Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day! Are you celebrating? I’m not exactly a party person and would instead much rather stay indoors and read. Which is likely how I’ll spend this weekend! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing three books set in Ireland and three authors whom you may not have known were Irish. I certainly didn’t!
Now, onto the books!
Books Set in Ireland
Currently, there are six stories in this mystery series. I’ve only read two so far, In the Woods and Broken Harbor, but the rest are on my TBR list. This series follows a group of detectives in, you guessed it, Dublin. These books are dark, twisty, and well written. They do not need to be read in order. I highly recommend these books, especially if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers and mysteries.
This is a beautifully written story about an Introduction to Italian class and the assorted adults who take the class. Everyone’s stories intertwine in fascinating ways and the book ends with a class trip to Italy. This is a heartwarming story and definitely a good choice for a cozy weekend indoors! Binchy has written a number of books, so if you enjoy this one, be sure to check out her backlog.
This is a dark and moody story based on true events involving purported witchcraft. It follows three women as they struggle to care for a young child who is rumored to be a changeling. While this book wasn’t for me, I know a number of other people who enjoyed it, which is why it’s included on this list.
If you’re looking for a good reason to reread The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, this is your sign. In addition to his famous middle grade series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis wrote a number of books about Christianity. You can find more of his books here.
While most famous for Dracula, Stoker wrote a handful of other books, including some short stories. I read Dracula for the first time in college and was surprised at how well written it is. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already. The story is shocking, engaging, and probably slightly different from the Dracula story we’ve come to know in popular culture. You can find his books here.
Wilde wrote a number of plays and stories. My personal favorite is his play, The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s fast paced, witty, and uproariously funny. Wilde famously lived an outlandish lifestyle and his love for all things aesthetic make his writing absolutely delightful. You can find his books here.
That’s it for today! Have you read any of these? What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans?