Welcome to January’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:

We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken

Huge thanks to Entangled Teen, Scholastic, and Disney & Big Honcho Media!! 


Huge thanks to Random House, Disney, & Candlewick for the review copies! 


I only bought two Kindle cheapies and I am impressed with my restraint in general. Be proud, friends. Be very proud! 


Hugest of thanks to these lovelies: Rashika (who was my Secret Santa!) for the books and goodies,  Chana & Malka @ Paper Procrastinators for the lovely package, Emma @ Miss Print, and Author Ellie Marney!! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read  11 books this month. I was doing okay! And then I got super sick and so then I didn’t do so great but such is life.

This was such a “meh” month! A couple of these were pretty good, but nothing above a 4 star until Warrior of the Wild. Eh, they can’t all be mind-blowing months! 

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!

Look at all the pretty colors, woooo!

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • I am MOVING in a few days, knock on wood. Because you never know when things can go wrong, right? But hopefully! And when I do, I will take bookshelf pictures or something fun. But also, expect me to be busy as heck, and also really tired but I promise I will do my best here! 
  • I have also over-scheduled myself for February. Too many ARCs, too many tours,  but honestly, did I know I’d be moving? No. I also didn’t know that I’d be sick for a huge chunk of January either. Le sigh. Wish me luck! 
  • The 100 Season 6 premiere date has been announced: Get ready for April 30! This also means that I really need to get my shit together and do that wrap-up I keep promising ?
  • Bookish Games started! But also I am dead already. #JahaOut

  • Is everyone nice and sick of winter yet? I am. The snow. The cold. The lack of The 100. It all must end. 😀 

Have a great February, loves!

Posted January 31, 2019 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 45 Comments

45 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: January 2019

  1. You bought Everything Under the Sun! Yay! Now I’ll be all nervous for you to read it because somewhow anytime I recommend a book I feel personally resposible for the persona’s reading enjoyment. LOL Like it all rests on my shoulders. Ha! Starworld looks interesting – I’ll be checking that one out. Hope the move goes smoothly! My move was almost 5 months ago and I still have 3 boxes sitting in the guest room. Womp womp.

    • YEP! I did, I knew I needed it! Bwhahah I promise, if I don’t like it, I will blame it on someone else ? But I have liked other books by the author, and this sounds like my kind of book, so I assume I will!

      And thanks so much- seriously why is moving such a complete nightmare!? You should see how completely unprepared I am, oops?

  2. Thanks for including us in your wrap up!

    And I’m glad you enjoyed the package even though you now have 2 copies of Floored. I hope the move goes easily and that February ends up being more relaxing than you expect. I also feel like the new and pretty covers section perfectly matches my aesthetic ?

    • Apparently, Rashika (who was my Secret Santa) bought it from a different list! Can you even imagine the odds? Bwhahha. But I appreciate it and wanted to thank you all ???

      And thank you- I really hope it isn’t the nightmare I am anticipating, though as I look around the room… well it isn’t looking good hhahahha.

  3. Ooh you got The Devouring Gray. You’ll have to spill when you read it- I’ve been debating that one. And you got some Expanse action too haha! Warrior of the Wild was good I take it??

    Thanks for the shout out. 🙂

    Nowhere on Earth huh? Plus it’s Nick Lake (still gotta read that other one). Nice cover. Is that a dystopian? Ah I must go look…

    • I definitely will! Apparently it’s the start of a duology too. Whcih Idk how I feel about that- I usually like mysteries to be standalones, but we’ll see!

      Yeah so I ummm *might* have impulsively purchased the Nick Lake one? Idk why I just… did. I need to read like ALL of this stuff (I have at least 3) and yet.. here I am buying another one. When I SWORE I would buy Echoes next, ugh. Such a fail.

  4. Sorry to hear you were sick, but 11 books is still pretty awesome. Not one, but TWO copies of Floored. You are doubly lucky. Good luck with the move. I hope you and your children are happy in your new home. I am curious is you are going to read Blood Heir. That’s one sad YA tale with that book. And, yes, I am tired of winter. I thought I was going to lose my toes at the bus stop this morning.

    • Aw thanks! And seriously- the funniest part is, I was Rashika’s Secret Santa 2 years ago and I accidentally got HER a duplicate book- so I guess that is just what we do ?

