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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1alsvidur
Jan 2, 1:28pm Top

This is really just a placeholder until I have more gumption or time to write more, but...let's be honest, shall we? I am not going to have enough time this year either. So, in brief, I am Emilie. I live in Michigan. I work a few jobs and take a few classes and try to keep a 160-year-old house standing under the weight of my books. In the few hours a week when I am not focused on veterinary medicine, I ride horses and do puzzles while watching reruns of Buffy, etc.

I read only a teeny tiny amount now - 2017 was down to 50-some books from the usual of 250-350. It's certainly not for lack of want. Maybe the numbers will go back up in 2019. Expect more non-fiction books about animals and the usual fluff of YA, children's books, romance/chick lit, and a few classics or history books.

2drneutron
Jan 2, 2:01pm Top

Welcome back! Sounds like you have a full year ahead. I hope you get some reading time too.

3thornton37814
Jan 2, 10:15pm Top

Hope you have a great year of reading!

4PaulCranswick
Jan 3, 6:18am Top



Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

5aqeeliz
Jan 3, 7:44am Top

>1 alsvidur: I read only a teeny tiny amount now - 2017 was down to 50-some books...

I read 9 books in 2017, so be happy with your 50 :D

6alsvidur
Jan 5, 12:46pm Top



Book #: 1
Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Fiction/chick lit
Publication date: 2014
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 3.5

Rachel and Nick go to Singapore for a friend's wedding. While they're out there, they plan to meet Nick's parents. Nick's parents are crazy. And crazy rich. It works both ways. Too bad Nick didn't give Rachel a head's up about things, because his mother's friends go crazy since Rachel isn't good enough/from the right family.

It started out a bit rough. I couldn't really care enough about the characters at first because most of the text was describing Asian food and wealth. That seems up my alley in theory, but dropping so many designer names is one way to lose me. (My designers are Carhartt coats, Ariat riding gear, and Cherokee scrubs.) It did pick up halfway through, and I enjoyed the side stories enough to continue the series.

7alsvidur
Edited: Jan 6, 11:00am Top



Book #: 2
Title: Star Wars ABC-3PO
Author: Calliope Glass
Genre: Children's picture
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 421 / PZ
Acquisition: 12 days ago
Rating: 4

An alphabet book with poems about each selected representation of that letter

The rhymes stand out in this one. They were humorous and on point. The illustrations were rounded and bouncy. I enjoyed this much better than the numbers book in the same series.

8alsvidur
Edited: Jan 7, 2:40pm Top



Book #: 3
Title: China Rich Girlfriend
Author: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Fiction/chick lit
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 4 days ago
Rating: 4

Nick and Rachel go to China to meet her newly-found father, who is also very wealthy. His wife isn't thrilled with the concept of her husband's long-lost daughter, and his son has a busy lifestyle. Rachel ends up spending a lot of time with extended (and also shockingly wealthy) family touring China.

This series has turned into a soap opera - terrible at first, but once you're sucked in, you are addicted. The end of this book (the second in the series) left so much that I wanted to know more about. I went all the way out to my "local" bookstore so I could pick up the 3rd instead of waiting to have it shipped. I love the multitude of side characters so much more than Rachel and Nick.

9alsvidur
Jan 12, 11:12am Top



Book #: 4
Title: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Fiction/chick lit
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 3.5

Ah Ma is dying, and the family rushes to Singapore to be by her bedside - and shove their way around to be first in line for the will.

Once again, Astrid and Charlie steal the show. The ending seemed a bit rushed, but it was a decent read. I finished this one a few days ago, so the details have escaped me already.

10alsvidur
Jan 13, 10:21pm Top



Book #: 5
Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Illustrated YA/short story/fantasy
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 823 / PR
Acquisition: 4 months ago
Rating: 4

A sleeping sickness spreads through the lands. A queen hears a story about a princess under a spell in a castle far away and goes to stop the spread of the sleeping plague.

Fractured fairy tale meets slightly creep illustrations. Typical Gaiman. Lovely.



Book #: 6
Title: When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre: Children's picture book
Publication date: 2002
Catalog: 782 / ML
Acquisition: 4 months ago
Rating: 3.5

Marian could sing, but she grew up in the Jim Crow era. She had to go to Europe to get experience and training. When she returned to the US, she couldn't perform in certain auditoriums. Eleanor Roosevelt left the DAR when they wouldn't allow her to use their concert hall. Marian ended up singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial instead.

Pretty pictures, gospel song snippets in the text, and a more in-depth look at the topic in the back of the book



Book #: 7
Title: Appaloosa Summer
Author: Tudor Robins
Genre: YA contemporary/pony book
Publication date: 2014
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 years ago
Rating: 4.5

Meg's horse dies unexpectedly during a show. To deal, she goes to work for the summer at a island B&B. The slower pace, the neighborhood hottie, and a non-show horse end up helping her. The book isn't about grief, really, but I'm too lazy to find another way to frame this. There really isn't a specific conflict.

I really wasn't expecting much - a YA book with horses that was self-published? But it really, really delivered. Even though it's January and about -4 degrees outside, it was summer in the den today. The smells, the sounds, the heat, the horses, it all added up to a big ol' smile. The characters were realistic and so was the island. The horse stuff was pretty spot on too (heh heh), and I am super picky about that. (PS - Be happy, ride an appy!)



Book #: 8
Title: Above Hawaii: A Collection of Nostalgic and Contemporary Aerial Photographs of the Hawaiian Islands
Author: Robert Cameron
Genre: Photography
Publication date: 1986
Catalog: 919 / DU
Acquisition: 3.5 years ago
Rating: 2

A coffee-table photography book with aerial photos of some of the Hawaiian islands

I suppose back in the 1970s, when this was first published, these would have been even more breathtaking, but now it just seems outdated. There were a few photos that still took my breath away, but all the photos of the resorts and towns are more useful as history instead of visual art.



Book #: 9
Title: Hardcore Twenty-Four
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Chick lit/humor
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 month ago
Rating: 3

Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, is going after Zero Slick, a FTA. Zombies are taking over Trenton, NJ, and he seems involved. Diesel, a strange possibly-other-bounty-hunter from another series by the author, makes a guest cameo as an unwelcome house guest. Two of Rangers cars end up needed detailing from dudes in hazmat suits, but I won't spoil how Stephanie's bad juju makes those happen.

Typical Stephanie Plum. Damaged cars, will they or won't they with Ranger-Morell-Diesel, Lula being crazy, etc.

11alsvidur
Edited: Jan 28, 1:51pm Top



Book #: 10
Title: Cozy Classics: Jane Eyre
Author: Jack Wang
Genre: Board book
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3

A word per page is illustrated with felt characters. Each word and scene depicts a significant event in Jane Eyre.

I haven't read Jane Eyre since high school, so I'm not over the moon about this one like I am the P&P version, but I'm sure I would be if I remembered more of Jane Eyre.



Book #: 11
Title: Penguin Problems
Author: Jory John
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4

A penguin is consumed by his problems and complains all the time until a walrus tries to convince him to look on the brighter side of life.

12alsvidur
Jan 28, 2:12pm Top



Book #: 12
Title: A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice
Author: Alex Goodwin
Genre: Humor
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 823 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4.5

P&P has been adapted into short bits illustrated with guinea pigs in costume.

Made me smile, for sure. Loved it.

13fuzzi
Jan 29, 9:20am Top

>11 alsvidur: oh, that penguin book looks like fun!

14alsvidur
Jan 29, 3:27pm Top

It was really cute. I didn't even mean to buy it; I set a stack of my books down on a display and it ended up in my pile. I didn't even notice it until I got the bags out of the car! At least it turned out well!

15alsvidur
Edited: Jan 31, 8:12pm Top



Book #: 13
Title: Penny (Breyer Stablemates)
Author: Jane Gerver
Genre: I can read, pony book
Publication date: 2006
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3

A little princess sets out on a quest to find magical jewels, accompanied by her Shetland pony Penny.

Really nothing to say about this series, only that I read the series because I am a completest and I love pony books.



Book #: 14
Title: Diamond (Breyer Stablemates)
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Genre: I can read, pony book
Publication date: 2009
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3.5

A girl likes a school horse, but the other girls at the barn don't want to even try riding Diamond since she is aged. A trail class at a schooling show gives predicable pony book results.



Book #: 15
Title: Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse who Became a Hero
Author: Patricia McCormick
Genre: Picture book, biography
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 951 / DS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4

Sgt Reckless was a pack horse used in the Korean War. There was a recent statue unveiling of her, and a bunch of books recently came out on her as well.

Nice picture book left out the gory bits of war while keeping action and suspense.





Book #: 16
Title: My Life in Pink & Green
Author: Lisa Greenwald
Genre: Middle grades contemporary fiction
Publication date: 2009
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 2 years ago
Rating: 3

A girl tries to help her family's failing pharmacy while navigating the usual drama of best friends, first crushes, and sleepovers.

Definitely middle grades and not YA like I had thought when picking up the book, but still enjoyable



Book #: 17
Title: The Black Stallion
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1951 (1941)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread - >20 years
Rating: 4

Boy is shipwrecked with a horse. They save each other. Horse loves only the boy and is wild and dangerous around anyone else. Boy believes horse can defeat the odds and win a big race. Horse wins race. (Spoiler!) Just like every other pony book ever written but with the distinction of being one of the earlier ones.

