As a way to celebrate more books (because, why wouldn’t you want to?) we have a separate post on the Scottish books of the year. Here, our committee picks their books of the year, minus those! Double the books, double the to-read list. Let us know your favourites from this year!
Heather McDaid (Social Media Officer): Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein is just a must read for any music fans. Carrie talks so well about passion for music, fandom, how that changes and evolves. The snapshot into her life and Sleater-Kinney is just such an enjoyable read – would recommend!
Mairi McKay (Social Media Officer): Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling and Jim Kay. As a huge Harry Potter fan, this book was a must-buy for me! The illustrations are stunning, and they really add a new dimension to the story.
Keira Brown (Events Officer): Well it has to be The Rest of Us Just Live Here which is the new one by Patrick Ness. With a very different structure, fantastic plot and wonderful handle on friendship this meets the high expectation I always hold for Ness’ novels.
Catriona Cox (Marketing Officer): Gavin Francis’ Adventures in Human Being reignited my love for medical narrative and I think will spur me on to read more. Two books I’m ashamed to say I’ve not yet read that are on my ‘read by the fire with hot whisky over the holidays’ list are The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan and Scottish Book of the Year The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – based on recommendations and their previous work I’m sure to love both.
Julie Stirling (Co-chair): I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It’s the first YA I read that really captured the raw emotion we feel as teenagers and it also powerfully highlighted the fact that we are all so different from one another. ‘Normal’ just doesn’t exist, and why should it? We are as diverse as the colours in the rainbow – a fraction of which we can see easily with our own eyes.
Kirstin Lamb (General Member): One by Sarah Crossan.
Charlotte Brady (Student Liaison Officer): The First Bad Man – Miranda July. This book was disgusting and heartwarming and full of everything I love about Miranda July’s films and short stories. It’s the first book in a while that’s made me plead with other people to read it, so we can talk about it.
Franzi Heydrich (Secretary): Matt Haig – Reasons to Stay Alive.
Which book was your favourite? Let us know!