Today 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 😉 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”
Thank you SO much for taking part! We’re glad you enjoyed it
It was a fantastic month! Thank you again for organising this event! 😀
Thank you so much, you’ve been amazing. Delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much and got something out of it. Your enthusiasm has been great! Here’s to next year 😉
Thank you for everything! I’m already looking forward to next year 🙂
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 😀
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! 😀
(Also, I'm terribly sorry for not replying to your e-mail yet – I'll try to get to it as soon as possible!)