The Reading Your Country Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Reading Your Country Tag, which I found on Pretty Purple Polka Dots. Onto the post!


What country are you going to talk about?

Scotland.

What is your favourite childhood book from your country? (If you don’t have a favourite, name a popular children’s book from your country.)

I don’t have one. The only thing I can think of is Katie Morag, which I read a few of in primary school.

What is a book from your country that you read in school? (Primary school or high school, your choice!)

In Scotland, it is compulsory to study a Scottish text of some sort for both National 5 and Higher. My favourite of the two plays I studied for those was Tally’s Blood, which is about an Italian immigrant family and love and family. It’s incredibly funny and moving, and I actually really want to reread it one day because it’s quite possibly my favourite thing I’ve ever read for school.

What is a book set in your favourite area of your country? And/or what’s a book set in a place you’d like to visit in your country?

My favourite part of Scotland is the Borders, and I can’t think of anything set there? It would make for a lovely setting though, so if any authors fancy setting a book there I’d be super grateful!

What is a historical fiction book set in your country?

Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie is about the Highland Clearances and how that impacted people , so I highly recommend that! I’m so excited for the second in the series.

What is a classic book from your country?

Harry Potter counts as a modern classic, right? I googled Scottish classics and I haven’t read any of them (nor do I want to for the vast majority!), so a modern classic that I adore seems like a good compromise.

What is a book from your country that you haven’t read but would like to read?

I’m fairly sure Juliette Forrest, who wrote Twister, lives somewhere reasonably close by me and I’m yet to have read that despite having owned it since publication day. I must get to it at some point.

What are some of your favourite authors or books from your country?

Definitely Karen McCombie and Lari Don, and I really enjoyed Sophie Cameron’s debut last year! The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns are both fantastic books too. I’ve also recently loved a few things set in Scotland written by authors from England: Lightning Chase Me Home, We Won an Island and my beloved Children of Castle Rock.


Which books would you have used to answer these questions, based on your country? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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