‘Vista’ – Scottish quick reads for adults

By a dyslexic library member

I discovered a series of 12 books recently called ‘Vista’.  Once I’d read one I wanted to read them all, and I did, at a rate of knots.  In this blog post I’m going to tell you about the ‘Vista’ books, how I find them, and how they help me.   I’m also going to signpost you to a resource that gives details of ‘Vista’ and more series like it.

The ‘Vista’ books:

  • were written between 2004 and 2007, by authors resident in Scotland
  • are aimed at adults with differing levels of reading skills, from the emergent to the accomplished
  • are available in a wide range of formats: traditional print, e-book, eAudio, CD, cassette, play script
  • include fiction and non-fiction forms e.g. crime, sci-fi, biography, journalism
  • feature a wide variety of themes e.g. football, trust, alcoholism

How I find the ‘Vista’ books 

The ‘Vista’ books help me because

  • they give me confidence and motivation to read other books

and also because they allow me to:

  • enjoy Scottish books (I love Scottish literature but mainstream books are often not accessible for me in print and not available in alternative formats)
  • try out new writers and styles at a reading level that is manageable for me
  • ‘overlearn’ each book by engaging with it in more than one format
  • develop my reading speed

Further information on ‘Vista’ and more series like it

There is a complete list of the Vista books at https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/edinburgh/lists/316e9046-0223-5112-b736-c4ac081b377d.  If you read them all, sadly you will have to say ‘hasta la vista, Vista’ because the series is complete.  But the good news for ‘Vista’ fans is that there are many similar series available from Edinburgh Libraries.

You will find details, including some great support resources, in this Series of books for adults designed to be dyslexia-friendly.

Michelle McManus to visit Wester Hailes Library

Singer and presenter Michelle McManus is coming to Wester Hailes Library this Saturday (National Libraries Day).

Michelle McManus

Michelle will be joining us to launch the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign and read two of her favourite children’s books: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.

Parents, carers and children in P1-P3 are invited to come along from 2 – 3pm for the readings, along with fun games and craft activities. Children will also receive a free book gift pack to take home and enjoy.

‘Read, Write, Count’ is a Scottish Government-led campaign which aims to improve key numeracy and literacy skills among young primary school children across Scotland. Visit www.readwritecount.scot for great tips, activities and ideas that make reading, writing and counting with children an easy, fun and positive experience.


Chapters and verse: the best music books of the last twelve months

If you love music and you love books we’d recommend taking a look at some of the titles shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize – the only book award of its kind in the UK.


Which library book changed your life?

We’ve been enjoying following the #mypubliclibrary posts on Instagram and Twitter, where library members have been posting pictures of themselves with books they borrowed from their local public library.

These have come about as the result of a competition that’s a collaboration between the Reading Agency, Penguin Books and author Ali Smith. There’s still time to get involved. Simply tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself with a favourite book you discovered at a library using the hashtag #MyPublicLibrary to be in with a chance of winning your very own curated library from Ali Smith herself. Five books, hand-chosen to inspire you!

Feel free to tag us @talesofonecity on anything you do post. Best of luck!

Book Bingo winner

Congratulations to Molly Woolgar, winner of our Book Bingo challenge!

Library member Molly wins a book token just in time for Christmas.

Thanks to all who entered. We thought it might be nice to share what everyone who entered has been reading, so we’ve made up some lists…reader recommendationsAnd here they are:

The books you’d recommend to a friend

The books that made you laugh

and The books you’ve always meant to read but never have 

Should be a few reading ideas for you in among that lot – enjoy!

Laughter and stories with “That guy fae The Corries”

Humour and nostalgia was the order of the day as Ronnie Browne took to the stage for our closing Book Week Scotland event.

Ronnie Browne 4

Photo: Norma Stout

After sharing tales from his life as a musician and painter. Ronnie chatted to fans and signed copies of his autobiography, “That guy fae The Corries“.

Ronnie Browne 7

Photo: Norma Stout

Download these bestsellers for free!


Great news! Just in time for Christmas we’ve added some blockbuster titles to our OverDrive ebook collection – all of which are available for you to download and borrow for FREE! These include:

The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee

The Martian – Andy Weir

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

50 Shades of Grey – E.L.James

The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett

Brooklyn – Colm Toibin

A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

We know demand is going to be high but you can of course put a hold on any items which are already out on loan – or add the books you want to read later to your wish list.