I’m participating in Reading Ireland Month 2019 this year and have put together a list of the books I’ll be reviewing along with an author interview.
The books may be about Ireland, have an Irish protagonist, or be written either by an Irish author or author with Irish roots. Thanks to my grandfather (author Stanley McShane), I can claim a very small portion of the Irish roots. We in the colonies celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, pub specials, and corned beef and cabbage. In “Chicago-land”, they literally turn the Chicago River green.
Cathy at 746 Books is theming her posts this year, and you may want to check her website to see how she’ll break that down. Additionally, she’ll be hosting a giveaway each week and sharing posts on her Facebook page. She has a monster list of 100 books you can peruse and a collection of recommendations of which I’ve found several in my local library. I chose one and my associate reviewer also chose one. They both exceed 450 pages. (I’ve been reading cozy mysteries at an average of 345 pages each! Gulp!)
So here is my schedule so far:
3 Return to Robinswood – Jean Grainger – March 12 – Irish #histfic
4 Treading the Uneven Road – Lorna Brown – March 15 – short stories
6 Dark Hollow by John Donnelly – March 19 – #crime
7 The Secret Place – Tana French – March 22 – Police procedural
8 Cocos Island Treasure – Stanley McShane – March 24 – Action/sea adventure
My eyes are crossing in anticipation, but I know these will be some great reads and worth it! Cocos Island Treasure is one me dear ole grandfather wrote, don’t ye know. From County Cork, he claimed to kiss the Blarney Stone and judging from some of his stories, I’d guess maybe more than once! Thinking I may revisit Cocos Island and up-to-date just a bit. Or not. He wrote it over 90 years ago. What do you think? Leave it alone and authentic or smooth the edges (wink wink).
Have you read any of the above? Which ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
©2019 V Williams