Irish/Celtic Inspired Books
This meme took a long hiatus but it was restarted again at the end of last year (although I somehow missed that until now – my powers of observation are clearly lacking haha!) I thought it was about time I brought this back on my blog and what a way to kick it off – with a St Patrick’s Day theme!
According to the prompt for this week you could choose to honour St Paddy’s with either green-themed covers or books with Irish/Celtic themes or settings. Since I already did a post for Mardi Gras which included selecting green covers last month, I have opted for option two… ☘️
1. Watermelon by Marian Keyes
I used to be an avid reader of Marian Keyes back in the day (really need to get back into her books!) Most of her books have Ireland as a setting. This one is probably my favourite.
2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
This book (and the rest of the series) is simply beautiful. Set in historical Ireland (with a strong fantasy bent) it was my first Juliet Marillier book and remains a favourite to this day.
3. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in ancient Ireland – this book hits all my buttons (and I couldn’t resist adding another Marillier book to this list since she is one of my top 5 authors!)
4. Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
This was the first L.H. Cosway book I read and it is still my favourite. Set in Dublin it is a lovely little romance (with a healthy heap of angst!) between a young women and a cabaret performer.
5. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
I read this book years and years ago but it is such a cozy little read I just had to include it on this list. The movie was pretty good too but the book is better IMHO.