Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Published in 1998. 502 pages.

This is the second novel by Maeve Binchy that I have read, following Evening Class earlier this year. I loved Evening Class and wanted to read another Binchy book, so I put Tara Road on my Fall into Reading list. (By the way, since I'm so far behind with the 2nds Challenge, I am going to count this one for that too, although it wasn't on my original list.)

I was somewhat hesitant to read another Binchy novel. When I absolutely love a book by a new-to-me author, I am sometimes afraid that I'll be let down by future reads. (I felt that way about reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams after loving The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, but once I finally read Animal Dreams, I discovered that I liked it even more than the other two books!) But so many people encouraged me to read more of Binchy that I decided to take the plunge.

I did like Evening Class better than Tara Road, but Binchy is a great storyteller and I thoroughly enjoyed Tara Road as well. I'm sure this won't be my last Binchy read!



  1. There's no problem in changing your titles. As long as they fit the criteria, you're good to go. :)

  2. I had the same problem of reading 2nds books not on my original list. But, I made that list up so long ago, that I ended up reading 2nds from authors I hadn't even read firsts for at list-making time.

    I say count it, without guilt. And I'm glad you are liking Binchy. Obviously, all won't be as good as those two, but she has many other good ones. Her latest two, Whitethorn Woods and Days and Nights of Rain and Stars were good. I don't have that last title quite right, but it is something like that.

  3. I have seen so many of her (Binchy) books around but have never read one myself, don't know why ~ I'm sure they are ones I would enjoy. Will pick one up next time. Happy Reading!!

  4. I really like Maeve Binchy quite a lot. My favorite of hers is Circle of Friends.