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I have returned from an amazing extended weekend trip to Ireland and there will of course be a few blog posts on my travels to come (look for those on Mondays), but I have to take a moment to tell you what I bought. I have for some reason had an affinity for Irish authors, female Irish authors of women’s fiction to be precise. If you check out my Books page, you will see that at least half are from Irish authors.
These female Irish authors really know how to tell a good story. Its all about the human relationships, connections, humor and plots about situations other than shopping in New York or other topics falling more into Click Lit. This could be my bias, but I can’t get enough. I’ve set out to read the complete works of each of the best selling Irish authors in women’s fiction and my trip to their country was a great excuse to come home with some souvenirs.
What’s on my reading list?
- Thanks for the Memories – Cecelia Ahern
- The Gift – Cecelia Ahern
- Anybody Out There – Marian Keyes
- Last Chance Saloon – Marian Keyes
- Brightest Star in the Sky – Marian Keyes
- Ulysses – James Joyce
Yes, I know the last one isn’t a female Irish author and that it isn’t women’s fiction. I have to admit, while my face turns bright red from embarrassment, that I haven’t read Ulysses. I would like to blame the Canadian education system, but really its my own fault for not taking more English courses in university or having the guts to try to read something that will take me months to finish and absorb. After learning about what exactly is/are the topics of Ulysses, and how well Joyce captures the nature of Dubliners during his lifetime, I had to pick it up.
I still have one book left which I was lent by a friend, so that’s first on my list, but after that, I have a whole shelf to go through. I’m looking forward to reading by the fireside at Christmas time and I especially bought “The Gift” which I think is a Christmas themed story.
I may have gotten a little carried away in bringing back so many books when (a) it added probably at least 2 kilos of weight and (b) I only traveled with a carry on – no big bag. But when one lives in a French-speaking country and then visits Ireland…there is no choice. I swear.
P.S. The books were on sale, I’m talking 1/3 of the regular price, so basically I got 6 for the price of 2. Definitely check out used books section in Chapters if in Dublin.
Are your favorite authors from one country? Is there a specific genre that you just love to read? Do you read challenging books, if so got any tips? Have you ever overdone it on the shopping while abroad?