Top Ten Tuesday – Irish Books to Keep the Wanderlust Alive

June 11, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 41 Comments

I’ve got a trip of a lifetime coming up in a few short weeks: 11 days in Ireland. I’ve never been overseas so this is a really big deal. Naturally, I’ve already scoped out all of the literary things I need to make sure to do while I’m there. πŸ™‚ In terms of Irish/Ireland literature, I haven’t read a whole lot. I’ve compiled a list of ten that should help me keep the memories of the hopefully amazing time I’m about to have alive in my mind.

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French [Purchase]
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin #1) by Erin HartΒ [Purchase]
Walk the Blue Fields: Stories by Claire KeeganΒ [Purchase]
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel by Jeremy Massey [Purchase]
The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan [Purchase]

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan DowdΒ [Purchase]
The Glorious Heresies (Ryan Cusack #1) by Lisa McInerney [Purchase]
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry [Purchase]
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly [Purchase]
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern [Purchase]

Do you have any well-loved books set in Ireland you’d like to recommend? I’m all ears!

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41 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Irish Books to Keep the Wanderlust Alive”

  1. Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Yay! You’re going to have a wonderful trip – Ireland is glorious.

    As it happens, Irish misery porn is one of my favourite genres (and Glorious Heresies was my top book of 2017). I’ve read lots of fantastic Irish books, here’s a few – https://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/in-the-mood-for-irish-misery-porn-yes-always/
    and what has been my favourite book so far this year: https://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/the-hearts-invisible-furies-by-john-boyne/
    and also these for something more modern – https://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/skippy-dies-by-paul-murray/ and https://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/asking-for-it-by-louise-oneill/

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  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    Wow, congrats on your trip to Ireland, Bonnie! You’re going to have a wonderful time — from everything I’ve heard and seen, it’s a beautiful country. It’s funny that you’ve got the first Dublin Murder Squad book on your list, because those are the books set in Ireland that I was going to recommend! Excellent choice. πŸ˜‰
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  3. Kerri

    I read the Book of List Things. I loved it, but I live John Connally. I also have In The Woods, but have yet to read it. I’m so excited for you being able to visit Ireland. I’ve always wanted to go. You’ll have an amazing adventure of a life time!

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  4. Jessica

    This is so exciting! I hope you enjoy Ireland and that your trip is everything you’ve ever hoped it would be. I love this list, some favourites of mine are on here and then there’s a ton of new ones to me–I almost added Love, Rosie/Where Rainbows end to my list as well. One of my all time favourites. And I will forever love the cover art for The Book of Lost Things.

    Basically, long story short, great list! Thanks for sharing.
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