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

5 Books Set in Scotland

Hello everybody!

Today, in honour of it being St Andrew’s Day tomorrow, I thought it’d be fun to share some books I enjoyed that take place in Scotland! Onto the post!


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Out of the Blue– this is a YA magical realism that takes take place in our world, but a version of it where ‘Beings’ regularly fall from the sky, upending normality each time. It focuses specifically on a girl called Jaya as her being-hunter father drags the recently bereavedfamily to Edinburgh, where she comes across a fallen being and sets out to help it, with the assistance of Allie and Callum. It’s really enjoyable, and thrilling in places, and I loved the romance between Jaya and Allie.

The Nowhere Emporium- this book and it’s sequel, are among the most magical I’ve ever read. It follows Daniel Holmes as he’s rescued from his children’s home and taken on an incredible adventure in a shop that produces wonders for members of the public, and sees him try to help the shop when things go wrong. The wonders are breathtakingly magical, and I adore the characters and the world. The dual timeline is really well executed too!

The Spellchasers trilogy– this is a trilogy about young people attempting to break the different curses that have been inflicted upon them, while also negotiating several different baddies who pop up. Each book stands up really well alone, but there’s also an arc across all three books, which makes this even more satisying. I really liked the unique and interesting world, I loved the characters (especially Beth and Atacama!) and I think it’s so underrated. I also recommend Lari Don’s other series the Fabled Beast Chronicles, as well as standalone Rocking Horse War, but this is definitely my favourite of her work.

The Elephant Thief– technically, this only starts in Scotland and then moves to other places as pickpocket Danny embarks on the journey of a lifetime- the Great Elephant Race- with majestic eleephant Maharajah. The bond between Danny and Maharajah is beautiful, and I love the way this experience improves Danny’s confidence and really does change his life. It’s so exciting to follow each leg of the trip and watch them negotiate the many different obstacles they come up against, and my heart was in my mouth most of the time when I was reading.

The Children of Castle Rock– this book is my joint favourite of this year, and I think it’s basically perfect. The best way I can describe it is like a much better Enid Blyton story- it follows three children at their boarding school Stormy Loch and then when they go off on their own adventure instead. The humour is spectacular (I especially love the bell scene and the pig scene), the characters are amazing and their friendships even better, and the prose itself and narration come together to produce something unbelievably well written.


What are your favourite books with Scottish settings? Are you planning to read any that I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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