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October & Victober Wrap Up

I Am HeathcliffThe Price of Pleasure (Sutherland Brothers, #2)Wives and DaughtersHow Not To Be a BoyA Woman of No ImportanceWhen a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)

My favourite month is over and now the Christmas silliness will begin. Costa coffee has already started using their Christmas cups. I’m just not emotionally ready for all of the Christmasness so I’m staying in Halloween mode for another few weeks. I am Grinching it up 😉

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I had hoped to read creepy books in October but I somehow managed to read less than I would when it’s not spooky season! October was pretty much all about romances and historicals.


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I am Heathcliff Curated by Kate Mosse ★★★★★

I Am HeathcliffShort Story Collection, Audiobook

This is a collection of 16 short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights. Some of them are inspired by a theme in the novel and others are more like retellings. I absolutely loved this collection and plan on buying the paperback to reread and annotate.

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The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

The Price of Pleasure (Sutherland Brothers, #2)Historical Romance

A historical romance featuring a typical alpha male sassy female pairing.

Leading Lady Victoria has been shipwrecked on a remote island and Grant has been dispatched to rescue her. It’s not at all historically accurate but it was a fun read and I love Cole’s characters.

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October Wrap Up Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell Elaine Howlin Literary Blog
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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (Victober) ★★★★☆

Wives and DaughtersClassic, Romance

This was the group read for Victober and I’m glad it was cause I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. Gaskell passed away while writing this book so it is unfinished but only a chapter away from completion. My edition included notes from the magazine the story was originally printed in which states the authors intended ending for the book so I wasn’t left in the lurch but it would have been nice to read it as part of the novel. The story follows Molly Gibson’s family life, friendships and eventual romance. It’s not a very exciting book but very pleasant to read.

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How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb ★★★★★

How Not To Be a BoyMemoir, Gender, Audiobook

I loved this! It was interesting to read something with a strong focus on gender issues written by a man. I listened to the audiobook which Webb narrated and included an interview at the end about topics raised in the book. It was so interesting and left me with a lot to think about.

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A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (Victober) ★★★☆☆

A Woman of No ImportanceClassics, Play, Audiobook

This play centres around a social scandal concerning a woman and her illegitimate son. It’s very witty and has some great lines but I didn’t enjoy it as much as his other works.

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When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare ★★★★☆

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)Historical Romance, Audiobook

I enjoyed this even though it was a bit cheesy. The cast of characters are very endearing and the romance flows nicely (touch of instalove though). Ticks all the boxes for a good historical romance.

In order to avoid society due to her extreme shyness, Madeline invents a Scottish sweetheart away on military business. He saves her from awkward social situations until she feels she has lied long enough and claims he is killed in battle. Years later a man turns up at her door claiming to be her imaginary sweetie.

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Hope you all had a wonderful October. What was the best book you read?

The Irish Readathon

The Irish Readathon is a reading challenge taking place for the whole month of March hosted by Fred Weasley Died Laughing (Aoife), Jessica – Breathe and Read, AlffBooks (Stephen), and Leanne Rose.

The goal of the readathon is to read books by Irish authors or about Ireland. You only need to read one book in order to participate but there are some challenges that you can do if you want.

I realise we’re halfway through the month now but I only discovered the readathon this week and really want to join in. Luckily I’ve already read some books by Irish authors this month and there are only four challenges.

Challenges:

1. (Leanne’s challenge) Read a book by an Irish author published in the last 10 years

2. (Stephen’s Challenge) Read an Irish classic (or modern classic)

3. (Jessica’s challenge) Read a book by a female Irish author

4. (Aoife’s challenge) Read a book based or focused on an event in Irish history

Bonus: Read a book with green on the cover.

The books

What I plan on reading…

I am so bad at sticking to TBR’s so really this is a list of Irish books that I have on my shelf waiting to be read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collector's Library)The Playboy of the Western WorldThe Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from HistoryDays Without EndThe Good PeopleHoldingThe Book of Lost ThingsZom-BGirls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act DifferentlyOld Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * TraditionA Girl Is a Half-formed ThingAsking For ItThe Lesser BohemiansThe Heart's Invisible FuriesSaloméMammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)Falling for a DancerThe Glorious HeresiesThe Little Book of CorkMy Life in the IRA: The Bor...Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling: Just a Small-Town Girl Living in a Notions World

The Watchlist Irish readathon 2018 Irish tv shows and movies

For a little extra touch of Irishness, I’ve decided to watch some Irish TV shows and films as well. I would like to watch mainly stuff set in Ireland but I will probably include some things by Irish directors or starring Irish actors as well.

Derry Girls debuts on January 4 on Channel 4
Derry Girls
The Young Offenders
Rent This Is My Father Online DVD Rental
This is my Father

 

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Interview with the Vampire

So that’s it for my Irish Readathon plan. If I actually stick to any of it it will be a miracle.

Are you doing the readathon or any other readathons this month? Have you read many books about Ireland or written by Irish authors?


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Irish Writers

It’s time to show a little pride in the literary talents of my home. Ireland is well known for its rich cultural history in art and literature. Mostly old stories about the fairy folk and god save us, leprechauns! And I am a big fan of those stories but we have a lot more going on than just fairy tales. Here are some of my favourite Irish writers on a range of subjects.


 Marian Keyes

This woman is amazing! If you ever need a pick me up just pop onto her twitter feed for a healthy pint-sized dose of the giggles. Some of my favourite books by her are Sushi for Beginners, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Last Chance Saloon and her non-fiction collection Under the Duvet. Her stories are full of joy and love but she also delves into serious issues such as addiction and depression.

 Deirdre Purcell

I adore Purcell’s story about Elizabeth Sullivan’s trials and heartaches in the west coast of Ireland. Falling for a Dancer is one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve read it 3 times already! The story was made into a tv miniseries starring Colin Farrel as well.

Sebastian Barry Sebastian Barry

I’ve only read The Secret Scripture by Barry but it was enough to make me a fan. Tense, emotional, heart-breaking, it’s the kind of story that stays with you. This was recently made into a movie as well starring Aidan Turner, Theo James, Eric Bana, and Rooney Mara.

Bram Stoker Bram Stoker

Again I’ve only read one work by Stoker and that is, of course, Dracula….but I’ve read it like 3 times… I am a huge paranormal fan and this guy brought vampires into popular fiction. Gotta love him!

Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde

He may have written only one novel and it was an amazing novel but it isn’t favourite work by him. The Importance of Being Earnest, another one of my all time favourites, is so witty and ridiculous I adore it!

J.M. Synge J.M. Synge

(Man I have a lot of playwrights on this list) The Playboy of the Western World caused riots when it was first performed in Dublin in 1907. People were so insulted by Synge’s portrayal of the Irish and believed the play to be morally offensive. Luckily the play survived this silliness for us to enjoy today.

Have you read anything by these authors? Can you recommend any Irish writers I should check out? Let me know in the comments!