I’ve never been one for making serious New Year’s resolutions, but I often make a list of fiction reading goals and since I’m in Scotland, this year I’m focusing on Scottish authors (and it turns out there are many great ones!). Here we go:
1) Sir Walter Scott
Often considered the first historical novelist, there’s no way I could pass up Sir Walter Scott! Right now I’m reading Kenilworth (about Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley) and I hope to get to Ivanhoe and The Tailsman as well.
2. Dorothy Dunnett
Another historical novelist, Dorothy Dunnett’s retelling of the story of Macbeth, King Hereafter, is the novel I’m most looking forward to reading.
3. Robert Louis Stevenson
4. George MacDonald
This Victorian writer was an influence on some of my favorite authors and wrote many, many stories, but I think I’ll start with his children’s classic, The Princess and the Goblin.
5. J.K. Rowling
I know, I know, technically J.K. Rowling was born in England (though her grandfather was Scottish–born on the Isle of Arran–so she’s 1/4 Scottish), but Harry Potter’s birthplace is Edinburgh, where Rowling wrote the early books. She has also stated in interviews that she always envisioned Hogwarts being located in Scotland (which is where you end up when you get on a train at King’s Cross station and head north!). I’ve been working my way through the series and am getting ready to begin The Goblet of Fire.
6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
After watching two seasons of the hit BBC series, I’m eager to read a few Sherlock stories by another Edinburgh-born author.