Peggy Ann is hosting the Read Scotland challenge again this year and, despite having failed spectacularly to meet my goal last year (5 books reviewed rather than the 13 I was aiming for), I can’t wait to get started. There are few enough challenges out there that appeal to me but this one is just right. I’ve signed up for the more modest Highlander (5 to 8 books) level this year and will be tracking my success on my Challenges 2015 page.
But where to start? I loved The Crow Road, which I read last year, so might have to try more of Iain Banks’ works. I’m very keen to read Rory Stewart’s The Marches, which I believe is finally coming out this summer, and, while I’m considering non-fiction, I’ve had Adam Nicolson’s Sea Room sitting neglected on my bookshelf for far too long. I’d love to finally read something by Compton Mackenzie – I keep borrowing Whiskey Galore and The Monarch of the Glen from the library and then returning them unread. And, of course, there is always my beloved D.E. Stevenson; I have read most of her books now but would happily return to them, especially the ones I didn’t review first time around.
No, there is no shortage of Scottish books on my reading list, for this year or any other. Now I just have to focus on overcoming last year’s hurdle: actually reviewing the books!