Us horse-crazy gals tend to be a wee bit obsessive. I personally never tire of reading about horses, but there are times that I also long for fiction, not another training book that I have to ponder or riding book that I have to decipher. It’s harder than you would think to find fiction books with a horsey theme when you’re using a search function at the bookstore or the library, since it tends to miss a lot of books that don’t list the word ‘horse’ in the title or, even more frustrating, leaves you with a long list of young adult fiction to wade through in your hunt for a decent novel.
So, I’ve compiled a list of horse novels based on recommendations via Amazon’s “Customers who bought this item also bought…” and “listmania!” features, which have led me to some good things in the past. Keep in mind that I’m not endorsing these books as a group – I haven’t even read most of them. I have no idea if they’re brilliant or boring. I’m just looking for as inclusive a list as possible of adult horse fiction.
In my research for this post, I did find a library on ponydom which looks promising, but there’s no way to simply see all the titles without the non-fiction and some Young Adult being mixed in, which is confusing. On the plus side, you can browse by discipline or genre, which is handy if you have one you really like (mystery) or one you don’t (science fiction). It’s worth checking out and obviously the product of yet another horse-crazy gal like the rest of us. I also stumbled across a new blog, Equestrian Ink, which I highlighted on yesterday’s weekly blog round-up, and I have high hopes that these professional writers/horsewomen will make a grand splash into the horse blogosphere.
In order to make this list work as painlessly as possible, I’ve decided to utilize LibraryThing. Why not Google Books, you ask? In this case, Google Book Search can’t help me, but tags and recommendations from other readers can, so LibraryThing’s social bookmarking is a better application for this project. As always, books I’ve actually read can still be found in my Google web library. Neither list is as updated as I’d like, but it’s a work in progress and I will update frequently. Tags, comments, and reviews still need to be added, so if you have any, please leave your thoughts in the comments of this blog and I will add them to the list. I’ve included a link to the EqP Fiction Library on the sidebar so it’s easy to find.
I’d love to hear feedback on the books listed, and more than that, I’d really like some good recommendations that aren’t on the list. My only request is that it be limited to fiction – any genre is fine, so long as the setting includes horses in a meaningful way.
I hope this is useful for all of you who love to read as much as I do and are constantly on the hunt for a good horse book to curl up with at the end of the day.
Note: Looking through the list, it does seem like the mystery genre is over-represented, and I’m not sure why that is, but as I continue to add books that may become less weighted. A good many of the books I found are Young Adult but read by adults as well, much like the Harry Potter series. I’ve chosen not to include these since I haven’t read them and don’t know if they really transcend that label or not.
p.s. If it seems like I’ve included a lot of links to the library, you’re right. After cataloging 168 books over the course of an evening, I may have lost my mind. My lovely boyfriend certainly thought so when he went to bed and I was still feverishly typing, 11 open tags on my browser…. “I’ll be to bed soon. I just have seven more lists to go!”