March reads: #readingirelandmonth19 and #theirishreadthon

SmartSelect_20190305-215246_Instagram.jpgI don’t normally do tbrs for the month or things like that, but this month I felt like doing it, specially as I just found about two readathons this month based around Irish literature. Ireland is one the top places on my bucket list to go visit, so these readathons sound really interesting to me.

#ReadingIrelandMonth19 is a readathon that I found at 746 Books and it got me hooked into the idea. This readthon is all about reading Irish books this month, and while there’s a schedule, you don’t have to follow it to join.  This is Cathy’s schedule if you are interested;

25th February – 3rd March – Contemporary Irish Novels

4th– 10th March – Classic Irish Novels

11th – 17th March – Irish Short Story Collections

18th – 24th March – Irish Non-Fiction

25th – 31st March – Miscellaneous (Drama, Poetry, Film etc)


While researching what books to read for this readathon, I found #TheIrishReadathon on Booktube from Aoife, Aka, Fred Weasley Died Laughing. This readthon is also all about reading and celebrating Irish Literature, so I thought I would take part in both really. This readthon has 5 challenges and it’s up to you if you want to participate or not, as long as you are reading I don’t think anyone cares. These are the challenges;

1. Read a book with green on the cover.

2. Read a book from a female Irish author.

3. Read a host’s favourite Irish Writer.

4. Read a book that isn’t a novel.

5. Read a book that’s older than you


After lots and research and looking around I found some books that I found super interesting and wanted to read for both readathons this month. I thought I should share these books in case anyone else is interested in these readathons and was looking for some ideas of what to read.

SmartSelect_20190305-204340_Amazon Kindle.jpgThis book was in my recommended on Kindle, and I had a look at it before. When I found out that the author was Irish, I thought that this book wasn’t read this month. Contemporary books are not really my thing, but I always try to give them a go. The blurb of this books sounds really interesting, it seems to be about friendship, identity and where you call home – those themes always interest me when I’m looking for a book, so here’s hoping that it’s a good one.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.


SmartSelect_20190305-204646_Amazon Kindle.jpgThe only reason I want to read this book is because I read that this book was banned at some point. Every time I see that a book was banned, it makes me want to read it. I love that this book is about two girls as they grow up. I think I have an idea of what to expect of this book, but  just want to know what’s so bad that the church banned and burned this book for.

Meet Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together. As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship. Kate, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love, while Baba just wants to experience the life of a single girl. Although they set out to conquer the world together, as their lives take unexpected turns, Kate and Baba must ultimately learn to find their own way.


SmartSelect_20190305-204519_Amazon Kindle.jpgFirst of all I really love the cover for this book, it’s really eye catching, and I’m really loving yellow right now, I don’t know why, so the cover alone got me interested. This is a dystopian book, and I really wanted something like this to read this month. While reasearching I found most books people recommended were classics or contemporary books, and while those are fine, I wanted something different to read.

Ireland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining. The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. Why? Something to do with the King’s daughter, and a talking statue, something godawful. And from every wall the King’s Eye watches. And yet the city is full of hearts-defiant-sprayed in yellow, the mark of the Kid. It cannot end well. Can it? Follow the Kid, hear the tale. Roll up! Roll up!


SmartSelect_20190305-215203_Google.jpgI said that I wanted to read something different, and with fantasy you are always sure to find something different. I read that this book was supposed to be a Irish classic, is that true? I don’t know, but I’m going to give it a go anyway. From the blurb, it seems to be all about magical books, so I’m sold.

Nita Callahan is at the end of her rope because of the bullies who’ve been hounding her at school… until she discovers a mysterious library book that promises her the chance to become a wizard. But she has no idea of the difference that taking the Wizard’s Oath is going to make in her life. Shortly, in company with fellow beginner-wizard Kit Rodriguez, Nita’s catapulted into what will be the adventure of a lifetime — if she and Kit can both live through it. For every wizard’s career starts with an Ordeal in which he or she must challenge the one power in the universe that hates wizardry more than anything else: the Lone Power that invented death and turned it loose in the worlds. Plunged into a dark and deadly alternate New York full of the Lone One’s creatures, Kit and Nita must venture into the very heart of darkness to find the stolen, legendary Book of Night with Moon. Only with the dangerous power of the wizardly Book do they have a chance to save not just their own lives, but their world…


SmartSelect_20190305-204820_Amazon Kindle.jpgMilkman is the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for fiction, and it’s a book I saw a lot of on Instagram. I always want to read more books with awards like Man Booker Prize, but usually books from a genre I usually read, I usually put it off. I went to my local library and while looking around I decided to finally pick this one up.

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. GBut when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.


So here we are. These are the books I plan to read this March for this two readathons. I’m not really sure if any of the books meet any of the challenges and prompts from either readathons, but that’s okay. Do what works for you, I’m certainly doing so.



6 thoughts on “March reads: #readingirelandmonth19 and #theirishreadthon

  1. I usually put off winning award winners too – I think my expectations are set too high and I’m afraid of being disappointed! I haven’t read Milkman yet so would be interested to see what you make of it!


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