It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Reading Ireland Month!
You can read Cathy’s post about it HERE, but basically, it’s what it says on the tin: you read Irish books throughout the month of March. You can read exclusively Irish lit all month, or you can mix it up – I’ll probably end up doing the latter since March is when the Women’s Prize longlist gets announced, but I still want to cram in as much Irish lit as I can.
Cathy laid out a schedule which you are welcome to follow, should you so desire:
2nd – 8th March – Contemporary Irish Novels
9th – 15th March – Classic Irish Novels
16th – 22nd March – Irish Short Story Collections
23rd – 29th March – Irish Non-Fiction
Last year I themed my reading around the schedule and it worked out really well, but this year I think I’m going to do things a bit more free-form.
Before you see this massive list and panic on my behalf, I am under NO illusions that I will read all of these books in March. This is just a selection off my shelves that I feel particularly drawn to at this moment in time. Who knows what I’ll end up going for.
So without further ado, here are some of the books I’m thinking about picking up in March:
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
If All the World and Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton
The Dregs of the Day by Máirtín Ó Cadhain
The Cruelty Men by Emer Martin
For the Good Times by David Keenan
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
Being Various edited by Lucy Caldwell
The Long Gaze Back edited by Sinéad Gleeson
Honestly I think if I manage to read even 2 or 3 of these, I will be happy! Or maybe I’ll read something else entirely, but this list is what I’m feeling drawn toward at this very moment. So there you have it. Have you read any of these, and what are your Reading Ireland Month plans? Comment and let me know!