Goodbye to Reading Ireland Month 2020

Well that’s a wrap for Reading Ireland Month 2020!

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Despite a wobble of confidence midway through, I’m glad I kept going and actually found the whole thing  to be a welcome distration.

Thanks to everyone who joined in! We had two late entries this week:

My partner-in-Begorrathon-related-crime, Niall at Raging Fluff was with us in spirit this year, but he did manage to take part with a live YouTube reading of his work ‘A Face Made of Truth’

Thanks so much to everyone who was so enthusiastic about this month of reading, from posting to tweeting, sharing to commenting. We had a whopping 98 posts and you can see them all here at the linky.

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!

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


April will be a quieter month on the blog. I am reading a few books from the 746 which I plan to review and I am taking part in the 1920 Club hosted by Kaggsy and Simon. I’ll be reading Agatha Christie’s The Affair at Styles for that.


Are there any other reading challenges that any of you are taking part in over the coming months?

Then I will have to decide if 20 Books of Summer will make a return – it’s always a good way to reduce the 746 but it’s hard to know what to do at the moment other than get through the day and then get through the next!

Go raibh maith agaibh go léir (thank you all!) for making this Reading Ireland Month one of the best, even when it was one of the strangest!  x

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  1. Cathy, thank you so much for keeping Reading Ireland going this month. I’ve found so many recommendations for new reads in the past and I’ve seen several books to put on my TBR from this year’s posts. And I loved reading the poem posts. Those email alerts were particularly welcome. I’m not a huge poetry person as a rule, but reading them is especially rewarding right now.

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  2. Aargh Cathy – I am finally writing my Marian Keyes review today, but I’ve already had two long interruptions and I’m not sure I’ll finish it tonight. Never mind, I’ll stick it on my own blog tomorrow! At least I managed the Maeve Binchy in time. I really love these challenges and I’ll look forward to reading about any more you decide to do. And I am going to do the #1920 Club – I’ve had my book for thar ready for weeks!

    Thanks again and many apologies for being so slow this time.

    Take care and keep well,



  3. It’s been wonderful Cathy, thanks so much for doing it. I really wanted to join in but all that’s been going on stopped my reading in its tracks! Blogs like yours have helped me feel better when I’m struggling to find my usual solace in books so thank you 🙂


  4. Yes, please! I have been sorting and reorganizing my bookshelves and boxes these last couple of days and find I have on hand lots of #readingirelandmonth-worthy books still to read – more quite a few more than I realized. And everyone’s posts make my list bigger. Glad you went ahead with it. And next year, please god and the weather, the world will be a bit less grim. If not, well, we’ll be able to use the distraction again.


  5. Thanks for organising, Cathy. I actually read three Irish books this month but have only had the energy to review one. I’m working from home at the moment and have never been so busy mainly doing Covid-19 comms (!!) and running marketing campaigns to push a change in business model. It has been stressful but I am pleased to be busy and am fortunate that I can work remotely. Stay safe xx


  6. Though I hoped to read more titles for Begorrathon I’ve rather overfaced myself with book event commitments this year. Still, every month is potentially a Reading Ireland Month, is it not? 🙂

    I bought the Agatha Christie just for an occasion like the 1920 celebration, but I hope to read a couple or more authors with centenaries this year: the second of Anne Brontë’s novels and a couple of Rosemary Sutcliff’s YA titles (she was born a century after Anne). I’ m sure there’ll be more!


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