It requires belief to be suspended. I can suspend belief all the time when reading - see shipwrecks, etc - but suspending horse disbelief is harder. I managed to do it this time, for once. Not sure if it's me or the book though.

16fuzzi
Edited: Jan 29, 6:00pm Top

>15 alsvidur: The Black Stallion is good enough to overlook a few improbabilities. I loved reading it as a child, and still enjoy it as an adult read.

If you want to try a good sequel, skip ahead in the series to The Black Stallion's Filly, which I reread recently, and rated it high.

17alsvidur
Jan 29, 9:33pm Top

I'm reading all the way through this year (maybe - plans always change), and just finished Returns. I'm surprised how well they hold up. Most of the pony books I loved as a girl are almost unbearable to read as an adult, but these are really good reads as an adult. I'm more interested in the geography, for one, and find myself looking up landmarks and cities as I go.

18fuzzi
Jan 30, 8:57pm Top

>17 alsvidur: if you've not already discovered it, there's a Black Stallion challenge/shared read thread going into its second year, here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279891#

19alsvidur
Edited: Jan 31, 11:18pm Top



Book #: 18
Title: The Black Stallion Returns
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1977 (1945)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 6 years ago
Rating: 3.5

The Black's owner appears to claim him the day after someone tried to kill the Black. The Black moves back to Saudi Arabia, and Alec misses him. When the chance comes to travel to Saudi Arabia on a horse buying trip, Alec jumps on it, even though it means trekking across the desert in the 1940s.

Lots of cultural information (dated of course) is interspersed within the text. This one is full of mystery and adventure.



Book #: 19
Title: Son of the Black Stallion
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1991 (1947)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 6 years ago
Rating: 3

While the Black remains in Arabia, his weanling colt is shipped to New York for Alec to have. Satan received his sire's strength, but he hates everything and everyone. Alec and Henry have a difficult time breaking him.

Why would anyone name their horse Satan? You don't exactly start him off on the right track. Also, those guys are bat-s*** crazy. Just sell the dang horse before he kills someone.



Book #: 20
Title: The Island Stallion
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1948
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread - > 20 years ago
Rating: 3

Although in the 'Black Stallion world', the Island Stallion shares no characters with the rest of the series (yet). Steve goes down to visit a relative in the Caribbean, with the goal of visiting an island reputed to have a herd of feral horses. They find a secret entrance to the inner island and a herd of Spanish horses in a lush valley - along with several remnants of a conquistador outpost. Steve works to tame one of the horses and has an inner battle about whether he should risk telling others about the herd.

I can see how the Island Stallion series can get a bit mystical, but this one was decent. I kept waiting for Tom to find them, but at the end, remembered it was probably in another book (yep). There wasn't to big of a conflict, but some bits of this one were more stretching of the imagination than other books in the series.

20alsvidur
Jan 31, 8:10pm Top

fuzzi, I have, and I'm trying to catch up with everyone! :)

21alsvidur
Edited: Feb 1, 1:15am Top



Book #: 21
Title: The Black Stallion and Satan
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1992 (1949)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 6 years ago
Rating: 4

Alec gets the Black back in the US, but he wonders - who is faster? The Black, or his son Satan? The International Race looks like a place to try both of them against the best competition in the world.

OK, I am horrified by the old testing method for EIA. Seriously? A quick google search led nowhere, but I plan to look at my old vet books to find out.

(Edit: Yes. 50 ml of filtered possibly infected blood was injected SQ into a host horse, which was watched for signs for 60 days. If the host horse was clear at that time, the donor horse was considered clear. This was just a confirmatory test in the 1950s. The main 'test' was clinical signs, a CBC, and necropsy. There was a well publicized outbreak of EIA in New England racehorses in 1947, likely influencing Farley's choice of plot device in this one.)



Book #: 22
Title: Doctor Dan the Bandage Man
Author: Helen Gaspard
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 1950 (2004)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 4 months ago
Rating: 3

Dan cuts himself and is taken care of by his mother. He takes care of the rest of the family when they get small injuries as well.

Love the 1950s illustrations

22alsvidur
Edited: Feb 1, 12:15am Top

Rules for listing future months:
Over 6 months lands a book in the TBR
A book cannot be categorized in multiple genres – pick one! (only exception is pony books in top listing)

January Summary

Best book(s): Appaloosa Summer and A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice, although The Black Stallion held up amazingly well as an adult

Monthly books: 22
Total books: 22

Non-fiction, animals: 1
Non-fiction, other: 2
Fiction: 19
Pony books: 9

Re-reads: 2
Time since last reread: over 20 years
TBR Pit books read: 6
Time spent in TBR: 2-6 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 36%

Books acquired: 51 (!)
Cash spent: $448.08
Does it count it I bought a bunch of textbooks? No?

Year-by-year:
5 - 1940s
1 - 1950s
0 - 1960s
0 - 1970s
1 - 1980s
4 - 2000s
11 - 2010s

Genre:
4 – Fiction/chick lit
5 – Picture book
1 – Board book
2 – I can read
1 – YA fantasy
2 – YA contemporary
1 – Photography
1 – Humor
5 – Juvenile fiction

Classification:
1 - DS
1 - DU
1 - ML
1 - PR
4 – PS
14 - PZ

1 – 421
1 - 782
16 - 813
2 – 823
1 - 919
1 - 951

This has been a terrific reading month compared to normal. My partner has been trying to get me to read more and study less (for my mental health) for a very long while, and it was he who was encouraging me to spend so much money on books this month. Whelp, there goes money that I could have spent at the barn, but what was I to do? A professional conference with 30% off textbooks, a trip to one of my favorite bookstores that is 50% off everything since they are shutting down, and old gift cards that are burning a hole in my pocket all combined to make me spend more in one month than I have all last year (textbooks aside). It certainly was nice to go back to myself, even if it was only for a little while.

23fuzzi
Edited: Feb 3, 7:35pm Top

>20 alsvidur: it's a RELAXED reading challenge. Catch up when/if you can.

I decided to skip January's book, because I recall not caring much for it when I originally read it.

>22 alsvidur: I'm glad to see that you also thought The Black Stallion held up well as an adult read. I just read another "pony" book recommended to me by CassieBash, Gypsy From Nowhere. I really enjoyed it, and it's going to stay on my shelves for a future reread.

A couple authors whose pony stories hold up well for adult reading are Marjorie Reynolds and Joan Houston (only three books for the latter author).

24alsvidur
Edited: Feb 4, 3:20pm Top



Book #: 23
Title: Moonlight Sins
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Genre: Romance
Publication date: 2018 (2018)
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 4

Julia takes a job as a home care nurse in Louisiana, leaving her old life in PA behind. She knows her new employer is wealthy, but doesn't know who exactly they are until she gets there. The deVincent family is known to be cursed - the women involved always go insane or die mysterious deaths. She better stay away from the youngest brother, whom she had a one-night stand with before she knew who he was.

The smut level is strong with this one. Very strong. Within the first 40 pages you get a sex scene. But the plot is solid enough - it's a mystery/suspense - to keep your attention even more than the signature Armentrout romantic scenes. It does not exist solely to string along the naughty bits as so many other romances do. There are bread crumbs sprinkled throughout the book that don't get resolved though - I really hope it plays into the next book in the series, which comes out this summer. I'm so happy that Armentrout writes so fast! The scene of New Orleans was nicely done as well - it made me want to reread another book of hers set in the same city.

Also, jumping from so many children's books about horses to a romance like this one felt a bit pervy. Not sure how I will proceed from here.

25thornton37814
Feb 5, 5:25pm Top

One of these days I'm going to revisit all the childhood "horse" books. I'd love to pair Misty of Chincoteague and the sequel with a visit to that area. I guess that's what I've been holding off for.

26fuzzi
Feb 6, 6:41pm Top

Misty and Stormy, and Sea Star!

One of my childhood friends got to meet the real Misty, though she was an old pony by then.

I've not been to Chincoteague, though I've seen wild ponies on the Outer Banks islands. Have fun!

27DFED
Feb 7, 3:29pm Top

I love pony books too :) Interesting that you're reading the Black Stallion series!

28alsvidur
Feb 9, 12:44pm Top



Book #: 24
Title: Wicked
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Genre: Romance, paranormal
Publication date: 2014
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: reread - 3 years ago
Rating: 3.5

Ivy is a member of a secret society that fights evil fairies in New Orleans. Handsome Ren comes to town to find a halfling - the offspring of a fairy and human that is involved in a prophesy that will open the doors to the otherworld and ensure the earth's destruction.

I'm not really sure where to put this - new adult? romance? paranormal? It doesn't really fit a genre, and it doesn't need to, I guess. Although I usually love Armentrout's books, this series just doesn't do it for me. I read this when it first came out and wasn't inspired to keep track of the release of the others in the series. I thought a reread would be in order. I love one of the secondary characters, but I just don't feel it between Ren and Ivy. Ren seems shifty, even though I don't think he really is. The evil guys don't seem that evil, even though they are.



Book #: 25
Title: Torn
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Genre: Romance, paranormal
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 3

Ivy is captured by the Prince. She needs to escape before the prophesy can be forced upon her. She bargains for time, but is it enough?

Once again, love Tink and his bomb dropping, but the other characters could sink or swim. Ren still isn't cool enough. I can't remember if it was in this book or the third, in which I am in the middle of, where I lost attention and patience. I need to finish the darn thing, but it's terribly difficult to keep focused on it. How is this going to all be resolved in the last 100 pages? Is there a 4th book coming out in a year or something, or does it really just end quickly? This series is not recommended so far.

