Ireland Reading Challenge 2012

I stumbled upon this challenge while perusing my blog roll this morning and couldn't resist.  I've realized that sometimes I just don't have the discipline to finish challenges.  Sadly, I was unable to complete the Classics Challenge hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much, despite being really excited about my choices.  I managed to complete four out of eight books selected. Better luck next time.

This year I'm turning over a new leaf... I'm vowing to complete the Ireland Reading Challenge

 I. will. finish.  

I was lucky enough to visit Ireland with my brother several years ago. And it was amazing (best trip ever)!  Fascinated with Ireland, we managed to tour Dublin and nearby towns, before heading to England, to visit Liverpool and London.  Upon returning, I knew that I had to see more of Ireland. 

And what better way to experience the culture and landscape when unable to make the trip?!  
So, here I am, pledging my commitment to this challenge in 2012.  Because I had so many Irish writers on my TBR list, I was able to quickly choose 7 titles that I knew I'd be eager to pick up.

The List:

1 - The Sea by John Banville*

2 - After Rain by William Trevor*

3 - Broken Harbour by Tana French (Summer 2012)

4 - Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O'Faolain

5 - Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Baltoletti

6 - The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore*

7 - A World of Love by Elizabeth Moran

The list is a nice mix of writers that I'm already smitten with, and those that will offer me an introduction.  Very excited to share with the blog world as I complete each title!

Are there any titles you think I may be missing? If so, send suggestions my way and I'll be glad to take a look.

*Titles owned


  1. Good luck and have fun with this one!

  2. I'm glad you're joining us for the challenge! I can't wait for Broken Harbour to come out. :)

  3. Brenna,
    Thanks! It's really a great way to read the books that have been on my shelves for far too long.

    Thanks for hosting! I'm really excited to get started in January! & Tana French is amazing :)


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