Irish Short Stories Week, March 12-March 22

Today is March 12th.  And for those of you who don’t know, this is the start of Irish Short Story Week, hosted by The Reading Life.   I learned of this event from Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat.  If you would like to join the fun, hop on over to his blog and sign up.  I plan on reading a short story by Bram Stoker.  I was happy to learn of this event since I’ve been talking with some bloggers that I should read more short stories.  Now I am actually doing it, even if I only planning on reading one.   It’s a start.  Baby steps.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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25 Responses to Irish Short Stories Week, March 12-March 22

  1. The Hook says:

    Any step is a good one – if it’s in the right direction!

  2. Jillian ♣ says:

    I’m going to read “The Dead” by James Joyce for this event. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t read much Joyce. His writing kinda intimidates me. Maybe I should start off with his short stories before delving into Ulysses.

      • Jillian ♣ says:

        I’ve only read one short story so far (from Dubliners.) But it was way easier than I’ve heard his novels are. (I think) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is supposed to be comparably more readable too. I won’t know till I read it though. 🙂

      • TBM says:

        He has several novels on my list and I hope they aren’t as hard as I’m expecting them to be. But I like your idea of easing yourself into his writing style

  3. Caroline says:

    I’m quite excited and glad that you are joining as well.
    I have already read 4 stories and will read more however I will only review three but two were major new discoveries.

    • TBM says:

      That’s great Caroline. I love discovery new stories and writers! I’m glad you are enjoying the event so far. And I am happy to report that my Coventry novel arrived by post this weekend. So I am in for April!

  4. I am reading short stories too! Not necessarily Irish, but a great read all the same!

  5. do share your pics after you’re done reading… so that we can benefit too 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I usually provide a review and an image of the book cover when I’m finished. I’m sure I’ll do the same for the short story, as long as I can find an image for the story. Thanks for reading!

  6. Cassie says:

    This makes me happy – I think I just may have to do this especially because I’m doing a short story challenge. Thank you for making me aware.

  7. lynnsbooks says:

    I’ll keep my eye on these reviews – I have a bit of a mental block or aversion to short stories – which really doesn’t make any sense at all. It’ll be good to see if you recommend any – it might be good to space some of my longer books out with a few short stories.
    Lynn 😀

  8. T.F.Walsh says:

    Ohh, they look good… I’ll have to check some of these out… thanks for sharing

  9. Nice! Looks like a real fun activity! I tend not to read short stories much since I have this thought that it gets fragmentary after awhile – especially if it’s part of a huge compilation. It’s like I have to catch my breath every now and again just when I have gotten my momentum in the reading process itself. I don’t know, it must be just me. Perhaps if I make my mind disciplined enough, I’d enjoy more short story anthologies. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I think I need more discipline as well. Hopefully this challenge will help me. So many of my favorite writers have written short stories. I feel like it would be a shame to miss out on them.

  10. gageier says:

    Hallo einen schönen guten Tag,danke für deinen Besuch,die Wildtierfotos die sind wunderschön,und wo noch die Vögel auf den Tieren sitzen und picken sehr tolle Fotos,viele liebe Grüsse und noch einen schönen Tag wünscht dir Klaus

  11. I just downloaded a bunch of short stories by Bram Stoker. How do I find other bloggers’ reviews?

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