Ireland gets a lot of attention around St. Patrick鈥檚 Day, but it鈥檚 a country that deserves some love all year round. If you鈥檝e got the cash (and the PTO), hiking in gorgeous Killarney Park and noshing on Irish food, like goose fat potatoes, afterward is the ideal way to spend March 17. But if you鈥檙e waiting for a fairy godmother or a winning lotto ticket to finance your vacation (#guilty), we鈥檝e got a few books that can tide you over until you can go on the Irish vacation of your dreams.


1. In the Woods by Tana French ($16): Tana French is the queen of murder mysteries, and we bow down to her page-turning plots and incredible twists. Snag the book that kicks off her Dublin Murder Squad series and dive into the gritty and sinister side of Ireland.


2. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray ($16): First love, kissing, and dangerous secrets: This charming, hilarious, and, yes, devastatingly sad book has it all. Journey to an Irish boarding school and relive your painful and chaotic teen memories with this novel.

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3. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy ($8): It鈥檚 one of Oprah鈥檚 OG book club picks. Need we say more? There鈥檚 no way you can go wrong with Tara Road 鈥 or any of Maeve Binchy鈥檚 books, really. If you鈥檝e ever wanted to swap houses with a mysterious international couple, here鈥檚 your chance to do it vicariously through Binchy鈥檚 words.


4. The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey ($16): Discover Ireland鈥檚 enchanted side with Lisa Carey鈥檚 engrossing novel about secrets, a magic well, and the shocking ties that bond three women together.


5. Asking for It by Louise O鈥橬eill ($17): If you鈥檙e looking for a breezy read, scroll past this masterpiece. But if you鈥檙e looking for a deep and poignant look at how rape culture can affect everyone, even the inhabitants of a tiny Irish town, snap up Asking for It immediately. You won鈥檛 regret it.


6. Breakfast at Cannibal Joe鈥檚 by Jay Spencer Green ($13): Here鈥檚 a classic case of 鈥淒on鈥檛 judge a book by its cover.鈥 Behind the gritty cover of Green鈥檚 novel lies a hilarious story about a CIA operative who messes up big time and is sent to Dublin for a seemingly boring mission鈥 until it all goes up in flames.


7. Brooklyn by Colm To铆b铆n ($25): If you鈥檙e torn between your life in the US and your fantasies about life abroad, pick up this novel about a young woman who鈥檚 feeling the same way.


8. Gracelin O鈥橫alley by Ann Moore ($8): Take your reading way, way back with this tragic and captivating story set during Ireland鈥檚 potato famine and civil war. You鈥檒l cry and cheer on protagonist Gracelin O鈥橫alley as she tries to do her best with limited resources.


9. Country Girl by Edna O鈥橞rien ($16): Crazy parties, Hollywood in the 鈥70s, and unbelievable tales from covenant school in Ireland? Hell yes, we want to read it all and more. This memoir is not to be missed.


10. Are You Somebody? by Nuala O鈥橣aolain ($18): Nuala O鈥橣aolain鈥檚 memoir about her painful childhood and rise to become one of Ireland鈥檚 most beloved columnists will leave you grateful for your parents and inspired to break some glass ceilings. What more could you ask for?

What鈥檚 next on your to-read list? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

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