It was a really amazing month for me. I didn’t really manage to complete my initial to-read list, since I had to make some changes, removing some books and replacing them with some others. I’m still reading the last book I had on my list, The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville, so I will probably post about it some time in April.
During this month, I read 3 plays (Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Translations, The Importance of Being Earnest), 1 novel (The Unicorn) and several short stories. I posted my reviews and thoughts for all of them, apart from William Trevor’s short stories (I read his Mark-2 Wife and The Summer Visitor ones). I really enjoyed his writing, and the stories had some pretty unexpected elements in them, but I just couldn’t find enough things to say without analyzing them and spoiling the stories for those who haven’t read them.
Apart from books, I got the chance to watch some really great movies as well. I knew close to nothing about Irish cinema, so I really enjoyed searching for and watching those movies. My favourite one out of the four I watched was probably Calvary, though it is very closely followed up by The Secret of Kells. The Commitments was really enjoyable, too, and The Eclipse was a movie kind of different from what I’m used to watching.
(I have compiled a list of everything I read and watched for this project along with links to reviews here, for anyone who is interested).
I also got the chance to read some really brilliant posts from all the other bloggers that participated and I can assertively say that I have enhanced my knowledge about Irish culture a little! I really hope a similar event will be organized next year as well, since now I know I will be better guided and prepared for it 😉 Cathy and Niall, thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event and for letting us have this brief Irish experience! You are both so amazing!