Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day: My Favorite Books Set in Ireland

Ireland is one of my favorite places in the world, so I am always on the search for books set there. There's something magical about Ireland that I have yet to find at other travel destinations.

Me at the Cliffs of Moher - County Clare, Ireland

So, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I am sharing my favorite books set in Ireland as well as some books I want to read that have Irish settings. When possible, I have linked the book's title to my review or the Goodreads page.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My Favorite Books Set in Ireland:

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Books on my TBR List:

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
Deception's Princess by Esther M. Friesner 

Books I've Read Recently With Irish Settings:

The Shadows by Megan Chance
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
See Me by Wendy Higgins
Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

So, what are some of your favorite novels that are set in Ireland? Let me know in the comments below! 


  1. The cover of Deception's Princess reminds me of Merida from Brave. I have that on my TBR list too. I loved PS, I Love You and hope you get to read it soon! I liked Circle of Friends (loved the movie as a teen) and thought Angela's Ashes was excellent. I liked Brooklyn though I got annoyed with her. I'm going to be watching the movie soon and hopefully I will like that better.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope to get to visit Ireland someday. I was looking at a really nice travel book of pretty places to visit in Ireland yesterday and armchair traveling :)

    1. Me too, Christina! I love the movie Brave...probably one of my favorite Disney "princesses." You must watch the Brooklyn movie. It's one of those movies that actually interpreted the book a bit better than I expected. They made some changes, which I actually approve! You'll love it!
      Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well. I hope your mom is feeling better. I hope you get to visit Ireland some day. It's the best. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. PS I LOVE YOU!!! I haven't read the book but I loved the movie. I was a sobbing, snotty mess the entire way through. I have little doubt I'd be the same way with the book:)

    *wanders off to watch movie again*

    Happy St. Patrick's Day Christina!

    1. I know! The movie is so good. Gerard Butler. :) I really want to read the book now. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well, Jenny. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Nice post. I'm adding some to my tbr pile. Happy St Patty's ;-)

    1. I'm glad you got some recommendations. Thanks so much for visiting and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well.

  4. Still have yet to read my copy of Brooklyn. I must check out the rest of the books on your list, though.

    1. I hope you can read Brooklyn soon. It's a fantastic book and surprisingly, the movie is even better! Thanks for visiting, Joy!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Christy. I will check that one out.

  6. I love this post!! :) I asore Maeve Binchy's older books, especially Circle of Friends, Evening Class, and the Glass Lake. I just saw the movie Brooklyn and now want to read the book!

    1. Thanks, Becky! I have only read one of Binchy's novels, but I really want to read more. Brooklyn is such a good book, but surprisingly, the movie made some changes that actually work a bit better I think. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! Thanks for visiting.


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