29alsvidur
Edited: Feb 9, 1:39pm Top

>25 thornton37814:, >26 fuzzi:: I'd love to visit there as well. The Assateague park system has a nice facebook page, with photos of the wild birds and plants posted occasionally. A few years ago, we were thinking about visiting there, but it never happened. It would be so fun! Another area I'd like to see if the Grand Canyon. I visited when I was little, but not in the area of Brighty. I just saw an article in The Chronicle Untacked about a group trail ride down Brighty's trail - the photos looked so fun!

30alsvidur
Feb 9, 1:38pm Top

>27 DFED:: I read them when I was younger, but haven't really read them since, aside from The Black Stallion Mystery and The Horse Tamer (my favorites in the series). It's interesting coming back to them after so long as compared to rereading a series I've read bits of every year (The Saddle Club). I find that I don't resent the fiction bits as much as I used to.

31fuzzi
Feb 10, 1:11pm Top

>29 alsvidur: you got me at "wild birds"...

32alsvidur
Feb 10, 7:54pm Top



Book #: 26
Title: The Black Stallion's Blood Bay Colt
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1994 (1950)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 6 years ago
Rating: 3

Tom raises a colt by the Black and trains him for harness racing.

It's surprising how much I miss the illustrations that are in the first editions. It was odd and telling that a big part of the story was how the older men were upset about the changes to the sport and more specifically how the sport of harness racing was dying - and it was written in the 1950s. It really makes one view the panic about the state of racing today in a new light. Has the sport been "dying" since the mid-1800s? Or is it just people not liking change?

33alsvidur
Feb 10, 8:51pm Top



Book #: 27
Title: Practical Veterinary Urinalysis
Author: Carolyn Sink
Genre: Non-fiction, veterinary medicine
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 636 / SF
Acquisition: 2 months ago
Rating: 4

UA techniques, chemistries, and sediments are explained, along with additional chapters on proteinuria.

Lots of pictures on nice quality paper in a spiral bound book make for easy reading and reference. I'll be keeping this one.

34fuzzi
Edited: Feb 11, 12:29pm Top

>32 alsvidur: that one made for a surprisingly good adult read for me last year. Much of the "gee whiz!" aspects of the first few books has softened into something better.

Many of the changes in TB racing seem to be more about the money and less about what's best for the sport and the animals.

35alsvidur
Edited: Feb 11, 2:45pm Top

>34 fuzzi:: At certain levels or flat racing, yes. Money has to be made to recoup costs, I guess. It's why I stick with either mixed meet racing (quarter horses, paints, Arabs) and at one time, point-to-points/chasing. Although I worked with quarters for some terrific owners, Arabian owners in particular were known to be invested for the horse and not for anything else. The horse always came first for most of those owners (at the track I was based at then, at least). For people newish to racing, I always recommend visiting the lower-level local tracks instead - nicer people, less money at stake. And now this is bringing up how much I miss my old track that shut down a few years ago. :(

I agree about the Blood Bay Colt as well. Less hokeyness.

Edit: And now I think we were talking about different changes. From someone on the "inside", so to speak, the big brouhaha is not about the few well-publicized catastrophic breakdowns that make the general news, and more about declining attendance and betting. I think that has less to do with specific changes in the sport (which has not changed that much) and more to do with the change in demographics and experiences of the general population. More people are growing up in more suburban settings and have very little experience with horses aside from a few riding lessons or pony rides at the fair, leaving them to think of all animals like they do their own anthropomorphized dog and cat pets. (Which, let me tell you, suffer far more than racehorses or animals raised for meat.) And there isn't a good solution to that. I do agree that the long-term changes like shuttling stallions to the southern hemisphere and longer racing seasons and larger stallions books are all for money and not for the good of the sport though!

36fuzzi
Edited: Feb 11, 8:07pm Top

>35 alsvidur: thanks for your thoughtful response. I'm not an "insider", only a fan of racing since the early 1970s.

I despise the doping scandals, wish they didn't do that.

I hate seeing sound horses retired young for breeding, and regret that we probably won't see another Kelso or Forego, racing and winning well beyond their 3 year old season. I am very happy to see Enable will be returning as a 4 year old, looking forward to it.

37DFED
Feb 12, 9:29am Top

The Horse Tamer and Man O' War were always my favorite Farley books. And, am I the only one that got completely freaked out by The Black Stallion Legend??

I second the wish to visit the Chiconteage & Assateague islands. On the bucket list for sure! I have a co-worker who used to visit every year with her family, so jealous!

38fuzzi
Feb 12, 8:12pm Top

39DFED
Feb 13, 10:35am Top

fuzzi - it's definitely not like any of the other books in the series!!

40alsvidur
Feb 13, 11:31am Top

>36 fuzzi:: Both Kelso and Forego were geldings, so there was no money to be made in the breeding shed, only to be made at the track. :( I also think retiring a 3-year-old and putting them to stud is ridiculous. They're THREE!

>37 DFED:: Although I've had a copy of Man O War since I was in middle school, I've never actually read it! I'm looking forward to getting to it in my personal Black Stallion Challenge.

>37 DFED:, >38 fuzzi:: I can't remember that one, so it must not have freaked me out as much when I was younger, but I wasn't weirded out by much then. From the reviews I've read, it sounds like it's going to be a mind trip.

41alsvidur
Edited: Mar 1, 12:24pm Top



Book #: 28
Title: The Island Stallion's Fury
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1951
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 8 years ago
Rating: 3

Steve and Pitch are back on Azul Island. A foal injures itself and they need to take it to the main island veterinarian, but they're risking being found by Tom, who has been acting more and more violent. Tom finally sees them and trails them back to Azul.

I don't remember being quite so concerned about the human life at risk, but dang. The illustrations of crazed Tom certainly add to the text.

(orig 2-13-18, miscounted book tally)

42fuzzi
Feb 19, 12:46pm Top

>40 alsvidur: true, it's usually been the geldings that have dominated the older horse races. I appreciated California Chrome being raced as a four and five year old. And if you've seen the latest breeding news, he's a daddy to about a dozen nice-looking foals born in January and February.

43DFED
Feb 19, 3:50pm Top

alsvidur - as someone who sees the Keeneland & Fasig-Tipton sales on a regular basis it is definitely all about the money! In no other industry would million dollar prices be based on, well, nothing! There's no way the most champion racehorse could make that money back in their lifetimes by racing. But by breeding...

44alsvidur
Edited: Mar 1, 12:23pm Top



Book #: 29
Title: Bunny & Me
Author: Adele Greenspun
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 2000
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread - 5 years ago
Rating: 5

A baby plays with a bunny.

I needed a pick-me-up today so I flipped through some of my favorite picture books. Bunny and Me also comes in a board book edition, which I feel is much better suited to the appropriate age, but both formats are worth it! I love the Holland lop, old-fashioned coloring, and facial expressions.



Book #: 30
Title: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Author: William Joyce
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 2003
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread - 5 years ago
Rating: 5

Morris goes along with his life like normal until he is blown into a new world. He keeps books and reads and repairs them and shares them with everyone.

If I ever got a tattoo, it would be the image of the girl being lifted by a pack of balloon-like books. This is a love letter to books.

45brodiew2
Feb 22, 6:48pm Top

Hello alsvidur!

>44 alsvidur: Gotta love William Joyce. This one is a joy as are so many of his others.

46fuzzi
Feb 23, 7:06pm Top

>44 alsvidur: oh, my, I've read that one, but don't recall how or when.

47alsvidur
Edited: Mar 1, 12:23pm Top



Book #: 31
Title: Little Black, a Pony
Author: Walter Farley
Genre: Early reader/I-Can-Read
Publication date: 2000 (1961)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread - 8 years ago
Rating: 4.5

A boy leaves his pony at home to begin riding Big Red. Little Black is sad that he is too little, until only a tiny pony can save the day.

48alsvidur
Edited: Mar 1, 12:22pm Top

February Summary

Best book(s): "Bunny and Me" and "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore" (both rereads). Rereads aside, "Moonlight Sins" was not terrible.

Monthly books: 9
Total books: 31

Non-fiction, animals: 1
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 8
Pony books: 3

Re-reads: 4
Time since last reread: 3-8 years
TBR Pit books read: 2
Time spent in TBR: 6-8 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 66%

Books acquired: 6
Cash spent: $12.99

Year-by-year:

0 - 1940s
2 - 1950s
1 - 1960s
0 - 1970s
0 - 1980s
0 - 1990s
2 - 2000s
4 - 2010s

Genre:
3 – Fiction/romance
2 – Picture book
1 – I can read
2 – Juvenile fiction
1 - Non-fiction/vet med

Classification:
3 – PS
5 - PZ
1 - SF

1 – 636
8 - 813

49alsvidur
Edited: Mar 9, 10:00am Top



Book #: 32
Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Genre: YA fantasy
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 5

The hype is real, ladies and gents.

The problem: it's book one of a series and it just came out. That's a long wait.

Zelie lives in a world where magic was destroyed by an oppressive king. The former magi are considered second class citizens. Zelie bumps into the runaway princess and discovers a way to get the magic back, but there is a quest, a prince, and some magic in the way.

I was impressed by the fifth sentence. Although I had to look up several types of clothing as I went, I still never managed to crawl my way out of the story. It was beautiful. One would think that it would go slowly since there are over 600 pages of the first part of her quest, but it was so detailed and layered, I never ever felt bogged down. I just wanted more and more. (I read this all day instead of studying. Oops.)

