Reading Ireland Is Coming

Are you ready for another month of Irish literature? Once again, March has been designated for Reading Ireland by 746 Books and The Fluff Is Raging.

As usual, I am full of plans and look forward to reading as much as I can. As usual, I expect my list to change as soon as I post this. As usual, I already know that my TBR will be longer on March 31 than it is now. But here is what I am thinking at the moment:

Anne Enright, The Green Road. I know this will happen because I just finished the book last night.

Lisa McInerny, The Glorious Heresies. I read this last year, but haven’t managed to write a review yet.

Danielle McLaughlin, Dinosaurs On Other Planets. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway last year. And it was recommended by Cathy, who called it a “stunning debut.”

Maeve Brennan, The Visitor. I was introduced to Brennan by Cathy last year, and FictionFan raved about this novella.

Claire Keegan, Walk the Blue Fields. The cover really spoke to me.

Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart. The Guardian called him one of Ireland’s “post-crash stars of fiction.”

Mary Costello, Academy Street. I feel like rereading this one. I have such beautifully haunting memories of it. And I still think of Jacqui’s review of the book.

Edna O’Brien, The Light of Evening. This was a recent present, and what better time to read it?



  1. You have some great options here! I loved Dinosaurs on Other Planets and The Visitor but The Spinning Heart is really stunning. Can’t wait to read your reviews, thanks so much for taking part.

  2. Great list! The Green Road is on mine too and so is The Gathering. I’ve heard so much about Anne Enright that I couldn’t decide between the two books and ultimately decided to read both. 🙂

    • I read Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz last year, and now The Green Road. I can recommend both; there’s something about her writing that makes you not wanting to stop reading. I hope you’ll enjoy The Gathering. Have fun reading!

      • I think I prefer The Green Road to The Gathering. The latter has some ridiculous descriptions that make me burst out laughing and ruin the mood. Can “unintentionally hilarious” ever be a compliment? Lol. Enright’s writing is just gorgeous otherwise. She has such a unique voice that I want to keep reading.

  3. I was hoping to read Maeve Brennan this year, too, but she’s nowhere to be found in our library system. An ILL from another province usually takes a long time, so maybe next year! (March seems to come around so fast every year, don’t you find?)
    I’m still up in the air about my choice (because I’m also working on the Canada Reads books right now), but The Spinning Heart looks good… and we have that one! I also have a few still kicking around the house that I plan to read each year but then get distracted by the ones at the library. I was also wondering about The Forgotten Waltz, based on your review of it last year. Ah well, it’ll be a surprise!

    • It took me some time to find a good used copy of Maeve Brennan, since she seems to have been out of print for a while. I’m ready to be surprised by whatever you might pick for Reading Ireland, if you decide to take a break from Reading Canada. 🙂

  4. A great list – and ambitious! Ooh, I hope you enjoy The Visitor as much as I did, and thanks for the mention! 🙂 I remember Cathy raving about Dinosaurs on Other Planets, and really meant to pick it up sometime – maybe you’ll persuade me this year. Have a great Begorrathon – one of my favourite events!

  5. That’s a very interesting set of choices, quite diverse in terms of style and tone. Academy Street strikes me as being the type of book that would stand up to a re-read. I can still recall certain scenes from it a couple of years down the line. Many thanks for the link to my review, much appreciated. 🙂

    • You were the one who introduced me to Academy Street, so I am glad to link to your review. I definitely think the book will stand up to a re-read; I always feel the loneliness when I think of it. I will be very happy if I get to read half of the books I have listed here. Of course I want to read them all…

  6. I posted a list as well. Like you, I feel enthusiastic but already know I’ll end up reading other books or less than I hoped. I read The Spinning Heart a few years ago and loved it.
    I had an Edna O’Brien on my list but somehow it got lost when I updated my post.
    I’ looking forward to your reviews. You’ve got a lot of interesting titles.

    • Oh, good, I’m very happy to hear you liked The Spinning Heart. I’m looking forward to reading it. I read Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls two years ago and am curious to compare one of her later books with one of her early ones.

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