1984, George Orwell Penguin cover

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.

I’ll just come out and say this has been a weird May. The weather has been weird. I’ve been weird(er). And I have not been in the mood to read. AT ALL. I did manage to read a few books this month, but not anywhere near what I had hoped to read considering I’ve got next to no time left on my 30×30 list. Oh well! I don’t like my reading to feel like a chore and I don’t want to force myself through those books just to get them checked off my list. If I finish them all, great! If not, that’s okay, too. I’ll put them on my list of 40 books to read by 40 (stay tuned, haha). I picked out these books because I genuinely want to read and hopefully enjoy them, not read them just to say I have. So that’s my reading philosophy, generally. Enough of that, let’s get on with it!


May 2018 Reads:
  1. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  2. The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
  3. Infinity War, Jim Starlin
  4. 1984, George Orwell


Monthly Favorites

I think I have to choose Invisible Man as my favorite book this month. I definitely enjoyed the story itself, but I listened to it as an audiobook and, holy cow, that was the best one I’ve ever heard. It was read by Joe Morton (of Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Papa Pope on Scandal, if you’re familiar) and oh my goodness is he talented. He had all sorts of voices and accents for all of the many characters and it was just incredible. I can’t recommend it enough if you’d be interested.



May Events

I released the start of a new series in the Cask & Quill Shop this month: Woodland Friends! There are currently two mugs available in the shop now with cozy bookish scenes. Check ’em out!


Cask & Quill Woodland Friends deer camp mug


Other than shop stuff I’ve been working on a lot of non-bookish things this month like picking up playing guitar again (rebuilding those calluses, woof) and planning trips I want to take. Look out, New Zealand, I’m coming for ya!


Looking Ahead

June is basically the home stretch for my 30×30 list, so I’m going to try to do as much reading from that as I’m up for. Like I said up top, I’m not going to force it. I want to enjoy the experience, not blaze through them in a hurry just to get them done. We’ll see what happens! Either way I doubt I’m going to complete the list considering so many are left (13!), but it’s been a fun experience and I’m looking forward to picking up whatever I’m in the mood for at the time.


What books did you love from May? Anything you’re looking forward to picking up in June? Let me know! Check in with me here or on Instagram @caskandquill.




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