50alsvidur
Mar 20, 4:08pm Top

Alright, I joined litsy as alsvidur. I got so excited when I first heard of litsy a year or so ago, but at that time, they didn't have it available for android. I'm trying it out now, but it seems like I need to be near a book to take a picture and post? That'll be tough to use in those spare moments at work. I'll figure it out soon enough.

51fuzzi
Mar 22, 7:55pm Top

Litsy? I'll check it out.

52alsvidur
Mar 27, 4:43pm Top



Book #: 33
Title: Fitting Tack
Author: Jane Holderness-Roddam
Genre: Non-fiction, horses
Publication date: 1987
Catalog: 636 / SF
Acquisition: 2 hours ago
Rating: 3

How to fit bridles, breastplates, martingales, bits, saddles, etc is presented in an easy-to-read format with many illustrations.

Good for beginners, but I was looking for slightly more in depth information. I don't know why I was hoping for this; these books are all about 20 pages long and filled with illustrations.

53alsvidur
Edited: Apr 3, 11:11am Top

March Summary

Best book(s): Children of Blood and Bone

Monthly books: 2
Total books: 33

Non-fiction, animals: 1
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 1
Pony books: 0

Re-reads: 0
Time since last reread: 0
TBR Pit books read: 0
Time spent in TBR: 2 hours - 1 day
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 0%

Books acquired: 6
Cash spent: $97-ish

Year-by-year:

1 - 1980s
1 - 2010s

Genre:
1 - Non-fiction, horses
1 - YA fantasy

Classification:
1 - PZ
1 - SF

1 – 636
1 - 813

54alsvidur
Edited: Apr 3, 12:00pm Top



Book #: 34
Title: The Duchess Deal
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4

Emma is out of money, and her client still owes her for a wedding dress she sewed for him. When she goes to claim the money due, the duke has a different offer. As a spurned and scarred guy back from war, his options for securing his estates against his scheming cousin are slim without an heir. He offers her a marriage of convenience - money and a home for her and an heir for him.

This book is hilarious! And not in a terribad way, either. It seemed like a writer was given a list of things to include in her next book, and she managed to include them all! Unicorn vomit, a mangy cat, a quote from Elizabeth Warren, 'fake news', etc. It certainly does not make for an accurate historical novel, but does it matter? Just go into it knowing you will not be reading a Regency romance, but a humorous kind-of-fantasy romance. Also, so much smut. Thanks to MickyFine to the recommendation!



Book #: 35
Title: Romancing the Duke
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2014
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 4 hours ago
Rating: 3.5

Izzy is awarded a castle from her godfather's will. When she goes to claim it, the current occupant refuses to leave. He suspects foul play from his solicitors, since he never signed any paper to sell the property. Izzy starts working as his secretary, since the duke is unable to read his own mail to figure out what's going on.

Not quite as funny as The Duchess Deal, but still an amusing romance. Another list of odd things being included - a trap door and hidden skeleton, a fan club and roleplaying, girls dressing up with penciled in mustaches, etc. I'll probably keep reading more of dare's works, but might take a break between them, since the details of each work tend to get smushed together since the stories are so similar.

55fuzzi
Apr 3, 12:35pm Top

>53 alsvidur: nice summary!

56alsvidur
Apr 7, 11:43am Top



Book #: 36
Title: Say Yes to the Marquess
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2014
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3

Clio became engaged right as she came out, but it's been 8 years that her fiance has been traipsing about Europe and society has been gossiping about her. She goes to her fiance's brother to get him to sign the 'divorce' papers. She inherited a castle and has no need for a husband now.

These titles slay me - humor in titles is the best.



Book #: 37
Title: When a Scot Ties the Knot
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 4 hours ago
Rating: 3.5

Maddie, much like many girls, invents a beau to avoid awkwardness. She writes him fake letters addressed to fake addresses, etc. Her scheme goes well and she finally kills him off in war so that she can continue on a spinster. She has a castle now, so why bother? Until her made-up guy arrives on her doorstep one day.

Still humorous and ridiculous, but it knows it's ridiculous so that makes it even better.



Book #: 38
Title: Goddess of the Hunt
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2009
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 2

You guys. This series is called "The Wanton Dairymaid". I'm serious. How can you not love a book in that series?

Lucy is crushing on a soon-to-be engaged friend of her older brother. To cause jealousy and interest, she convinces another friend Jeremy to pretend to court her. Jeremy goes along with this to spare Toby, Lucy, and Toby's intended awkwardness.

This book wasn't as solid as others by Dare. It seems broken in two - while everyone is courting and when everyone is married. The second half is nowhere near as fun as the first. It's too dramatic and full of people's issues.

I moved on to a contemporary novel, Hot for the Scot, and I keep waiting for the joke. I hope it's coming. Crofter's huts? A guy taking you on a gallop on his black stallion after pulling you from a lake? A famous athlete asking you out just because? Still waiting.... I think Dare' books got me used to being in on the joke.

57fuzzi
Apr 7, 1:12pm Top

>56 alsvidur: the titles of romance novels are often very clever.

Based upon the plots, it sounds like Ms. Dare should write scripts for soap operas!

58alsvidur
Apr 10, 2:37pm Top



Book #: 39
Title: Surrender of a Siren: Wanton Dairymaid #2
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2009
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4.5

Sophia is running away from a loveless marriage in search of adventure (in the great wide somewhere.... sing it with me, kids!) She gets on a ship to the Caribbean to become a governess. On that ship is a bunch of former privateers though, including one named Gray.

The plot is terrific. You know how some romances seem like random words strung between the amorous scenes? This was NOT one of those. In act, the naughty bits were kind of slim in the one. That's ok with me; the book was terrific. The characterizations were fleshed out - even the secondary characters were lovely.



Book #: 40
Title: Lady of Persuasion: Wanton Dairymaid #3
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2009
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 5 hours ago
Rating: 3

Isobel, Gray's sister, comes to England to find a husband that will give the her ability and money to help the less fortunate. She decides upon Toby, Sophia's jilted fiance, (or rather, Toby decides upon her).

Eh, not really feeling this pairing, but it was nice to have the characters from previous novels come into play.

59alsvidur
Apr 12, 5:27pm Top



Book #: 41
Title: A Night to Surrender: Spindle Cove #1
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2011
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 3

Bram comes to begin a militia regiment in a town known for being a spa for convalescing ladies (AKA those ladies who do not fit into society). He promptly falls for the 'leader' of the town.

Fluff. Not terrible, but I certainly wouldn't recommend these to anyone who doesn't need something fluffy and easy to read.

60alsvidur
Apr 13, 3:28pm Top

Today is Marguerite Henry's birthday - her 116th! She was born in 1902. I don't know why, but it doesn't seem like so long ago that her books came out. Are her books timeless? Am I just getting old? Hmm.. maybe I will read a bit later today instead of studying like I should.

61fuzzi
Apr 13, 8:38pm Top

>60 alsvidur: I read a bunch of her books as a child, and a few since then. My favorite was probably King of the Wind.

62alsvidur
Edited: Apr 14, 6:37pm Top

King of the Wind is great, and my personal favorite is San Domingo: Medicine Hat Stallion. I collect her books; I have some signed first editions, but some are so dang hard to find that all I have is recent paperback releases.

63alsvidur
Apr 14, 6:36pm Top



Book #: 42
Title: A Week to be Wicked: Spindle Cove #2
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3.5

Minerva loves archaeology. The problem is that she has joined the Royal Geologic Society by using her initials instead of her first name, and now that she wants to go present her findings in person at a conference in Scotland, she needs an escort. Women aren't allowed, you see. She knows doing so will ruin her, so she decides to use the local rake to escort her to be extra sure she is considered ruined by normal society.

Amusing.



Book #: 43
Title: A Lady by Midnight: Spindle Cove #3
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3

Orphan Kate thinks her family finally found her - which she wanted more than anything - but Thorne knows more about her upbringing than he originally let on.

More of the same.



Book #: 44
Title: How to Catch a Wild Viscount
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2014 (2009)
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 2.5

The author's first published work, this novella goes over the story of Cecily and Luke. Cecily has been pining for Luke while he was at war, but now that he is back, he seems different. Should she marry her childhood friend Denny instead?

Ridiculous frivolity. That I can't stop reading.

64alsvidur
Apr 14, 6:53pm Top



Book #: 45
Title: Orchid Care Crib Cards
Author: Jean Rogers
Genre: Non-fiction, gardening
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 635 / SB
Acquisition: 3 weeks ago
Rating: 4

Many different species and crossbreds are given a page listing their basic requirements. Other topics, like potting material, pests, etc, have a few pages each.

It contains clear photos and basic info that a newbie like me needs. I only wish it was slightly more in depth, since it was so clear and easy to understand it made things less intimidating. I got this one at the Michigan Orchid Society show; I don't know if it's available in general.

65alsvidur
Apr 17, 11:35am Top



Book #: 46
Title: Once Upon a Winter's Eve: Spindle Cove #1.5
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3

Violet is hanging out by the wall at a ball, as usual, when a dashing stranger breaks through the door, speaking a language no one understands - no one but Violet, whose hobby is learning languages. Is he a French spy?



Book #: 47
Title: Beauty and the Blacksmith: Spindle Cove #3.5
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2013
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4

Diana and Aaron have been making eyes at each other (only when the other is definitely not looking) for a very long time. Aaron is the blacksmith, and Diana's mother has always strongly pushed her towards marrying a fancy lord - think Mrs Bennet in P&P, but worse.



