book review #4: ireland

Hello little chickadees! This is Maggie, and you’re reading a new book review post on Chickadee Lover Maggie. 😉 I’m glad you’re here! Just like last week, I’ll be reviewing three books today, so sit back, relax, and enjoy having your Reader get updated a total of three times. *enthusiastic thumbs up*

from the bookshelf

where I finish reading books I meant to read weeks ago!

fast facts

Title: Ireland
Editor: Gill & Macmillan
Genre: Nonfiction history
Pages: 128
Publication Year: 2014
Overview: All four Irish provinces are introduced, and the counties are depicted through vibrant photographs and descriptions

first impression:

“YES!” I had hopped on Amazon sometime last month to find some new books to read (this was before our libraries reopened). When I looked up ‘Ireland’ (my favorite country) and this book was one of the results, I was ecstatic. It looked perfect! (And it turns out it was!)

things I liked:

  • the writing style
  • all of the pictures
  • the ease of reading

things I didn’t like:

  • the occasional textbook feel
  • some native controversy rambling
  • the lack of formatting


As a whole, I really liked this book! Just like I shared in the summarizing lists above, the writing style made it comfortable and enjoyable to read: the writer liked sharing the highlights and history of his or her country in a way that makes non-natives feel welcome and accepted. The pictures are pleasing and plentiful, and being a visual learner myself, I appreciated studying all of them.

The ease of reading was fairly comfortable, but the writer did ramble on occasion here and there. In fact, the author knew what they were doing and suddenly said on page 80, “Does any of this matter? Probably not to the visitor,” which I found absolutely hilarious!

Another notable quote was by Samuel Johnson, where he said (referencing a Co. Antrim landmark), “worth seeing, but not worth going to see.” (pg. 104) Can I just say how real this quotation is?? With the technology we have today, it makes world travel possible right from the comfort of home! I love watching travel shows, browsing Pinterest’s travel side, and reading history books. The state of the world at the moment makes any kind of exploring nearly impossible, but we do have photographs and travel shows and for that I am thankful.

I give this book a 9/10 stars! I would have appreciated more formatting from this book, which would have increased my retention of what I read, but overall, it was still a highly recommendable read. If you love the country of Ireland – its landscape, people, and culture – definitely check this out!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more great reads 😀

Comment Invitation: Do you love Ireland?

— Maggie

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