Reading Ireland Month 2020 TBR

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!


14 thoughts on “Reading Ireland Month 2020 TBR

  1. Thank you SO much for being so wonderfully supportive. This is a great list and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Lucy Gault and The Spinning Heart are gorgeous books and you know how I feel about the Stephen Sexton collection 💚

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    • This is one of my favorite literary events of the year! Any excuse to spotlight Irish lit is good for me and I’m so impressed by all the hard work you put into it.

      You were so right about The Spinning Heart, it’s incredible. It’s my third Donal Ryan and arguably my favorite? I’ll make a point of prioritizing Lucy Gault, and I KNOW I will get around to Stephen Sexton this month!


  2. Great selection! I’m excited to see how you get on with The Spinning Heart! It depends what happens with the Women’s Prize but I’d like to squeeze in an Irish book or two this month as well. I know I have unread books by Edna O’Brien, Sally Rooney, and Jess Kidd on my shelves, so probably one of them. 📚

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  3. super interested to see what youll think of Exciting Times!! It’s been compared to Sally Rooneys books a lot, which was one of the main reasons I was initially drawn to it 👀📚 (I read it earlier this year and enjoyed it!)

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    • I’m LOVINGGG Exciting Times. I know the Rooney comparisons are a dime a dozen but this is the most similar thing to Sally Rooney I’ve read thus far. Did you write a review? I’ll check it out once I’ve finished!

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  4. thats so good to hear, glad youre enjoying it!! 👍 I did indeed write a review of it which is up on Goodreads, but which Ill also be posting to my blog closer to its release date ☺☺☺

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