Book #: 48
Title: Any Duchess Will Do: Spindle Cove #4
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2013
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3.5

A duke walks into the tea shop at Spindle Cove, instructed by his mother to choose any girl. The mother will make her into a duchess - she is sick and tired of Griff lazing about without producing an heir. Griff picks Pauline, the barmaid. Griff and Pauline come to an understanding - she will get some dresses and some time in London in exchange for humoring his mother for a week and failing to become a suitable partner for him.



Book #: 49
Title: Lord Dashwood Missed Out: Spindle Cove #4.5
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 2.5

Nora is on her way to Spindle Cove to speak on her pamphlet at the book store. In a fit of rage one night, she wrote a long letter to the suitor who left her, and it became a best seller. However, the weather does not cooperate on her way to town, and who does she end up sharing a coach with? The man the pamphlet is about.



Book #: 50
Title: Do You Want to Start a Scandal: Spindle Cove #5 and Castles Ever After #4
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 4

Charlotte goes to warn Piers that her mother wants to 'set them up', but when she does, Charlotte and Piers are caught alone together. The only way to save Charlotte's reputation is for them to get engaged. Charlotte is not OK with that idea.

I love that I need to look up a word or so in each of these - that ever happens anymore. The romance is usually pretty nice, and the humor is on point. They are all well written romantic fluff. I am dreading running out of Dare's books - there is a book hangover waiting for me soon.

66fuzzi
Apr 19, 9:30pm Top

>62 alsvidur: I've never read San Domingo: The Medicine Hat Stallion. Somehow I missed a few of her books in my childhood. I finally read Brighty of the Grand Canyon last year.

67alsvidur
Apr 20, 11:19am Top

>66 fuzzi:: Ooo, you should. Although, as an adult, it is a different read than as a child. When I was younger, I was in love with the idea of just you and your (colored) horse running across the wilds with no one else around. The ONLY thing that could have improved this for me was making the pony into an Appy intead. San Domingo tells the fictionalized story of a pony express rider named Peter and his beloved paint mustang San Domingo. There are some more adult issues that I didn't really pay attention to as much as I do now - some murder, harsh parenting, family members who deal with other adversities, etc. My other favorites, Black Gold and Justin Morgan, are recommended too, but really - I would recommend any of her books.

68alsvidur
Edited: Apr 20, 11:58am Top



Book #: 51
Title: A Passionate Endeavor
Author: Sophia Nash
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2004
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 2.5

Oh my gosh, you guys. I am so tired that I had typed a paragraph summary of the wrong book just now. I can't even remember really the characters names for this one. I do remember that there was very little passion in The Passionate Endeavor (which I had searched for in vain as The Passionate Embrace, btw). I stayed up way past the time I was tired reading last night. Another book, not this one....

Charlotte is nursing the Duke when his son comes home from the war. They seemingly fall in love, but a long time ago the son had vowed to never marry.

The ratings and automatic recommendations on Barnes and Noble placed this book a bit higher than it deserved, I think. It wasn't terrible by any means, but the romance wasn't there, nor did I care a whit about the characters. The language and style was based off Austen; it even included quotes at the beginning of each chapter, but Austen it was not.

69alsvidur
Edited: May 1, 4:46pm Top



Book #: 52
Title: A Rogue By Any Other Name: Rule of Scoundrels #1
Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 4

Penelope was jilted by her fiance years ago. Since then, she has had few suitors. For the sake of his other daughters, her father adds a nearby property to her dowry to entice more suitors. Unfortunately, it entices the fallen-from-grace, gaming-hall-owning earl that Penelope grew up with.

Yay! I was really missing some humor in the last book, and this one delivered with humor and romance.

Originally posted 4-21-18
ETA: series number

70souloftherose
Apr 22, 2:14pm Top

>49 alsvidur: Book bullet hit for Children of Blood and Bone - I've heard good things about that one.

>50 alsvidur: I've signed up too but I'm still figuring out how it works. Seems like instagram but for books?

71alsvidur
Apr 30, 4:22pm Top

>70 souloftherose:: I never really looked farther into it since the first time trying it, either from laziness or thinking that it seems to be geared towards popular fiction books than books in general.

I was at the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event this weekend, and while I was there, I stopped by the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. They have an exhibit on the Black Stallion books! I took a few pictures and will post them when I go through all the vacation photos.

In the mean time....



Book #: 53
Title: Jill's Gymkhana
Author: Ruby Ferguson
Genre: Fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1977 (1949)
Catalog: 823 / PZ
Acquisition: 8 months ago
Rating: 4.5

Jill tells the story of how she got her pony, Black Boy, and how she entered her first gymkhana - games on horseback and horse show, for those not in the horsey set.

Jill is frightfully realistic about things - aside from the luck of living in a time when ponies could be purchased for a few hundred dollars and kept in your backyard and shed. There is some humor, even reading it for the first time as an adult.

It was a dream this weekend - reading this book for a few hours while I waited at the Head of the Lake for the cross country to start. It was a bit chilly, but other than that, heaven.

72DFED
May 1, 9:06am Top

You were at the Three-Day Event?!? I volunteer there every year! Glad you got to see the Black Stallion exhibit - it's wonderful!

73alsvidur
May 1, 12:46pm Top

>72 DFED:: No way! What did you end up doing this year?

I missed stopping at a lot of the other park attractions - the breed barn and the big barn horses were all turned out and we ran out of time before seeing USDF and USHJA hall of fames, but we stopped by the museum and gift store and walked through the hall of champions. It's ok though; I'll try to see the 3-Day again next year or so.

We went on a tour of Maker's Mark on the way home and bumped into an outrider. She even offered to pass my name on to become one (!) before I had to decline - lacking both a horse and a steady enough seat for now.

The flowers were all beautiful along the course.

74DFED
May 1, 2:46pm Top

My husband and I both volunteer driving a groom shuttle - we get the riders/grooms/equipment to and from the barns and vet box on Cross Country day. I think you hit the high points of the park though and I'm glad you got to tour Makers Mark - I haven't visited that particular distillery yet. Next time you come, we should meet up!

75alsvidur
May 1, 4:21pm Top

Oooo... rubbing elbows with the riders! And kudos for driving the grooms around. I was baffled by the groom awards this year - if you groom the winning horse, you get $1000 plus a bunch of freebies, but if your horse is the best groomed you get a t-shirt and cookie jar. As a former groom, I wish it were reversed.

A horsey/booky meetup would be a blast!

We went to Joseph Beth and a Half Price books, but both Black Swan and Loch Lea Antiques were closed during the time we had free. Do you have other recommendations to visit? We get out to KY only about every year now, but I try to go more frequently if possible.

76alsvidur
Edited: May 1, 4:46pm Top

Oops, forgot some!



Book #: 54
Title: One Good Earl Deserves Another: Rule of Scoundrels #2
Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2013
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 3.5

Yikes. I finished this a few weeks ago and can't really remember.

Pippa is very bookish and wants to be prepared and knowledgeable about things. She's engaged to a gentleman who is nice, but nothing special to her - he offered and she is not financially able to decline. She's OK with this, but she wants to understand the vows she's supposed to say in her wedding. How can she make those promises if she doesn't know what love is and doesn't know what really goes on in the bedroom? So she goes to her brother-in-law's gaming hell to ask one of the bosses to teach her.

Eh. Pippa is terrific, but Cross seems a bit too overwrought for me. Not terrible, but not recommended unless this is your genre.



Book #: 55
Title: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: Rule of Scoundrels #3
Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2013
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 2.5

Temple the fighter is known as the killer duke for killing his future step mother on the eve of her wedding, but he can't remember anything about the night. Then she turns up in front of his house one day.

There was little humor and the heroine was unsympathetic, so I didn't really like this one as much. The only redeeming thing about this is that there is a mic drop of epic proportions at the very end.

77alsvidur
Edited: May 1, 4:51pm Top

April Summary

Best book(s): Surrender of a Siren, Jill's Gymkhana

Monthly books: 22
Total books: 55

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 1
Fiction: 21
Pony books: 1

Re-reads: 0
Time since last reread: 0
TBR Pit books read: 0
Time spent in TBR: hours to 8 months
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 4%

Books acquired: 46 (4 were Kyle's)
Cash spent: $14.26

Year-by-year:

1 - 1940s
5 - 2000s
16 - 2010s

Genre:
1- Non-fiction, gardening
1 - Juvenile fiction, pony book
20 - Fiction, romance

Classification:
20 - PS
1 - PZ
1 - SB

1 - 635
20 - 813
1 - 823

78alsvidur
May 5, 5:56pm Top



Book #: 56
Title: My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Author: Kitty Curran
Genre: Fiction, romance / humor
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3

A choose your own adventure romance satire, you are the heroine. What will you choose? Who will you choose?

I finished it by taking it to the end via 2 similar paths, each with a different ending - as a spy or with a Scottish rogue. I did note that there were a few options that SEEMED like options, but no matter what route you took, it took you to the same place. Others took you to the other option - your 'choice' ended up as simply what you read first or second. There were large portions of the book I didn't reach, and will save for different choices at a future rereading. As for the actual content of the book, it was really more of a satire than actual romance book: full of hilarious euphemisms, little character development, unlikely happenings, etc.

