For Reading Ireland Month 2019, I’ve selected five titles, one for each week’s theme, with the hope that I’ll have time to read other books beyond my list as the month unfolds.
While I haven’t had the chance to post my TBR for Reading Ireland Month 2019 until now, I finished drafting my list late last week, and I’ve nearly finished my first book for the month. My list is scattered, but I’ve tried to select only classics and popular contemporary books.
I’ve kept my list light, since I’m anticipating that I’ll come across new-to-me books I’ll want to read this month through others’ blogs.
25th February – 3rd March – Contemporary Irish Novels
To start off the month, I began with John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies, which I’ve almost finished. Boyne writes accessible, almost cinematic, prose that reminds me of many YA novels I’ve read; the story’s been engaging so far, and I’m interested to see how it concludes.
4th– 10th March – Classic Irish Novels
This week I’ll be shifting to my first novel by Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart. I’ve come across Bowen’s work several times over the past year through Goodreads as well as here, and I’m glad to finally have the chance to check out one of her books.
11th – 17th March – Irish Short Story Collections
Like Bowen and Boyne, O’Brien is another author I’ve seen many people recommend, so next week I’ll be reading her story collection, The Love Object, which collects short fiction the author’s written between 1968 and 2011. O’Brien seems to be more famous for her novels than stories, but most of her novels have several reserves placed on them, making it unlikely that I’d get ahold of a copy in time.
18th – 24th March – Irish Non-Fiction
For my nonfiction selection, I’m tentatively planning on choosing Frank McCourt’s memoir Angela’s Ashes. I’ve recently read a lot of memoir, though, so I might swap this with a narrative nonfiction or history title, if I can find something non academic through the library.
25th – 31st March – Miscellaneous (Drama, Poetry, Film etc)
I’ll be wrapping up the month with The Plays of Oscar Wilde. While I’ve read a lot of Wilde’s nonfiction, I’ve never read any of his plays, which feels off given the impact he’s had on English-language literature and gay theatre.
Looking forward to participating this month and following others’ updates!