One of our most frequently asked questions in the Irish Pagan School Tuath (community) is about books and reading – what’s reliable, trustworthy, and worth your time?
We have a few basic Recommended Reading blog posts for Irish History and Irish Gods and Goddesses through those links, but thought it might be useful to give a more personal insight into what is interesting us currently.
So here’s what we are reading right now (November 2021)… you can take it that we’ve done our homework before we commit to a book and it’s got a great chance of being good, or that it’s been recommended to us by an equally reliable and trusted source.
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Jon’s Current Reading
An Scealaí Beag is working on his latest course currently – Dagda Fact or Dagda Fiction, exploring what is known about the Good God of the Tuatha Dé Danann and trying to separate fact from fiction, which you can Find Here.
He’ll be referencing many books and original lore sources in the class, but one of the staples he’ll be consulting while creating it is:
The Sacred Isle: Pre-Christian Religions in Ireland, by Dáithí Ó hÓgain – See it Here.
As authors, we feel it’s important to always be developing our writing and publishing craft. Jon is revisiting another classic as he works out some novel outlines:
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, by Jessica Brody – See it Here.
For a mix of personal relaxation reading, as well as familiarisation with a publisher that he’d love to write for someday, he’s been diving into loads of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar books from Black Library. If you’re not familiar with the worldview, here’s a great start.
Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Core Book – See it Here.
Lora’s Current Reading
As part of her Masters Programme in Irish Regional History, Lora has a recommended reading list as long as your arm, with most of it being highly specialised and maybe not relevant for your average Irish Pagan.
But, we know that our Irish Pagan School students are a smart and curious lot, so if you’re interested in that sort of thing, maybe start with this one:
A Practical Guide to Studying History: Skills and Approaches, by Tracey Loughran – See it Here.
Lora is endlessly fascinated with entrepreneurship and marketing, and always has a business audio book in process as well as piles of paper books building up around wherever she spends any time in the house. The current listen while she walks is:
The Membership Economy, by Robbie Kellman Baxter – See it Here.
For relaxation reading, you can’t beat a bit of fantasy, as far as Lora is concerned. An absolute favourite is Terry Pratchett, and having cherry picked some well loved characters to follow through in mini series stints, she is now working through the entire Discworld collection. On the kindle right now is:
Moving Pictures, by Terry Pratchett – See it Here.
What are you reading this month, and would you recommend it?
Comment below and maybe you’ll inspire us to pick your favourite books up for future posts!