'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Friday, December 16, 2016

Read Scotland 2016 Wrap-up

Another good year of reading Scotland in this third year of the challenge! Twenty two books for me.

  1. The Lion and Unicorn Quest by Celia Peartrees
  2. The Last of the Line by John MacKay
  3. Heartland by John MacKay
  4. Bloq by Alan Jones 
  5. The Loch by Janet Caird 
  6. Indian Peter by Douglas Skelton
  7. Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
  8. Finding Peggy by Meg Henderson
  9. Fear the Light by Elizabeth Ferrars
  10. Open Wounds by Douglas Skelton
  11. Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart
  12. The Woman who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home
  13. The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton
  14. Murder By The Book by Eric Brown
  15. Against a Dark Sky  DCI Bevan #1 by Katherine Pathak 
  16. The Shrouded Way by Janet Caird
  17. Heaven Knows Who by Christianna Brand
  18. The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd
  19. Unholy Dying by R.T. Campbell 
  20. His Bloody Project by Graeme MacRae Burnet
  21. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey
  22. The Chess Men by Peter May
We are going again for our fourth year in 2017, join us!

Peggy Ann


  1. Wow! That's a lot of books for Read Scotland.
    I did not intentionally read books by Scottish authors, but had wanted to read Peter May's Lewis Trilogy for awhile and finally got into it. Got post-good-book slump after I finished the three books, and wish May would write more about Finley MacLeod.
    Then, having a need for the Outer Hebrides, read May's Coffin Road, good but not quite the same.
    And I did just finish His Bloody Project. Thought it very well-written and the picture of the terrible living conditions in that crofting community was very vivid, not to mention the oppression of the subsistence farmers by the higher-ups.
    My only question was about Roddy MacRae's motives. I was sympathetic to a point, especially about the oppressive living conditions of the family, but when another issue arose, my sympathy waned. I'm not going into details so as to avoid spoilers.
    I think the author did an excellent job overall.

    1. Kathy, I was surprised with the 'other' aspect of the murders also. It was well written and seemed like a true crime story. The sense of time and place was excellent! Are you on Goodreads? If not join up and join the Read Scotland group! Lots of chit chat and we will be doing a few read a longs this year!

  2. Wow... you did really well with the challenge this year, Peggy. Looking forward to starting on mine for 2017. I'll bookmark this post in case I run out of ideas. Which were your favourite books?

    1. Definitely The Chessmen by May, Cath! And the Aline Templeton and Heartland by MacKay I think. Don't forget the page tabs at the top of the blog have lots of reviews from the last three years too!

  3. I would say my favorite book read this year was Tana French's The Trespasser, just excellent. Won the Irish Crime Fiction prize of 2016. And it's full of Irish dry, slightly pessimistic humor and a feisty, brilliant woman detective.
    And then I'd say the Lewis Trilogy. I keep hoping for Finley MacLeod's reappearance.
    I just told a friend she must read it. I'm going to try some other books by Peter May.
    I want to join the Peter May fan club. I also like his political commentary here and there.

    And, yes, I did feel empathy for the crofting community in Graeme MacRae Burnet's book.
    You can feel the poverty, oppression and pessimism while reading His Bloody Project. I
    look forward to more books by him.

    I'll think about joining Goodreads.

  4. I have 2 more reviews to post, and I can't find the Reviews page....don't know where or if I found it for my 3 previous reviews. Here they all are:
    1.Skinner's Mission (Bob Skinner #6) by Quintin Jardine, review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1118357411
    2.At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen, review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1733328120
    3.Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness #3) by Rhys Bowen, review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1733287596
    4.The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday (Isabel Dalhousie #5) by Alexander McCall Smith, review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1843106621
    5.Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus #20) by Ian Rankin, review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1845810383

    I prefer reading challenges posted on blogs. In Goodreads challenges, there are so many more postings, replies, etc. - not organized as clearly. In 2017 I will certainly read books set in Scotland, not sure if I care to join a Goodreads-only challenge....will consider.

    1. Susan the reviews page is at the top in the page tabs. Look for Read Scotland 2016 Reviews, third one to the right. The Goodreads group is open to the public so just haunt us for a while and see if you like it.

  5. A reminder to read more of Ian Rankin's books which I keep meaning to do. So much to read.

    1. There is, Kathy! And if I stayed off the computer more I could read more!

  6. Oh, yeah, these pesky (but wonderful) blogs keep me glued to the computer when I should be reading.

    But I am reading another book by a Scottish author, Val McDermid. It's her latest, "Out of Bounds," which is very good. And I'm researching Fife, a key location in the book and the fascinating Firth of Forth. McDermid was born in Fife, I find out.

    So, I'm going back to read more of the Karen Pirie books, including "A Darker Domain," which goes back to the harrowing 1984 miners' strike.

  7. Scotland is fascinating, as is its history. But I am neglecting Ireland, home of half of my ancestors. Read a few good books set there this year and I have to read more next year.


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