Welcome to September’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 and/or reviews, because I am awesome. I link up with the Wrap-Up-Round-Up, because of course I do. 

The Books

For Review/From Publishers:

None this month!! 


Huge thanks to the publishers, so many most-anticipated books here!  (Also, someone may have gone overboard?)


Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to KnowThe Reckless Afterlife of Harriet StokerThe Canyon’s EdgeNone Shall Sleep MajestySkyhunterAfter the Silence

Whoopsie. Look, I had only bought like, 3 books all year before this so…. ?‍♀️

Click to visit the shop where I get these! They are beyond fabulous, yes?


Thanks to the publishers for Seven Devils and Persephone Station!

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 16 books this month. Not bad, not bad at all!

Pretty solid bunch here! And do you actually see me over here reading books I own for funsies, not reviews!? I read five full books just because I wanted to, wheee! 

Giveaways: Click Here, or on Sidebar

Blogosphere Bulletin

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!

Pretty covers are pretty, and this month blessed our eyes!

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • The 100 finale is today. I am not okay, will never be okay. Though I think everyone who has been on Twitter and such has seen that this has been one hell of a month for fans of The 100. And you know, fans of love and happiness in general. Send good thoughts for a salvageable finale, please! 
  • I have to go back to work this month, and the kids to school, just as COVID rages on. Why are we like this? By “we”, I mean America, most of the rest of you are doing fine, sweeties. We’re over here thinking it’s cool to let people die because Susan wants to make sure she can get her haircut or whatever. Can I move? (I am bitter, it’s fine.) 
  • Please help a girl Shatter some Stigmas! Your contributions would mean the world to me, and also, would help me from having to cold-ask random internet people. That is scary!
  • American friends, please make sure you are registered to vote! Most states’ deadlines are this month, so double and triple check! And then make your plans to vote (for Biden/Harris, obviously, and your local Dems too) on November 3rd!

I wish you all a healthy and happy October!!

Posted September 30, 2020 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 11 Comments

11 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: September 2020

  1. Publishers sure are upping their cover game. I mean, so many gorgeous ones to ogle!

    My governor (not than I claim the moronic Trump Puppet) is making such idiotic decisions about reopening that Dr. Fauci even called it “very concerning.” Restaurants and bars are now 100% open with no restrictions. Because, y’know, 100+ people are still dying every day in my state but I guess that’s acceptable now. *bangs head against the wall*

    Thanks for the mention of my blogging conundrum post! 🙂

  2. It seems most of the returns to school are short lived. Though, my supervisors kids went to Y camp all summer without issues. I feel like they might call me back to work soon, because we got a communication about how they will be ending the extra pay the in-office people have been getting by the end of Oct. It’s a wait and see game here. What did you think of Majesty? I was really let down. Seemed more like a middle book, not a finale.

  3. There is a new Charlaine Harris?? Wow, where have I been.

    I’m about 60% done with Black Sun. How did you like it?

    Ugh, so sorry that life has returned back to normal. You’re in PA right? We’re working from home until January and the school’s are closed until November. We’ll see what happens after that.

    My ballot should arrive today. I can’t wait to vote!

  4. I am registered and will be voting in person on November 3 (for Biden/Harris, obviously! and Mitch McConnell’s opponent, since I’m from KY…so great. LOL) Eek! good luck with work and the kids going back to school. It’s definitely still scary out there, and numbers are rising again.

    Looks like you got some awesome books recently. I’m so curious about The Project and Yesterday is History. I bought None Shall Sleep recently and hope to read this month!

    Thanks for sharing my blog post on blogger’s names. 🙂


  5. I love all the illustrated book covers. They’re so happy and colorful. Congrats on reading 16 books! Also, I got Netflix last month and started watching The 100. I’m only about halfway into season 1, but I like it so far.

  6. I had such an awful September reading month lol I didn’t even know about a lot of these – event he bigger authors like Albertalli.
    I don’t think it matters where you live. I’m on the WA/OR line and we’ve had great governors and mostly people adhering to rules but you can just sense people are done and are pushing back more and more against everything.
    I hope you liked the ending of The 100. I’ve never seen it but honestly, I get stressed on your behalf lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  7. Oooh, I’m curious what you’ll think of The Ex Talk! I just read Today, Tonight, Tomorrow this weekend and adored it! So I’m considering requesting The Ex-Talk on NetGalley. However, I’m still a bit hesitant to pick it up because it’s Rachel Lynn Solomon’s first adult work (I think) and I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy her take on an adult romance! (Plus, I don’t love the cover, so I’m less likely to want it. I am a simple being. If I see a pretty cover, I want it. If the cover isn’t pretty, why read the book?)

    And I know you have a whole section for pretty covers, but some of the e-ARCs you hauled this month are absolutely beautiful and/or striking! The Poppy and the Rose and The Project were two that immediately stood out to me because of their covers! I hope that the books are just as wonderful! And I also loved the cover for A Chorus Rises, but that was specifically in the Pretty New Covers section, so that’s not really much of a surprise!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! And I can’t wait to check out some of the other posts you’ve mentioned, since I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to blog hop in September! So having a curated list like this one, makes the process of catching up seem so much less overwhelming!

    I hope that work and school go well in person, and that overall you just end up having a wonderful October!

  8. I’m glad I get to still work from home and I can’t remember when I had a haircut last (I was trying to schedule one in March when the world shut down). I hope all is going well for you. Check out what I read at Girl Who Reads.

  9. Okay. I haven’t been active that much in the book blogosphere lately. Now I come check what’s up, and added a big number of books to my TBR pile (which is doing acrobatics in the background because I’ve been reading fanfics instead). Yeah. Thanks a lot. ヽ(´∀`)ノ

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