Reading Ireland Month – The Begorrathon

I know – I said I was cutting down on challenges this year, but this is an event not a challenge and it’s only during March. It’s bring hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and Raging Fluff ‘to celebrate the wealth and breadth and general awesomeness of Irish cultural life. Reading Ireland Month (or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately known) will feature book and film reviews, poems, music, interviews, giveaways and much, much more.


I have some books by Irish authors and I may have more than these – I don’t choose books based on the authors’ nationality  – but these are the books from my stock of to-be-read books that I think qualify:

  • Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
  • The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Secret Place by Tana French
  • Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Watchman by Ian Rankin*
  • Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
  • The House by the Churchyard by Sheridan Le Fanu

But I’m going to be realistic and won’t be reading all of them, or even some of them (particularly Ulysses – I’ve been resisting that one for years). I’m just aiming to read one of them.

I could cheat and add Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey to my list, but I read it this month (February) so it doesn’t really count – or does it?  I’m in the middle of writing a post about it, so maybe I could sneak it in at the beginning of March. It’s her latest Maeve Kerrigan book and it’s very good.

Other than that I’m leaning towards reading The Secret Place by Tana French.

Watch this space.

*edited 26 February – Watchman is set partly in Ireland but as some people have correctly pointed out Ian Rankin is not Irish. I shall be reading this book but not including it the Reading Ireland Month.

15 thoughts on “Reading Ireland Month – The Begorrathon

  1. I’m so excited about the new Jane Casey book! Have it preordered, but I’m having to wait until it comes out on March 9th for shipment. I liked THE SECRET PLACE, though some did not. I think most of Tana French’s books either work well for the reader or they don’t love them so much. Have a good time with your Irish event!


    1. Thanks, Kay – the only other book by Tana French that I’ve read is In the Woods and I thought it was terrific, so I’m hoping I like The Secret Place – and am glad you did.


  2. A great list – I’m really looking forward to the Jane Casey! March is a bit packed for me but I may squeeze in either The Trespasser or Faithful Place by Tana French, and I’ve a couple of Claire McGowan books to read. Also Anthony J. Quinn – I’ve a few of his. Bit confused why Ian Rankin’s in your list – he’s Scottish, so he’s one of ours, I’m afraid!


    1. Thanks Linda. Sorry for the confusion about Ian Rankin, who I know is Scottish. Watchman is one of his early novels, not featuring Rebus. In it Miles Flint is a spy sent to Belfast, so there is an Irish connection. But I had not intended to include this book and had thought I’d deleted it from the list – so thank you for pointing it out!


  3. I give you a lot of credit for taking on these events and challenges, Margaret. And you’ve got such a great list of books there, too. Also very pleased you enjoyed the new Jane Casey so well. I’m a fan of her work.


    1. Thanks, Carol – Ian Rankin is one of my favourite authors and Watchman crept onto my list by mistake – although there is an Irish connection – see my reply to Linda who also had commented on the fact that Rankin is indeed Scottish.


  4. I’d join in if we weren’t doing that read-a-long in March for Read Scotland. That book is about 600 pages. I just started a wonderful book about life on the Irish Blasket Islands in the early 1900’s written by a man born there. Have fun!

    Ian Rankin is Scottish not Irish


  5. Go on, read Ulysses – you know you want to… 😉 I bet Cathy wouldn’t mind you including the Ian Rankin at all – I don’t think the “rules” say the author has to be Irish. Have fun – one of my favourite events, this one!


    1. Thanks Fictionfan! I would read Ulysses if my TBR list would let me – but it’s just one of over 300 books, so it will have to wait its turn! I have tried it before – a bookmark reveals I’ve read up to page 6 – so I have made a start. 🙂

      Thanks for the encouragement about Ian Rankin’s book – I really didn’t mean to put it on my list, but now I have I think I’ll start it soon.


  6. I have given up the notion of ever actually reading Ulysses–I’ve tried 3 times and just couldn’t. For what it’s worth, I didn’t care for Vicar of Wakefield–I found him annoying and sanctimonious. I’ve never read Gulliver’s Travels myself–and would like to! Enjoy your Irish reading.


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