Slán go foill to Reading Ireland Month 19!

Well that is a wrap! Reading Ireland Month 2019 is officially over and what a month it was. Looking at the Linky, there were a whopping 156 posts about Irish literature and a few more are still to be added to that. I will keep the linky open for another week just in case anyone else has posts to add.

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The final week was a bit quieter for me as we headed off to Donegal for the weekend to celebrate some family birthdays. Not a bad spot to see in the end of Reading Ireland Month though, than in my favourite place in the whole of Ireland!

The strand at Ards, Donegal

In my final ‘miscellaneous’ week, I posted about:

Yet again, there was a massive selection of great posts on a variety of topics and I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to post.

Nancy Elin reviewed The Cruelty Men by Emer Martin Normal People by Sally Rooney, the Collected Poems of Dermot Healy and finished reading the whole Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Shortlist!

Other posts included:

As always, if I have missed a post, then let me know and I will add you on to the list – as I was away for the end of the week, there may be some that passed me by.

Thanks so much to everyone who was so enthusiastic about this month of reading, from posting to tweeting, sharing to commenting. I have enjoyed it a lot this year and given that I almost decided not to do it anymore, I am delighted that I went with my better judgement!

Big thanks as always must go to my partner-in-Begorrathon-related-crime, Niall at Raging Fluff for being the best co-host ever.

Will we do it again next year? What do you all think?!


I don’t have too many plans for the next few months. I am going to take part in the 1965 Club hosted by Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Stuck in a Book and for that I plan to read Stoner. Then in May I hope to take part in Heaven Ali’s Daphne DuMaurier week, with My Cousin Rachel.

Other than that, my main focus is to knock some more titles off the 746 and make some plans for 20 Books of Summer, which will kick off in June! And, yes, I am so sad that I’ve already started making that reading list!

Go raibh maith agaibh go léir (thank you all!) for making this Reading Ireland Month one of the best x

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

36 Comments Leave a comment

  1. i do hope this returns next year. You might just have solved a problem for me of what to read for 1965 club. I had a book all lined up and then learned yesterday it was actually published ten years earlier…


  2. What a great month of posts, Cathy. Very much enjoyed it – thank you. I have to say my heart sinks a little at the mention of 20 Books of Summer. It’s not the feature, it’s the speed with which it’s come round again.


  3. I have one more post to go. I finished The Lonely passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore yesterday afternoon, thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully a review will pop up at the end of the week, probably Friday. Congratulations on a fabulous #readireland19 I have seen lots of fantastic reviews. 😊

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  4. Well done, Cathy. You’ve really pulled out all the stops this year, posting something new virtually every day. That’s very impressive indeed. I really enjoyed taking part and seeing all the posts flying around the web. Plus, it offered up a good excuse to plunder the back catalogue and share a few archive posts on Irish lit. You deserve a well-earned break now. x


  5. Thank you for hosting this amazing event, Cathy! I loved to take part, and I still have to post my review of Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book 🙂 Now, I am looking forward to 20 Books of Summer!


  6. Congrats on another wonderful Reading Ireland event! I may not have joined in this year, but I enjoyed reading your post and many of the others around the blogosphere. Well done! 😀


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