Favorite Novels Set in Ireland

There are so many good novels set in Ireland or written by Irish authors! Of course, I love all of the Irish faerie lore, the tales of the Sidhe and Tuatha De Danaan. I’m one of many writers whose work derives from these old stories.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’m making a list of some of my favorite Irish novels:

1. The Sevenwaters Series but Juliet Marillier. These historical fantasy stories mainly take place in ancient Ireland. This is one of my favorite series ever!

2. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey. I read this debut novel sometime last year, and I look forward to more from this author! The Yellow House depicts the politics in Northern Ireland during the early 20th century. The protagonist, Eileen O’Neill, is very likable, and I’ll admit that this is one of those novels that made me shed a few tears. An aside: I’m sure many of you already know this, but this novel taught me that St. Patrick’s Day was originally a religious holiday when people abstained from alcohol instead celebrating by having a pint…or a dozen!

3. The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling. This is a contemporary faerie story that revisits the old myths in a captivating, frightening and sometimes humorous manner.

4. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Love the story; love the author. Wilde had his flaws, but who can compete with his witticisms ? I don’t think he was the most patriotic individual though, claiming, “”Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”

What are your favorite Irish reads?


Follow Friday 2.25.11

Follow Friday is a weekly hop hosted at Parajunkee’s View. Visit to find new reads and book bloggers!

This week: Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it…

My answer: The “current” part makes me smile. I am not current at all when it comes to TV shows. I don’t even have cable. I use Netflix streaming to watch shows that are past their prime.

I’ve been watching the second season of Veronica Mars, originally aired in 2005. Veronica Mars is the teen daughter of a private investigator that also solves mysteries in Neptune, a rich and corrupt California city. After the death of her best friend, Veronica is alternately shunned and tormented by the popular kids. However, she doesn’t sit back take the abuse; she fights back with her wits. What I really like about this show is that the characters aren’t predictable. A rotten character can surprise us with a good deed or a favorite can do something despicable. I’m three episodes away from the wrap up of the overarching mystery of season two.

I’m also a fan of The Office, but I liked the earlier seasons better than the more recent ones. And how will the show go on without Steve Carell?

My friends have been recommending Dexter, so I’ll try to watch that soon. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to blood and gore, but they assure me that I can handle it. We’ll see!

Top Ten Tuesday 2.8.11

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Link up to find other book lovers and new reads!

This week’s Top Ten List:

Top Ten Characters I’d Name My Children After

  1. Liadan from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
  2. Seth from Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  3. Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
  4. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  5. Tristan from Tristan and Isolde
  6. Nessa from Wofskin by Juliet Marillier
  7. Helena from A Midsummer Nights Dream (One of my gradmothers was named Helene.)
  8. Cassel from White Cat by Holly Black
  9. Dorian from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  10. Alex from Revolution or Alex Rider. (This was the Americanized version of my father’s name.)

Of course, I’d be lucky if my husband agreed to one of these names! It took us forever to choose a name for our daughter.

Also: I’d love to have a pet named Gogol some day, after the Russian author.