July turned out to be a very busy reading month. I read 21 books! Some were rather short and most of these books were read during the first 3 weeks of the month as I then caught coronavirus and mainly slept during my spare time instead of reading.
I’ve been toying with the idea of not sharing my ratings in reviews. So this month I’ve rated them in a slightly different way, I don’t know if I prefer this but we shall see!
What an excellent month of Reading Scottish! I read 6 books by Scottish authors in July. This was a big surprise to myself as I’d miscalculated and was convinced that I had read 5.
This month I read some gritty Scottish crime novels: The Quaker – Liam McIlvanney and Hold Your Tongue- Deborah Masson. These books were set in Glasgow and Aberdeen, respectively, and having lived in both of those cities I felt like I got an extra little something from them. Turns out I’m a huge fan of Scottish crime featuring serial killers.
After all of the serial killer reading, i needed something a bit cheerier. I had been recommended Elle McNicoll as an author and since their entire back catalogue was available on Amazon prime, I ended up reading all three of their books. I enjoyed A Kind of Spark, Show Me Who You Are, and Like a Charm. These were delightful middle grade books.
I rounded off my month of Scottish reads with What Happens in Dubai by Sophie Gravia*. You may remember my cackling while reading A Glasgow Kiss which was this author’s previous novel. This was just as hilarious and I cackled once again.
If you’ve read any excellent Scottish fiction that you’d recommend, please let me know in the comments.
Somehow we are now in July and that means that it’s time to review the last 6 months of reading. I had intended to do a quarter 1 review but time flew and I forgot.
In this Vlog I talk about the following; Best book read so far, best sequel read so far, new release I want to read, most anticipated release, biggest disappointment, biggest surprise, favourite new to me author, book that made me cry, book that made me happy, most beautiful book, and books I want to finish this year. Phew!
Here’s my June Wrap Up, plus stats! I’m absolutely loving having reading stats. I’ve been much luckier with book ratings recently as I’m getting better at giving up on books that I’m not feeling, so that resulted in a most excellent reading month. I also ticked off all of my birthday bingo so I’m off to buy my reward books!
I know I’m a little bit earlier than usual but here is my Reading Scottish wrap up for June. I read the, what is now, standard 4 books by Scottish authors. I had a pretty wide variety of genres this month; contemporary, post apocalyptic/dystopian, and fantasy. I really enjoyed having this variety as these books really showcased how Scottish fiction is so much more than just a few genres. Even my two contemporary reads were so different-both regarding content and structure. Also, these were all debut adult fiction , this was not planned but does make me very happy to have a secret theme. Secret even to me!
I read the following books:
📚 Happiness is Wasted on Me by Kirkland Ciccone
🐉 The Flames of Albiyon by Jean Menzies
💊 The Pharmacist by Rachelle Atalla
🐕🦺 The Black Dog by Kevin Bridges*
If you’ve read any Scottish fiction recently, I’d love to hear all about it!
May was a super productive reading month for me. I somehow managed to read 21 books. I know! I have no idea how that happened either.
In my wrap up vlog, I chat about my favourite books of the month. I was lucky enough to have nine 5 star reads, which included some non-fiction. I also talk about my June TBR which is a little bit more whimsical because June is my birthday month.
Since I read far more books than expected, I’ve only had time to write reviews for my 4 and 5 star reads and have provided links below. There are a couple that are still pending though as it’s been a good month.
As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Scottish literature and have been making a conscious effort to read more of it. Every month I like to make a wrap up of my Scottish reads and this month is no different…apart from that I read a non-fiction which made me cry with laughter, so I’ve included that too!
This month, my Scottish reads were:
⛴ Conviction by Denise Mina
🎪 Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
🤿 The Sound at the End by Kirsty Logan
📕 Nothing Left Unsaid by Janey Godley
🏩 Single Taken Cursed by Nikki Bell*
If you’ve read any enjoyable Scottish fiction (or non-fiction as it seems that I’m reading more of that these days), I’d love to hear about it!
Well April turned out to be an excellent reading month for me. I was expecting To get through very little due to being super busy with work but I’m also someone who reads more when they’re anxious or stressed. This resulted in me getting through 20 books in April which is frankly quite ridiculous.
This month I read the following, will add links to the relevant blogs (if they exist yet as some reviews won’t be up for a wee while…because I’ve not finished them yet. But they’re all reviewed on my vlog which is at the bottom of this post.
Welcome to my Reading Scottish Wrap Up for April! As you may know, last year I decided to make a conscious effort to read more Scottish fiction. Scotland has produced so many amazing authors and I’m on a quest to make sure that I read some of these novels every month.
It’s been a most excellent reading month for me and Scottish fiction and I’m really excited to share my reads with you!
Scottish reads for April include:
Hyde- Craig Russell
Deep Wheel Orcadia- Harry Josephine Giles
A History Maker-Alasdair Gray
Young Mungo- Douglas Stuart
As always, if you’ve read and enjoyed any Scottish fiction please let me know. I love getting recommendations!
Fingers crossed for another excellent month of Scottish reads in May!