Just back from watching this fantastic man speak at the local library. Will admit I've only read one book but he was so witty and such a good storyteller I've requested the tagged book.
The first book of the delightful 44 Scotland Street Series is currently available for 99p in the U.K. I love this series, and the very feel of Edinburgh (my favourite city) that strongly comes through in it. Alexander McCall Smith originally wrote this for serialisation in a Scottish Newspaper. A wonderful group of characters, recommended!
Blurb instead of a review because I'm doing two books with different outcomes.
The left is a mystery with Native-American and off-the grid-type nature-lovers set in an isolated park in Alaska. Mysteries are my favorite genre and then set in the wilderness...this one was a hit for me.
The book on the right is about the different families living in an apartment bldg in Scotland. Mostly arrogant shallow people who I had zero interest in. DNF.
I'm surprised this has such a low rating on Litsy, because I had a ton of fun with it! McCall Smith takes a large cast of characters, none of whom is entirely pleasant or entirely unredeemable, and finds the humour and charm in their everyday interactions. There are some dodgy bits as McCall Smith makes fun of basically every Edinburgh type, but the good stuff compensates for that. I'm still laughing at the six-person political ball.
Canada Day breakfast of bleu cheese scrambled eggs with assorted fruits and Scottish novel.
I tried to read on the hill, but the wind was so strong I could only keep my book open if I held it at one particular angle. Also, the adorable prairie dogs kept distracting me. I only lasted about twenty minutes before I packed up, went to the grocery store, and bought the motherlode of bleu cheese as my birthday present to myself,
Sometimes you've gotta dip a pile of fries into chalet sauce while you read a charming book.
Book bundle 11 for our #SummerReadingProgram: the 44 Scotland Street Bundle! Would you choose this one? Any AMS fans? I have to say, he always looks bubbly and giddy in all the photos I've seen of him 😁👌🏻👌🏻. Seems like a delight to have to tea!
A very early start to this Saturday (in truth, I never got to sleep last night). I blame caffeine at an indecent hour! ? Fortunately, a favourite café opens before the birds are up, so I‘m sipping on an extra hot latte and snacking on a flaky croissant. I‘ll also be dipping into another book for #readscotland. What are you up to this Saturday?
#booksandcoffee #44scotlandstreet #bookreview #weekendreading
On vacation about to start this one.
The airplane trails in the sky today looked like the Scottish flag!
By the way, this is a great book and series. One of my favourites.
AMS says of one character "She had no feeling for him, not even revulsion, she felt nothing" which perfectly described my feelings. I was mildly amused by the antics of poor Bertie and his hideous mother but I couldn't muster enough interest in the others for like or dislike. Even an an Edinburgh resident this wasn't for me.
I simply could not connect with the characters in this story. I actually feel like calling it a story is stretching the definition of the meaning. The characters did not seem to have any depth and the relationships were flat or maybe it is th other way around. I will say that the last 15 pages was the most compelling part of the book.