Welcome to May’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:

Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

Are You Listening? by Tille Walden

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl

Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

Huge thanks to Page Street Kids, HMH, & Macmillan! 


Huge thanks to Del Ray, Entangled, Harper, Berkely, Candlewick, and Simon & Schuster! 


I did not buy any physical books! Be proud! Also, every one of my Kindle buys? Bought with no-rush rewards. Zero dollars spent, like a damn boss


Nothing this month! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 12 books this month. Which is made even more impressive by the fact that The Wanderers is 800 pages. Eight. Hundred. That’s at least 3 regular-sized books, just saying. 

This was a pretty good reading month! A few were a tad disappointing, but overall, nothing that made me want to throw them out the window, so there’s that! 

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!

Where you at, all my covers? Eh at least these are good! 

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • Bookish Games are back! And somehow my dumb ass is still alive, yayyyy! But I am probably jinxing myself right now, so yeah. But go watch us fight about random stuff, it’s amusing! 
  • We’ve been gifted the first five episodes of The 100It’s been a ride so far, too. I won’t say much because spoilers but… Sanctum, you bananas. 
  • If you haven’t watched The Society on Netflix yet, GO, do it! It is seriously one of the most wildly entertaining and watchable shows ever. It’s like Gone, except I actually loved it 😂
  • Life is… interesting? Okay let’s take a peek at my May: My kitchen caught on fire, true story. My children have started karate, which is actually going really well. It’s been super hot here, like hot enough to go swimming? Next month is extra bananas, with Sammy graduating from Preschool (😭😭😭), going with my aunt to her beach house, and ALA! So here, have some pictures!

Have a great June, loves!

Posted May 31, 2019 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 30 Comments

30 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: May 2019

  1. I currently have about 10 Goodreads tabs open after reading your post, so if I add 10 new books to my TBR, I have you to glare at. I always love having you around during every edition of the Bookish Games, Shannon! ♥

    • Bwhahah SORRY! I mean really sorry because I know how TBRs can be. But… hopefully good books? And AW you are the sweetest! I am so glad that you are moderating now because I feel like it gives us more of a chance to chat, and I miss chatting with you! BUT I am so glad that things are going so well for you because seriously no one deserves it more ♥♥♥

  2. Okay, how did you get yourself an eARC of Find Me Their Bones? I just went and checked on both Edelweiss and NetGalley, and I didn’t see it available to request in either spot. Did you request it from the publisher directly?

    Your kiddos look so cute in their karate outfits. Glad you’re having a fun start to summer!

  3. Ha I tell myself that all the time with large books haha.

    I’m glad there is also another cover for the Chambers books because that first one that was released was a mess…

    • Oh fun! Val got the same one too- it’s so hard with the boxes because I swear, every month there is one or two books in each box that I want and then I feel bad- though I will say, I read a book that was outside my comfort zone in the last box and it ended up being really good, so. Maybe they’re onto something haha.

      Oh my goodness, I am SO glad that everything was fine for you! It is seriously so scary. My aunt bought me a microwave thank goodness because we had all the people come in for estimates and such, and the contractor said it’ll be at LEAST until August before he can get it all done, he’s really backed up. But he might be able to get an oven in before that? I hope, anyway ugh. I am SO glad that it wasn’t worse though- in a sense it’s pretty damn lucky!

    • RIGHT?! I had no idea at first- but after like, a LONG time reading I was only at 2% and started to get suspicious, so I looked it up and… well I nearly fainted I think 😂 My goal is to read more graphic novels actually, so good for you!!

  4. That is an impressive number of books!! Plus an 800 page one… I can see why you rejoice! 😉 Hiro Loves Kite sounds cute. And I need to check out The Society! I’m always looking for new Netflix fare. ❤️ And thank you for sharing my post. Happy reading Shannon!!

  5. Beth W

    Congrats on Kindling with wisdom! I hope the kitchen fire drama is now smoothly wrapping up in the best possible way, and I’m glad there’s beach house chill time in the future to look forward to. Also, ALA. Yay! I just discovered The Society yesterday and added it to my Netflix queue, but The 100 is top priority (debating whether to binge those today, or watch my overdue Dr Who library DVDs….hrmmmmmm). I’ve been in a YA scifi book mood lately, so thanks for linking your reads above, as always, so I can expand my TBR pile (as always). 😀

    • Aw thanks! I was pretty impressed with myself too hah. I at least have a microwave that my aunt bought me- the kitchen had one of those over-the-stove built-in deals, and who KNOWS when that will be replaced. I seriously wish the beach would be chill, but I mean, a tiny house with 2 kids sounds… well frankly it sounds evil, but I am trying to be kind of positive? (I know, I know, I sound like the biggest Debbie Downer but look, this is the best I can do 😂) Adulting is… special.

      DUDE always The 100. Your choice must ALWAYS be The 100. Dr Who can wait hah. The Society is so binge-worthy that I recommend finishing Dr Who first or you won’t be able to stop 😉

      Oh YAY I am glad I am not the only one craving sci-fi lately- I have been on SUCH a kick! So no worries, more will be coming! I got a few Kindle deals already this month hah.

  6. You know I am cooing over the picture of your children. Love it! Have a Little Faith in Me has my interest. I hope it’s good for you.

  7. Kel

    $0 spent?!! I’m so proud and so happy to not be the only frugal spender (cough cheapskate) in the room! (Ironically, I just spent money on books yesterday, lol.) I hope the kids are loving karate! I did martial arts for a few years during college, then never made it back after my semester in Spain; I keep meaning to pick it up again, but hasn’t happened yet. That’s awesome that you’re going to get a break and some relaxing time with the beach house trip and ALA! I hope you have an amazing time in DC!

  8. Danielle Hammelef

    From the book covers, you read everything–sci-fi, thrillers, and big books too (800 pages???).

  9. Ahh I’m glad you had a good month! And hey for summer feels. (It’s officially getting cold enough for jeans here now so…woah wildness. 😂) And I had a weird reading month with loving Finale, but otherwise feeling pretty meh about the rest. Here’s to hoping June WOWs us with good books!! Also those covers omg 😍

  10. We’ve definitely had some warm days, but I haven’t been able to swim yet…hopefully soon! I do love being in the pool when it’s so hot. LOL I hope you have a great time at ALA. I’m hoping to go next year when it’s back in Chicago because it’s not TOO terribly far from me. I miss all my bloggy friends!! Great job on your reading for May too. I’m not sure how long an 800-page book would take me but probably a really really long time. haha


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