Reading Ireland Month 2015: Wrap-up

picmonkey-collage-2Today marks the very last day of the Reading Ireland Month, organized by Cathy746books and The Fluff Is Raging.

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 πŸ˜‰ 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!

8 thoughts on “Reading Ireland Month 2015: Wrap-up

  1. It sounds like you definitely made great use of exploring Irish culture; the films and plays you’ve encountered have all made their way onto my lists! I’ll try to join in next year, time willing!

    • Thank you so much for your nice comment, Kirsty! It would be a delight to see you participating next year πŸ˜€

      • I shall definitely try my best to, even if I only read one or two Irish books. It looks marvellous; I’ve really enjoyed reading all of your posts, my dear! ❀

      • Aw, you’re so sweet! ❀ I always say quality matters more than quantity, so yes, it would be absolutely lovely to see you joining! πŸ˜€

        (Also, I'm terribly sorry for not replying to your e-mail yet – I'll try to get to it as soon as possible!)

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