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:

Hugest of thanks to Entangled Teen! I read and LOVED this one! There was also a cool notebook but it’s still in my UD suitcase, so. Thanks!! 


Huge thanks to the publishers, so many most-anticipated books here! 


I treated myself to this series finale because duh! Now if I could just have some time to read the thing… 


Hugest of thanks to the lovelies I traded with! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 13 books this month. Which… look, I read 12 of these by the 20th, so I should have read more. A conversation with myself:

Me: I will be reading like, a record number of books this month! I have like, 30+ hours on a plane to read!

Also Me: ::Sleeps the entire time::

Most of these were pretty good! Actually, I don’t think I hated any of them, which is quite impressive! And there’s definitely a 5-star or two in the bunch! 

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!

Guys, I didn’t really find many this month! Share if you have some!! (Especially since Horrid isn’t really pretty, just impressively… well, horrid.)

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • Unity Days was beyond amazing! And yes, the post is coming- soon! But there is just so much to stuff into one post and I obviously need to do it justice. I thought about leaving a picture or two, but decided I shall make you wait because I am evil like that. 
  • Scythe Bookish Games are coming up! I, for one, am quite masochistically excited. 

Have a great February, Loves!!

Posted January 31, 2020 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 29 Comments

29 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: January 2020

  1. You have two books on your read list, that I was on the fence about. I will be keeping an eye out for your reviews. Thanks for sharing my posts XOXO AND, I cannot wait to hear about Unity Days. How amazing that you were on a panel. I would have gone just to see you.

  2. I received a surprise package from Entangled with Malice and was shocked. (I *never* get PR packages.) I’m not a fantasy reader but the synopsis is awesome and seeing your raves about it have me convinced to give it a try. I plan on starting Where the Lost Wander soon(ish). Amy Harmon has long been one of my favorites.

    • That is awesome though, I am happy for you! It’s set (mostly) in a contemporary (or very near future, perhaps) setting, so it shouldn’t be *too* outside your comfort zone! And there’s a really great romance, that might help! Yes I have (can you even believe it) never read an Amy Harmon book!? What even!? But now I MUST read this one, so that’s a very good thing!!

  3. I’ll be reading several of these. I got Malice with my Scribbler box this month, have ARCs for Sensational and Belle Revolte, and have wanted to read Switchback for a while. Nice you got an ARC of Chosen Ones. I love Veronica Roth!

    • Ohhh well, the good news is, I liked most of those! Malice was AWESOME and I hope you love it too! Sensational was a really solid follow up. Belle Revolte wasn’t my favorite but fantasy can be so hit or miss with me, so hopefully you enjoy it more!! And yesss I love her too, fingers crossed!

  4. I wish I knew you were in my neighborhood – well 30 minutes away lol We go to Vancouver a lot! I’m glad you had so much fun though! they just finished that whole waterfront area this past summer and it’s so nice.

    I read 8 books this month which is dreadful for me BUT amazing because I’ve only been reading 1 or 2 since I moved last year.

    And 30 hour plane ride?? I’d have to drug myself so I wouldn’t get any reading done lol

    Karen @ For What It’s worth

    • I think I mentioned it… somewhere! You had said that you had gone to Vancouver for…. something, and I said that if you were around I was around! But that was like, literally days before I left, maybe not even! I loved it SO MUCH though and if they do a UD 5, I will ABSOLUTELY be back, no question!

      I think 8 is awesome tbh! I mean, there are only so many hours in the day, right? And yeah- well the one on the way there wasn’t bad! It was like, 10 I think? But the 20 hours on the way home was just EVIL. I had a 4.5 hour layover in Atlanta, that was the killer. And I read NOTHING Idk why, I just…. couldn’t!

  5. omg thanks for sharing my post 😍😭I’m such a blogging mess these days, like gah how late am I commenting on this?! BUT STILL. Love your posts always!! And there are too many beautiful covers in this post :’) I ended up reading more than I anticipated in January which is good because I’m being a blob for February 😂 I’ve got Malice too and I’m keen to try it! The cover looks like it wants to bite someone and I support. Also Burn Our Bodies Down!!! YES!!!

    • PSH I am responding to your comment like 10 days later so I feel 😂 I started a blog post tonight and wrote ONE SENTENCE. One! So yeah I really relate. Dude that is awesome that you read so much! I think you deserve to be a blob now. I really loved Malice, so I am hoping you do too!

  6. Danielle Hammelef

    I’m excited to read Malice after reading an excerpt. Plus, I love science fiction. I finally got a copy of A Mortal Coil last December, but it sits unread yet. I just finished The Queen’s Assassin as well as The Kingdom of Back, both of which were ARCs. One I can highly recommend. The other, well, not all books are for every reader. I hope your February is going well!

    • Oh YAY I hope you love Malice! I thought it was SOOOO good! And oh I feel you, I have preordered entire series that sit for decades 😂 OOOOH you must tell me which was good and which was not, I am DYING! I want to read Kingdom of Back (I think? ) but I think The Queen’s Assassin is just not for me. I hope that is how it worked out bwhahah. And thank you, I hope yours is as well!

  7. 😂😂 I do the same thing when I fly! I think of alllll the books I’m going to read, and then I just sleep…it’s a problem. Thank you for sharing my post!! I’m so happy you liked it! I didn’t read so much in January, and haven’t been doing so well in February either, but hey, that’s life 😪 Hope you have a great February!! 💕

    • Bwhahha I am so glad I am not the only one! Idk what it is, I used to NEVER sleep on planes, but after I got laser eye surgery and didn’t have to worry about contacts… Idk, I just fall asleep! Maybe the engines lull me to sleep. And I agree- sometimes there is just not time for reading! Hope you have a great one too!

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