What to read for Cinco de Mayo 2019

What to read for Cinco de Mayo 2019

Cinco de Mayo might not be a holiday you traditionally associate with reading, but here at bookspry.com, we use any chance we can to broaden our reading horizons. So why not take a minute and check out some amazing Mexican authors?

So…what should you be reading this Cinco de Mayo?

This year, we’re picking Like Water for Chocolate by novelist, screenwriter and politician, Laura Esquivel.

The story revolves around an all female family in turn of the century Mexico. The matriarch of the family strictly adheres to Mexican traditions and forbids her youngest daughter, Tita, from ever getting married, instead forcing her to spend her life looking after her aging mother. However Tita falls in love with a young man, Pedro and uses her only means of communicating, her magical cooking skills, to seduce him.

This highly decorated novel employs traditional Mexican storytelling techniques and considered to be quite important to the Mexican feminist movement.
(Also note, in case you can’t find the book, a critically acclaimed movie was released in 1992 you can check out.)

Check out bookspry’s other reading recommendations here.

What to Read on Hug an Australian Day!

Not that you need a special day to show some affection to your favourite Aussie, but just in case you needed an excuse, today is Hug an Australian Day!

Like Hawkeye in the Avengers, Hug an Australian Day is perhaps this is one of the more…minor holidays, but it’s a great chance for us to talk about a book we LOVE. My beautiful Career by Miles Franklin.

A classic by every definition, Franklin started writing My beautiful Career when she was just 16 years old.

Describing life in the Australian outback, the story explores (and rails againsts) traditional Australian culture, marriage, and the hardships of living in a harsh, dry climate.

Pick it up today!

Romance Books to Read for St. Patrick’s Day

Romance Books to Read for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is not a holiday that you typically associate with romance, but that doesn’t meant there aren’t a lot of wonderful Irish romance novels out there to choose from.

We asked some of our romance readers to put together a list of their favourite Irish romance novels for St. Patrick’s Day, and all I know is that I have a few new books to add to my “to read” shelf. 

Wild Irish Heart

by Tricia O’Malley

This well-written, supernatural steamy romance tells the story of a woman searching for her roots in Ireland and stumbling across love as well.

Dirty Liar: An Irish Mob Romance

by KB Winters

Flynn O’Brien is a sexy alpha male, he’s a boss in the Irish mafia and he’s got a big secret. This hot and gritty romance will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end.

Brides of Ireland: A Medieval Historical Romance

by Kathryn Le Veque

This bundle is a steal! Four novel length books in one, including a USA Today Bestselling book: High Warrior. All four novels are historical romances that mix the legends of Ireland with steamy romance.

The First Time I Said Goodbye
by Claire Allan

This sweet international romance tells the story of a young woman in 1950s rural Ireland who falls in love with an American marine and moves across the world to be with him. Sixty years later she returns with her daughter. This is a romance, and also the touching story of family bonds. Truly heartwarming!

A Letter From America
by Geraldine O’Neill

Set in 1960s, rural Ireland, a young woman dreams of starting a new life in America. However when tragedy strikes and long hidden secrets start to come to light, our heroine struggles to cope. When she meets the handsome Michael O’Sullivan the two of them embark on a passionate affair.

That’s it for now! Grab one of these amazing Irish romance novels to curl up with on St. Patrick’s Day, or check out our other list of St. Patrick’s Day classic novels!

Have any other recommendations we should include? Drop us a line on twitter!

Check out some of our other reading lists here, including our very popular Thanksgiving Day reading list.

What to read for St. Patrick’s Day – Classic Irish Novels

What to read for St. Patrick’s Day – Classic Irish Novels

Looking for some reading suggestions for St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further than our list of Irish classics that everyone should read!

We all have our favourite Irish authors, and the amount of classic novels to come out of the Emerald Isle could keep you busy for years, but we asked our writers to come up with their favourites so we could put them all together in one handy list.


James Joyce – Ulysses

The grand-daddy of Irish literature that has been giving English Literature students sleepless nights for decades. These days Ulysses is hailed as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. However, when it was first published, it was considered obscene. Joyce’s masterpiece describes, in frank detail, one day in the life of a married couple in which the wife commits adultery. Rich with literary allusion, at turns comic and at others starkly insightful, this is a book to be savored.

Flann O’Brien – At Swim-Two-Birds

Another masterpiece of Irish literature, this hilarious comedy tells the story of an oft-drunken university student as he tries to become an author. The genius of O’Brien’s work lies in the way he plays with the structure of the story: there are three possible openings to the novel and the reader can choose which one to believe.

Seamus Heaney – Death of a Naturalist

Seamus Heaney was one of Ireland’s most beloved poets and a Nobel Prize winner for Literature. This collection of short poems centers around the end of childhood and the construction of our adult personas.

Edna O’Brien – The Country Girls

A story of two adolescent girls as they leave their convent school behind them and move to Dublin. This coming-of-age story was considered so scandalous when it was first published that it was banned and copies of it burned for the frank discussions of female sexuality in post World War Two Ireland.

Patrick Kavanagh – Tarry Flynn

A semi-autobiographical story of 1930s Ireland, where a young, rural farmer tries to get out from under the thumb of his battle-axe of a mother and to what he wants: to pursue women. Kavanagh is also a poet and the language he uses to evoke life in rural Ireland is both beautiful and unflinching.

John McGahern – Amongst women

An aging Irish Republican whose life has been defined by his time as a leader in the Irish War of Independence now exerts an iron gripped control over his mostly female family. This is a study of the complexities of family relationships and, in McGahern’s deft hands, even the most toxic character is shown to be forgivably human.

Roddy Doyle – Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Told from the perspective of the ten year old boy as he struggles to keep his dysfunctional family together. This 1993 Booker Prize Winner captures the innocence and the perception childhood, immersing the reader in 1960’s Barrytown.

Colm Toibin – Brooklyn

A young woman leaves rural Ireland in the 1950s and sets sail for New York. The story moves slowly, unfolding gently and luring the reader in. Toibin is a master of understanding the silences between people and the cost of keeping secrets. Brooklyn was made into a movie in 2015 starring Saoirse Ronan.

Honestly, any of these books would be great choices for you 2019 St. Patrick’s Day reading list!

Have any other recommendations we should include? Drop us a line on twitter!

Check out some of our other reading lists here, including our very popular Thanksgiving Day reading list.