Dublin: One City, One Book

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Every April the Dublin City Public Libraries hold a month long program called "One City, One Book."  The program's goal is to get everyone in the city reading the same book at the same time.  They are generally written by an Irish author and often have something to do with Dublin itself.  Previous year's books have been The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

This year the selection is Dubliners by James Joyce.  I read this back in high school but since that seems like forever ago now (and since I just finished re-reading the Hunger Games series and need something to entertain me) I'm going to read it again.  It's always a different experience reading a book when you know the city it takes place in.  I remember reading Crime and Punishment while living in Saint Petersburg and it gives the book so much more meaning when you can walk the same streets as the characters and visit the same places as them.

In other news, finals are quickly approaching.  Our exam schedule came out Friday and since I finish after the first week I've decided to go home for two weeks in May.  I'm hoping for a lot of sun and nice weather so I can be one of few people in Dublin with a real tan when I return.

My family is also coming to visit me in less than two weeks at this point!

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