Welcome to March’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:

I Felt a Funeral in my Brain by Will Walton

Ozland by Wendy Spinale

Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Munmun by Jesse Andrews

Huge thanks to Scholastic, Entangled, and Abrams!!


Huge thanks to Wednesday Books, Random House, and Albert Whitman!! 


This isn’t *terrible*, right? Especially since I’d pre-ordered Obsidio like, years ago. Also State of Sorrow and Almost Love were pre-orders. The Wolves of Winter was just a good book and I regret nothing.


Won The Traitor’s Game (Thanks to Author Jennifer Nielsen and Adventures in YA Publishing!) Thanks for the trades (Bygone Badass Broads and The Sidekicks, and my mom bought me Not if I SaveYou First at Lena’s book fair hah! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 12 books this month, which I guess is okay? I had hoped to read more since it was a longer month, but some of the books were quite long, so.

Overall it was a good reading month though. So I’ll take it. And I will also be reviewing all of these. You know, at some point. Probably. (No really I will since most are review books.) 

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!

Slow cover month. Idk what even this last book is about? 

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • It has been Ten. Freaking. Months. since Praimfaya. But….. IT IS TRAILER TIME, Bitches!! Watch the epicness, and then try to keep your cool til the 24th. I dare you.

  • I think I took a bit of a hiatus there for awhile. Oops? I mean, it wasn’t *technically* one (but only because I said so- it’s my blog, I do what I want) but… I am not against taking more of them in the future. I mean, look, we’re all still here, right? And let’s be real, did you even know I was gone? I didn’t even know I was gone, for goodness sake! 
  • Who else is SO excited that it is finally spring? I mean, it *might* actually be done snowing? And spring brings all kinds of fun shenanigans, and YAY. Do any of you have any exciting things planned for spring?

Happy April, loves!

Posted March 31, 2018 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 30 Comments

30 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: March 2018

  1. I need to get the Wolves of Winter. that’s one I bought in ebook form and I need the hardcover. LifeLik3 I’ll be anxious to see what you think! The premise sounds totally bonkers, in a good way! Yay for the wins too. 🙂

    So Sky in the Deep and Only Human I’m super curious about too. And 10 months is just too freakin long. Finally! I almost don’t believe we’re really gonna get it on Apr 24th? Like I’ll be pinching myself until it actually is ON screen?

    Thanks for linking my post. 🙂

    • You know, when I read LifeLik3, we’ll know for sure who The 100 fan is between those two 😂 I got the paperback of Wolves of Winter, though I am not even sure why- guess cause I figured it’d be easier to read?

      Sky in the Deep was quite good! And I really liked Only Human too- I thought it was a really strong ending. And actually- it was thought provoking for me in a lot of ways too. You have read Sleeping Giants right? I feel like I remember you saying you weren’t blown away by it. But I think the series gets stronger as it goes on. Like- it’s never fully action-packed? But I liked it a lot.

      I seriously can’t believe that The 100 is happening either- I mean, it’s what, 22 days now? I am almost scared, like I have hyped it in my head for so long, what if it sucks!? (It won’t of course but STILL, it’s a fear!)

      • Yeah I did read Sleeping Giants. It was kinda meh for me, but I have heard the series gets better? Maybe I should give it another shot… I’m glad this one ended well for you! And Sky in the Deep too, cause I’ve seen some good reviews and some not-so-good. Nice to know it worked for you. 🙂

  2. I want to read all of these so badly! I read eight books during March which is pretty okay since I had so much stuff going on throughout it! Also going to finally get my hands on Illuminae and start the series because I’m extremely curious about it and have been seeing it EVERYWHERE! Can’t wait to get my hands on Sky In the Deep and Not If I Save You first, two of my most anticipated reads! I did read Relative Strangers this month as well and have to say that, I enjoyed it but not too much! Some things did bother me and I found the beginning so much better than the ending! Thank you for sharing!

    • Oh yayy! I hope you enjoy Illuminae! It was definitely a good series- and very unique, you won’t be bored! Sky in the Deep was also quite good. Hope you enjoy them! I actually did like Relative Strangers, but I definitely agree about the beginning being stronger!

  3. PRETTY BOOKS. And yay Obsidio! (Did it live up to expectations?! My order is still coming…apparently the post office is sitting on it or something because surely it doesn’t take 2 weeks for a book to arrive. 😭😭) Also I think 12 books is pretty amazing, especially with the bigger page counts on those! (Also Brigid Kemerer’s book cover AHHH I’M SO EXCITED.)

    • ERM. Can I plead the 5th, Cait? I mean- I am in the HUGE minority but…. it kind of didn’t? 🙊 Like okay it wasn’t BAD, don’t get me wrong! But… read it ASAP and I will tell you my issues- I may do a spoiler review, because I can’t fully talk about what I didn’t like without spoiling stuff, UGH. My fingers and toes and such are crossed for you.

      DUDE. Do you realize that in like, not even 3 months, YOUR BOOK will be in this post? Like just casually sitting on the pile, “look, my pre-order arrived”!??!!? HOLY CRAP that is excitinG!!

