How could I forget all the James Herriot books?
All Creatures Great and Small
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things Wise and Wonderful
About a country veterinarion who lived in England before (and after) World War II. Funny, heartwarming, sad, and highly educational.
His stories of foaling at 2 o'clock in the morning in December in England make me appreciate having indoor heating and hot water at the barn!
Originally Posted by Puddin Pie
One of my all time favorites!
(not that it doesn't make you sick at some points)
Yup,we're from the same part of the world,him Yorkshire-me Lancashire.
Originally Posted by CFiona
Keep posting guys,I go through about a book every 1-2 days,so I can take all the suggestions you can give me :)
I read that one..very interesting.
Originally Posted by Angela Freda
More of teen lit but I enjoyed it "The perfect Distance" By ????
About a girl who is doing the Medal Maclay finals series....
I was at Borders today trying to get "The God of Animals" and it was sold out. The Borders guy raved about it. He also raved about several other books that I have read already and liked, so his raves had some credibility for me. Can't wait to read it.
Beautiful Jim Key (what a great book) - Mim Rivas
Ruffian - Jane Schwartz
Horse People - Michael Korda
I plan to re-read Horse Heaven this summer -- I do so love that book! :yes:
Nothing beats Horse Heaven, but Tami Hoag has a new one called Alibi Man coming out April 7. The protagonist (ex-cop) is the same as in the Dressage themed book (don't remember the title).
Smiley also has a small book written long ago that is horse themed and not bad, called Barn Blind.
I just read "The God of Animals", and I give it a mixed review. Nice enough story, good writing, decent horse stuff, but the story is very depressing. I finished it in 2 days, and was unsatisfied with the ending.
May I make a non-suggestion? DO NOT, under any circumstances, read the Fern Michaels Bluegrass series. What a waste of a tree- soooo bad!
This certainly isn't a "grown up book" but I really have never gotten tired of them!! Any and all of the Misty books! Even though they totally are fiction, when you get right down to it, they are great!
The Tami Hoag book mentioned is "Dark Horse." And while the ex-cop rides dressage, most of the action takes place in the hunter-jumper portion of WEF, so you could say it's cross-cultural. ;)
Also look for "In & Out: Year One in the Jumping for Gold Series," by Barbara Moss. It's raunchy and it's loaded with typos and you can see some of the plot "twists" from a mile away, but much like "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest," it's a fun guilty pleasure.
Don't forget "The Lady" by Anne McCaffrey as well as her "Ring of Fear"; "Cut Throat" by Lyndon Stacey; and the veterinarian mystery series by Laura Crum ("Cutter," "Hay Burner," "Rough Shod" and more).
If you like un-Harlequin romances (not, to paraphrase Seinfeld, that there's anything wrong with them!), Laura Moore has done a couple tolerable ones: "Chance Meeting" and "Ride a Dark Horse." Nora Roberts also has some horse-themed books: "Irish Hearts," "Irish Thoroughbred," "Irish Rebel" -- although I cannot remember which order they're actually supposed to be read in -- and "True Betrayals."
Add me to list of those who say "don't bother" with Fern Michaels' absolutely awful "Bluegrass" series. :dead: And if you want believability with characters you could actually stand to be in the same room with, run very very far away from Iris Johansen's "On the Run" ... that one set horse fiction back about a hundred years. <insert BLEECH icon here!>
"The Virginia Gentleman" by Mary Barnes. It's a serious tearjerker but one for anyone who has ever loved a horse. Also, "Chosen By A Horse" by Susan Richards - same premise.
All of the Jenny Pitman novels (as you're from Yorkshire I guess you know who she is ;) )
I've really enjoyed all of them so far.
Seconding (or thirding) Tami Hoag's "Dark Horse" - especially if you've ever been to Wellington in the winter. ;-) I can't WAIT for her new one (follow up to "Dark Horse") to come out.
Polo by Jilly Cooper
Rita Mae Brown's foxhunting novels
Dick Francis' novels (horses and mystery- could it get any better?)- I just finished Wild Horses, and I thought it was great!
All the John Francome and Richard Pitman (Jenny Pitman's brother) books; "Brat Farrar" by Josephine Tey; "The Fall" by Kai Maristed.
Any novel by ex-jockey Dick Francis.
Secretariat was one of those books worth reading along with Ruffian and Seabiscuit.
I've read most of the books above.
I have yet to read those
1. Stalking Horse
2. Fire Horse
by Bill Shoemaker.
If you like the fantasy genre, here are some recommendations. These aren't just about horses but horses play a prominant role in the stories.
Kristin Britain: Green Rider and Rider's First Call (These are the 1st 2 in a series. I think they are actually for young adults but I'm an old adult and enjoyed them.)
Mercedes Lackey: Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall (This is a series of 3.)
Seabiscut is brilliant. One of the best books ever written(non-fiction) Made watching the movie highly disappointing.
I also have the book "Phar Lap', and it's very good. Interesting to know what really happened with this horse, outside of the drama of the film(Which I love, and have the original version which is much less dramatic than the US version)
I liked TAmi Hoag's Dark Horse, but the end just went into lunar orbit for me.
If you want a truly disturbing book, read House Rules. Excellent book, but not for the weak of mind/heart.
I have a book called "Perfect Distance', but its really bad. I got it cheap, used. I can dig it up to see who the author is. It's just badly written. I think there are two books out there with a similar title, but one is by far much better than the other--one is very difficult to attain.
If you are interested in finding horse novels/books, pop to Amazon's website. Punch in what you are looking for, and it will give you a list of books. Can't vouche for them, but it's fun!