Reading Ireland Month ’23: That’s a wrap!

And just like that Reading Ireland Month 2023 is officially over and what a month it was. There have been around 100 posts this month on all things Irish a and I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to post.

In this final week, I was a bit lazy, reviewing just one book – Mind on Fire by Arnold Thomas Fanning – but I did post about some upcoming nonfiction to look out for later in the year and rounded up some literary news from the last few weeks. You, on the other hand, were not at all lazy and there were a great number of posts in this last week:

Trevor, Murdoch and Joyce – Janet at Loves Books, Reads Books

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy – Annabookbel

Nights at the Alexandra by William Trevor – Jacqui at JacquiWine’s Journal

The Irish Boarding House by Sandy Taylor – Lynne at Fictionophile

These Days by Lucy Caldwell – Helen at She Reads Novels

Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry – Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy – FF at Fiction Fan Blog

Foster by Claire Keegan – Hopewell’s Library of Life

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – Virgina at Rosepoint Publishing

The Springs of Affection by Maeve Brennan – Radhika’s Writing Retreat

The Bell by Iris Murdoch – Janet at Loves Books, Reads Books

Short Stories: A Very Irish Christmas and A Run in the Park – Carla at Carla Loves to Read

The Day We Got Drunk on Cake and Other Stories by William Trevor – Loulou Reads

The Dead by James Joyce – Janet at Loves Book, Reads Books

You can see all the posts from this month here.

I don’t have too many plans for the next few months. I will be continuing my Year With William Trevor and am going to take part in the 1940 Club hosted by Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Stuck in a Book and for that I am hoping to read The Invention of Morel and Native Son.

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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  1. Thanks for hosting and promoting this wonderful month of reading and all things Irish, Cathy. I read more this year than in the past and have a couple on the go right now. I also have new authors that I am watching for. Thanks again.


  2. Thanks again for running this, if nothing else then an excuse for us to dig out those Ireland-related booksourmfully reproaching is for our neglect! And it won’t surprise you to know that I too have been drafting a list for my summer reads… 😁


  3. Thanks for running it and collating all the reviews. I read 5 books, including Trespasses but ran out of time to review it. I’ll probably do later this week or next weekend.


  4. Excellent! And here I am, just about to start reading The Barracks by John McGahern, as well as some short stories by other Irish writers to prepare for the writing weekend with Claire Keegan in September!!!!

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  5. I’m so glad it went so well, I loved the two (TWO!) books I joined in with and seeing all the posts. Also doing 1940 Club (have started reading for it already so I get them in) and very much looking forward to clearing some print TBR during my 20 Books of Summer campaign.


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