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. As always, I link up with the Wrap Up Round Up, too! 

The Books

For Review/From Publishers:

Wrath by Sharon Moalem & Daniel Kraus

It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

Shades of Rust and Ruin by A.G. Howard

The Lies We Tell by Katie Zhao

Hugest of thanks to the publishers!!


Huge thanks to the publishers for these lovelies! I am so excited for all of them!


Breathless by Amy McCulloch The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas Idol by Louise O’NeillUnder Fortunate Stars by Ren HutchingsSee You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn SolomonSome Mistakes Were Made by Kristin DwyerMercury Rising by R.W.W. Greene

More than half of these were bought because I love them, which is kind of a big deal.


Thanks to the publishers for Elsewhere, Dead End Girlsand At the End of EverythingThanks to Lena for Doors of Sleep which she bought me for Mother’s Day!! 

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 15  books this month. Guess that isn’t awful. 

Another pretty good bunch! Some really awesome ones, a couple of bummers, and everything in between! 

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:

  • So, May was a trip! I really wanted to pop in with like “well May was nice” but I got COVID again, and my job decided they’re definitely laying people off, so. Sorry, ask again later 😂 My dad ended up with COVID for the third time though, I was only on round 2 heh.  
  • Mother’s Day was nice at least! My sister-in-law brought her parents and grandma to my parents’ for brunch, and it was super nice. And then the weather went from literal snow to boiling, as it now is wont to do. The good thing about that is pool time! I love pool time. So do the kids, which is great.
  • What is happening in June? I genuinely don’t know? Two more weeks of school for me, only one for the kids. I’ll be glad to have us all out of classrooms at this point- not that anyplace else is any safer, but. Ugh. Lena has a bunch of softball games. Other than that, not a ton happening in June. Have some pictures of Sammy getting his next promotion in karate, and Lena playing softball, and then swimming!

Have a great June, loves! Let me know how your month was! Looking forward to anything coming up?

Posted May 31, 2022 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 21 Comments

21 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: May 2022

  1. Look at all those intriguing covers! I can’t wait to see what you think of every single one of them. Also….you read 15 books *while* also dealing with COVID round 2, parenting stress, America continuing to be a dumpster fire, and untenable work stress. Lady, that’s nothing short of amazing! Give yourself credit for productivity there (and I hope most of them were enjoyable). I’m sorry about the job thing….please do leave that godsforsaken state. 🙁

    • Aw thank you!!♥♥ Funny enough, even though work is over, I am not on track to read any more books than last month- nor am I any better off in terms of reviews. One of these days (just kidding, definitely not, I’ll just be a mess forever and I have come to terms with that 😂)

  2. Johanna Burton

    Agh, so jealous of all the awesome books you’ve acquired! This post is always my favorite one of the month, thanks for doing what you do, you’re work is incredible!

  3. Sounds like you had a pretty good reading month! Sorry you had to deal with COVID and possible job loss – that really takes it out of you. Looks like you have lots of good reads to look forward to. Hope you have a great June!

  4. I want to read August Kitko, and Prison of Sleep was fun! (the sequel even more).

    My mom got Covid twice in a couple of months, despite being vaxxed and boosted, while my dad didn’t (and he’s the one who goes out all the time). I got it once (a month ago), but it was brief and mostly merciful. I hope you’re all out of the woods by now! And I hope you’ll find a new job soon. I’m in the same boat, and it STINGS.

    Go Sam! Go Lena!

  5. Just added The Killing Code to my wish list. I LOVED None Shall Sleep.
    Sorry to hear you had Covid again – hope it wasn’t too terrible!!! I am sooo ready for swim time. My pool is almost open; I just need the weather to cooperate and not go up and down so that even when it’s hot, the pool is freezing. hah


  6. Well, I hope your bout with covid wasn’t too bad (and dad too!). Sammy is getting too big and a big congratulations to him on his promotion. I see a few books from your read list and haul that I have my eye on. Eager to see what you think because we tend to like the same books. Let’s count down to summer and better things!

  7. I’m sorry about the covid infection.=/ I hope it wasn’t too bad! I currently have it too, but it’s my first time around, so… exciting, I guess? Glad Mother’s Day was nice. 🙂

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