Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 6, 2023

Spell the Month in Books March 2023 Linkup

Spell the Month in Books is a linkup hosted on Reviews From the Stacks on the first Saturday of each month, but that’s the day for #6Degrees, so here we are on Monday the 6th of March instead.

Now, since it’s Reading Ireland month at 746 Books, I’ve made a March list using books from Ireland, with a William Trevor thrown in for good measure for A Year with William Trevor at Reading Matters. Links are to my reviews.

Mrs Osmond by John Banville

At Swim — Two Birds by Flann O’Brien

Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane, on the TBR

Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor

History of the Rain by Niall Williams

Thanks to Jennifer for reminding me.  Her March list is here.


  1. I was so thrilled to see one of my very old favourites At Swim Two Birds on your list. Also favourites from William Trevor and John Banville. One of the downsides of being in the middle of writing a novel is the fact that there is not so much time to read widely. So I won’t be able to read all the books. But just seeing the titles awakens blissful memories.

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    • Ooh, so there is a new novel in the works! This is very good news for those of us who love the novels of Carmel Bird!

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  2. Good news indeed.

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  3. I really can’t take on another meme – but nicely done with your focus on Irish titles! March is my favourite month of the year.

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  4. Hi Lisa, I do enjoy memes. My books for March are ones that I have enjoyed reading. March by Geraldine Brooks; Atonement by Ian McEwan; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, and Homesickness by Murray Bail.


    • Good one, Meg, and they are all books I’ve enjoyed too.
      Gosh, it’s been a while since we’ve seen any fiction from Murray Bail. I loved The Voyage, but that was back in 2012.


      • Hi Lisa, I have enjoyed have all Murray Bail’s books, and it would be nice to read a new one. I read He in 2021, and it was not as bitter as Helen Garner’s book!


        • I’ve got that on the TBR.
          I’m not a fan of HG, so that doesn’t surprise me.


  5. Reading in the Dark is one of my all time favourite books. I can’t recommend it enough.


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  7. This is a fun meme… :D


    • Yes, it’s a nice way of giving some air to backlisted books too.

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  8. I’ve never seen this meme before. What a great way to highlight some older but well-loved books!


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  10. I did a Celtic version of this but never got around to publishing it and now it seems rather late to do so. Maybe April I will remember in time!

    Interesting to see the Niall Williams mentioned, I really enjoyed it though I know it didn’t appeal to everyone. I have another by him – the Fall of Light. Have you read it?


    • No, I haven’t read that one. I wasn’t super keen on History of the Rain…


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