79alsvidur
May 8, 9:23am Top



Book #: 57
Title: Dirty Rats?
Author: Darrin Lunde
Genre: Children's non-fiction picture book
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 599 / QL
Acquisition: 3 months ago
Rating: 3

The first few pages show wild brown rats doing the stereotypical 'rat' activities. When the topic changes to why rats are not nasty, the author features different species of rats that don't look so off-putting to normal people.

I thought there was missed opportunity to show brown rats as the heroes instead of other species. Kudos for trying though!

80alsvidur
May 25, 2:38pm Top



Book #: 58
Title: Wicked Intentions
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2010 (2014)
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 month ago
Rating: 2.5

Temperance works hard at her orphanage but she's about to lose it to creditors. A wealthy lord comes up and asked for her help finding someone in her neighborhood.

I was hoping this one would be better than it was. For some reason, I have lower standards of books when they are e-books on my Nook opposed to book form - the same material that seemed great online was not so great in print. Hoyt's written so many works though, it would be great if I liked them, so I will be giving the next in the series a try.



Book #: 59
Title: Beauvallet
Author: Georgette Heyer
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 1929 (2010)
Catalog: 813 / PR
Acquisition: 1 month ago
Rating: 3

Beauvallet is a privateer for Queen Elizabeth. On a trip to the West Indies, he captures a Spanish ship with a Spanish lord and his daughter. Beauvallet vows to marry the daughter, but only by showing how daring he is - by first dropping the daughter off safely in Spain, and by then returning to Spain to woo her, even though he is a wanted man.

Eh. It wasn't terrible, but I guess I was expecting a bit more from an author that so many people love. I will try a Regency novel next, since those are supposed to have been her specialty.



Book #: 60
Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 years ago
Rating: 5

Lucy and Josh are secretaries for co-CEOs of a publishing company, and they do not get along. When their bosses open up a new position, they are now in direct competition.

Why did I wait so long to read this one? I guess I appreciated it more now than I would a few years ago, and I don't have quite as long of a wait until her next book comes out, but this is a good one. I'm always wary of books that are "NAME: A Novel" because usually they have delusions of being Literature with a capital L, but really are just made for TV dramas. This was not like it at all - just a straight up romance or even a rom-com. It's a bit explicit, which i was not expecting. The banter was nice though, and there was no obscenely crazy plot twist like in lesser romances.

81alsvidur
Jun 3, 4:14pm Top

May Summary

Best book(s): The Hating Game

Monthly books: 5
Total books: 60

Non-fiction, animals: 1
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 4
Pony books: 0

Re-reads: 0
Time since last reread: 0
TBR Pit books read: 1
Time spent in TBR: 1 week - 2 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 20%

Books acquired: 7
Cash spent: will need to figure out - textbooks plus garden store

Year-by-year:

1 - 1920s
4 - 2010s

Genre:
1- Non-fiction picture book, animals
4 - Fiction, romance

Classification:
1 - PR
3 - PS
1 - QL

1 - 599
4 - 813

82alsvidur
Jun 12, 4:34pm Top



Book #: 61
Title: The Royal We
Author: Heather Cocks
Genre: Fiction, chick lit
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3

Bex goes to England on an exchange student semester. The prince lives in her dorm. They become friends and start dating. It's the prince, though, so there's drama.

So realistic (even involving a prince) that it was almost a bit boring. Just normal relationship stuff mostly. Read it since it was recommended for fans of The Hating Game. Not bad, but not great. Not even that romance-y, more like chick lit.



Book #: 62
Title: Secrets of a Summer Night: Wallflowers #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 3

Friends agree to help each other catch husbands. Annabelle needs one with money. Her friends agree to help set her up with a particular lord, but of course that's not who pursues her - a rake that kissed her and left her years ago.

I really had to think hard and read some other reviews to even remember this one, but it was so 'eh' that I went to another author instead of finishing the series. I might go back to them later.



Book #: 63
Title: The Rake
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2009
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 4

Three friends agree to teach some gentlemen some life lessons, but of course they end up choosing gentlemen that they are interested in. Georgiana selects a man who used her and left her years ago. She endeavors to teach him to not use others - by using him. (?)

So this one also took awhile to get me really hooked (or hooked at all), but when it did, it really got me. There was such an unexpected plot twist that I dropped the book and bounced around the house gasping in laughter.

Covers like these make me so glad for my Nook.

83alsvidur
Jun 16, 6:40pm Top



Book #: 64
Title: London's Perfect Scoundrel
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2003
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 4

Three friends agree to teach some gentlemen some life lessons, but of course they end up choosing gentlemen that they are interested in. Evie selects a man who is on the board of the orphanage she wishes to patron. her goal is to teach him to have a heart.

This one took me in much sooner than the first in the series. It made me sad that the next is not so cheap on the Nook. I migth have to raid the nearest used book store for a cheaper option.



Book #: 65
Title: Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Genre: Fiction, romance
Publication date: 2011
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 months ago
Rating: 4

A continuation of the Maiden Lane series. The duchess Hero is all set to marry the perfect man - good breeding, etc, and who cares if there isn't love? Then she meets his rakish brother.

I loved how some side stories continued - Silence and the orphanage, the Ghost of St Giles, etc. The mysteries continue! All these romances are starting to blend together, TBH, but each one is a good read. I will also look for the next in this series.

84alsvidur
Edited: Jun 20, 6:38pm Top



Book #: 66
Title: Annuals for Michigan
Author: Nancy Szerlag
Genre: Non-fiction, gardening
Publication date: 2002
Catalog: 635 / SB
Acquisition: 1 month ago
Rating: 5

A few pages per plant describe the most popular annuals safe for zone 4/5. Lots of color photos back up a fairly light text. Wish there were more flowers covered.



Book #: 67
Title: The Overnight Resume
Author: Donald Asher
Genre: Non-fiction, business
Publication date: 2010
Catalog: 650 / HF
Acquisition: 1 month ago
Rating: 3

Required for class. There were some really nice tips. I think I resent this book only because for class I had to completely rewrite and format my resume to match his style instead of picking and choosing what I'd like to rework.



Book #: 68
Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Romance
Publication date: 2006
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 months ago
Rating: 4

Simon has a problem. He recently returned to England after a tour of the world and all of the mothers in society are pestering him about their daughters. To get some peace, he decides to partner with his friend's sister - she will seem more in demand if a duke is interested in her, and he will get the debutantes and their mothers off his back. Too bad Daphne starts to fall for him, even though he has vowed to never marry.

This made me feel squidgey. There were some tropes that were just out of my comfort zone. Kind-of rape? Kind-of entrapment? Plus some things that needed to be worked out between the characters.... Eh, not my cup of tea.



Book #: 69
Title: Dream of You
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Genre: Romance, new adult novella
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 hour ago
Rating: 3

Abby has returned to town and she witnesses a murder. The cop assigned to her case, Colton Anders, is an acquaintance from high school.

I shouldn't have saved this - I should have just read it when I was reading the series. I forgot most all of the side characters.



Book #: 70
Title: The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good, Mr. Wright
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Romance novella
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 hour ago
Rating: 3

Eliza is forced to wait until her other sisters are married before she can come out. Throughout this period, every so often, she runs into Mr Wright.

I can't even remember this book. At all.

85alsvidur
Edited: Jun 22, 12:39pm Top



Book #: 71
Title: The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
Author: Kristen Painter
Genre: Chick lit
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 years ago
Rating: 3.5

Delaney is struggling to become a pastry chef when she witnesses a mob hit at her restaurant. As she's running, she hides in a nondescript building. It's a matchmaking service. Thinking fast, she grabs a file of a girl set to meet her match across the country and pretends to be her. What she doesn't know is that the matchmaking service caters to paranormals. She's all set to meet a vampire, but she doesn't know it - doesn't even know vampires exist.

This is a read as light as the title. (Which is good, because I bought it simply because of the title.) I'd probably continue reading the rest in the trilogy if they weren't so pricey on the Nook.



Book #: 72
Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
Author: Lauren Graham
Genre: Memoir
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 791 / PN
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3

Not much to say about this one, aside from it's a short memoir from an actress in the Gilmore Girls. There was no big gossip or anything nor any significant tips about acting.

86alsvidur
Jun 26, 11:59am Top



Book #: 73
Title: Wicked Appetite
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Chick lit
Publication date: 2010
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3.5

Lizzy works at a bakery in Salem, MA. A burly dude comes into her life telling her that they both have supernatural powers and need to hunt down a stone that inspires gluttony to prevent the world from exploding. She goes along with this.

This is exactly Stephanie Plum but with supernatural bits - exploding car, odd pet, hot dude that provides money and cars, and tracking things down included.

87alsvidur
Edited: Jun 30, 9:02pm Top



Book #: 74
Title: Wicked Business
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Chick lit
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3

Lizzy and Diesel are looking for the stone of love and need to find it before everyone else does.

I almost abandoned the series after this book, but the last few paragraphs got me back in. It was a little madcap for awhile.



Book #: 75
Title: Wicked Charms
Author: Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
Genre: Chick lit
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 4

Lizzy and Diesel are looking for the stone of greed and need to find it before everyone else does. (Notice a theme here?)

This one was much more engaging. The characters seemed a bit more rounded as opposed to simply checking off random plot points as the other book left me feeling. I'm interested in where the Wulf plot line will go. Too bad it's the last of the written series so far...



Book #: 76
Title: If A Horse Had Words
Author: Kelly Cooper
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 2 weeks ago
Rating: 3

Early Reviewers. A boy finds a newly-born foal stuck in a gopher hold and helps him stand for the first time. They become friends until the boy's father sells the horse. Later, the boy and the horse find each other again.

