Announcing Ireland Reading Challenge 2011

Welcome to the second annual Ireland Reading Challenge! Last year’s challenge was a lot of fun, and helped me clear some of my Ireland-related titles off of my to-read shelves. Of course, I’ve since added more. 🙂 In the next week or so, I will be posting a list of suggested titles and authors to help with your challenge.

For those of you interested in joining me in the challenge, here are the details:

~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011.

~ 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: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books

~ Write up a post indicating that you are participating (feel free to copy the lovely graphic at the top of this post), and then add your challenge post’s link to the Mr. Linky on the main challenge page.

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

~ I will put up a page for the challenge in my left sidebar, and add a Mr. Linky for reviews and wrap-up posts.

~ Everyone who fulfills their challenge level and writes at least one review is eligible for the giveaway prize at the end of the challenge: a copy of Tipperary by Frank Delaney. Wrap-up post and giveaway details will go up at the beginning of December, which is why the challenge ends on November 30th.

~ Thanks to Serena, who had a wonderful idea, we will be adding a new element this year. In the month of March, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will do a read-along for any challenge participants or other bloggers who are interested. I have no idea which book we should read for the read-along, though, so please leave your suggestions in the comments. I will compile a list and post a poll in which you can vote for your pick.

I look forward to hearing about your Ireland reading this year!

Join here:

If you have any questions or titles for the list of suggested reading, please leave them in the comments section below!

Special thanks to my husband, Kevin, for designing the challenge button for me.

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109 Responses to Announcing Ireland Reading Challenge 2011

  1. Miss D says:

    Brilliant challenge…will be aiming for 4 books!

  2. Marleen Kennedy
    Twitter: Marleen (Meentje63)

    I’m looking forward to this challenge, although I would be disappointed if I didn’t read more than 6 Irish (related) books this year.

  3. Marleen Kennedy
    Twitter: Marleen (Meentje63)

    Sorry, forgot to add Twitter User Name. Have now added it below

  4. Very excited about this! I’m going to try for the Luck o’ the Irish level, already have a few books in mind!

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  6. Tena says:

    22 days late but I am game!! YAY!!!!!

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  8. Michelle says:

    I’ll be working on the Shamrock level. Can’t wait!

  9. Condorena says:

    I am joining a bit late, but definitely before St. Patrick’s Day. I enjoy Irish settings and will enjoy the challenge.

  10. Nan says:

    Just wrote about my fourth book (and fourth by Maeve Binchy) for the Challenge:

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  12. Finished my first book for the challenge!

    Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

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  14. Bunnita says:

    I’m apart of a Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway June 21st -24th/ I am giving away Nora Robert’s Jewels of the Sun, Tears of the Moon, & Heart of the Sea they fit this challenge. The book are second hand from my local library but hey they are free!

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  20. bookwitch says:

    I’m on book five today, slightly late, but never mind. Derek Landy, Death Bringer.

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  23. ChrisCross53 says:

    Oh dear, I seem to have linked twice…

  24. ChrisCross53 says:

    No, it’s OK, it’s corrected itself, so now I can carry on reading….

  25. Kerrie says:

    Finished at Luck of the Irish level (4 books). Better late than never!

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  27. Snowball says:

    I only made it to the Luck Of the Irish level.

    My final post is here:

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