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March Reading Plans

Since I’m doing the Irish Readathon this month I will hopefully be reading mostly Irish literature but I would like to mix it up a bit and continue with some of my urban fantasy or paranormal series as well. I also have a few other reading challenges that I’m taking part in.

Romanceopoly

My current spot on the board is “Heartbreak Hospital – Read a book with a doctor hero/heroine – OR – Read a tearjerker”. I hate tearjerkers so I’m going to read a book with a doctor. I put Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward on my MBR for this challenge but I think I’m going to read Shadow Game by Christine Feehan instead.

Shadow Game (Ghostwalkers #1) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Game (GhostWalkers, #1)

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something goes wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying-victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland’s every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father’s past and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

Kick’n Down Your TBR

This reading challenge is hosted by Gotta Have Romance with a Kick on Goodreads. It works kind of like bingo. You create a shelf on Goodreads for the challenge and then use the spinner to decide the book you’ll read. I’m doing the monthly level which is one book per month. For March the spinner gave me Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian which is the 9th book in her Midnight Breed series. I read the 8th book in 2013 so I can’t really remember the series very well but I’m just going to continue on. I really don’t feel like rereading the first 8 books right now.

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9) by Lara Adrian

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)

DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS, A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF PLUNGED INTO A PASSION THAT IS DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well—the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil—even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.

Muses Mandate

Muses Mandate is the monthly group read for My Vampire Book Obsession on Goodreads. Picking a book to read each month wasn’t working out for us so instead, we decided to choose a monthly author and call them muses. People can read whatever book they want by them. It’s worked out really well for us so far.

March’s Muse is Patricia Briggs. There are two books by Briggs that I would like to read and can’t make up my mind on. They’re set in the same world following different characters. Cry Wolf is listed as the first book in her Alpha & Omega series but it’s really the second. You need to read the prequel novella Alpha & Omega in order to have an understanding of the characters. I’d also suggest reading the first few books of the Mercy Thompson series before reading it.

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)

Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil…

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The Irish Readathon

We have a list of 5 challenges for the readathon but you don’t need to do them and you can combine them if you want.

My first choice would work for two of the challenges, “read a book by a female Irish author” and “read a book by one of the hosts favourite authors”.

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

Almost Love

If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not love: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of Asking for It. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

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My next choice will work for “read a book by a female Irish author”.

Echoes of Grace by Carragh Bell

Echoes of Grace

Even in death, love survives

Grace Molloy was the darling of the theatre scene. Young and dazzling, she gave it all up to marry the playwright Henry Sinclair, thirty years her senior. Then, one stormy night, she died giving birth to her daughter, Aurora.

Left with no memory of her mother, Aurora is raised by Henry and her nanny, Maggie, in a huge old house on the Cornish coastline. All the little girl has of Grace is a portrait – a painting of a woman in a white dress, her beautiful face frozen in time.

Aurora grows up, resembling Grace in looks and talent. She pursues her dream of being on the stage and soon achieves great success in the world of theatre, like her mother before her. Then a secret unfolds – a secret that could threaten all that she holds dear . . .

Echoes of Grace is the story of a young woman who, having overcome a painful past, must now embrace it to find her real self.

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My next choice works for “read a book that isn’t a novel” and “read a book older than you are”.

The Plays of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

The Plays of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan. The combination of dazzling wit, subtle social criticism, sumptuous settings and the theme of a guilty secret proved a winner, both here and in his next three plays, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and his undisputed masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. This volume includes all Wilde’s plays from his early tragedy Vera to the controversial Salome and the little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. The edition affords a rare chance to see Wilde’s best known work in the context of his entire dramatic output, and to appreciate plays which have hitherto received scant critical attention.

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So those are the books I would like to read this month. I would be happy with completing about 4 of them but we’ll see how it goes. I’m spending the last week and half of March with my family so I probably won’t get much reading done then.

What are you reading this month?

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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.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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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.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository


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

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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!