'Tis the season to be reading!
That joke's a bit late, huh? Well, whenever it is that you get around to reading this little ol' blog post, you should be reading. You know it, I know it, your horses know it. That's what they whinny at you from across the pasture every morning.
"Go read a book!" they cry at you endlessly, until you're giving them a treat. Today, or whatever day it'll be in the future, I'm here to tell you of a couple little books your horses will approve of.
The Dressage Chronicles by Karen McGoldrick
Life isn't easy when you're forced to choose between romance and horses. As I'm sure most of you will agree, the horses will win. Even better, you'll find a romantic partner who actually shares your interests. Until that day comes, you should be picking up this book on your Amazon Kindle. The protagonist, Lizzy, is a hardworking, determined girl who sets her sights on horse sports. This book has many highly favorable reviews on Goodreads, and I'm just adding to it: get in the saddle and read it, and then read the next one. And then the third one. You won't be able to put it down, and you'll come back here mad at me because it was so good that you lost a few hours of your life engrossed in it. That's really the best compliment any writer could receive.
The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Everyone loves crying, right? No? Just me? Well, skip on past this paragraph of gushing and sobbing... no, I'm kidding, please don't. It's good crying. This book had me in the waterworks from the first few chapters, and while sometimes it switched out with giddy cheering, it was mostly depressing. In a good way, I swear. It's not just going to pull on your heartstrings, but it might pull your heart from your chest and give it away for charity. This book won a Rainbow Award, so you should understand what I'm getting at. It's about a lesbian couple with children, and how the power of horses and love can heal even the worst of problems. Comet is also an adorable horse, probably my new favorite fictional horse ever... and if mine keeps acting up, he might replace them as my favorite of all!
Photo by Alba Soler.