Redder Days

Title: Redder Days Writer: Sue Rainsford Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:March 11th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In short, there was nothing to do but accept it. Let our fears and beliefs settle around it.       Red wind, red sun, red hurricane.      That’s when we start running.     But block your ears and stuff your mouth,    When…

The Shortest Day

Title: The Shortest Day Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Amazon Original Stories Date of Publication: November 3rd 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Thus, it was the strangeness of the night sky and the seasons that they loved and missed, the strangeness of fire and water, the strangeness they noted in each other.’’ It is Christmas and…

Ulysses

Title: Ulysses Writer: James Joyce Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: 1990 (first published February 2nd 1922) Rating: 5 stars “Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”  16 June 1904. Leopold Bloom wanders the…

Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland

Title: Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland Writer: Marianne McShane, illustrated by Jordi Solano Publishing House: Candlewick Press Date of Publication: May 19th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”In the evenings, Brother Declan would sit by the boy’s bed and tell him the old tales while the candle burned low. He told him about selkies, the seal people,…

Midwinter Mysteries:A Christmas Crime Anthology

Title: Midwinter Mysteries: A Christmas Crime Anthology Writer:Various Publishing House:Sapere Books Date of Publication:October 30th 2019 Rating:4 stars ”I think you can let the baby Jesus go”, Slonsky said. ”He’s innocent, just like the real one.” Behind the shiny ornaments, the bright lights, the laughter, the flowing wine, and the presents, dark intentions may find a…

Her Kind

Title: Her Kind Writer: Niamh Boyce Publishing House: Penguin UK Date of Publication: April 4th 2019 Rating: 1 star ‘’Our eyes will go to the worms And our livers will be given as food to the parish dogs. The hair will be torn from our heads The flesh flayed from our bones. They’ll find apple seeds and gooseberry skins…

ROAR

Title: ROAR Writer: Cecelia Ahern Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 2 stars ‘’I’m here, I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.’’ 30 stories of 30 women. 30 captivating titles that lead us to the sphere of Magical Realism and allegories. 30 stories that aim to give voice to characters who struggle with issues that make our…

Eggshells

Title: Eggshells Writer: Caitriona Lally Publishing House: HarperCollins UK Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 (first published May 20th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When they were deciding how to bury her, I said she had always wanted to be cremated. It was a lie the size of a graveyard, but I wanted to make sure she was well and truly dead.’’…

The Testament of Mary

Title: The Testament of Mary Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: October 1st 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I have forgotten how to smile. I have no further need for smiling.’’ I’m not sure how this review is going to come through. This is a subject matter very close to my heart and a novel by one of my…

The Blackwater Lightship

Title: The Blackwater Lightship Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 13th 1999 Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I was young, lying in bed […] I used to believe that Tuscar was a man and the Blackwater Lightship was a woman and they were both sending signals to each other and to other lighthouses, like mating calls.’’ Colm Toibin…

Lyrebird

Title: Lyrebird Writer: Cecelia Ahern Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 3rd 2016 Rating: 3 stars ‘’How can a place be a home if no one wants you there?’’ I’ve always had a weird relationship with Ahern’s books. I’ve never been particularly intrigued by the stories presented in her novels, until ‘’The Marble Collector’’ attracted my attention. I loved…

Cork Folk Tales

Title: Cork Folk Tales Writer: Kate Corkery Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: April 6th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “At festivals such as Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain, people gathered at hilltop assemblies, lit fires and offered gifts to Donn, the Lord of the Dead, in the hope that, by observing these rituals, a welcome would await when their…

This House Is Haunted

 Title:  This House is Haunted Writer: John Boyne Publishing House: Doubleday Publication Date: April 25th 2013 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Where are you?’’                 ‘’But answer came there none.’’ Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ story…A story…