The layout and design was a bit hard to follow at times, but it was doable. The book didn't rock my socks off, but there was nothing particularly 'wrong' with any aspect. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

88alsvidur
Edited: Jun 30, 9:02pm Top

June Summary

Best book(s):
Annuals for Michigan

Monthly books: 16
Total books: 76

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 2
Fiction: 14
Pony books: 1

Re-reads: 0
Time since last reread: 0
TBR Pit books read: 1
Time spent in TBR: 1 day - 2 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 6%

Books acquired: 22
Cash spent: about $30

Year-by-year:

4 - 2000s
12 - 2010s

Genre:
1 - Picture book
7 - Fiction, romance
5 - Fiction, chick lit
1 - Memoir
1 - Non-fiction, business
1 - Non-fiction, gardening

Classification:
1 - HF
1 - PN
12 - PS
1 - PZ
1 - SB

1 - 635
1 - 650
1 - 791
13 - 813

89fuzzi
Jul 1, 10:32am Top

>87 alsvidur: I didn't care much for that ER book either, though the illustrations were nice.

90alsvidur
Edited: Jul 7, 7:46pm Top

Half Year Summary

Total books: 76

Non-fiction, animals: 4
Non-fiction, other: 5
Fiction: 67
Pony books: 14

Re-reads: 6
Time since last reread: 3-20 years
TBR Pit books read: 10
Time spent in TBR: 2 hours - 8 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 21%

Books acquired: 22
Cash spent:

Year-by-year:
1 - 1920s
0- 1930s
6 - 1940s
3 - 1950s
1 - 1960s
0 - 1970s
2 - 1980s
0 - 1990s
15 - 2000s
48 - 2010s

Genre:
1 - Board book
8 - Picture book
1 - Picture book, non-fiction, animals
3 - I Can Read
8 - Juvenile fiction
2 - YA, fantasy
2 - YA, contemporary
9 - Fiction, chick lit
34 - Fiction, romance
1 - Memoir
1 - Humor
1 - Photography
1 - Non-fiction, vet med
1 - Non-fiction, horses
2 - Non-fiction, gardening
1 - Non-fiction, business

Classification:
1 - DS
1 - DU
1 - HF
1 - ML
1 - PN
2 - PR
42 - PS
22 - PZ
1 - QL
2 - SB
2 - SF

1 - 421
1 - 599
2 - 635
2 - 636
1 - 650
1 - 782
1 - 791
62 - 813
3 - 823
1 - 919
1 - 951

91alsvidur
Jul 6, 12:15pm Top



Book #: 77
Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Fiction
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 weeks ago
Rating: 3

Eleanor has a lonely life, but she is not lonely. Someone new starts at work and they find a gentleman that had collapsed in the street.

I have no idea why every review and blurb called this insightful and hilarious. It is not a fluffy book. It is not chick lit. It is about a mentally disturbed woman who was abused as a child, represses memories, and drinks. Not funny-drinks-wine, but is an alcoholic. I guess people are amused with her insight, but they are the exact thoughts we've all had. She goes through her day like many of us do. I am baffled why people think this is a funny book. Not what I was expecting at all. (Other than that, it was readable and nothing was terribly wrong with it.)

92alsvidur
Edited: Jul 17, 2:03pm Top



Book #: 78
Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Fiction
Publication date: 2010
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 years ago
Rating: 4.5

Diana is a historian, spending time hanging out at the Oxford library looking through old manuscripts. Raised by her pagan aunts after her anthropologist parents were killed when she was a child, she has a fairly quiet life. That is, until she bumps into a vampire in the library. Supernatural creatures are interested in a manuscript she found - so interested that they're willing to kill for it.

This book! The descriptions of place, time, etc were detailed and evocative. I am by no means a foodie (if I could eat kibble for humans, I would), but here food descriptions had me wanting to try new things and had me drooling. It's like that for everything. The smells and lighting - you get a great picture. The plot was interesting and driving too - the book is over 700 pages and it still didn't fit enough in. I had to take away a half star - the characters weren't really fleshed out as they could be. I kept waiting for more romance, but alas, just longing glances and protective vampires. I made sure to go out to the book store to get the rest of the series before I reached the end of this one.

Recommended



Book #: 79
Title: Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Fiction
Publication date: 2012
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 4

Diana and Matthew go to Elizabethan England! I don't want to say much more for fear of spoilers.

The beginning section was a bit much for me - there are lots of famous historical characters that I was unfamiliar with and it took a hundred pages or so before I sorted them out well enough. There was really no romance or plot for that brief section, so my interest started to drop a tiny bit, but it picked up immediately in the new section and flew by.

This series is not one you can finish in a day though - each book is hefty with a large amount of text per page. While it was a drag holding up a heavy book in bed at first, by the second book I got used to it. The covers are on point (en pointe?)! Now on to the third!

93alsvidur
Edited: Jul 17, 2:04pm Top



Book #: 80
Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Fiction
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3.5

Matthew and Elizabeth come back to modern day and have to deal with the coup and attempt to bring down the covenant.

I couldn't believe that everything was tied up so quickly after all of that. It wasn't rushed, but there was only about 100 pages left in the book and given how in depth the rest of the series was, I doubted it could be done. Nope. All done. Looking forward to the continuation of Marcus's story this fall.



Book #: 81
Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary HK Choi
Genre: YA, contemporary
Publication date: 201
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 3 weeks ago
Rating: 3

There is little actual plot to this book. Two acquaintances in college become more familiar with each other via text after exchanging numbers to use as each other's emergency contact.

Decent read, nothing bad, nothing earth-shattering.

94alsvidur
Edited: Jul 20, 2:49pm Top



Book #: 82
Title: Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: YA, fantasy
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3



Book #: 83
Title: Cinderella
Author: Amy Ehrlich (adapt), Susan Jeffers (illus)
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 1985
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5



Book #: 84
Title: Lyle Lyle Crocodile
Author: Bernard Waber
Genre: Picture book
Publication date: 1965
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 6 months ago
Rating: 4

95alsvidur
Edited: Jul 24, 11:22am Top



Book #: 85
Title: The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
Genre: Juvenile/YA fantasy
Publication date: 1984 (2000)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 4 years ago
Rating: 4

Aerin knows that the villagers whisper about her witch mother ensnaring her father the king. She bears it, but misses her deceased mother. She falls in with her father's old war horse and brings him back to health while working on a recipe to prevent being burned by dragons. She goes on a quest to save her nation (can't really say more without getting spoilery).

Nicely done. I have so many romance novels to read for book club, but can't stomach anything so bare yet. I'm going to stick with kids books or fantasies for the moment.



Book #: 86
Title: Misty of Chincoteague
Author: Marguerite Henry
Genre: Juvenile fiction, pony book
Publication date: 1947 (1951)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread / 2 years ago for this edition
Rating: 5

In honor of Pony Penning this week.

Paul and Maureen want a special wild pony so badly, they work all spring to save up money to buy her at the annual auction of wild island ponies. They manage to get her into the auction along with her little foal Misty.

I get a bone-deep happiness and a feeling that all is right when I read Henry.

96DFED
Jul 24, 4:38pm Top

Misty!! :) It's a bucket list dream of mine to go to Pony Penning

97alsvidur
Jul 25, 1:43pm Top

Me too! We were planning on going for a vacation one year but never got around to it. Kyle brought it up again this year, so maybe that'll be next year's trip. I also really want to go on a week-long trail ride down the Bright Angel trail where Brighty roamed, and visit the UVM horse farm to see the Justin Morgan statue! So many vacation ideas through pony books!

98DFED
Jul 26, 8:57am Top

Wow - those are great vacation ideas!! :) My friend went on the mule ride at the Grand Canyon last year and I made sure she read Brighty before going

99fuzzi
Jul 29, 1:48pm Top

>94 alsvidur: loved Lyle when I read it to my kids.

>95 alsvidur: Misty is one of my favorite Marguerite Henry books, but King of the Wind tops them all.

100alsvidur
Jul 29, 5:37pm Top

>99 fuzzi:: Oooo, a Marguerite Henry rumble is in the works

I will stand by San Domingo to the death. It's a bit more mature than some of her other works, but I think the whole boy and his pony against the world - plus the bit of longing involved that most girls have - mixed with the more mature themes and growing up, and 'cowboys and Indians' and paints/Mustangs make a more realistic picture. The only poor point for San Domingo that goes in King of the Wind's favor is that no artist can match Wesley Dennis. On the other hand, I don't know if Dennis's softer images would match the text as much as the line ink drawings by Lougheed.

Do you have an opinion Dawn?

101fuzzi
Edited: Jul 29, 5:48pm Top

>100 alsvidur: I have never read San Domingo...so I can't compare. I see it was published in 1972, so maybe I was reading other types of books? I recall first reading JRR Tolkien around that time.

102alsvidur
Jul 29, 6:31pm Top

I recommend reading it. San Domingo races a tornado! :)

103fuzzi
Jul 30, 7:08am Top

>102 alsvidur: another one added to the TBR pile... ;)

104DFED
Jul 30, 9:58am Top

Mustang was always my favorite - I was so shocked that beautiful mustangs would be treated that way!! I've actually got a book about Wild Horse Annie on my bookshelf waiting to be read. However, San Domingo was right up there in my favorites. I think Misty is the gateway drug to the rest of Henry's works :)

105alsvidur
Edited: Aug 3, 1:51pm Top

July Summary

Best book(s):
The Discovery of Witches series was great, but so is Misty of Chincoteague. Spinning Silver is recommended too.

