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    Default Horse-Related Reading for Summer Vacation

    What are your suggestions?

    I'd prefer something that I don't need to take notes on, but interesting and complex enough to keep my attention.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Do you have a Kindle? If so look for "The Cart Before the Corpse" and "One Hoof in the Grave." You can read the first chapter free and see if you like them.

    They are set in a southern carriage driving venue and I haven't noticed any glaring errors
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    Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
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    Default Try your young adult section

    I just finished the Scorpio Races. It was very, very good as a selection from the young adult section. I stayed up late for two nights reading so it kept my attention! The horse parts were right on target - even if the horse parts were mostly made up of fantastical (is that even a word?) wild horses that come out of the sea. Don;t let that turn you off though - very good story and as I said the horse parts were great!



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    No Kindle yet. I'm still sort of old school and want a book to hold with pages, but yet I secretly covet them.

    Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming!!
    Alis volat propriis.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemooncowgirl View Post
    No Kindle yet. I'm still sort of old school and want a book to hold with pages, but yet I secretly covet them.

    Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming!!
    This is me exactly. I think I would miss that 'book' smell, but think it would be nice to have something easier to manage when I'm rocking my daughter to sleep.

    I had a mild obsession with the Dick Francis books last year.

    The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts was very good.

    Bev Pattersen is another semi-favorite of mine as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superminion View Post
    This is me exactly. I think I would miss that 'book' smell, but think it would be nice to have something easier to manage when I'm rocking my daughter to sleep.

    I had a mild obsession with the Dick Francis books last year.

    The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts was very good.

    Bev Pattersen is another semi-favorite of mine as well.

    Hi, my name is Superminion and I'm a book junkie.
    Hello Superminion! My name is Bluemooncowgirl and I am also a book junkie!!!

    Give it about 14 years and your daughter will be asking if she can read the book when you are finished!! JrBlueMoon has patiently stood in line for "The Help" while my friends and I passed it around.

    I think there are some Dick Francis books at the barn in our "library". I will grab them tomorrow!
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    Hi there Superminion and Bluemooncowgirl. I'm axl and I'm a book junkie, too. I just finished the Dressage Chronicles which were quite good. I wish I could get those driving books on my nook!
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    I loved Hush Money by Chuck Greaves. It's his first novel and I hope he keeps going!

    I also really liked Favored to Win by Maryann Myers.
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    I'm a book junkie too. If you like trashy try the Jilly Cooper books...I dont care what anyone says, I enjoyed them!



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    Quote Originally Posted by carolprudm View Post
    Do you have a Kindle? If so look for "The Cart Before the Corpse" and "One Hoof in the Grave." You can read the first chapter free and see if you like them.

    They are set in a southern carriage driving venue and I haven't noticed any glaring errors
    I'll echo Carol's suggestion. The one glaring error I noticed in the second one was a preg check ultrasound being done externally.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshfield View Post
    I'll echo Carol's suggestion. The one glaring error I noticed in the second one was a preg check ultrasound being done externally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshfield View Post
    I'll echo Carol's suggestion. The one glaring error I noticed in the second one was a preg check ultrasound being done externally.
    LOL, I forgot about that one
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    I am just finishing Alexandra Fuller's book about her parent's life in Africa. It's not all about horses but there is some great horse stuff in there. It's called Cocktails Under the Tree of Forgetting. So interesting.

    My favorite novel recently is Molly Gloss' The Hearts of Horses. Even my husband cried at the end and he is a tough guy. (They were happy tears, BTW.)
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    Love these book threads. I'm always looking for books to add to my reading list.

    Based on previous book threads I read Riders by Jilly Cooper and loved it.



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    http://www.dappledgrey.com/2012/06/e...list-2012.html

    At the bottom of the page there is a hyperlink to two more reading lists and a list of reader recommendations.



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    I love Riders- seriously one of my fav books.

    I also love the Rita Mae Brown books- they can be a little cooky, but I love them. There are 5 in the "horse/hunt" series, and a much longer series that centers more around her cats/dogs, but horses are still in them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemooncowgirl View Post
    No Kindle yet. I'm still sort of old school and want a book to hold with pages, but yet I secretly covet them.

    Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming!!
    The really great thing about e readers is their compactness. They are great for travel. Plus (at least with kindle) you can download the first chapter of a book for free and only buy the book if you like it. Amazon is open 24/7and some versions don't need even a WiFi connection to shop.

    You might like
    http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Century-...h+century+1916

    There are 5 books in the series with 1949 being my favorite. They are slightly horse related. The author's real name is Shannon Lewis who narrowly missed representing the US in dressage.
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    I just finished the 80 dollar champion one about Snowman and loved it. I also really like Crying with Cockroaches- but some of it will drive horse people crazy. Still a great book about adventure though.



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    Second "The Scorpio Races."

    Also "Highest Stakes" by Emery Lee.



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