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My Near-Obsession with Irish Literature

I love to read and I like many different genres of writing. I am extremely fond of urban fantasy as well as historical fiction and literary fiction. But I have found that I am becoming almost obsessed with Irish literature. A few years ago, Kennys Bookshop of Galway, Ireland had a booth (or entire room to be exact) set up at Milwaukee's Irishfest and I made a point of purchasing a book. The book was Seek the Fair Land by Walter Macken. I finished it the same weekend and searched futilely for the next in the series. To my disappointment, it wasn't readily available in the U.S.

Last year at Irishfest I was fortunate enough to meet Des Kenny and bought a copy of his book Kenny's Choice:101 Irish Books You Must Read. I also signed up for Kennys bookclub. This is a bit different than what one might expect because Des chooses all the books for you. You give him a bit of information about what types of books you like and he chooses what he thinks might appeal to you. He also cho…

Reading Update

What I'm currently reading: (Updated 5/29/10)
Enchanted Hunters: the power of stories in childhood by Maria Tatar

Just finished:
The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain by Barbara Strauch
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Up next:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Reading Challenges

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Parajunkee's Dystopian Challenge 2010. I am joining a bit late, so I will join at Level 1 - Experimental - 5 books. I think this should quite easily be completed. Since my son has read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley twice and I haven't read it yet, I think that should be next on my dystopian reading list.

So far this year, I have read:

1. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
2. Feed by Mira Grant (does a Zombie book count? In this case, I think it does.)
3.Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (finished 5/29/10)
4.Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (finished 6/2/10)
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (finished 7/4/10)

Level 1 - Experimental --- COMPLETED

A Beginning

I am beginning a new adventure. An adventure into the world of blogging. Since I read a lot and have always read a lot, I anticipate that this will be mostly about the books I have read or plan to read. This doesn't mean that I will write only about books though.