Young Scot Book Recommendations in Lifestyle

Not sure what to read next? Why not try one of these recommendations from Young Scot staff...



Sean recommends…

The Beach - Alex Garland

 The Beach is a story about Richard, a young backpacker, and his life on a legendary, idyllic and isolated beach on a deserted island in Thailand. But he soon realises how difficult it is to control paradise once it’s been created. I first read this when I was 13 and it really inspired me to travel and see a bit of the world. I’ve re-read it a couple of times since and I always end up booking a trip

Jen recommends...

The Cone Gatherers - Robin Jenkins

I read this book many, many years ago – it was a book I had to read at school for my English Standard Grade or Higher and while the title makes it sounds utterly boring, it’s a really gripping story with very strong characters.  It’s only because I saw someone reading it on a train that I looked it back up and thought I must read that again….

Great Scottish book written by a talented Scottish author – easy read, gripping and with a strong Scottish storyline.

Shelley recommends...

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor has a difficult home and school life, and Park feels like an outcast. His small token of kindness to Eleanor starts a wonderful romance and friendship between them. Reminds me that little gestures can mean the world to people – and how important and great music can be! It also reminds me that you can never know somebodies back story, or what they have to deal with at home or elsewhere, so to always be kind. Plus how lovely it feels to fall in love.

Kandice recommends…

The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling 

 It’s a coming-of-age classic that often features in ‘must-read’ lists – with good reason! Although most people nowadays might know the gist of the story, there’s so much more to the series other than magic and fantasy. J.K. Rowling’s plot developments and characterisation teaches readers about love, friendship, social justice, politics, morality, death and everything in-between. They’re the sort of books you can read over and over and get a new perspective on things each time.

Gordon recommends... 

Hyperspace - Michio Kaku 

This book entirely changed the way I think about life, the universe, and everything. Kaku’s beautiful analogies explain theories such as hyperspace, M-space, and String Theory to the layman with ease and grace. While our understanding of the universe is in constant flux, there are few better places to start your journey of discovery than Hyperspace.

Catriona and Hannah recommend...

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

This novel is set in an alternate version of the world where racial groups are segregated following the abolition of slavery. The story follows Sephy Hadley (a Cross) and her secret friendship with Callum (a Nought) and the struggles both their families face trying to live in this world. I really enjoyed reading it because I felt that I could better understand the detrimental effects of conflict and divides among people (not limited only to race) because these issues were looked at through a different lens.

Lisa recommends (a poem, but we'll let it count!) 

The Horses - Edwin Muir 

I read this poem 25 years ago and it’s more true now than ever! The poem is set post-apocalyptic when man has destroyed the world and realised their over dependence of technology – the horses return from their fore-fathers to pull the ploughs.