Ireland Reading Challenge 2011 Update

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.

I have now completed the first level, Shamrock,  by reading these two books, both by Irish authors:

Two very different books!

The Luck o’ the Irish is next level of the Challenge, and it involves reading another two books. With a bit of luck I should manage this by the end of the year! 🙂 Oops just realised the Challenge ends at the end of November!

My choice of books, from my stock of to-be-read books is this:

  • Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • 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

I might try Iris Murdoch’s Sovereignty of Good next – a bit of philosophy, that should make a change!

4 thoughts on “Ireland Reading Challenge 2011 Update

  1. I didn’t know Bram Stoker was Irish! Actually I didn’t know some of the other authors on the list were Irish either, or perhaps some of them set their stories in Ireland?


    1. Barbara I was surprised as well to find that Bram Stoker was Irish. He was born in Dublin and went to Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with honours in mathematics. He became interested in the theatre and it was as a theatre critic that he became friends with Henry Irving and moved to London to become acting-manager and then business manager of Irving’s Lyceum Theatre, London, a post he held for 27 years.

      The other books are all by Irish authors, except for Ian Rankin (Scottish) whose book Watchman is set in Ireland.


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