I just finished reading "Higher Stakes,*" by Emery Lee, and have been waiting for an Off Topic day to pimp it out to other COTHers.
It is a fun, fast paced love story set agains the background of 18th century horse riding.
And the author clearly knows horses, and writes them very well. In one scene a handler goes up to the *shoulder* of a fractious horse, which to me is a detail that a non horseperson wouldn't know (and is in striking contrast to the idiots who made the Flicka movie who evidently assume that horse training is achieved by holding your hand out in the round pen and whispering the horse's name.)
But I think a lot of COTHers will really enjoy this book and I hope lots of you run out and get it.
*Sadly in a moment of utter fail I got the title wrong, it is actually Highest Stakes. Whoops.
For my more "serious" selection I recommend "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" by Peter Matthiessen.
It is really, really good.
OK, everyone, now it's your turn to spill!
What are you reading?
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I've discovered the 'cozy' mysteries of Melanie Jackson starring her meter-maid, naturally gifted, diminutive detective, Chloe Boston. I've downloaded the entire 7 book series onto my iPhone Kindle and am breezing through them. One of the things I like best is that the author doesn't end every chapter with a cliff-hanger sentence. I also download Jump by Jilly Cooper (Thanks Coreene!) but haven't started it yet.
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"Behind the Backlash" by Lori Peek. She's a professor at Colorado State University who studied Muslim Americans' experiences in the hostile, post-9/11 environment. I've only read the introduction so far, but it's very well-researched and and well-written. It definitely has a lot to reveal.
I'm reading The Help. Only a few pages in, but loving it so far!
This is an amazing book - can't wait for the movie!
Right now, our little bookclub is reading "Under The Banner of Heaven" - it's about Mormanism (one of the girls is an excommunicated mormon) - it's about the Elizabeth Smart case and poligyamy and what goes on in Morman society. It's really intense and interesting.
A good beach read or just fun read is "Bitter is the New Black" it's a memoir and it's really really hysterically funny
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GM quote of the day, regarding the correct way to do things:
"There's correct, and then there's correct. If you're almost correct, that means you're wrong."
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. A book about how the planet would respond if we humans suddenly died out. Very interesting - lots of history of the earth in there, discussion about how things are today and where we may be headed, etc.
After this, I'll probably read some light and fluffy book...
I'm reading THE DISTANT HOURS by Kate Morton and it is the slowest, most boring book I've read in a long time.
I loved the author's first two books: THE HOUSE AT RIVERTON and THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, but in this one, I think the author has fallen so in love with her own prose that she's forgotten you need to have a story too.
Big yawn. The only reason I'm finishing it is because I paid hardcover price for it and I feel obliged.
If I was smarter, I'd just toss it because really, life's too short for this.
Kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I was sucked into The Hunger Games... Reading Mockingjay now. Then I have A Visit From The Goon Squad waiting for me at the library and have a bunch of other random books on hold.
I seem to have gone on a lite-reading binge. Since last OT day:
Silks by Dick Francis & Felix Francis. I had held off this one before because the protagonist is a barrister, but it was standard Francis fare. I did get a bit frustrated because the character knew the twist long before I was allowed to!
The Third Twin by Ken Follett. It's dated but a quick romp.
Currently reading Kolymski Heights by Lionel Davidson as recommended by a fellow COTHer. Again, a bit dated but so far good. It's a CIA/spy/conspiracy novel (at least, so far...).
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