You know that here at McRenegades we like to do things a little differently (a lot differently) and this year we're as committed as ever to exposing the kind of writing that usually doesn't get a mention from the commercialised world of publishing.
We are firm believers in 'the road less travelled' offering some of the best views and we don't buy into the myth that because someone pays money, or is paid, to tell you how great their book is that means anything. We don't believe that because a book is'commercially' exciting it will actually be the kind of read you're looking for - nor do we think you should rest easy and be spoonfed your reading matter.
We all go on recommendations, of course, but you need to think where, who and why you are taking those recommendations on board from. If there's money involved, think twice! McRenegades is not part of the pay to play world where books and writers are hyped for commercial gain. We like to think we've got a bit more integrity and honesty to us than that. We also believe that there are lots of options, that taste isn't a one size fits all thing and that for culture to flourish, people need to be able to make their own informed choices - but that these need to be 'real' choices. There's a whole lot of books out there in the world folks - and they can't all be 'award winning bestsellers.' Not all of us are that easily impressed!
At McRenegades we like to make folks think, and to get folks active in seeking out great, undervalued and unknown writers and writing. And so, we're going to get active for the New Year by joining the 'unco' reading challenge.
‘unco’ is a brand new kind way of engaging with books – more about stories than stores - it offers you a chance of exploring and discovering Scots writers, living and dead, who tend not to make it onto the mainstream publishing radar. There are so many great Scots writers, whatever your tastes, and ‘unco’ hopes to introduce you to some of them. And we're also happy for you to recommend some of your own.
To start of the New Year ‘unco’ is throwing down a few reading challenges. Here at McRenegades we thought we’d pick up the 12 book challenge – especially since Mr McStoryteller himself Brendan Gisby’s ‘The Bookie’s Runner’ is a pick of the month for January. If you haven't read it, now's the time. If you have - hey, why not read it again! Some books are for life, you know, not just for Xmas! You can get it direct from 'unco' or from Amazon in Paperback or Kindle formats.
If you’d like to read a Scottish book a month this year, why not join us in the 12 book unco book challenge. We’re leaving the comments section open for you to give us your recommendations, reviews – tell us what you’re reading this month and why (Scots writing only please!) and let’s get this McRenegade reading party started.
Why not give fellow McRenegades readers a recomendation for February. We want to hear from you... THAT'S YOU... come on, share the stories!
If you need a bit of a nudge, or want to explore out of your comfort zone - check out the 'unco' site for yourself.