Today on WeeBitWordy, I want to share something different with you. I had originally intended to write and post this the week of St. Patrick’s Day in March, but as we all know, that just didn’t happen. The books in this list are mostly books I have read very recently (in the last year), and then the other two are books I have read, but have left an impact on me.
1. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
I first read this book back when I was in school, around the age of sixteen. I remember that the movie was due out soon enough in the cinemas, so our english teacher decided it would be a good idea for us to read the book together as a class, and then at the end, we would get to go see the movie in the cinema as a class outing. I remember it having the most powerful impact on me–I’ve never been a big history buff, so when we learn about all these things in history class, I would just glaze over it, but to see it being told in a stoy like this, and how much off an affect it had on the characters, especially one’s who you were going on the journey with–it was just astonishing, and one book that I will never forget. If you haven’t read this, what rock are you living under? Seriously.
2. The Lady of the Shade by Darren Shan
This is another book that I probably read in and around the same time as The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. I used to be a massive fan of Darren Shan’s books. I read his entire Demonata Saga, while I think I only read about half of the Darren Shan Saga. I loved how horrific and gruesome these books were, especially at that age, so when The Lady of the Shade came out I was ecstatic. While disappointed that it wasn’t as gruesome as the Demonata Saga, I think the main reason this book sticks with me is because I wasn’t technically meant to read this book, I feel. Darren didn’t release this book as a teenage/YA book, it was more of an older audience that it was aimed at, yet because I was such a fan of his teenage/YA books, I felt like I needed to read it. I’m really glad I did–I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if I ever came across it again, I think I would consider giving it a re-read.
3. The Book of Learning (Nine Lives Trilogy) by E. R. Murray
I encountered this book very recently, and to say I devoured it is an understatement. The flow of this book was so natural, that I was instantly enveloped into this world. If you’re looking for a book that lets you escape into a different world, while firmly keeping your feet in this world, this book does that perfectly. I can’t say enough good things about this book, and I even wrote a review about it, which you can read here! The Book of Learning is the first book in the Nine Lives Trilogy, and I personally cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of these books as they come out–trust me, I’ll be the first in line!
4. Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
Where do I begin with this one? I think I read this book in no more than two sittings. Another book set in Ireland, this one had me hooked from start to finish–Oh, how that ending hit me right in the feels! Celine Kiernan is an amazing author, and I say that because she packed so much adventure and emotion into such a small book! I wrote a review on Into the Grey, which you can read here. I knew when I finished this book that it would be one that I would keep a note of for a long time to come.
5. The Black Lotus by Kieran Fanning
Last, but not least, is The Black Lotus by Kieran Fanning. I picked this book up, firstly because it was by a local Irish author, and secondly: Time Travelling Ninjas! What’s not to love! This fantastic boko kept me entertained to no end, and anyone who says they didn’t enjoy this book are wrong! I’m sorry, I might be a little biased, being a fan of most things time travel related, but when you combine something like that with ninjas, it’s hard not to like. I wrote a review most definitely of this book too, and you can read that here! The Black Lotus is also the first in a series, and like The Nine Lives Trilogy, I have a funny feeling that I shall be first in line for the next installment!
And there you have it! My Top 5 Books by Irish Authors (so far). I intend to read a lot more books by Irish authors, so this list may very well change in time to come, but for now these are my favourites.
I know I have a lot of international readers here at WeeBitWordy, so my question to you is: Have you read a book by an Irish Author? If so, what is it, and would you consider it to be one of your favourites?