What I did for #ReadingIrelandMonth23
I shared my thoughts on Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession which I read last year.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – read and posted.
I listened to a short story ‘Waiting for Joseph’ by Bernie McGill read by Julia Dearden on BBC Radio 4. Here are my thoughts on – Waiting for Joseph by Bernie McGill.
The Dressmakers Child by William Trevor – read and posted.
The Bell by Iris Murdoch – read and posted.
The Dead by James Joyce – read and posted.
I’ve really enjoyed this month and managed more than I expected to. All the stories I’ve listened to and read have been wonderful. I hope sharing my enjoyment of them all will be a part of why some, indeed, everyone of my visitors here will go on to read and enjoy one, two or more of these books. If you have a moment I’d love to know if you do go on to read any of them or, perhaps, you’ve already read them, what did you think? I’d love to hear from you just leave a comment below.
Many thanks to Cathy at 746books and Kim at ReadingMatters who brought Reading Ireland Month ‘23 and A Year With William Trevor to us. I love having a specific month in which to sit and read, listen etc., to simply give time to reading such good authors whether I’ve read them before or they are new to me such as Bernie McGill who I look forward to reading more of.
Cathy split the reading into weeks. I chose not to adhere to them but here’s how I fared on the subjects.
Intro Week: 1 – 5 March | I started my posts with a review of Leonard and Hungry Paul which I read last year on 14th March.
Irish Classics Week: 6 -12 March | I read several classics during the month but not all within this framework: The Importance of Being Earnest; The Dressmaker’s Child; The Bell and The Dead.
Contemporary Irish Week: 13 – 19 March | I managed to listen to Waiting for Joseph actually in the correct week! Another contemporary book I also posted on Leonard and Hungry Paul but not in this week.
Short Story Week: 20 – 26 March | Waiting for Joseph, The Dressmaker’s Child and The Dead fit here. Both of these were read in the correct week although the posts came out a few days later.
Non- Fiction Week: 27 – 31 March | No non-fiction read but I do like to put in an information section in my posts which I hope readers find interesting and helpful. They may even go on to read not only the book, which I hope they do, but also around the subject(s) entwined, the time it was set in or about the author.
A Year With William Trevor – I read The Dressmaker’s Child a good introduction to his writing, which fits here and is my tiny contribution.
Well that’s Reading Ireland Month over for another year. Did you take part? Pop a note in the comments box with your blog site and what you read it might help folk with next year’s challenge or their next read, reading Irish authors isn’t restricted to March! I tried to ensure I shared any posts over the month but if I didn’t share yours then let me know and I’ll get to it.
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Cathy, It was lovely to read/listen to some ‘new’ to me authors and books as well as old favourites in a new medium. It helped me to focus without feeling overwhelmed and so did more than expected which was good for a change. Thanks for hosting, Janet.
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A pleasure Janet 🙂
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