Sunday, January 5, 2014

Announcing The Ireland Reading Challenge 2014

Carrie from Books and Movies has hosted the Ireland Reading Challenge for the past number of years and I have always enjoyed participating - books set in Ireland or by Irish authors are a favorite genre of mine - and it was great to see the variety of books read by the partipants. Carrie was looking for a new host for the challenge and I am glad to take it over - thanks to Carrie for all the excellent work in hosting this challenge until now. I haven't changed much (other than the start and end dates) - why mess with a good thing?!

 Here are the guidelines:

 ~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014.

 ~ Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on.

~Re-reads are allowed.

 ~ Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply.

 ~ Choose your commitment level:
 Shamrock level: 4 books
 Luck o’ the Irish level: 6 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 8 books
Ceilidh level: 10+ books

 ~ Sign up below and feel free to copy the button at the top of this post and put it into your sign-up post or on your blog

You don’t have to list your books ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.

 ~ I will add a Mr. Linky for reviews and wrap-up posts and you can always get to the info page or review link-up via the links in my sidebar (look left).

Adh mor ort! (Good Luck to you!)


  1. I'm pleased you visited and like the post about you. :) I hope you become a guest of THIS first-time hostess too! Hugs, Carolyn.

  2. I'm passing this on to a friend who studied Irish Lit. Happy New Year!

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  4. Hey, is it too late to sign up to this challenge? And how do I sign up? :)

  5. I think I've signed up, but I'm not sure if I've done it right? :-/

  6. I stumbled on this and couldn't resist! It sounds like so much fun. I hope it's not too late to sign up.

    1. definitely not too late! Thanks for signing up!

  7. Hi! Will you leave a note at my blog or e-mail, when you make a review page? As I browsed for it, I saw a word about surgery. I wish you the very best procedure and recovery! Hug from Carolyn.

  8. still waiting for a review link...thanks

  9. Top of the morning to you, on this fine day of my heritage! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! Since part of my family are indeed Patricks, we do so love to celebrate. Green is such a fresh, hopeful, bright colour. My parents sent a card last week. Since I have a present for them, my fiancé is hand-delivering greetings from me, after work in the city. I wish you all blessings, laughter, health, good fun, and luck! If you'd like to try your luck at my reading challenge games and conversation, see me below. :) Yours truly, Carolyn

  10. Here's my first review:

  11. Hi. Would you please e-mail or message me back via Wordpress (I've checked back here quite a bit since January). Let me know where you're putting a page for Ireland reviews. :) Thank you, Carolyn.

  12. Here's my 2nd book for Ireland:

  13. I want to join this challenge! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. I originally signed up for this challenge on January 18th. Today when I finally finished my first book set in Ireland, I don't see my name listed on sign-ups! So I signed up again. I can't find the reviews page, so here is the link to my Shelfari review of A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy.

  15. Since I can't find a link to reviews, here's my second, a review of Second Spring by Andrew M. Greeley, part of a series about an Irish American family in Chicago.

  16. Here's my review of The Paradise Tree:

  17. I still can't find a link to reviews. Here is my third, An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor

  18. In absence of a review page, etc, I'll leave it at 4. If there are more, they will be updated at my blog post - above.

    (1) “Light A Penny Candle” Maeve Binchy, 1982
    (2) “The Irish Cairn Murder” Dicey Deere, 2003
    (3) “The Mystery Of Ireland’s Eye” Shane Peacock, 1999
    (4) “Phantom Horse Goes To Ireland” Christine Pullein-Thompson, 1972

  19. My 4th book for the 2014 Ireland Reading Challenge is For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen.