Welcome to July’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:

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness & Rovina Cai

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada 

Huge thanks to Macmillan, Harper, and Simon & Schuster



Huge thanks to Harper, Chronicle, Tor, Sourcebooks, and author Kimberly G. Giarratano for the review copies! 


‘Twas a Kindle daily deal, yay! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 10 books and honestly Idk how. When I got to halfway through July I had only read 3 or something crazy, so this is impressive.

The month started out so rough. The back half was a bit better thank goodness because just… yikes. I’ll be reviewing pretty much all of these in the next month, so yay! 

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!

ARC August

The lovelies at Read.Sleep.Repeat are again doing their annual ARC August Challenge! I used to get wayyy too competitive with myself over this in years past, so my basic goal here is this: Finish my September ARCs that I have to read, and read a few August/September ARCs that I want to read. This way, I am getting a little balance. Plus, I am really awesome and only have three September ARCs I requested!

In years past, I’d have tried to hammer out through December, but I am not. Oh no, because I have ARCs that damn it, I just plain want to read and I should do so! So.. here they are!

And if I don’t get to them all, that’s totally fine too!!

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • Remember when I bitched about The 100 hiatus for 11 months? Well, it starts again next week. You may want to just run away now, while you still can. Meanwhile, I’ll be broken from whatever finale feels they gut me with, then I shall be in mourning for a good month or two. 
  • Searching for jobs is the devil’s game. Guys. How do people find employment? Because I can’t. 
  • Sammy, my 4 Year Old, as we drove past the airport: “Mom, let’s take one of those planes to Mississippi and tell all the people there why Donald Trump is the worst.” WELP, looks like my work here is done. (Incidentally, I have no idea why Mississippi, but also, he’s not wrong?) 
  • When moving, you will need at least 10 times the amount of boxes you think you’ll need for book packing. Maybe more. I thought 5-6 boxes would fit all my books. Turns out it fits one shelf. Out of 4. And it’s the smallest shelf. How precious am I?

Happy August, loves!

Posted July 31, 2018 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 41 Comments

41 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: July 2018

  1. Ooh you got Ness? And what did you think of The Other Side of Lost? I mean, I guess I could wait for your review… if you plan on reviewing it. But I’m hoping it was good! Oh, you are reviewing it, I see. Guess I should read the WHOLE post before I reply…

    I just read a good review for Heretics Anonymous today, and now I’m intrigued!

    The Triumphant is my favorite of the new covers. So awesome.

    I hope you’re using 2 Men and a Truck or something similar for your moving needs? I remember once when I moved in college I threw all my shit in the truck but the books- the precious books- those had to go in the car so they wouldn’t be *damaged*. Priorities you know.

    • Oh my goodness. I TOLD YOU THIS because I asked you if you wanted my extra copy. I throw my hands in the air in frustration. 😂 I also told you that I hated The Other Side of Lost bwhahah. I am offended that you pay no attention!

      Heretics Anonymous was… okay? I mean, it wasn’t terrible, and it was a pretty quick book, but it also wasn’t fabulous.

      I have no idea what 2 Men and a Truck is? But if it costs money then no, no I am not. I hauled the boxes myself. And I put them into my mom’s SUV. So I have… 2 Women and a Buick?

  2. All the pretty books!! I can’t wait to see what you think of The Other Side of Lost. Love the covers for Circus Hearts and The Quiet at the End of the World. Good luck with ARC August. I am good on current ARCs but have a bunch of old ones I should really work through soon. Ugh looking for a job must suck. And moving. Sorry friend!

    • The Other Side of Lost was… not great tbh. I will be doing my review probably in the next couple days. I wish I had more positive stuff to say about it but… it was my least favorite of her books. And that is how I am with current ARCs but I always like to get ahead- plus get to some I got at conferences and such! As for the old ones… I finally read one last night from BEA 2016 😂 And thanks, that is very sweet of you. I hope you’re doing well too- you’re always in my thoughts ♥♥♥

    • Bwhaha right? He’s so smart! And well. It IS a lot of stress, and I am nowhere near done, but… eventually, right?

      And it sounds fabulous- I am starting it tonight! It’s on Netgalley, I found it in the Sci-fi/Fantasy section! Tor is the publisher!

  3. Ohhh moving with books is NOT FUN. 😭😭I ended up with 13 boxes and my parents were just like: why. (But pfft they wanted to move. I am not a smol substance to move peoples.) 😂But anyway good luck with finding a job! I can imagine how stressful that would be too. *sends motivational cake* But at least you know your small humans are being raised so right. :’) That is very precious.

    And eep, yay for all the ARCs and getting them done! I have these wild ideas to read SO MUCH in August and like really crack down on my eARCs but…haha. Probably dreaming. I need a nap.😂

    • HA sounds like very much NOT your fault, since THEY wanted to move. I am up to I *think* 10 boxes? And I still have three HUGE, double-stacked shelves. It’s very, very bad haha. Aw thanks for the motivational cake, it is DELICIOUS hah.

      DUDE why do we have such unreasonable expectations of ourselves? The worst part? I got MORE eARCS since then so now I am just a mess. We both need and deserve naps.

