Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Horse Books For The Fall

Throughout the summer I watched various networks publish posts about their recommended horse books for the summer. So I've decided to put together a small list of some to read for the fall.  Hope you enjoy!


Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

First sentence: It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die. 
This book has already been mentioned on this blog. But it's a great horse book and one of my favorites so it's here. It's the story of Puck and Sean, who enter the deadly horse race for different reasons. One races for her home and the other races for freedom. While the horses are fantastical in nature, they still act like horses. This is a teen/adult novel.

Titans by Victoria Scott
First sentence: Tonight, the Titans will run.
This is the newest book on this list. It came out last year and actually doesn't have any real horses. They're mechanical, and that element of the story is interesting. It takes place in a near future Chicago through the viewpoint of girl who wants to be a jockey. Imagine a horse racing arcade game where there's an actual horse for you to sit and control, and imagine it actually has four legs and gallops at high speeds. That's Titans. It's a middle grade/young adult.

Blind Beauty by K.M Peyton
First sentence: The foal was born without eyes. 
This is about Tessa, a troubled protagonist that revels in her track record of getting thrown out of every school she's attended. She's a hot mess that her mother and stepfather don't know how to deal with. After a blowup between her and her stepfather, Tessa finds herself working in a horse yard. She sets high goals for herself and reconnects with a horse from her childhood. The reader follows her journey from pre-teen to adulthood. This is teen/young adult.

My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
First sentence: High up on the long hill they called the Saddle Back, behind the ranch and the county road, the boy sat his horse, facing east, his eyes dazzled by the rising sun. 
This is the oldest book on the list but it's a good classic horse book. It's the story of Ken McLaughlin and his quest to tame Flicka. It's a coming of age story set in Wyoming. The 1940s movie adaption is good (pass by the 06 one).


The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley
First sentence: The tramp steamer Drake plowed away from the coast of India and pushed its blunt prow into the Arabian Sea, homeward bound. 
There are 21 books in this series. They follow Alec, the ship wrecked boy and The Black as they maneuver through Walter Farley's fictional horse racing world. This is middle grade/young adult.

Thoroughbred Series by Joanna Campbell
First sentence: From the front porch of her now home, Ashleigh Griffin looked out to the rolling pastures and white-fenced paddocks of Townsend Acres. 
While I haven't finished this series, if you're looking for a large series that you can stay immersed in for a good bit of fall and winter, this is it. The series begins following Ashleigh through adulthood and switches off to other girls as they age up. With 72 books in the series with spin offs and standalones, this is perfect for a voracious reader. This is middle grade/young adult.


Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
First sentence: In 1938, near the end of a decade of monumental turmoil, the year's number0one newsmaker was not Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hitler, or Mussolini.
Laura Hillenbrand is a masterful story teller. This one follows Seabiscuit and his group through their racing lives. An awesome horse book for those who love history too.

Funny Cide by Sally Jenkins
First sentence: Any sorehead disbeliever who questions the abilities of nature would do well to spend time in a horse barn.
I really enjoyed this one. It's about Funny Cide and his band of owners as they maneuver through the race scene as their racehorse hits high levels of the sport. If you've ever been to Breyerfest or the Kentucky Horse Park, you've probably stumbled upon the Hall of Champions where Funny Cide lives. 

Secretariat by William Nack 
First sentence: It was almost midnight in Virginia, late for the farmlands north of Richmond, when the breathing quickened in the stall, the phone rang in the Genry home, and two men came out the front door, hastily closing the lawn to the car. 
An interesting look into the breeding of racehorses that starts before Secretariat's birth and his racing years. I saw the movie based off of the book and liked reading about the decisions and circumstances that created Secretariat. 


  1. Are you familiar with Thomas C. Hinkle's books? He wrote about 29 on horses and dogs, published in the 1920s, 30s and 40s (last one 1952). Familiar titles include Silver, Hurricane Pinto, Buckskin, Black Storm and Mustang. His best known and my favorite is Black Storm. Other horse authors like him are Stephen Holt, Rutherford Montgomery, Henry Larom and Glenn Balch.

    1. I've seen Stephen Holt books before but not the others. Will have to be on the lookout for them though :)