your favorite of the books pictured. March books are killing my budget–so many awesome books out this month as well as February.

  19. Looks like you do a lot for a Febuary Month. Done wonderfully. You may like Stranger Things and Staranger Things 2? They are on Netflix and are good. Best of Luck with your March wrap up. I am now following you and I am a new follower.

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