A Year in Books: January

As you can tell from this website, I read a lot. Generally, I only write about the Irish authors here, but I read a lot more than just Irish books. I recently learned about the reading challenge issued by Laura at circleofpinetrees.com, to read a book a month and write about it; so, I decided to take her up on that, and invite others to participate as well. I’ll try to interpret this as one non-Irish book a month, but we’ll see if that sticks.

My first “Year in Books” read is Hild, by Nicola Griffith, which I already finished and loved, so I’ll try to write a review within the next week.

Hild cover


It’s actually a slight cheat, as the clash between early Celtic Christianity and the centralized Roman church is one of the plot’s motivating factors, but it’s an enjoyable virtual visit to the seventh century and I think everyone will enjoy it.



You can learn more about the reading challenge here…



  1. Nancy Brock’s avatar

    I read HILD over the December holidays. I’m interested to see your views on the book.

  2. circleofpinetrees’s avatar

    Thanks so much for joining in! Intriguing choice of book. Laura

  3. Lorna’s avatar

    Sounds an interesting one – looking forward to hearing what you think. I’m trying to read 52 books this year as I hardly read any for 6 months last year. Kinda ironic to stop reading cos I was writing one! I got a good head start but slowing down now as reading a very long tome 🙂

  4. Doris McGreary’s avatar

    Hello – found you via Circle of Pine Trees. I’m from Co Derry and love reading books Irish authors. Love the blog.

    1. Rich Rennicks’s avatar

      Hello, Doris.
      Thank you.

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