It’s been a busy few weeks in the Biblioglobal household and I haven’t managed to post for a while. But in the meantime, I’ve been accumulating all sorts of things to write about. I’ve got books from Hungary and Timor Leste to discuss. Plus the Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist list has come out. Hopefully I’ll get to those posts soon, but in the mean time, there’s an event this week that could have direct impact on my project to read a book from every country.
This week could mark the creation of the first new country since I started my book-from-every-country project! I anticipated from the beginning that there would probably be a new country or two added during the course of the project. I was guessing Palestine though. Scotland was not on my radar screen.
This week, however, Scotland will vote in a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. I haven’t followed all the details, but it seems like there’s about a 50/50 chance that the referendum will pass, based on current polling. I don’t have an opinion as to which way the vote should go, but I do think it would be fun to add Scotland to my reading list!
Even though it isn’t a country (yet), the internet is awash with Scottish book recommendations. There’s “The 20 Scottish books everyone should read“, “Your 100 best Scottish novels“, “Ten significant modern Scottish novels“, as well as “50 best Scottish books of the last 50 years“. I wish the literature of all the countries currently on my list was so well documented!
I find myself intrigued by Buddha Da by Anne Donovan, about a Glasgow man who suddenly decides to take up Buddhism. I also learned that Ali Smith, who I have been wanting to read, is Scottish, so this could be a good excuse.
Any Scottish book recommendations to help me choose from so many?