Ireland Reading Challenge 2011

I’ve been having a re-think about reading challenges. I had decided that I wasn’t going to join many challenges for 2011, but was going to read whatever takes my fancy. BUT I’ve been looking through my list of tbr books on LibraryThing, where I have 328 books listed as unread and I think it’s time I reduced that down as much as possible. This challenge should help me do that.

The Ireland Reading Challenge is being run by Carrie at Books and Movies. It involves reading any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books €“ all of these apply.

There are three levels:

Shamrock level: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books

I’m aiming for the third level as I have  several books in my tbr list that are set in Ireland, or are by Irish writers:

  • Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – finished see here
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden – finished see here
  • Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch
  • Ulysses by James Joyce – if I read that next year I’ll be really pleased (and surprised)!
  • The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Watchman by Ian Rankin
  • Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

5 thoughts on “Ireland Reading Challenge 2011

  1. This sounds fun, but I’m useless on challenges and readalongs. I’m surprised I actually made it through the Lord of the Rings readalong on time this year. I did plan to join in DGR’s War & Peace one, but didn’t get started, now I’m 3 months behind! Good luck with your challenges.


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