With only four days left until the big independence vote in Scotland I can only watch it all unfold from afar. It seems that it is still too close to call and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Even though I am now a Canadian, I am still proud of the fact that I am also Scottish by birth. If I still lived there I know which way I would vote, but I’m not saying that here as I don’t want to lose any friendships over it.
Instead of dwelling on a vote I cannot take part in I started thinking about some of my favourite Scottish books. Scotland has produced a lot of great writers and some of my favourite reads are by Scottish writers or are at least Scottish themed. So here is a shortlist of some of my favourite Scottish reads to take our minds off of the divisiveness of the referendum:
- Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Works of Robert Burns – Robert Burns
- Greenvoe – George Mackay Brown
- How the Scots Invented the Modern World – Arthur Herman
- Stenwick Days – R.T. Johnston
- How the Scots Invented Canada – Ken McGoogan
It could have been a different and bigger list, but these are some of the ones I’ve enjoyed the most that first came to mind. What are your favourite Scottish-themed reads? Share a comment or two if you feel like it.