The Sunday Book Review is a Retired Racehorse Blog feature highlighting great reads for equestrians. I’ll be exploring different genres, current and backlist titles, and perhaps even antiques that you can add to your used bookstore wish-list.
The runaway best-seller tells the true tale of a rescued plow horse and a down-on-his-luck horse trainer.
In a desolate Earth of the future, could humans have lost their bond with horses forever?
Book One of Timber Ridge Riders is a smart, funny, and moving new take on the pony novel.
This autobiography of a Thoroughbred is the classic Black Beauty story for the modern world.
A pony book about Saddle-seat Arabs! Definitely a niche topic.
You’ll want to move to the country and eat pies at country diners.
Possibly the most haunting, beautiful, sensitive horse book ever written. I’m not exaggerating.
Guest reviewer Jennifer Montfort finds this amazing tale of a very bad OTTB and a very courageous young woman who makes him a star.
The second Timber Ridge Riders book, complete with nemesis horse-sabotage, is wonderful.
The Pulitzer Prize winning novelist explores horse racing and her own unorthodox attempts to enter the winner’s circle, including a lot of fun with animal communicators.
An ode to the king of them all.
Book the third of Timber Ridge Riders has the zombie/vampire/romance you’ve all been waiting for. With a clever twist.
The sort of OTTB memoir I wish we had more of.
Timber Ridge Riders Book Five has plenty of tips on how a kid can bamboozle her parents into getting her a horse. Also: it’s wonderful and sweet.
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Suggestions and submissions:
I love suggestions. If the book is available at the library, we’re off to the races. Adult selections are particularly nice. If you’ve read something amazing that you think should be reviewed here, let me know.
Guest reviewers are always nice. If you have a review you want to share, email me to discuss.
And hey authors! If you’d like to add your book to the calendar, please send me an email at email@example.com with a brief synopsis. I do accept self-published work.