Like a lion

In like a lion, out like a lamb.

It’s coming up to that time of year when the door to one season starts shutting while another slowly swings ajar.

Following my New Year commitment not to commit to specifics concerning my 2020 reading I’m not therefore going to detail what exactly I intend to read for March — mainly because I have no idea at the moment!

Nevertheless, vague possibilities are coalescing around upcoming events in the reading calendar.

1st March is St David’s Day in Wales and that means it’ll be time for the Wales Readathon or Dewithon, when Paula (alias the Book Jotter) invites us to consider a month of literature by and about writers from the principality.

I already have a couple of titles in mind as potential candidates — no names, no pack drill — so wish me pob lwc! I really enjoyed last year’s inaugural event (I may even have gone overboard with books related to Wales read and reviewed) but being resident in Wales I can’t not join in again. 🙂

The first official month of spring for North Hemisphericans has been the cue for March Magics for a few years now, initiated as DWJ Month by Kristen of We Be Reading. This was a celebration of the lives of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, and an opportunity “to get our revenge on the cruel month that took them from us and … to escape into the beautiful, funny, and unique worlds they both created.”

Ideally I’d like to read at least one title by each author during March and, as it happens, this year Kristen has decreed it will be a DIY event — we get free rein on what we choose and how we present it. The hashtags #MarchMagics and #DWJMarch will allow us to broadcast our thoughts more widely on social media.

Simply pick up your absolute favorites, dive into them, and lose yourself for a few hours. Afterwards, share that love with others. If you want to host a readalong or a giveaway, DO IT! If you want to write a blog post, share on social media, or even read with your kids — PERFECT! If you want to pick up that last book you have been saving with a heavy heart, this is the time.

Finally there’s Reading Ireland Month or, as it’s dubbed by Cathy of 746 Books who began it, The Begorrathon (you’ll remember St Patrick’s Day is 17th March). She has posted a calendar for this year’s event:

  • 2nd – 8th March: Contemporary Irish Novels
  • 9th – 15th March: Classic Irish Novels
  • 16th – 22nd March: Irish Short Story Collections
  • 23rd – 29th March: Irish Non-Fiction

Even if I don’t follow this calendar I shall try to include a book or two on Irish themes. As it happens 2020 is the centenary of Rosemary Sutcliff‘s birth and I may squeeze in a read of her retelling of the Ulster saga the Cattle Raid of Cooley, Táin Bó Cúailnge. I may even go on later to a translation of the original medieval saga…

So, that’s four slots to fill in my reading for March — I wonder what I’ll choose? Or will I slink away at the end of the month with my tail between my legs?

Are you thinking of joining in with any of these events?

18 thoughts on “Like a lion

    1. I have an Isiguro to read but whether I’ll read it in March I don’t know. I’m sure though that you’ll fit in a bit of R&R in March despite the busy-ness! (That’s Reading & Rumination, of course…)

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  1. earthbalm

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting your comments on ‘Hound of Ulster’ as it really was an influential book in my primary school years. Not so much now when I read it but it creates such nostalgia for me. 🙂

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    1. I’m looking forward to it, Dale, I’ve had this copy of The Tain for ages — it’s been through two house moves at least — and the Sutcliff seems the best appetiser for it! And I’m grateful for your passing on the copy at around the best time!

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  2. Good luck and Happy Reading! Sounds like a lot of good reading ahead (the themes themselves) even if you don’t have specifics. I missed Sutcliff when I was doing my ‘birthdays’ post this time, but I’d love to pick up something by her–-and also Pratchett. I’ve read a handful of the Discworld books and so far enjoyed the Nightwatch ones the best so may be one of those.

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    1. Thanks, Mallika! Glad you’re thinking of joining in, it would be lovely she hear what you picked if you chose to participate. I’ve loads of Pratchett to catch up on, with four Discworld titles saved up already! But Sutcliff I haven’t looked at since the 80s.

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      1. You know me and organized blogging events, Chris 😉 but this one seems pretty straightforward, two favorite books of two beloved authors… 😁 I’ll discuss with Piotrek 😉

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  3. I’ve also been trying to avoid making too many specific plans for 2020, but I’m definitely intending to take part in the Welsh and Irish events. I haven’t decided what I’ll be reading yet, but I’m sure I must have something suitable already on my shelves!

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    1. I’ll keep an eye out for what you do eventually decide on, Helen, it’s sure to be intriguing, and any title that one already has to hand can’t be a bad thing!


  4. buriedinprint

    It’s good to not have plans, so that when you have plans, they don’t conflict! I’m sure you’ll enjoy whatever you choose for these – lots of great options! I’m reading the book that Paula has chosen for the read-a-long (I can’t remember the title or author – new to me) and am curious to see how it compares to last year’s group read. There are only one or two Welsh authors on my shelf beyond that, but we’ll see… 🙂


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