There I was, thinking I might be able to go a year without joining a challenge. I thought to myself, is this my year to not join any? Do I be free and just read whatever takes my fancy? Can I organize myself to read all the non-fiction I start and never finish? I really thought this was the year of no challenges for me, except for Carl's Once Upon a Time and RIP annual challenges. And then Geranium Cat put up her post here for Read Scotland 2014.
Which after some time to think about it, I realized I do want to do. It's easy - any book set in Scotland, or written by a Scottish writer, counts. Fiction or non-fiction. Peggy Ann at Peggy Ann's Post is hosting it, and her blog post is here.
It's easy because I look for books set in Scotland to read, naturally. There is something about the setting and the people that I really enjoy. I possibly have some Scottish heritage myself - my father is adopted, and the story goes that his father (and mother?) was from Scotland. My grandmother (the person who ended up adopting my father) knew my father's natural mother, who was very young and unmarried, and - you know the rest, the usual for that time and place in history. This is the story that we've all been told. So Scotland is a place of deep interest for me. A place I might be from. And heck, for a tiny country, they have produced some great writers - Robert Louis Stevenson. Sir Walter Scott. Robbie Burns. And some really good novels have been set there: Outlander, for one of the most popular series for the past 20 years. And one of my favourite mystery writers, Ian Rankin. So I am going to join. My first challenge of 2014!!
I am going to do the level Highlander, which is 5 - 8 books.
Some of the authors and titles (if I know them at this time) that I am considering are:
- Saints of the Shadow Bible - Ian Rankin
- any number of M.C Beaton's Hamish McBeth series. I have recently decided to start reading this series in order. This is a future post, so stay tuned.
- The Lewis Man - Peter May (Book 2 in his Lewis trilogy)
- The Chessman - Peter May (Book 3)
- The Glass Guardian - Linda Gillard (e-book)
- Robbie Burns poetry
- The Lore of Scotland
More titles will follow.
I still have some posts to finish - my wrap-up books read last year, and best books of the year, and what I've been reading.....but January has started for my family the way December was, with plenty of winter-like flu and coughs and colds. I am currently going through a bout of bronchitis. So I'm hoping to have enough energy to do some posts this week, before January is done. It's also been very very cold here - we are now in the midst of our coldest winter since 1981. It's so cold I don't want to step outside. I am very grateful for central heating, and if I could hide out at home all winter, I would. I'd be a hibernating bear, and come out in the spring, in March. Maybe. We sometimes get snowstorms then too. Maybe April.....
Posts to come:
I am getting some reading done, but as my children have also been sick, there has been alot of tv-watching and family movie watching going on too. So posts will follow on The Abdominable (very interesting and a surprising impact on me), Hamish McBeth series, the ending of the Liveship Traders series, and some poetry reading.
I hope you all have been well, my Gentle Readers, and are staying healthy and warm where you are, this winter.