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Hi all,

Welcome to KarmelK's Celebrate the Irish Challenge 2021. It's encouraging to see other Release Challenges running this year - given what we've all been through this last 12 months, I was wondering if we should maybe take this year off. (I doubt I'll be able to participate this year myself. The bulk of my releases tend to be wild releases, but we're still locked down here).

But, other countries may be doing a little better with things than we are, so I thought I'd kick things off and see how it all went. I'll stick to the traditional rules.

The challenge starts at 00:00 on the 1st of March and finishes at 23:59 on the 31st of March (your time).

Books about Ireland, set in Ireland, written by or about the Irish people or descendants of the Irish in any country. The whole island of Ireland, north and south, qualifies. Books that are primarily Green, White or Gold/Orange in colour or have those colour words in the title or the authors name. Any Irish place name or items unique to Ireland (shamrock, banshee, leprechaun, etc.) in the title or authors name. Any kind of release works. Using a book for multiple release challenges is also fine.

One rule of my own : if KarmelK calls in at any point, her word automatically becomes law.

For writers of Irish descent, I’ve found Wikipedia’s list of Irish American writers helpful in the past. However, I’m assuming it’s not an exhaustive list. (For example, Anne McCaffrey – who wrote the Dragonriders of Pern series – doesn’t appear on it, and is Irish American by birth. However, as she became a naturalised Irish citizen, it’s possible she’s been left off the list deliberately).
I’d also assume there are writers from other countries who are also of Irish descent. (Australia and England would be two obvious possibilities).

For those of you about to read and release, we salute you.


so I thought I'd kick things off and see how it all went.

Happy you did, cluricaune...as it's been EONS since I participated in a Release Challenge, and I have a couple of books I found in at least as long ago, that I think another BCer I know may enjoy.😉 I'll post here when I've sent them off on their BC Journey. THANK YOU for hosting again. My best to you, yours, and KarmelK, as well. ☘🍀💚


I have some books set aside for this - glad to see the announcement! I've been doing primarily Little Free Library releases and have mainly been sticking to communities within an hour's travel or so (though where I live that gives me lots of options), but hope to make some more adventurous releases too.


I hope we manage to get some releasing done between us. I still have a reasonable pile of books that I'd hoped to release for last year's challenge, but Covid conspired against me.

Hopefully, things will be a bit more normal for next year's challenge.


I hope we manage to get some releasing done between us.
Had to stop back in to double-check the guidelines for my upcoming Controlled Release, cluricaune, and...aHA
👀...I had no doubt there would already be some releases to see.😊
I'd hoped to release for last year's challenge, but Covid conspired against me.
HAHAHAHAHA...inDEED!!!😁 The books I'm hoping to release have actually been in Quarantine since 2019!!!📚
Hopefully, things will be a bit more normal for next year's challenge.
☘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.😉💚


Yep, I suspect that some of those books will still be here for Celebrate the Irish 2022 ;)

Good luck with your Challenges, and thanks for taking part !


Would controls releases work?


Would controls releases work?

The original post says "Any kind of release works", so controlled ones count too.


Sorry for the delay in getting back to you :)

Absolutely, controlled releases are fine. Releases for multiple release challenges are good too.


1. Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff,
2. Ireland: DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16152003


Hurrah ! Our first releases !

(Hopefully, it won't be *too* long before somebody's able to use the travel guide).


1. Traditional IRISH Cooking for Today ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16151915/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


About a year back, we had a leaving do at work for one of the managers. Some body brought in a Guinness-chocolate cake.

I have never tasted anything so glorious. If your cookbook had the instructions, somebody is going to be ecstatic...


So you think you're Irish by Margaret Kelleher
--Released into a Little Free Library


2. Ghosts in IRISH Houses ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127847/ ), LFL release, photo


Milkman by Anna Burns
Set during the Troubles in the 1970s, winner of the Man Booker Prize.


I recognise the other BookCrossers taking part from previous years, but this is your first time, isn't it ?

Welcome to the Celebrate the Irish Challenge, I hope you enjoy it. Here's another book that's about 1970s Belfast, that seemed to go down very well here.


Yes, it's my first time participating in a challenge! I'm having fun!


3. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes,


wingMaranlinwing 2 mos ago
Release #1

1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15719902 Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride (lots of green on the cover, girl wearing orange dress)


I hope Starrdust won't take this lying down ?


I hope Starrdust won't take this lying down ?

We will have to wait and see. She is not releasing much these days. Her area has just been locked down again.


She is not releasing much these days. Her area has just been locked down again.

I have the same problem. Damn global pandemics.


1) An IRISH Country Girl by Patrick Taylor https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16158592

2) Murder at an IRISH Wedding by Carlene O'Connor


Very apt wings ;)



The things you have to do for a release challenge...


4. Across America on an Emigrant Train,
5. The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll,


The Secret Place by Tana French


A mystery/thriller set at a private girls' school in Dublin, written by American-Irish author, Tana French. Part of the Dublin Murder Squad series. The teenage girls' conversations are spot on.


3. IRISH Toasts ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15977997 ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

A biography of three famous Irish-American women: Janet Auchincloss, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Lee Radziwell. Jackie O, of course, was also married to another famous Irish American, JFK.


4. Murder in an IRISH Churchyard ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15987016/ ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16159100 Here Lies the Librarian (white and green cover)
3. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15719856 More Toronto Sketches by Mike Filey (mostly green cover)


5. Eat More Better ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15361993/ ), for the green cover; controlled release, multiple challenges


Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 by R.F. Foster



You know, I've half an idea my sisters had that as a textbook at school...


It seems to be a classic history book, dense with copious footnotes. I wanted to learn more about Irish history but found this one to be quite dry. If you have another recommendation, please let me know!


I don't think I've opened a history book since I was at school myself !

Any particular period or person you're interested in ?


The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Short-listed for the Man Booker prize, a story of a young Irish woman from County Sligo who lives her life in a mental hospital.


Romantic Outlaws: the Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Mary Shelley's partner, Percy Shelley, was a strong defender of Irish independence.
In Mary Shelley's most famous book, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein ends up in Dublin.


Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula, was also a Dubliner.


6. The IRISH Famine ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16037929/ ), wild released at the Famine Memorial in Boston; photo


7. IRISH Proverbs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15977973/ ), wild release - outside a local Irish pub; photo

8. The Big Little Book of IRISH Wit and Wisdom ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16037930/ ), LFL release, photo


A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
Colin Jost's mother is Dr. Kerry Kelly, who is Irish-American. He reports her family is originally from County Cork.


I'm trying to figure out which politician the book is about...


Hahaha! He (the author) is the punchable face.



And to you!

Today's Google Doodle, by Dublin-based artist Arron Croasdell:



The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr

A lost Caravaggio masterpiece is found again... in Dublin!!


9. Anne of GREEN Gables ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068123/ ), also with a green cover; LFL release, multiple challenges, photo


10. The Kennedy Wit ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16172466 ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo. [It's a book of quotes from John F. Kennedy, of Irish descent, and includes some from his visit to Ireland in 1963.]


Thanks everyone, for taking part.

Hopefully, next year, life will have returned to normal and we'll all be able to take a proper charge at it !


11. Across the GREEN Grass Fields ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068076 ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo.

And that's it for me - thanks for the challenge!


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