Oh dear, the library situation sounds awful. Mine just opened up again, though I haven't been in yet. They were open digitally all along though, so people could check out ebooks or audiobooks remotely, and ask reference questions.
Maybe time to take advantage of the free 30 day Audible trial? You can download books to your phone.
All the best with the op Tintin. Audible free trial is a good suggestion by Susan, although I think they only give you one book. (could be wrong about that tho).
Ponyseekers trilogy is an excellent recommendation.
Like the suggestions Darkhorse, not sure if we've ever had a fantasy category before, but even if we have it will be fun to do it again. Also like the quarantine idea, can't see it offending anyone, but if anyone isn't comfortable with it, no need to add to your list. There's quite a few children's books where it features, especially kids getting extra time off school due to some lurgy and having lots of adventures! Probably the one that has some situations most similar to today's madness is Monica Edward's No Entry (it was foot and mouth disease in that one). I seem to remember the kids chucking a bucket of disinfectant over someone who wanted to get into the farm!! A pretty good read.
So to summarise the categories we have:
Modern pony book (2019-2020) Pre-1950 pony book Fantasy pony story Pony story featuring a quarantine situation Forum member's recommended book
I'll set up the official thread in the next day or two in which I'll add some ideas for books in various categories and also the recommended reads. If anyone hasn't yet recommended a book please can you do so asap.
Im still not shore if I will do this Claire, I have been struggling with motivation and with both mum and dad needing me more, thay both have dementia dad is more advanced but mum has it as well. Its the nights that are the hardest dad will get up 8 times a night.
Don't worry about it Trixiepony, I totally understand if you can't manage it this year. I'm so sorry to hear that both your parents are unwell. It can't be at all easy for you caring for them. I hope you'll still have time to read a little bit. We are always here at the forum if you need to get away for a few minutes and chat about pony books.
Trixie, I'm so sorry to hear about your parents...my Grandmother had dementia in her later years, so I know how tough it can be. I went from someone who could sleep through anything, to one who was awake and on my feet in seconds when I heard her start to roam...the "click" of the lock on the front door in the middle of the night made my heart stop Hang in there, and if its possible to get help to spell you, do it
Ok, you lot....I need advice! I've got my list mostly set, but I'm having trouble deciding which of the many pre-1950 books in my tbr pile I should do for the challenge. Any input welcomed!
Riders of the Hills - V.E. Bannisdale Mistral - Max Brand The Thunderer - Max Brand Wandy - Allen Chaffee The Phantom Filly - George Agnew Chamberlain Great Horse Stories - edited by Page Cooper Golden Lady: the Story of an American Show Horse - Eleanor Brown Three White Stockings - Moyra Charlton Midnight Steeplechase - Moyra Charlton Greylight - Anne Bosworth Greene Three Day Adventure - Elinore Havers Ponies of the Bunts - M.M. Oliver Boxer and Beauty - Alfred Ollivant Melka - Joan Penney Dinah the Dartmoor Pony - Allen Seaby Bobtail Shawn - Joan Wanklyn
Nice list there, Susan. I really enjoyed Ponies of the Bunts for the nostalgia of the 'good old days'. I have read Three White Stockings which I think I enjoyed, Midnight Steeplechase (mind gone blank), Melka (enjoyed) and Bobtail Shawn. I remember being disappointed with the illustrations in Bobtail Shawn as I generally really like the illustrations Joan Wanklyn has done for other books but in this I don't think they were usual style.
Hunter's Moon by M.E. Atkinson - quarantine (mumps, also something more dire, but unnamed...probably polio) Touch the Moon by Marion Dane Bauer - fantasy Trail of Secrets by Laura Wolfe - modern Midnight on Lundy by Victoria Eveleigh - recommended Pamela and the Blue Mare by Alice O'Connell - reread Hoofbeats on the Trail by Vivien Breck Ponies in Peril by Diana Pullein-Thompson Moonlight: Star of the Show by Belinda Rapley Blythe Girls: Rose's Great Problem by Laura Lee Hope (pseud) - non-pony
I have to admit, I'm not much of a fantasy pony book enthusiast....it often just feels like two genres cobbled together badly, and the seams show
That said, I actually did like Black Loch
From those I've read on Claire's list, I also liked:
Silver Snaffles by Primrose Cumming Can I Get There by Candlelight by Jean Slaughter Doty Mig O' the Moor by Nancy Caffrey (more horse than fantasy, and a bit of a pig to find) Riding Shotgun by Rita Mae Brown (available as an ebook as well has hard copy) The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (also available as an ebook and hard copy. More fantasy than horse)
I could also add:
The Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee (ebook and paperback) Led by the Grey by Peter de Cosomo (it's been a star read for several, including myself) The Grey Horse by R.A. MaCavoy
For fantasy I would recommend The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton, in fact I think I will have a re-read of that myself. I agree with Susan's recommendations, plus would also add The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. (Not a pony book as such but a lovely slightly quirky read)
For pre-50s I would recommend Riders at Hook Hollow or Land of Ponies by M. M. Oliver, which I think are much better than The Ponies of Bunts. (Also Land of Ponies features a quarantine!)
Susan, had a look at your pre-50s list, sadly I can't say any of the ones I have read are stand outs, but I think The Midnight Steeplechase and Wandy are probably my favourites of them. Great challenge list btw!
I am not sure what to go with my fantasy read. I have Black Loch, Silver Snaffles, The Deep Sea Horse and Ludo and the Star Horse. I read Black Loch for a previous summer reading challenge and I have read Silver Snaffles before. Probably go for The Deep Sea Horse as I have enjoyed all of Primrose Cumming's book I have read.
Provided I can find it I will go for A Pony For Jean as my pre 1950 book. I read the 1970s paperback but I found it had been edited as it referred to Queen Elizabeth but when it was originally published she would have been a Princess. My other copy is the Hotkeys edition.
Also Claire we have done fantasy before as a category in a Summer Reading Challenge. It was in 2013.
Yes it started coming back to me when I've been talking about it, but I still think it's worth doing again. As always the categories aren't compulsary, so if anyone really can't get on with fantasy no need to choose one.
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
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Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say I will be adding some Christmas quizzes and games in the next few days. There's also a prize comp to enter! Hope everyone has a great Christmas
Dec 18, 2019 13:45:54 GMT 1
Claire: Apologies that the website is not available at the moment - this is due to billing issues - hopefully will be back up asap!
Mar 11, 2020 15:35:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, sorry for not being around for a few days due to yet more internet problems. Hoping they have all been sorted now!
Mar 27, 2020 23:03:37 GMT 1
Claire: Hi folks will be adding a few quizzes over the next few days so check out the Qizzes and Puzzles for Fun section !
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