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Books by Irish Authors

Being part of a blogging community means being introduced to authors from other countries reader me might not find otherwise.  Trish from Between My Lines has been a very good source for Irish authors. While she no longer blogs I do see her reading on GR and IG.

I could have chosen a few other Irish authors off my shelves but not actually sure I’ll like the books. I am not a big Marion Keyes or Maeve Binchy reader yet I have one each of theirs. Of course Lucinda Riley is Irish but I only like her Seven Sisters books.

Have been thinking if I don’t get to these before I might make March of 2022 Irish authors reading month for myself!

Things We Never SayTrish says… “When packing your books for the beach this summer, make room for this one! It’s a warm, gossipy, full of heart and meets all my criteria for an engrossing summer read.”

Sheila O’Flanagan is a Dubliner and has written a lot of books. I have read one previously by her The Woman Who Ran Away which was a 4 star read for me.

I have this one from the library, written in 2013, so hopefully if I don’t get to it straight away I can renew it until I find a space to read it.

The Book ClubRoisin Meaney is an author I haven’t read before. I put it in my Wishlist and then accidentally bought it. I can’t remember where I saw someone reading this. May have been while visiting on It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Anyway I have it and Roisin Meaney has written lots of books so could be promising. She was born in Kerry but I think lives in Limerick.

The Moon over Kilmore BayMy absolute favourite Irish author.  This is her latest book. Trish did introduce me to her books with The Woman at 72 Derry Lane and I have been reading through her backlist since.

The Moon Over Kilmore Bay is her latest and its on my shelf….. waiting for attention!

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Emma Hannigan was an Irish author, I’ve read one of her other novels and liked it and have this one on my TBR print shelf. Must have picked it up at the book fair.

It’s about an Irish family restoring a villa in Spain. Sounds good.

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I wanted one more author I haven’t read. So I mined through Trish’s Irish GR shelves for the fifth one looking for one of her five star reads. This one sounded good and what’s more its at my local library. It was published in 2015 and sounds like its got lots of issues and is set in Dublin.

So four in the hand and one in the “bush”. All organised.


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Recent New to Me Authors I Have Added to My Want To Read More List

It is always a danger finding a new author I like! It adds to that TBR list for sure. I find new authors through other reader/bloggers, the MMD reading club and summer guide and just picking up a book at either NetGalley or a shop I think I might like.

book coverAlix E. Harrow.

I admit this is not my usual kind of read. But it sufficiently hooked me with its premise of doors opening into different worlds and its theme of safety versus freedom and choice. She has a new one this year and I will certainly give it a read to see if its really me.

book coverSofie Ryan.

I am not much of a cosy book reader but Sofie Ryan has managed to hook me with her cat Elvis (see I even remember his name without having to go look it up). I like the characters and so it is why I will go back and keep reading this series. Who knows after that!

book cover Emma Hannigan.

I loved this story about five women and their households. At first I thought it would be too many people to keep track of, but I soon slipped easily into the goings on of Kingfisher Road, and was cheering them all on. While it covers a few serious issues, each woman has secrets, there is a light warm hearted tone to the book which was so uplifting. The women vary in age ranging from 70 to 20, yet the supportive kindness they extend to each other is wonderful. Maybe everything wraps up a little too well but I am not really complaining. I think I have one of her books already on my TBR shelf which I must reach!book cover

Viola Shipman

I think its two books I have now read by Viola Shipman and I like his writing. I find its just the right kind of characters and warmth that I enjoy, with a little history at times. Will certainly explore any backlog. Must earmark them.

Uzma Jalaluddin

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Uzma is a Canadian author and this was a debut novel I was introduced to by the Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading guide 2019. She hasn’t written another one, but I hope she does and I’d certainly read it. This book was a revamped Pride and Prejudice story, not that I care about that. I just liked the Muslim aspect and the pair involved int he romantic story. So hope she writes another, I’ll buy it and read it.



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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This July!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well, welcome to the second half of the year!

This week my computer died, I’ve had it for seven years and it has given me great service… but still I want it to last longer. I was thinking it’s the price for technology advancement. Everything advances and is soon out of date. Ouch.

After some thought I bought a MacBook Air, being a Mac fan – on the whole. It is thinner than my MacBook Pro but I have easily got used to it. I discovered Safari would not let me comment on Blogger sites, which took up some of my time yesterday. However I then downloaded Google Chrome which does let me, so I guess I’ll be going between the two browsers.

How long do you expect a computer to last?!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:


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Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Jackson     Emily March

Connect Five Books.  June – August

June Reading Digest

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