Welcome to November’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 author Sara Allyn! 


Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster, Entangled Teen, Harper, & Tor! 


It’s fun to buy books sometimes! I pre-ordered Umbertouchedand then ordered The Invasion halfway through reading The Call!


Birthday fun!! Thanks to my loveliest people, Holly, Val, and Rashika for The Hunger Games 10th Anniversary editions! Pictures don’t even do them justice, tbh. Thanks too to Val for Exit Strategy which I did not take a picture of because laziness. And to the lovely Kel, for the gift card that I will have bought books from by the next time we’re here! 😀 Love you guysss! ♥♥♥

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 11 books this month.

And tbh, it’s a quality over quantity month and that is fine with me! I didn’t dislike any of these, and quite liked most of them, 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! (I don’t think this was even a slow month, I just think I was a slow blogger. Sorry!)

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!

So. Much. Pretty.

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • I started my job this month. It is okay I guess. We’ll see. But I am more tired than I have been in ages, so things may be a little sparser around here. But I am still trying! All work and no play, or something like that?
  • Bookish Games is OVER. This is why you should never kill Shannon. I mean, was it a coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe killing Victor is a terrible life choice. (Fine, it’s both of those things I guess.) Anyway, Mafia won, which…  I’ll be grumpy until I win again (wait what if I never win again!?) Anyway, Asti promised a new post soon, so subscribe to her blog so you don’t miss stuff. Or you know, don’t, so I can be sure I can play again 😉 
  • The 100 hiatus is being a real beast this year. I feel like even though it was longer last year, we were fed more? Isn’t it time for a trailer or a release date, or something? I am actually not even done with my first rewatch yet though, which is a little shocking, yeah?
  • I made holiday cards this year! Which is how I decided was the best way to announce to the world that my divorce is finally final! I accept any and all party GIFs in the comments! 

And have a great December, loves!

Posted November 30, 2018 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 19 Comments

19 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: November 2018

  1. Wow! Those Hunger Games books are beautiful! Kudos to the designer. A woot-woot for a good reading month. Those words are music to my ears. I hope your job continues to be ok, and the adjustment isn’t too bad. Here’s to new beginnings!

  2. I am not sure how to insert a party GIF in a comment, so YAAAAAAAAAAAY will be my party GIF haha. Congratulations on the new job and yay for the divorce being final, just as well! That’s great news to start your new month with 🙂 I hope you’ll get used to the working rhythm again, take care of yourself! <3
    I'm curious to hear what you think of Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful, I've been so intrigued by this read for a little while now!
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post <3 I hope December will be amazing! <3

  3. I was following the Bookish Games on twitter and it was very entertaining! I can’t wait for the next one. Congrats on having your divorce finalized! That must be a huge weight off your shoulders! I hope things go well for you at your new job. Also, you know what they say all work and no play makes for a very dull life 😉

  4. Love the cover of The Wise and the Wicked. That alone is enough to get me to take a closer look. Love those editions of THG! I haven’t seen them before but… wow! OMG I can’t believe you read Bird Box. I am howling (or chirping, or something).

    Congrats of the divorce! Gotta feel great to finally have it behind you!!

  5. Danielle Hammelef

    So many beautiful books! I just finished my ARC of The Disasters and enjoyed getting to know these characters and world the entire way through. Congrats on the job and I wish you the best of luck in your new marital status. You’ve made some tough decisions this year.

  6. Those Hunger Games editions are amazing. Love those. and The Invasion looks freaky! Clearly I need to read The Call. 🙂

    The sky So Heavy sounds like something I’d like as well. I need more post apoc.

    Let’s see… Bookish Games. If I was Asti, where would I put Shannon? Town or Mafia? I vote for Mafia. And thanks for linking my post! 🙂

  7. Ahh those anniversary Hunger Games editions though 😍and I WANT the Beholder just for that cover ajdfklsd (totally a legit reason, we all know) also *sends all the encouragement and hugs* for starting your new job and finalising your divorce and doing all these busy and huge things. YOU QUEEN. I hope you do get some rest 💛💛 Oh and I also got The Great Unknowable End and I’m reading it now!

  8. Ugh, jobs are so tiring. Can’t we all just read all day??? I hope the job isn’t too bad though! And yay for your divorce being finalized!!!
    I like the new Hunger Games editions. Beautiful covers.


  9. *tries to add a celebration gif, but doesn’t know how to do it* Bit is the intention that counts, right? Anyway, congratulations on the new job and on the divorce being final. 🙂 I’m in love with that new edition of The Hunger Games. It’s so GORGEOUS! <3 Thanks for sharing the link. I've bee wanting to buy for a while but I was afraid to order the wrong edition (it already happened). The cover of Sorcery of Thorns and Spin the Dawn is so pretty.

    Wishes of a happy month!

  10. Kel

    I’m so glad you had a happy birthday, Shannon! You deserve it after the crazy year you’ve had. I feel you on the job and the tiredness. I keep hearing those old exercise videos when I get home and don’t feel like doing bar prep: “DIG DEEPER!” Lol. And thank you for reminding me I need to get Christmas cards out this weekend. Right after grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning and . . . remind me again why we became adults? But really, take it easy, blog at whatever pace feels doable and fun, and I hope you and the kids have a happy holiday season!

  11. Your collection of eARCs had such beautiful covers I almost got them confused with the Fancy and New covers for a minute (which are also beautiful). Thanks so much for including me in the Blogosphere Bulletin this month! Blogging has been tough recently, but it’s nice to see that the content we manage to put out is enjoyed! And congrats on all the newness in your life!

  12. Oh wow, I am so out of the loop for books releasing next year because I don’t recognise any of the new books you got! Which is good because I am on a buying ban so I am not supposed to be looking at upcoming books. I know how much you love the hunger games though so I am so glad you could get those lovely 10th anniversary editions <3 Yay for the divorce being finalised! And yay for starting the new job! I hope things go well for you there <3

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