Welcome to August’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: 

Nothing this month! 


Huge thanks to the publishers for these lovelies! Also look at me not being ridiculous! 


Not too bad, right? Vampires of El Norte, The Wonder State, Foxglove, and Alone With You in the Ether


Thanks to the publishers for

Shenanigans Since Last Time:

I read 12 books this month. Not great, but like 5 of these were over 500 pages, so. 

These were definitely, as a rule, good. Some exceeded expectations. Some were a little less awesome. But honestly they were all at least decent! 

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:

  • I am asleep while typing, I think?  Just kidding, I am in class and asleep while typing, ¡olé! Guys seriously, I am dragging and it is only the first week of school! I am substitute teaching and student teaching, all in one, and then taking three classes, and the kids’ sports and homework and everything else and truly, how am I still typing? Send help. Actually, better yet, send food so I don’t have to make it! And coffee, I would legit stab someone for some coffee right now.  Also I think my ass is asleep. 
  • Do you guys like fall? People seem to love the absolute shit out of fall. I am not among them. Like look, pumpkins are fine or whatever, but coldness and no pool and back to school? Nah, not my jam. Give me some hopeful spring any day! Though I’ll be honest, if I can make it to Thanksgiving, I will be the happiest bitch this side of the Mississippi. 
  • I would like a vacation (on the horizon) I know, I know, you are thinking “ma’am didn’t you just go to Europe?” and YES I did and I am very grateful! But I need something to look forward to- even if it is like two years from now. In other potentially amazing news, the fine folks at Conageddon keep teasing us with a potential 4th installment, and that would pretty much make my whole year! Since next year will be the 10 year anniversary of The 100, it could not be better timing, yeah?

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

Posted August 31, 2023 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 16 Comments


16 responses to “Monthly Minutes at Midnight: August 2023

  1. I mean, if there is another The 100 Con, obviously you need to be there. Hang in there, Shannon! I has got to be hard juggling work, school, and family. I am cheering for you! Though, I love fall. I like the two non-extreme seasons (spring and fall). You can keep the hot summer and cold winter. And pumpkin everywhere!!! I hope to read the O’Clover book. Ro was amazing! Still trying to decide if I want to request or just wait it out.

    • Aw thank you! I appreciate that! And word from Bob is that they ARE in talks for it, so fingers crossed extra! So I agree with you in terms of the weather, but it just depresses me that fall leads to winter! It is just so… desolate and depressing, and LONG. So in theory I like fall, and I do like some of the fall stuff, but I can’t get past the whole “leads to winter” bit heh.

      I also loved Ro, to the point where I requested this one having no idea what it is about bwhaha. But I have no self control, be glad that you do!

  2. Wow you are so busy! How do you manage to get so much reading done?? I’m looking forward to a bunch of your reviews this month, especially Black River Orchard. I thought it was going to be your typical 800 page Wendig book, but I’m glad to see it’s less that 600 pages, lol. Have a good month, Shannon!

    • I honestly don’t know! I am obviously sleep-deficient, but… yeah heh. Now you know why I shove all my reviews into a couple posts- I haven’t the time for individual ones! YES Black River Orchard was good- and still long, but not like, two-weeks-of-my-life long! Hope you have a good one too!

  3. Whew, you are definitely busy. I’m loving the new look for your page. I’m so behind on blog hopping -and blogging. I really need to up my game, but yeah, life definitely gets busy this time of the year. I love Fall but I’m not a pumpkin girlie. I like all the apple things though!

  4. Oh man, you have my respect for even managing to blog at all with all that going on, I can imagine you’re very tired! Hope everything goes well though, and you’ll settle in nicely! And totally understand about the vacay, it’s just nice to have something to look forward too! I do like fall haha, it’s so cozy after the brutal heat that kept me from sleeping for weeks. Fall and spring are my favorite seasons, because they have nice, warm days without being too hot or too cold and in spring everything is getting green again while fall has all those beautiful colors! But sometimes we get like two weeks of each, and then it’s just misery haha. I’m looking forward to a nice weekend trip to France this month actually! Also, potentially getting on top of my to do list, but not sure it’ll ever happen haha. Thanks for the shoutout! <3

    • Aw thank you! I am seriously a mess, and now to add to it, sick too heh. And exactly- just having that “light at the end of the tunnel” is so important! I also agree about the weather- the spring and fall weather is my favorite, but the whole not having to go to work bit makes summer the winner heh.

      OH I hope you hhave a wonderful time in France! And I mean… aren’t to-do lists just goals that will never come to fruition? 😂

  5. I’m always kind of glad when Summer vacation is over. Six weeks without structure is not great for me or kiddo. I do like the fall but it affects my mood, you know. Spring is just better haha.
    You have a lot going on. Kudos on you for still keeping all the balls in the air.

  6. I love fall! Love cooler temps! But like you I also like spring, I just don’t like the heat of summer. I’m not a big pumpkin spice person, but I do love Halloween. My birthday being in October is probably part of it. Lol Lots of great books here! I need to find your reviews of some of them still I think. Hope your September is starting off well!

  7. Kel

    Sub teaching, student teaching, AND 3 classes?! I’m impressed you’re typing at all, asleep or awake!! But seriously, I’m rooting for you and I know you’ll do great. I generally like fall because I can step outside without sweating and it doesn’t dump pollen on you like spring, but keep the pumpkin stuff away. I’m more of a comfy sweatshirt, hot apple cider type of fall fan. But not this week. This week it’s still in the 90s and I’m with you wishing they’d kept the pool open a few more days lol.

  8. Well, there’s ALA in Baltimore in February. At least there, there shall be no cooking and plenty of coffee (I will do whatever it takes to ensure those things). 😀

    Yay for a batch of decent-to-great books! And that looks like a lot of horror books up there. Should make for a fun Fall. I’m a big Fall fan, but that’s because:
    -It stops being disrespectfully hot and humid
    -The pollen count goes down
    -Travel becomes reasonably priced
    -Gardening is easier because things start dying off

    I hope you’re surviving sub teaching + class + life + kids! Can you drop or pause one of those classes, if needed?

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