I was drawn to this circle for my heritage but thought it one of the trickiest. I’ve been building an extremely well-varied collection of books all my life, largely unopened. My personal rule for these special events is to use my material. It’s a thrill to shop my own library, see how many themes it fulfills. I thought I might be sparse on Irish literature and selected entry level: ‘shamrock’. I found myself able to increase that pledge and added additional reviews; which makes me proud because I’d never heard of these until late June, when they typcially begin January 1st! My original post is here.
Shamrock level: 4 books
Luck O’ The Irish level: 6 books
Kiss Blarney Stone: 8 books —> I surpassed this!
Ceilidh level: 10+ books
It’s a traffic jam, that most conclude December 31. The Canadian goes July to July (our nation’s birthday) and this closes tonight, November 30. I’m glad to alleviate as many as I can before next month. This earlier deadline got me grooving, because I became determined to rise an additional level! It meant squeezing in a surplus book unrelated to this theme, so I had to plan strategically and be quick! Lyn Hamilton’s “The Celtic Riddle” fit perfectly but first, I breezed through its prequel, the “Moche Warrior”. In rapid succession I went through those two and finished Maeve Binchy’s wonderful “This Year It Will Be Different” tonight.
Unexpected situations made me really race to the crux. I was happy to celebrate my birthday November 18th; even if wary of what happens to be a large milestone, to me. :) With festivities Saturday then my real birthday the next day, reading paused. An unfortunate cold my fiancé brought from work; made me too sick to read for days I wanted to maximize! I got better but after my birthday, I suddenly learned of the death of a close friend. I devoted myself to frequent contact with her husband and of course attending her church service. I got back on track and finished the doubly-surpassed goals I set for myself with this very friendly group.
Thank you for hosting, Carrie! Here is what I read and reviewed. I’m excited to include several bonus categories: memoir, fantasy, contemporary fiction, children’s, historical fiction. Thanks to Lyn Hamilton’s fabulous 2000 novel, I suddenly learned what ‘ceilidh’ is ~ I’d wondered. It is a musical gathering. :-)
“Aches & Pains”, Maeve Binchy, 1999 **Memoir**
“Dublin 4”, Maeve Binchy, 1982 **Short Stories**
“The Lilac Bus”, Maeve Binchy, 1984 **Short Stories**
“This Year It Will Be Different“, Maeve Binchy, 1996