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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Read Scotland 2014

@Peggy Ann's Post
Okay folks, I'm trying my hand at setting up a challenge! Has to be a first time for everything, right? I have found that I love reading Scottish literature and am looking forward to spending some time there in the future. 2014 will be a decisive year for the Scots, as they are voting on Independence from Britain next year. What better way to celebrate than a reading challenge!



Challenge levels:

Just A Keek (a little look): 1-4 books read
The Highlander: 5-8 books
The Hebridean: 9-12 books
Ben Nevis: 13+ books



Details:

Read and review Scottish books -any genre, any form- written by a Scottish author (by birth or immigration) or about or set in Scotland.

Challenge runs January 1 to December 31, 2014

Books you read may count for other challenges.

You don't have to have a blog to participate. If you have a blog, post a challenge sign-up and link that post (not your home page) to the links below. Grab a copy of the challenge badge if you want to post it too. If you don't have a blog let me know in a comment below that you are participating and what level you are aiming for.

Post your review on your blog and link the review to the Read Scotland 2014 Review Page I'll be putting up the first of the year. If you don't have a blog and still want to review you can:
1: post a review at any bookseller that allows reviews, and link to it
2: send me a review by email and I will post it here for you.
3: Join the group I started at Goodreads HERE
Or you can also just let us know how your coming along in the comments below the links on the review page.

Here are a few links to start you on your way finding Scottish writers or settings! Don't forget the new authors James Oswald and A.D. Scott, they didn't seem to make any of these list!

List of Scottish Writers
100 Best Scottish Books of all Time 
Five New Scottish Writers 
Just Scottish Women Writers
Fantastic Fiction - Scotland Authors
Books From Scotland - Author List
Find a book set in Scotland @ Book Set In...
and the ultimate search site...
Stop, You're Killing Me!

Don't forget you can get 'vintage' authors books for free often times in ebook form!

I hope you'll join me!

60 comments:

  1. I'm going to be brave (but not too brave) and sign up for The Hebridean - 9 to12 books.

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful challenge! Good luck with it and I look forward to seeing what you read.

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    1. Thanks, Cath. There are so many great Scottish writers, it's just begging to be done!

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    2. I'm in! Couldn't resist in the end... not that I tried all that hard. LOL.

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  3. What a great way to mark 2014, as you say our decisive year. But Peggy you're a fearty!! You can manage Ben Nevis nae bother - that's what I'm aiming for.

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    1. Fearty cat! That's me. Okay what's one more book or 4! I'm in for Ben Nevis. If I don't make it, I have to try haggis when I get there:)

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    2. What an incentive! I'll give you vegetarian haggis anyway.

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    3. Haggis is good! Try it anyway :)

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  4. I'm quite interested in this, and will think about it. Good for you for offering the challenge!

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  5. Peggy, this will fit in well with my TBR Challenge for next year as I have several unread books by Scottish authors, I'll be aiming at the Hebridean level. Great idea for a challenge!

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  6. Scotland is AWESOME.

    I love Edinburgh and The Isle of Skye.

    The only thing I don't like is the weather. :)

    THANKS for sharing.

    I am not going to participate, though. I will just check out what everyone else is reading. :)

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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  7. I've jumped on board. (also linked in on Goodreads) Good luck sponsoring your first challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Bev! I know one more challenge is just what you need:)

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  8. Oh, and Peggy Ann--if you haven't already, you should advertise your challenge on A Novel Challenge. There's a link on the sidebar that will take you to a form to fill out.

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  9. I enjoyed looking over the links. I couldn't name a Scottish author I've read, but after looking, I've read far more than I realized. I might join the challenge and pick someone new, though.

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    1. I'm finding Scottish writers to be quite prolific, Kelly. We are reading them and not even realizing they are from Scotland. I especially love the 'new' genre, Scottish Noir or Tartan Noir as they call it.

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  10. All right. I said less challenges this year, and I mean it, but I cannot pass this up. I will be signing up soon.

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  11. I am in!! Sounds like a great challenge. I have decided to host a challenge for the first time too! http://litlequeenrules.blogspot.com/2013/11/meet-protagonist-reading-challenge-2014.html

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    1. So glad to have you, JoAnne! Your challenge looks fun too. I'll be signing up!

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  12. This sounds wonderful! Even though I really didn't do all that well with my reading challenges in 2013, I think I need to try this one. I'll get a post up on my blog and come back and sign up. Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. Glad your joining, Joy! There are so many wonderful Scottish writers, new and old, I don't think it will be a hard one to fulfill at all!

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  13. What fun - being of Scottish heritage, I can't resist. Although I'm going in easy, just a keek!