      And thank you- I reallly hope we will be. I am so scared of the school change, I think that is the thing giving me the most apprehension, I love their schools SO much right now. So that is hard.

      UGH so. I don’t know what to do with Blood Heir! Do I wait in case it’s re-published? I have no idea! I was so looking forward to it too. And seriously, it is too cold to function at this point!

  5. Thanks for sharing my post!

    I got an ARC for House of Salt and Sorrows too! So excited to read it! I’m looking forward to reading Warrior of the Wild!! I read like 7 books last month so January was really good for me too! Good luck with moving! I can’t wait to read The Boy Who Steals Houses and that cover is awesome.

  6. Oooh, haven’t seen that Stepsister book before, but I like Jennifer Donnelly, so I may have to reach out to the publisher for that one. I’ve got an ARC of The Everlasting Rose to read this month as well. Warrior of the Wild is one I was looking forward to, so glad to hear it got at least 4 stars from you! I hope to buy a new house and move this summer, but I’m already starting to think about packing up all my books. 🙂 You can check out my end of the month post HERE.

    • I hadn’t heard of it either- had no idea she even had a new book coming out, but it sounds really good! Warrior of the Wild was by FAR my favorite book of the month, so hopefully you’ll like it too! Dude, the book packing is the WORST PART it might actually kill me. Especially because when you finally pack them, they’re impossible to lift! I hope everything works out for you moving, too!

    • Beth W

      (also, I hope the move goes smoothly and that you recover fully and soon from the illness and that you don’t have to unpack everything right away. Take it easy on yourself!)

  7. Oooh pretty BOOKS and also super excited for We Told Six Lies and House of Salt And Sorrow (are reading/ditching Blood Heir? That was a very intense week on twitter regarding it eep.) And THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY SON’S COVER. ???the best. RIP your death in the bookish games though…??

    • Get yourself less excited about We Told Six Lies- worst book of the month, I’m afraid ? And dude, GOOD QUESTION about Blood Heir. I probably won’t read it for now since it’s been pulled? But like. I would give it another chance down the road? And you’re so right about it being so intense!

      HA thanks, I died so quickly this time! I didn’t even get to recruit to my neighborhood! What is that!?! And YES of course I love it and like is it April yet because I NEED.

  8. Kel

    We are proud of you and glad you’re feeling better! I don’t know what is was about January, but EVERYONE seemed to be sick. Good luck with the move! I’m excited for you, but also I know how tiring and annoying moving can be. I hope everything goes smoothly and you like the new place!

    • Aw thanks! Seriously, it was a TERRIBLE month for illness. The kids were sick, my dad got sick, I was a MESS. Hopefully it’ll be better in February hah.

      And thank you SO MUCH ♥♥♥ I am SUPER overwhelmed at the moment because packing is EVIL, evil I tell you, and I am just… there is so much to do and I am just ONE PERSON you know? I basically just want it to be over hahah.

  9. I am very very very sick of winter just as well, you’re not alone ? It seems like you’ve read a lot this last month that’s so amazing! I’m curious to hear your thoughts about We Set The Dark On Fire, I’ve been anticipating this one the most, I think haha 🙂
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post! <3
    Best of luck for all the moving, moving is always exhausting, take some time for yourself and take care, Shannon!!Sending you strength and tons of love <3

  10. I am definitely tired of winter! And it doesn’t help that today was a freakish 50 degrees! Stop teasing me with spring temperatures Mother Nature!!!!!

    Glad you are feeling better because being sick sucks!!!! Here’s to an easy move and a better February!!!

    • Goodness yes, same here! I was so confused, like last week I didn’t leave the house for DAYS because life was cancelled and now BAM, it’s spring. So weird. And then it’ll be freezing and snowing again in no time I am sure. Ughhh.

      And thank you so much! Hope you have a great February too!

  11. shooting

    I only read 7 books in January. Sigh. Hopefully I can do better in February, but we’ll see. It’s a shorter month too, so you never know. LOL yay for moving. I hope that all goes well!! I’m LOVING Cait’s book cover for The Boy Who Steals Houses.


  12. OOH The Everlasting Rose – I so badly want to read that! *_*

    I’m so sorry you’ve been so ill! I was bed bound with flu in November. It was AWFUL.

    I hope the move goes well!

  13. Danielle Hammelef

    11 books is awesome, especially when you have so much else going on in life. Warrior of the Wild is a must read for me. I hope the move went as planned.

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