My Choices for Reading Ireland Month

March is just around the corner and with it comes Reading Ireland Month, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. Although this is the 6th year of The Begorrathon, as it’s also known, I haven’t taken part before. One of the reasons why I didn’t participate in previous years is that I never happened to have unread books by Irish authors on my shelves. For the 2022 edition I wanted to be prepared, so I bought two books ahead of time.

Sadly, I still won’t be able to write posts based on all the four prompts suggested by Cathy, since I haven’t read enough books by Irish authors, in order to write interesting content. Nevertheless, throughout March, my plan is to write about all the (few) books I’ve read by Irish authors so far and the new Irish books that I will certainly add to my wish list close to the end of Reading Ireland Month. Moreover, I will also review the two books that I will be reading. They are:


One by One in the Darkness by Deirdre Madden

In One by One in the Darkness, Deirdre Madden tells the story of three Northern Irish sisters. The book comprises two timelines. One is set in 1994, a week before the IRA ceasefire, the other takes place during the sisters’ childhood in the 1960s and the 1970s. The praise for this book is immense, and my expectations are certainly high.


Normal People by Sally Rooney

Having watched the TV adaptation, I’m already familiar with the plot of Normal People by Sally Rooney. I was not a huge fan of the series, despite initially enjoying it. However, after reading one negative review about the book, my interest got picked again. It has as main characters Connell and Marianne, who live in a small town in the west of Ireland. One is popular, the other is lonely. A strong bond is established between them, though.


The Begorrathon is also a great opportunity to celebrate Irish culture in general, from books to films. During March I also hope to be able to watch three new-to-me Irish films – Hunger, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future – if I manage to find them on any of the streaming platforms available in Portugal, and to start watching The Fall, which has been on my radar for a long time.


Are you going to take part in Reading Ireland Month? What will you be reading? Tell me in the comments!


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