  4. I’m still laughing at the title I Felt a Funeral in My Brain. Wow. That one’s… different. I’m looking forward to The Raging Ones since I love Krista & Becca Ritchie but since it doesn’t release until August it’ll be a while till I pick it up. Definitely excited for Relative Strangers and 9 Days & 9 Nights!

    • Hahah right? I have never heard of it but I kept it because it sounded pretty interesting! I am super excited for The Raging Ones, I have heard great things about the authors too. I really liked Relative Strangers, and LOVED 9 Days 9 Nights, so I am hoping the wait will be worth it for you! 😀

  5. I love the pretty covers (and added Secret Passages to my TBR!). I am eagerly awaiting your review of 9 Days, because I am very excited about that one (though I am currently reading April releases because I am trash). I am insane with jealousy that you and everyone but me have a copy of the new Kasie West *crying*, but not long now before it comes out. Enjoy! P.S. That’s so cute that your mom got you a book at the book fair (I always loved those. They have great prices too).

    • HA good, good, you can tell me what the heck Secret Passages is about 😂 I LOVED 9 DAYS. Loved loved loved, so I hope you do too! And thanks- seriously the book fair is so FUN, and I am probably the only parent who was shopping for themselves but that’s okay hah!

  6. I adore the cover for A Curse So Dark and Lonely! And I got an eARC of Brave Enough. I heard good things about it so I’m very excited to read it. 🙂 Also I’m getting to Obsidio next week and I can’t wait! I’m SO jealous you got LIFEL1K3 though! I neeeed it.

    Also thanks for linking back to one of my posts!

  7. Kel

    12 books sounds impressive to me! Woo! Unintentional hiatuses are wonderful things. 🙂 I’m ready to be done with snow too, and weather warm enough to play tennis again would be great. I hope the new season of The 100 is super amazing for you!

  8. I’ve got an eARC of The Raging Ones too, looking forward to reading it! And Bring Me Their Hearts sounds super interesting (and what a great cover)! You also always find such pretty covers to share. It doesn’t even snow here, but I am also just so ready for the weather to heat up so that I can stop having to check the temperature every time I need to leave the house and figuring out what I’m going to wear. I just want to put on shorts and go, dammit!

  9. Yay for spring! Even if I haven’t seen much spring-like weather yet…but I’m sure it’ll warm up soon! 🙂
    And those covers really are pretty, especially the one for Brave Enough! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing my post, and have a great April 🙂

  10. I still need to get Obsidio but I really want to re-read the first two because it’s been FOREVER. Ooh I hope you liked Brazen. I reviewed that the other day, and I really loved it. 🙂

    I did notice you were gone, but that’s okay! We all need little breaks, and obviously we’ll still be here whenever you do come back. 🙂


  11. You got so man wonderful books in March. Lately, I’ve seen Life L1k3 and everyone is saying great things about it. I want to read Sky in the Deep so badly. I really hope you liked. I’ll be waiting for your review (I’m so “lazy” when it comes to writing reviews).

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  12. So jealous of some books from your haul–Listen to Your Heart, Bring Me Their Hearts, and LIFEL1K3. I did get Bring Me Their Hearts as an eARC, but it’s so pretty! I’ll probably get a finished copy if I end up liking it. xD The cover for A Curse So Dark and Lovely is AMAZING AHHH MUCH NEED!!!

  13. 12 books is certainly okay 🙂 I read only 11 😀 (which for me is quite a lot!)
    I don’t have Obsidio yet (and I’m not sure when I will), so that’s pretty exciting!

    And I wish it was finally spring! It’s so wintry here still. It was raining for a change the other day, but I’m still not sure I won’t wake up to snow another morning 😀

  14. I’ll be excited for spring when it finally hits 60, until then it’s all lies. And you already read Obsidio? How was it? I’ve honestly been a bit afraid of that one! And I’m reading The Traitor’s Game as well! It’s slow going, but I like it so far!

  15. Eeeeeep how amazing was Obsidio? Wasn’t it amazing? It was amazing, right? And trading Bygone Badass Broads was a great choice because I really loved that book. Really great for a bit of bedtime reading. (Although the stories didn’t inspire as many badass dreams as I would have liked.)

  16. Great month you had! You seriously did way better this month than me (12 books vs. 2 books). But hopefully, I’l try to change that curse to reading more books next month! 😀 Also, congrats on all the little goodies you’ve won! I really need to read the Illuminate series soon (if I actually own them at this moment, which will change) LOL!

  17. I am so ready for the spring weather. Also, I finally caved and bought Illuminae so I can’t wait to get to reading the series!! You also got Life Like and State of Sorrow which are two books I have had my eye on for a little while now 😀

  18. “And let’s be real, did you even know I was gone? I didn’t even know I was gone, for goodness sake!” I felt that in my soul. I feel this should just be my motto. 12 books is still really good! I also bought Obsidio but I haven’t even gotten to Gemina yet. I plan to re-read Illuminae then dive into the others. I hope April has treated you well.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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