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    1. Lisa, Welcome! Just a keek could turn into Ben Nevis when you see how many great Scottish writers there are!

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  14. I'll join up in the next week or so, when I've posted on my blog! Cheers, Col

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    1. Thanks, Col! Glad to have you onboard.

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    2. I'm onboard now! Just posted on my my blog - Ben Nevis here I come!

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  15. Well, as I live there, it would be rude of me not to join in. Going for the Hebridean.

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    1. Lizzy, I'm so happy you you did join in! Looking forward to getting to know you and seeing what you are reading.

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  16. I will join. I am Danish but I have lived in Scotland at least 6 years on and off. I am a bit behind in my blogging just now so it will most likely be December before I get at sign up post done.

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    1. Great Jane! I'm looking forward to meeting all these new people including you!

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  17. I'm going to try this one because I think it's something I might even finish ;-)

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    1. Good Luck, Marny! Glad to have you onboard!

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  18. Hi Peggy Ann! I am among your earliest joiners, with pleasure. Scotland is my favourite country I've ever visited. As we chatted about on Goodreads: I too decided to become a first-time hostess and created 3 brand new challenges! For everyone's enjoyment, whatever language you read in, they are here. Carolyn. http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-reading-themes/

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    1. Carolyn I'll be joining up in your Mystery theme! Thanks!

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  19. I will take 'The Hebridean' challenge. I read these all the time anyway. Am reading an autobiography by a Scot right now (Green Are My Mountains), and listening to a book on CD by Robin Pilcher, set in the Highlands. I look forward to learning about new authors and titles. I have a pinterest board, 'Scotland the Most Beautiful Place in the World', and one of UK travel books, some of which are about Scotland :)

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    1. Julie, I read so many Scottish authors now that's why I thought it would be a good challenge:) I love the mysteries and 'tartan noir'! I will be following your Pinterest board too! That mural on Molly's wall is absolutely gorgeous! Did you paint it? I'm planning a trip to Scotland sometime in the future and can't wait!

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  20. So many authors that I love...have to take "the Hebridean"!

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    1. Great, Theresa! So glad you joined. Looking forward to seeing what you read!

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  21. Hi Peggy, Just posted this on the goodreads site, but will also put it here:
    Hi to Peggy and my DES friends and others. I've never signed up for a challenge before and will do the Ben Nevis (what the heck). I would like to know more names of Scottish women writers - not gruesome crime, but do like a bit of suspense ala Kate Morton.

    Linda Jacks
    Northern Virginia

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  22. What a great idea! I've shared this post on my FB author page as I'm sure some of my readers will want to join in.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! I'm really excited to get reading!

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  23. Thanks for hosting & for stopping by my sign-up post :)

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  24. Wonderful idea! I'm in for the Ben Nevis level. I'll come by and add my link later today, once my sign-up post goes up.

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    1. Claire, I'm so glad to have you climbing that mountain with me!

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  25. I must tell you about an Australian novel, set in Scotland that is just brilliant: it's called Elemental by Amanda Curtin and it has some of the most vivid descriptions of the rugged north-eastern coast of Scotland at the turn of the C20th. See my review at http://anzlitlovers.com/2013/06/07/elemental-by-amanda-curtin/ where there is also a link to an excerpt so that you can get a taste of Curtin's writing. Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers, Australia

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Sounds like a great read. I'll be looking for it.

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  26. I keep seeing this wonderful challenge of friends' blogs and I simply can't resist it. I'll write a post and link to it later, but my plan is to read books by Scottish women writers. And I'll aim for the Highlander, since I grew up there!
    Jodie (GeraniumCat)

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    1. So glad to have you with us, Jodie! Just women authors is a nice touch! Maybe next year we can do categories too or something!

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  27. Just a Keek for me. I have a hard time passing up a book with a man in a kilt and they are usually set in Scotland. Hope romances count as well>

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    1. Absolutely Heather! At our local Irish festival one year there were two young lads selling utility Kilts for the working man! I so enjoyed talking to them and they were gorgeous in theirs. I would have bought my son one for a joke but they were VERY expensive. I think Lee would look good in one! He has the legs for it:)

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  28. I am signing up too - The Highlander level. I'm so excited! I'm working my way through the M.C. Beaton Hamish McBeth series, so this fits in perfectly. Thanks for hosting this, Peggy Ann!

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    1. Wonderful, Susan! I've read all the Hamish Macbeth books. I think I had a crush on him:)

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  29. A very late comer.....The Highlander level. Just read Alexander McCall Smith's "The Forever Girl".

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    1. Welcome, Kirk! There's still lots of year left to read in!

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