Welcome to July’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. As always, I link up with the Wrap Up Round Up, too! 

The Books

For Review/From Publishers:

We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera

The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell by Kate Brauning

The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

Bubble by Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan, Tony Cliff, & Natalie Riess

Hugest of thanks to the publishers for these lovelies! 


Huge thanks to the publishers for these lovelies! (SO many most-anticipated books here! And also, maybe I have a problem? No no I definitely have a problem ?


The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes That Weekend by Kara Thomas Iron Heart by Nina Varela Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany Jackson, Nic Stone, Nicola Yoon, Ashley Woodfolk, and Angie Thomas The Stranding by Kate Sawyer It Ends In Fire by Andrew Shvarts Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall Monty Green, Charmaine & Hope Diyoza, and Charles Pike Funko by Sonya Collections

Look, mayhaps I went a wee bit overboard this month, but several of them were orders from last month that were late! 

Aaannnd maybe a few Kindle deals…. 


It is a hardcover but I forgot to take a picture and it is already on my shelves, so… ?

Huge thanks to the Book Bratz!! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 15 books this month. Not too shabby!

A few very pleasant surprises here! And barely any bummers!

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!

Pretty covers are pretty. 

Things we need to talk about at this juncture:

  • The Olympics are happening, and I made a tag for thatI know the Olympics are… messy this year, at best. But certainly I think it is okay to celebrate the athletes (and even though it is messy, and frankly, unsafe, there is a part of me that is glad for them? Like- imagine working your whole life and having it cancelled, you know? Most don’t get second chances, so.) 
  • Idk what happened this month either, really. I feel like a lot did, but nothing particularly entertaining to read about? I promise, if I ever do any fun crap, I will let you guys know posthaste. As it stands, I will spare you the mundane annoyances of life, and just give you some kids having fun pictures!

Have a great August, loves! Let me know how your month was!

Posted July 31, 2021 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 26 Comments

26 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: July 2021

  1. That was…a lot of stuff. Like, a lot. Lucky you!

    I requested The Upper World on NG, but to no avail. I still want to read it though.

    Have fun (and chill out!) in that pool!

  2. Your kids are so cute! Looks like you had a great month. I can’t wait to read The Exiled Fleet, and we have some more upcoming books in common too. And thanks for sharing those new covers, I added a few to my TBR! Have a fantastic August?

  3. Looks like the kids are enjoying the pool. Adorable pictures! You got a lot of reading to do. My ARC hauls are getting smaller, so I am impressed by all those books. I loved Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things. I was crying at the end. I am doing your tag in two weeks? Not this coming Friday, the next. I have no idea what to put for each prompt, but I have time to think about it.

    • Aw thank you!! Well, maybe you just have more self control than I do? ? I mean, I was BAD bad this month! YESSS same about Vampires, the end gutted me! I hadn’t been expecting that! Oh yayyy I am so excited to see your answers, this makes me happy!

  4. Oryx and Crake! That trilogy is a trip and a half, but oddly compelling. 😀

    Look how many great books you got (and have now put on my radar….)! So many beautiful covers, too.

  5. Looks like you had a fabulous month of books! The only one I have read is Oryx and Crake, which I LOVED. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors! And those are such cute pictures of the kids! Looks fun! Hope your August is fantastic!

  6. Ooh I also just got Dead Silence and I am super excited to read it! And yeah, this month flew by and I did feel like I did nothing. Lol. Anyway, hope you have a great August!

  7. Ooooh, so many new books! I can’t even judge because I bought myself 11 books in July and only read 2 books. Your read vs acquired ration is a lot better than mine. (But also I wouldn’t judge regardless because having more books is never a bad thing. Except for your wallet. And/or bank account.)

    Thanks so much for mentioning my post here! Honestly, from the comments I’ve received it seems that everyone agrees that burn out is inevitable, which is sad, but at least it means that fellow bloggers understand when we need to take a step back.

    I hope you’re having the absolute loveliest August!

  8. Danielle Hammelef

    I enjoyed your book haul–Ace of Spades surprised me and tossed twists I never saw coming at me. I enjoyed watching bits of the Olympics in between the daily life stuff and the world needed them to happen this year. I read a few ARCs in July that weren’t even on my radar until the publisher surprised me with them. Concealed (a MG thriller) was excellent and a real page turner. The Ghost of Midnight Lake (MG historical) was a wonderful family and friendship tale with a bit of otherworldly action. I hope your August is going well!

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