  4. Good luck with ARC August! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of After the Fire. That book has been on my TBR list forever. I hope you’re able to find a job. I’m in the same boat with the job hunting. Supposedly the economy is wonderful and there are jobs everywhere, but none of them seem to want me. I promise I’m a nice human! Hire me! I want to live!

    • Aw thanks! I will definitely be reviewing it- it has been on mine forever too, i actually almost bought it from the UK until I realized it was being published here!

      Good luck to you, too! And seriously- I refuse to believe that there is ANYTHING positive about this country at the moment, and since the supposed “good” economy is clearly a sick lie, so yeah. And RIGHT!? I can’t even get an interview for them to SEE that I am nice people! Let’s form a support group.

  5. I think one reason book lovers have so many books is that we don’t SEE how many we have. hah So yeah, you’ll need more boxes…but it’s okay. 😉

    That’s hilarious about your son! And true, he’s not wrong about the state, but that’s funny he chose that particular one. 🙂

    Oh gosh, I hate job searching. Feel free to write me if you ever want to complain, as I’ve been job hunting for awhile now! Not that I want to discourage you. It all depends on what you’re looking for/where you live too!

    Good luck with ARC August. I don’t have too many ARCs for August/September…but we’ll see what I get done; not that I’m officially doing the challenge. hah I’m so curious about Sadie and Not Even Bones so I hope those are good.


    • HA yesss you are so right! The worst part is, they are double (and even TRIPLE) stacked on some of the other bookshelves- it’s going to be a NIGHTMARE, and honestly the boxes are so HEAVY. Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for that!

      Right about Sammy? I think it was because when I was in NOLA, I said I should have gone to Mississippi to get it the hell over with, and I think he just liked the sound of its name? Or he’s too smart for his own good, which is also true. Probably a little of both!

      Aw thank you so much! I hope that you have some luck soon, too! It is SO hard- I live in a notoriously awful area, I have even tried looking outside the area because I don’t know what to DO anymore ugh. Why is it so hard!!?

      I don’t have a lot for August/September either- I’d actually finished all my August ones but then I got another one ha. But only 3 for September too. But it’s fun to join anyway since I have plenty of ones that I don’t *have* to read!

  6. Ooh, how’d you like Heretics Anonymous? It looks like one of those quirky books I could either love or hate, depending on where the story goes. And I totally feel your pain when it comes to moving books. xD The last time my family moved and I packed up my room, almost every single box was filled with books. I had maybe two boxes that actually contained other personal belongings.

  7. Ahhh wow This Cruel Design and We Set The Dark On Fire are two of my most anticipated reads, it’s so, so great that you get to read them soon – I hope you’ll love them, I can’t wait to hear what you think 😀
    You’ve also read some great books: I can’t wait for See All The Stars, Hidden Pieces and The Other Side of Lost and I LOVED Warcross so, so much 😀
    Best of luck for moving and for the job hunt, you can do this, I’m sending you all the positive vibes and love <3 <3 wishing you an amazing August! <3

    • Aw thanks! I hope you get to read them soon toO! This Cruel Design was like actual dreams coming true, I was SO THRILLED. Hidden Pieces was good! The others… well they weren’t great? I’ll be reviewing them by Monday or Tuesday though! Warcross was good though!

      And thank you SO much! I hope you have a great August too! ♥♥♥

  8. Thank you so much for including our post in your Blogosphere Bulletin!!! It’s kinda crazy to see people reading and enjoying our posts!

    Bookwise, I really want to read Check, Please since I’ve heard such great things! And I’m really loving The Deceivers cover. Such great contrast going on! I also think I might take part in ARC August. My TBR has gotten a bit too big for my liking, and about half of the books on there are ARCs, so focusing on them would really help make a dent.

    • AWW of course! I am happy to spread the love when I find awesome blogs and posts! 😀

      I have heard great things about Check, Please too! I need to get to it this month actually! I TOTALLY agree about The Deceivers cover- the contrast is the best part, it just seems so fresh! Oh yay, I hope you participate- I like that it’s low key, no pressure, but it does help make a dent when you have a lot of ARCs!

  9. I have been seeing lots of good things for Check Please, and the package adorable. Maybe someday I will rate some mail. I wholly approve of the Hello Kitty background. A+ for that. I am eager to read your reviews to see which were not pleasing, because we read a bunch of common books (please tell me you like Kirby’s new book)

    • You rate mail NOW if you ask me. Man, if I was a publicist, my friends would all be hooked up 😂 Hahah how random is the Hello Kitty though!? I literally was wandering around my room aimlessly and was like, EH that looks good! It is wrapping paper actually! I ummm did not like Kirby’s new book? I know, I know, you loved it, and I am SO glad you did. I was REALLY expecting to like it so it was a very sad situation for me! My review will be up by Monday or Tuesday!

    • I am SO excited for both of those too! The Quiet at the End of the World will be published in the UK first, but most of the author’s books have followed to the US about a year or two later- I of course will be pre-ordering from the UK because I neeeed it!

