Hi all, updated the lists and added yours Darkhorse.
Thanks for the Heads Up about the new Bracken book Haffy.
Finished The Unwilling Adventurers for a smiley. It's a re-read so I knew I would enjoy it. Although it is a holiday adventure type story, the plot is more original to the norm, in that the kids must complete a number of tasks set by their father in order to avoid fates worse than death (boarding school, no horses, dreary carerrs, etc) and prove that they can overcome their selfish, bickering ways. On reflection, on this re-read, I did think that the father was a bit harsh on the kids, as their bad behaviour must have been mainly due to his neglect of them. I did also smile at the complete disregard for 'health and safety', with kids being sent off in a boat when they didn't know how to sail it (and one kid couldn't even swim) and their father advising them to hitch lifts! Also the old British mania for fresh air and cold dips, getting the kids to swim every day even if it was cold and raining! I do recommend the book to anyone who needs cheering up. It has some very funny moments and the squabbling kids are fun. The only downside is that there is very minimal horse content. But as a 'holiday adventure' read, it is up there with the best.
Smiley please for Small Gains. I really enjoyed it, although I get where you were coming from Claire when you said it was a bit of a melodrama. It could quite easily be made into a bodice ripper TV series!
Lol Haffy, easily done. I'm not madly keen on fanfic. Although it's tempting to continue the life of your favourite characters, I do think a writer should use their imagination in creating their own world rather than using someone's elses.
Will add your 10th book now Susan. I may have to change my list and substitute another book for Dark Champion. Although I was certain I put aside the books for the challenge when I moved from UK to Spain, I have still somehow managed to lose it!
Finished The Grownup and awarded it a smiley. Actually a longish short story and not the novella I thought itwas when I bought it. Turns out half of itwas an excerpt from another book of hers! On the surface this is a haunted house story, but it has some great twists. Not a read for a child or even some adults as some of the content is quite sordid, especially the start. But if you can make it past that, it's a good read.
This is the second in the grassroots series, they are adult equestrian books with a mystery element. The equine parts are really well done and I really like the characters.
I don't usually read mysteries or murder books so couldn't say whether this part is well done but as long as you are not offended by some bad language or adult content (mainly inferred) I would recommend trying them. This one was better than the first I thought, but it was also very good and would be best read first as it's assumed you have in terms of existing character backgrounds. If you have KU, they are free to borrow.
Can i have a smiley for Rivalry in Riding Boots (just!). I think someone read one too many Jilly Coopers maybe, it's a tad too far fetched for me, not terribly written or anything just not altogether believable. Not 100% sure if Author is American trying to be British as Soda slipped through the net at one point, I would call it a can of pop (or coke or whatever the contents were but perhaps someone will tell me some parts of Uk also call it soda?), would also question if they were really a horsey person, as parts came across as just too unhorsey if you know what i mean (researched rather than experienced).
I have moved onto a Spanish sim card which I am not sure allows me to use the mobile phone internet on my laptop, which is what I have been doing (no broadband here), on added to that I spilt water on my phone and it was off for a couple of days drying out! I am awaiting to hear back from my spanish sim provider.
And on top of all that I have somehow acquired a stray cat which has had 4 kittens - on the roof of all places! So stressed out with trying to look after that lot!
Haven't had much time to read through it all but I am enjoying the Pegasus book, which I found better than expected. It will definitely get a smiley when I eventually get back to finishing it off.
Haffy - I've certainly never heard anyone in the UK call 'pop' soda, but perhaps it is an editing thing - enabling for the USA market?
Hi Claire please can I have a smiley for Greater Gains which was good, although I preferred the first book. However a neutral for Three Jays in Rome. I agree with other readers that it was quite slow and not enough about horses or the Olympics themselves. I am hoping to finish off before the end date!
Hi all, how is everyone getting on? As usual the finish date can be extended a few days if needs be. I have found Dark Champion so will be able to do the challenge without a change after all! Just got to read it now! Kittens taking up a lot of my time at the moment. They are eating (and pooping) all the time!
Finally finished DARK CHAMPION and would award it a SMILEY. At times I thought it was an neutral but there's an unusual twist in the tale near the end (was totally unexpected) which picked it up at the end. I won't say what it is because Claire is reading it too. Anyway I enjoyed the majority of it.
I have read 2 more books since my last post. Admittedly they were rather short but they were The Pony Test and The Pony Picnic both by CPT. Both were an NEUTRAL for being a tad predictable but I am not the target audience since they were written for much younger readers than most of Christine's books. It's entirely up to you Claire if you want to add it to my list. I have written a more thorough review in my PT blog.
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 !
Apr 7, 2020 19:37:24 GMT 1
Claire: Message to spammers - shame on you for spamming at a time like this - your message will be removed anyhow so don't bother!
Apr 14, 2020 17:45:32 GMT 1
susan: hello, first time here. I am looking for various horse/pony books I read as a child. sadly, I cannot remember the titles, only what the story was about and perhaps a few of the characters. can someone help? am I in the correct place to do this? lmk
Oct 14, 2020 15:09:39 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, don't forget we will be having a bit of Halloween themed fun with a ghostly group read, a magical film to watch and I will also be adding Halloween themed quizzes.
Oct 28, 2020 13:53:38 GMT 1
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Pony_Mad_Girl_😀🐴: woops sorry, do you have Pony Club Secrets or First Day at Pony Club. Orposs
Nov 4, 2020 15:31:57 GMT 1
Pony girl: Susan, have you tried searching for books by Josephine Pullen-Thompson and Stacy Gregg. Hope this helps, Pony Girl 🐴👩🏻
Nov 4, 2020 15:38:55 GMT 1
amber marshall: I found this web sight and wanted to see if any of my heartland fans are here
Feb 26, 2021 17:19:27 GMT 1
Claire: Happy Easter all. Spring quizzes added, also there is a spring group read starting soon!
Apr 2, 2021 12:24:38 GMT 1
katie: I think its time for a new marshmellow
Apr 28, 2021 15:31:26 GMT 1
sofa: hi claire, i was wondering if amber marshall actually commented on here or was it someone pretending to be her
Apr 28, 2021 15:43:15 GMT 1
Bee Movie: According to all known laws of aviation,
there is no way a bee should be able to fly.
Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground.
The bee, of course, flies anyway
because bees don't care
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horse reader: i love horses and pony< do you think you can give me some tips to riding?
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