Friday, August 27, 2010

Irish Reading Challenge

I was reading Heather's blog at Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books when I noticed she had signed up for the Irish Reading Challenge.  So I headed over to Books and Movies blog and signed up.  The challenge runs until November 30th so I'll have some time to read these books.  I'm going to go all out and do the largest commitment level - Kiss the Blarney Stone which is six books.

I have to say that I love all things Irish.  I mean, what a gorgeous country they have.  I even took a history of Ireland class when I was a wee undergrad.  It's actually perfect timing since I was asked to read a series by Patrick Taylor.  Here's the first book that I've started reading which takes place in Northern Ireland:

How lovely is that cover? The book is even textured cool.  I am loving the story so far.  There's also cool extras in the back like Ulster Recipes and a glossary of Irish words.  I was actually asked to read the latest in the four book series called An Irish Country Girl.  But since I am such a stickler for reading books in order, they sent me the whole series.  How amazing is that?  Here's the gorgeous covers:

My brother works part-time at Barnes & Noble which I am insanely jealous of.  So he got me a few books from the store and two of them fit perfectly into this challenge.  They are two books from a series by Morgan Llwelyn: 1949 and 1972.  It looks like there's more in the series I might just have to buy or get at the library.

Let me know if you've read any of these books or if you are going to join up!


  1. I'm totally jealous - I've been wanting to read this series for a while, and you got the whole thing?! Lucky you! :)

    Glad you've joined up - this was a simple and fun challenge for me.

  2. I'm so glad you're joining us for the challenge! And I loved An Irish Country Doctor and An Irish Country Girl - you can actually read that one any time, because it goes back and tells the story of Kinky, the doctor's housekeeper, when she was a girl. Anyway, I added your blog to the list of participants. Have a great weekend. :)

  3. I just took an Irish Studies class in the Spring, amazing! You should watch some movies to go with your Challenge: In the Name of the Father, Omagh, Bloody Sunday, Michael Collins.

    If you are in the mood for a modern mystery in Dublin, Benjamin Black has Elegy for April that is really good...great visions of rain and light and shadows as well as the story.

    BTW, loved your photo of the SL Arch...the first one, it was amazing.