Many parts of the country are in their second week of sheltering-in-place, so we guess you could say things are getting pretty serious. Some folks are adapting to the new reality by organizing happy hours on Zoom, testing another pasta [frozen] primavera recipe, Netflix and chilling, rationing toilet paper, and catching up on some overdue reading.
And that’s where we come in. This week we’re offering up a ‘rona reading list for our fellow voracious bookworms, and we’ve got a little something for everyone. So cuddle up with your Kindle and a glass of your favorite varietal (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and does it even matter anymore?), because below is our highly edited, OR-approved literary short-list of fiction, non-fiction, and equine-themed reads published in the last few years. We included a few suggestions from some trusted friends and followers, as well.
An appropriate title for the times, The Great Alone follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl stranded on her family’s remote homestead, and this page-turner of a story is framed by a stunning Alaskan backdrop.
A Little Life was published in 2015 and has been read by millions. However, at 737 pages, we figure there are many people who may have been saving it for a rainy day (or a shelter-in-place sitch). It is an inspired work of fiction, and you owe it to yourself to read it (with a box of tissues).
The Overstory’s author is a computer programmer-turned writer who intricately weaves complex science, the poetry of nature, and dramatic characters into a tangled web of modern day activism, resulting in a beautiful tribute to trees and forests.
Wine Girl chronicles the troubled childhood and toxic career path of the country’s youngest sommelier, whose brave voice opens a dialogue about the culture of abuse and sexism in the fine dining industry.
The Eventing Series by Natalie Keller Reinert
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
Billy Tapper Zillionaire by Gary Finnan
The Last Whalers by Doug Bock Clark
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
FOR THE EQUESTRIAN SET
Horse Brain, Human Brain by Janet Jones
Healthy as a Horse by Angie Wells
Still Horse Crazy After All These Years by James Wofford
The Tao of Equus by Linda Kohanov
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse by Charlie Mackesy