Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Come catch up with me and take a look at what I read this past month as well as what’s coming up for next month’s goals and events.

Hey, friends! Long time no chat! I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus this month to focus on running the new Cask & Quill Shop, design orders and, honestly speaking, watch a lot of Guns N’ Roses videos on YouTube. After an intense holiday blogging spree, it felt good to take a step back for a little while in the new year. But it feels just as good to be back at it and I want to catch up with you guys! Let me know in the comments what you’ve been up to this month. What have you been reading, watching or listening to and loving? Or come say hi on Instagram, if you prefer!

As I mentioned in my 2018 reading resolutions, I’m doing away with the TBR (to-be-read) list! This year I want most of my reading to be based on a whim. I’ll pick up whatever interests me at the time instead of planning it out ahead of time. There will be a few exceptions. I am still working on my 30 by 30 book list and only have 6 months left to complete it! So, I will be reaching for books from that list as often as I can. I am also in a book club that will also obviously have planned books. But other than that I’m pretty open to whatever strikes my fancy!

Additionally, I kind of went bananas with reading last year, which was so great! But I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire and a lot of interests to keep up with. I still love reading SO much, but I don’t want it to be the only thing I do or enjoy. As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m looking forward to reading taking a supporting rather than starring role in my life this year. So, those are the two main reasons I’ve decided to ditch the TBR list this year. That said, I will still be posting about what I read and past and upcoming events to keep you all in the loop!


January 2018 Reads:
  • A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
  • Upstream, Mary Oliver
  • Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  • The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  • Herbalism Through the Ages, Ralph W. Kerr
  • Repulic Commando: Hard Contact, Karen Traviss (started)

Monthly Favorites

I don’t know why I do this to myself, because it’s always such a tough choice! I think my gut is telling me Norse Mythology was my favorite thing I read this month. I also really loved Upstream, but I have talked about that previously and just happened to finish it this month. But Norse Mythology was so great! I had built it up in my mind a lot after planning to read it for so long. And it did not disappoint at all now that I finally got to it! I happened to get back into watching Vikings around the same time (and still am) and it was so fun to have read these same stories about the gods being referenced in the show. It was a thoroughly entertaining book and I’m sure I will read it again someday. If you’ve read any Gaiman, you know how into mythology he is, it pops up in his work all the time and his passion really shows in this collection. It’s also extra fun to read knowing how much fun he probably had writing it.


January Events

January didn’t include many bookish events for me. But I spent a good amount of time on the launch of the Cask & Quill Shop, of course. I released a new camp mug design based on my recent read, A Storm of Swords and Arya Stark, and worked on a few upcoming products as well. More exciting things to come in that department!


Arya Stark Needle mug


The book club I had so enjoyed being part of has finally decided to get back to reading regularly! We had our first meeting this month to get our bearings and catch up after over a year off. It was such a perfect evening. I’ve missed my book buddies! We picked out a book by Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse. I’m excited to get started on it and discuss it with my friends! Are you part of a book club or have you been in the past? It’s such a nice way to connect over reading, don’t you think?

I also started a buddy read with my brother this month, Hard Contact, as seen above. It’s a Star Wars book that he enjoyed reading a while ago and was his pick for one to read together. We’ll being doing another buddy read of my choice later this year! I’m thinking it will be one from my 30 by 30 list and so far am thinking either The Picture of Dorian Gray or Watership Down. Should I make him read Ulysses? He may never speak to me again… 🙂

At the beginning of the month, my Tolkien-nerd friends and I finally launched the official #TolkienTribe Instagram account! The 16 members of the original Tribe (now the #TolkienTribe Council) have been meaning to get it put together for some time and we finally pulled it off in time for our one-year anniversary. Come check us out! We repost Tolkien photos so use the hashtag for a chance to have your photo featured!

Looking Ahead

What’s coming up for Cask & Quill? Well, there are a couple of things I can’t mention specifically just yet, but let’s just say that they might possibly involve a giveaway or two. Maybe. 🙂 Stay tuned for more information on that!

I have a few other fun projects I’m working on for February. For example, another Harry Potter recipe is coming your way soon!


Tell me what’s been going on with you this month? What did you read and love?


Happy Reading!





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