I already came upon this challenge last month, but although I've read two books for it, I didn't officially apply because I was sure I wasn't going to be able to complete it. But suddely, I have a lot of will to do just that, so I've officially applied to the challenge. Yay! I am totally in love with Ireland, so I'm glad I finally decided to do this officially.
Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply.
Commitment levels are:
Shamrock level: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books
I am definitely going for the Kiss the Blarney Stone level.
For this challenge I have (unofficially) read Oscar's Books by Thomas Wright (about Oscar Wilde, an Irish author). I would probably leave this book unread until next year, but the thought of the challenge prompted me to do it sooner. I have also just recently finished The Book fo Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern (Irish writer, Irish setting and characters).
To reach the Kiss the Blarney Stone level, I intend to re-read Oscar Wilde's Short Stories, read Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (Irish writer), Dracula by Bram Stoker (Irish writer) and either The Sea by John Banville (Irish writer) or the Oscar Wilde play I haven't read - A Woman of No Importance.
The challenge started in February 2010 and will last until the end of November 2010.
I'll kiss that stone alright!;)