I don't usually participate in reading challenges. I like to pick my reads as the mood strikes me and a reading challenge can potentially lead to the feeling that I have to read (a) certain book(s) before a given date.
However, I do like the sound of this particular challenge.
I like the idea of reading at least a few books this year that is either written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters.
I've lived in Ireland for almost 14 years now and still feel that I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to reading Irish authors. This challenge might just give me the push I need to read a few more.
The challenge itself is not too demanding either. Yes, the participant commits to reading a certain amount of books, but the numbers are, for me anyway, quite low:
Shamrock level: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books
I've decided to commit myself to reading at least 6 Irish books this year, but would be disappointed if I didn't read a few more then that. Especially since I'm already on my second book by an Irish author this year and have at least two unread books by Irish authors on my shelves. Working in a library will make it very easy to come up with any other Irish novels.
For anyone wanting to know more about this challenge, here's the link to the Ireland Reading Challenge 2011.