Monthly books: 10
Total books: 86

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 10
Pony books: 1

Re-reads: 1
Time since last reread: 10+ years
TBR Pit books read: 4
Time spent in TBR: 1 day - 4 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 50%

Books acquired: 19
Cash spent: no idea

Year-by-year:

1 - 1940s
1 - 1960s
2 - 1980s
6 - 2010s

Genre:
2 - Picture book
1 - Juvenile fiction, fantasy
1 - Juvenile fiction, pony book
1 - YA, contemporary
4 - Fiction, fantasy
1 - Fiction, contemporary

Classification:
5 - PS
5 - PZ

10 - 813

106alsvidur
Edited: Aug 3, 1:42pm Top



Book #: 87
Title: Leading with Feeling
Author: Brigitte Schulte
Genre: Non-fiction, horses
Publication date: 2002
Catalog: 636 / SF
Acquisition: 7 years ago
Rating: 3

This is basically a 90-page brochure on Herm Sprenger products, mostly bits. There were a few pages on stirrup irons and spurs, but most of it was on bits. A chapter or two was on anatomy and why fitting bits is important, and a few chapters were on the different bits HS produces.

While the chapters on fitting were no more enlightening than any other book on tack, it was nice to know why the metal they use in their bits is so darn special and expensive. It was also good to know that they make their bits in millions of sizes - width, thickness, and ring diameter - which begs the question, why does no tack store carry more than one or two? I know no one at my current barn cares about properly fitting tack, but doesn't the rest of the US? Why can't we get that selection here? And why are all the good products German and a pain to import/buy in the US? Just some musings....

107alsvidur
Aug 12, 6:15pm Top



Book #: 88
Title: Kiss of Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publication date: 2007
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 weeks ago
Rating: 3

Smutty Book Club at Work - July

Vampires are at war - the Breed is out to exterminate those lost to bloodlust. One woman witnesses some lost vampires feeding on someone and gets entangled in the vampire world.

So I started a smutty book club at work since so many coworkers read romances and other fluff. This was the first month's selection from Janice.

I didn't care 2 figs about the characters, but the plot points were very interesting, as was the concept of breedmates and the vampire set up. I just wish the romance were more fleshed out. This was almost like a poor man's Black Dagger Brotherhood. It did take a bit for me and others in the group to get through the first half.

108alsvidur
Edited: Aug 21, 1:34pm Top



Book #: 89
Title: Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Fiction
Publication date: 1991 (2014)
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 5

Re-read. Was able to squeeze in a few episodes of season 3 last week and wanted to pick this up again. Hopefully I'll be able to finish season 3 before season 4 comes out....

Claire is transported back in time from 1940s to 1740s Scotland. One of my favorites.

109alsvidur
Edited: Aug 23, 2:29pm Top



Book #: 90
Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: 2014 (2016)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4.5



Book #: 90
Title: PS I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: 2015
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4.5



Book #: 90
Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4.5

Lara Jean writes love letters that she never sends instead of dealing with things head on. The batch of letters (to 5 in all) gets sent out by her little sister. In order to save face in front of a family friend/sister's ex, she and one of the recipients decide to fake a relationship. In book two, another of the recipients comes calling. In book three, Lara needs to decide where to go to college.

In honor of the Netflix adaption, which I think is one of the best book-film adaptations I've seen, I re-read the series. I've watched the film about 9 times this week. I may have a problem, but how long has it been since we had a John Hughes-esque good teen rom-com?

Since it has been a year or so since the original read, the film seemed to get the feeling of the books, if not a few of the details that I stumbled upon during the re-read. The thing I did miss the first viewing was how even the girls called themselves the Covey sisters instead of the Song sisters. Other events happened in the second book, or a bit differently, but I think it was still handled with excellence.

Go watch the movie so Netflix will make the sequels!

110alsvidur
Aug 25, 12:11pm Top



Book #: 91
Title: Pink Is for Blobfish
Author: Jess Keating
Genre: Juvenile non-fiction, animals
Publication date: 2016
Catalog: 591 / QL
Acquisition: 10 minutes ago
Rating: 3 (4.5)

Bought this for a coworker obsessed with pink.

It focuses on some of the 'grosser' animals in an attempt to make pink less girly, I think. Or at least equal to other colors in the animal kingdom? Either or. It was cute and age appropriate for elementary school in terms of learning, illustrations, and keeping kids attention. Not the most fun for adults though, that's the only reason I didn't rate it higher - *I* simply wasn't in love with it, although it really deserves a 4 or 5 for what it is.

111alsvidur
Aug 25, 1:07pm Top



Book #: 92
Title: Night of Cake and Puppets
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA fiction, fantasy
Publication date: 2013 (2017)
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 8 months ago / reread
Rating: 4

Side story in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Zuzana has a crush on Mik, a violinist at her marionette theater in Prague. She decides to suck it up and do something about it, but wants to make the night a bit magical.

This is the first time reading the illustrated version. Zuze is not what I pictures her like and neither is Mik, but the illustrations were in line with the feel of the story.

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Aug 28, 10:47am Top



Book #: 93
Title: Emmy and Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 7 months ago
Rating: 3.5

Emmy and Oliver were close friends when they were little, but Oliver was kidnapped in second grade by his father. It's high school now, and he's been found and has come back to his hometown.

The plot was original, and the story and characterizations were great. It just seemed to fall into trope territory at the end though. I got it because there aren't many books around here that feature surfing; that bit was a nice treat.

113alsvidur
Edited: Sep 4, 2:25pm Top



Book #: 96
Title: The Duff
Author: Kody Keplinger
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: 2010
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 7 months ago
Rating: 4

Bianca has things going on - her mother is never home, her dad is a recovering alcoholic, her best friends keep dragging her to this teen club hangout, and the slutty hot boy in her school keeps talking to her so her friends will want to hook up with him.

A bit darker than I thought it would be, but well written enough that I'm intrigued by other books the author has written.



Book #: 97
Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer
Genre: Fiction, historical
Publication date: 2008 (2018)
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 days ago
Rating: 4

Juliet receives a letter just after the war - a man in Gurnsey has found one of her old books and wishes to get her advice on finding more books by that author. Juliet corresponds with him and others on the island.

The book was way better than the movie (like always).

114alsvidur
Edited: Sep 4, 3:20pm Top

August Summary

Best book(s): Outlander

Monthly books: 11
Total books: 97

Non-fiction, animals: 2
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 9
Pony books: 0

Re-reads: 5
Time since last reread: 1 year-ish
TBR Pit books read: 3
Time spent in TBR: 1 day - 7 years
Library/borrowed: 0
% not new books: 73%

Books acquired: 6
Cash spent: no idea

Year-by-year:

1 - 1990s
3 - 2000s
7 - 2010s

Genre:
1 - Non-fiction, horses
1 - Non-fiction, juvenile, animals

5 - YA, contemporary
1 - YA, fantasy

2 - Fiction
1 - Fiction, romance, paranormal

Classification:
3 - PS
6 - PZ
1 - QL
1 - SF

1 - 591
1 - 636
9 - 813

115alsvidur
Edited: Sep 4, 2:25pm Top



Book #: 98
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 4

Dimple loves coding. When her parents allow her to go to a summer coding camp at the local university, she's ecstatic. Until she finds out that they planned to have her meet a boy there they want her to marry.

Super cute.

116alsvidur
Sep 8, 6:27pm Top

Book #: 99
Title: Stinger
Author: Mia Sheridan
Genre: Romance
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 weeks ago
Rating: 4

A law student bumps into a porn star in Vegas.

August selection for work's Smutty Book Club. Surprising pot twists. It seems to go backwards - the smut, the character development, and then the romance. Humorous.

Book #: 100
Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Romance, humor
Publication date: 2017
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 1 day ago
Rating: 3.5

A girl loves her new apartment, but it shares a wall with someone with frequent 'romantic activities' in the middle of the night.

I've seen this one recommended one to many places to not pick it up. it was funny and crude, but with surprisingly little smut for something titled and covered like it is.

I was really hoping that my 100th book of the year would be something more cerebral, but oh well.

117alsvidur
Edited: Sep 16, 12:26pm Top



Book #: 101
Title: Catwoman: Soulstealer
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA action/fantasy
Publication date: 2018
Catalog: 813 / PZ
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 3

Selina Kyle grows up on the rough streets of Gotham City before being recruited into the League of Assassins. She goes back to Gotham on a mission, but ends up living next door to Batwing.

I was not into the story. I baught it because I love Maas and thought maybe I would just love anything she wrote. I do, but I still am not into reading about Gotham. I have no idea why my SO loves Batman so much - it's just too dark and depressing. The characters were good. I would probably read another about them by Maas since she takes her time crafting them. It got better throughout, but not enough for me to adore it like her other series.

118alsvidur
Edited: Sep 16, 12:25pm Top



Book #: 102
Title: England's Perfect Hero: Lessons in Love #3
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Genre: Romance
Publication date: 2004
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 2 weeks ago
Rating: 4

It is Lucinda's turn to choose a gentleman to reform, but at this point, the pretense is dropped, and her friends are all aware that it's really picking a suitor. She picks someone who doesn't really need any lessons in manners, but is amiable and uncomplicated. Too bad her friend's brother-in-law home from the war has decided to make his return to society.

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