  10. I hope you love Mirage more than I did! And omg so jealous about Wildcard AHHH I cannot wait to get my hands on it. ♥ ALSO HEROINE. If you have Edelweiss tips, I’d love to hear them. xD

    OMG SAMMY SOUNDS SO CUTE I LOVE HIM ALREADY. ♥ You’ve clearly taught him well. 😉

    Thanks for sharing my post, lovely! Have an amazing month. ^_^

    • GAH I hope so too, it’s one of my most anticipated! I am looking forward to Wildcard too! DUDE, I wish I had Edelweiss tips- it seems so RANDOM! Like, I knew people who had been getting approved for actual YEARS who started getting rejected?! I don’t get why I don’t? Maybe I will one of these days and then I will be VERY sad. I am jealous of all the auto-approved folks who don’t have to worry about this!

      Sammy is THE BEST. He’s like, creepy smart but also super lovable? Idk, he is so stinking cute, I wish I could share him because he’s good for making people smile!

      And of course! Hope you have a great month too!

  11. Damn you gave me heart palpitations! I only had 2 arc’s for this month then saw your August reading list and I have several of those books from ALA and panicked. They’re THIS month!!! But you’re reading ahead…*calms back down* lol

    I got Check Please too but I’m not really sure what it is 🙂

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Oh no, sorry!! If it helps, the chances that I will read ANY ALA books before they come out is pretty slim 😂 I do read ahead though, at least with ARCs! And I think it’s a graphic novel about a college hockey team? I have actually heard good things so I am probably going to give it a try!

  12. Sorry the job search isn’t going well, but at least you’ve got the parenting down. 🙂

    I got so behind on The 100 again, I’m actually happy for a hiatus because maybe I’ll catch up? (I know, very selfish of me. But then I’ll be able to go back and read all your posts because I love them!)

    • Aw thanks!! 😀

      And oh my goodness, CATCH UP hahah. But they’ll be on Netflix soon too so you can watch without commercials and such! I DO love that you love the posts though- since a LOT of work goes into them, I am glad when someone besides me cares 😂

  13. When I packed up my books I thought I would only need 4-5 boxes and I needed 9. I FEEL YOUR STRUGGLE.

    OOH, I’m really looking forward to reading your thoughts on The Cerulean! I LOVE the cover, so I hope the book is really good. XD

  14. I’m sorry that the job search isn’t going too well. I’m sending you positive vibes so that something turns up for you soon. I plan on reading Sadie too! I hope you enjoy it and I’m really excited to see your thoughts on Wildcard. Oh and you are doing a wonderful job in the parenting department. I’m sure some days it doesn’t feel like it but Sammy is obviously turning out to be a great kid so GOOD JOB!!!

    I hope August is better for you!

  15. Last year I applied for over 200 jobs, continuing in education and leaving the education field. It was ridiculous and miserable and I hated it. It is so weird. I have had friends change jobs or leave teaching for something different. A lot come out with such great success stories with their new jobs, and I’m just like “How?” I do want to leave education one day, but I am getting terrified I might never be able to. It is so rough. Keep trying and keep your chin up! It is hard. And moving sucks all the way around. Those bookcases are deceptive!

  16. Ah, you’ve already read Vox. Am planning to read because of The Handmail’s Tale vibe. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

    Thanks for the shoutout. Wooohoo, I am already featured two months in a row. I must be doing something right. 🙂

    Gosh, you have so many things on your plate with the moving houses and the job hunting. I am clueless with moving houses, if I have to do it, maybe I’ll just chuck the whole bookshelf on the moving truck??? But I’m pretty sure you’ll ace your way through both. Best of luck!

  17. Oh circus hearts has such a pretty cover. I’m curious to see what you will think of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I’ve heard very little about how people feel aobut the book so far compared to others coming out around the same time.

  18. Kel

    Oh man, I feel you so strongly on July being a month of crazy and the moving stuff and the job search and everything! I’ve come to realize I will need at least twice as many bins/boxes as I originally envisioned, and that’s before we even start on books and knick knacks. As always, if I can be any help on job search, life, etc., just let me know. Hang in there!

  19. I haven’t read a single one of these, which I guess makes sense if they’re mostly ARCs. I will read everything Patrick Ness ever writes though. Even the ones I don’t love are still INTERESTING.

    I have to start moving back into my classroom and somehow, between books I brought home to “maybe read” and books I brought home to tempt my daughter with and books I bought over the summer, it’s going to take me a dozen boxes to get my classroom library books back to my classroom–which is already full of books!

    Job hunting sucks. I’m just going to stay at my present job until I die. Good luck though, and A+ parenting for sure! When he-who-shall-not-be-named won, my then 10 year old wailed, ‘But I don’t WANNA move to Canada!”

  20. Danielle Hammelef

    Your ARC august looks exciting! I received an ARC of Pioneer from the author and I will be reading that as soon as I get through my promised deadline reviews. I love your 4 year old’s comment!

  21. We have Heroine in common and I am so excited to read it! Also, exciting that you have an ARC of Ness’s upcoming book. I hope you enjoy all your new reads. I really hope a job comes up soon. Job hunting is never easy DD: I moved at the beginning of summer and totally feel you on the boxes (also because – BOOKS!) And I love your son’s comment xD I cracked up!!

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