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Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments I'm signing up for 6-10 Scottish reads this year. It suited me well last year, so I'll aim for the same numbers again.

My plans include some classics by Arthur Conan Doyle, R. M. Ballantyne, A. J. Cronin, and Peter Marshall, along with some others as I find them.

Is anyone else planning to read from these authors?


message 2: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments My first Scottish book is complete for the year!


#1. [written by Scottish author]
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon, #4) by Cressida Cowell
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
by Cressida Cowell
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 3: by John (new)

John R Tarissa wrote: "I'm signing up for 6-10 Scottish reads this year. It suited me well last year, so I'll aim for the same numbers again.

My plans include some classics by Arthur Conan Doyle, R. M. Ballantyne, A. J...."


I read a couple of A.J. Cronin's as part of last year's challenge and enjoyed them, so was planning to read at least one more this year - probably either The Stars Look Down or Hatter's Castle.


message 4: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments John wrote: "Tarissa wrote: "I'm signing up for 6-10 Scottish reads this year. It suited me well last year, so I'll aim for the same numbers again.

My plans include some classics by Arthur Conan Doyle, R. M. B..."


Fantastic, John! I've only read The Citadel by Cronin... that was in 2012 for me. Have wanted to read more ever since.


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Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #2. [written by Scottish author]
The Young Fur Traders A Tale of the Far North by R.M. Ballantyne
The Young Fur Traders: A Tale of the Far North
by R.M. Ballantyne
Review: http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com/201...


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Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #3. [written by Scottish author]
The First Easter by Peter Marshall
The First Easter
by Peter Marshall & Catherine Marshall (editor)
Review: http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com/201...


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Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #4. [written by Scottish author]
The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Suicide Club
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 8: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #5. [written by Scottish author]
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 9: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments The year's not even half up, and I've made it into the 6-10 range already! At this rate, I could level up later on. :O


#6. [written by Scottish author]
The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Valley of Fear
by Arthur Conan Doyle

Admittedly, this is a creepy story (or rather the second half is). Part I is greatly enjoyable -- a basic Sherlock Holmes mystery (had plenty of intrigue, and utilized the same pattern that most of the canon follows). However, Part II? I'm not crazy over it, that's for sure.

Read more of my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 10: by Mrs. C. (last edited May 06, 2018 04:13AM) (new)

Mrs. C. | 40 comments Tarissa wrote: "#2. [written by Scottish author]
The Young Fur Traders A Tale of the Far North by R.M. Ballantyne
The Young Fur Traders: A Tale of the Far North
by R.M. Ballantyne
Review: http://i..."



message 11: by Mrs. C. (new)

Mrs. C. | 40 comments Tarissa wrote: "#3. [written by Scottish author]
The First Easter by Peter Marshall
The First Easter
by Peter Marshall & Catherine Marshall (editor)
Review: http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com/2018/..."


Great review!


message 12: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #7. [Scottish setting]
The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy, #1) by Peter May
The Blackhouse
by Peter May

It did have a cool way of intertwining the present day story with flashbacks from the past -- which for me was the most intriguing thing about the whole story. Also, it did have a great twist at the end; I certainly hadn't accurately pegged the killer myself, but then, there were all the clues.

Read more of my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 13: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #8. [Scottish setting]
A Highlander for Christmas by Jamie Carie
A Highlander for Christmas
by Jamie Carie

Just a light romance that fit in with having Christmas cheer in July...

Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 14: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments #9. [Scottish author]
The Keys of the Kingdom
The Keys of the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin
by A.J. Cronin

Such a fantastic (fictional) missionary story... a Scotsman in China for over 3 decades.

Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...



#10. [Scottish author]
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
by Muriel Spark

An enigmatic story, filled with dark intrigue.

Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 15: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Just noticed, you’ve reached the top end of your challenge Tarissa! Well done :) I like your ‘dark intrigue’ comment about the Jean Brodie book and your review is excellent!


message 16: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments Ellen wrote: "Just noticed, you’ve reached the top end of your challenge Tarissa! Well done :) I like your ‘dark intrigue’ comment about the Jean Brodie book and your review is excellent!"

Thanks, Ellen.
This is the first time in participating in this challenge that I'm going to go over my goal (if I'm remembering correctly...) For that, I'm excited! It's all these group reads that have piqued my interest. :)


message 17: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Tarissa wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Just noticed, you’ve reached the top end of your challenge Tarissa! Well done :) I like your ‘dark intrigue’ comment about the Jean Brodie book and your review is excellent!"

Thanks,..."


That’s awesome, and so happy to hear you’re enjoying the group reads. They’ve encouraged me to read different books out of my comfort zone, you never know what folk are going to come up with :)


message 18: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments Ellen wrote: "Tarissa wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Just noticed, you’ve reached the top end of your challenge Tarissa! Well done :) I like your ‘dark intrigue’ comment about the Jean Brodie book and your review is exce..."

Exactly! I'm definitely stretching my comfort zone by reading new-to-me titles. I'm excited about the new group read for this month, whatever it turns out to be.


message 19: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments I just discovered a few more titles that I haven't added for the year to this list... Also, I didn't realize I could surpass my goal for this year by so much -- might have to up my game next year. =)

#11. [Scottish author]
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons
A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon, #6) by Cressida Cowell
by Cressida Cowell

Opens up the magic of books for youngsters...

4 Star Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...



#12. [Scottish author]
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
by Tobias Smollett

A likeable story written in a fun style...

3 Star Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...



#13. [Scottish person bio]
Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer
Conan Doyle for the Defense The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox
by Margalit Fox

The man behind the world's most famous fictional detective was, in fact, a detective too...

5 Star Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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