Five Fall Favorites, Day 4: Western and Inspiration (Animals, that is)

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Today is ‘western’ and ‘inspirational’ day. Now, I couldn’t remember reading any books that counted as ‘inspirational,’ so … yeah. I guess I just don’t need inspiring. XD So I replaced ‘inspirational’ with ‘animals.’ Yeah … that is a genre … πŸ˜›
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(I admit I never read books of this genre … well, almost never, as you can see I scrounged up five ‘westerns’ … although I admit they aren’t really … at least, not most of them …)


Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Childhood favorite. <3 It’s so sweet. I must have read it fifteen or twenty times … but then, I’ve probably read a fifty books fifteen or twentyΒ times … but just because I don’t show favoritism amongst my babies books doesn’t mean I don’t love them allΒ individually. πŸ˜›


ThisΒ Hostile LandΒ by Willowy Whisper

Wow … a little violent … COOL! *deep sigh at own lack of sensitivity* Anyway, it ended super abruptly, but what can you expect from a story this short, and I love it anyway. πŸ™‚Β I love the cover too much for words! (*considers actually hiring Willowy Whisper as a cover designer* *glances over shoulder at beautiful covers for The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy* *decides to put thoughts about it on hold until I actually finish the series and need more covers designed*


Fitting In by Rebekah Morris

I believe I received a Kindle copy of this short story for a review, and I was really impressed. Oftentimes short stories don’t contain the amount of character development, plot development, and setting development I like to see … but this one really did! The girl on the cover *cough cough* isn’t Elizabeth, though. (What? My mental image is totally offended by that girl! So there!)


The Old River Road by Ivy Rose

Oh, my gosh, THIS BOOK! It’s like … Laura Ingalls Wilder + Maud Hart Lovelace + Gene Stratton Porter + awesomesauce. OH MY GOSH WILLIAM AND CLARA!!! … and kids. Finally, someone is having a big family IN A BOOK.

Other books characters: “Ooh, we have a kid! We’re so blessed … Not that we’re gonna have another, because apparently having just one is very Victorian. How very modern of us.”

William and Clara: “Ten? Nah, that’s not enough.” <3 <3 <3 <3

Go buy yourself a copy now! I’m gonna have to get myself a paperback copy sooner or later … the Kindle copy I have just isn’t cutting it! πŸ˜€

*tries to wait until the next book comes out* *enters up huddled in a corner crying*


The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I don’t think this one needs a lot of explanation … my personal favorite is either On the Banks of Plum Creek (for my child-self) or These Happy Golden Years (for my grownup self). Or … you know, Little Town on the Prairie is awesome. Or … or … or … πŸ˜‰

Inspirational Animals

(This is a genre I read (or used to read) a lot of, actually …)


Owls in the Family by Farley Mowatt

This book is so hilarious! πŸ˜€ The one time I can stand owls … *makes exaggerated chopping motions* *war whoops and runs threateningly towards trees*


Socks by Beverly Cleary

One of my favorite books, the only one I’ve ever read about a cat that makes sense. πŸ™‚


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

I’m sorry … this one just had to be here! I absolutely adore this book, honestly. I used it for research for one story I wrote forever ago, tooΒ …


Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

I used to read soooo many dog books … and this was one of my favorites. Sweet and sad and heartbreaking and hilarious. πŸ™‚ I adore the movie, too … or I used to. I haven’t watched it in maybe five years. XD


King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

This one is amazing! It’s a true story, too. πŸ™‚

Today my room is …


Take a seat … literally! *cracks up* Yeah … I’m writing this late …
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~Kellyn Roth

Showing 25 comments
  • Megan (A Barefoot Gal)

    Ooh, Owls in the Family is HILARIOUS. It like one of the only books I laughed out loud at. πŸ˜›

    • Kellyn Roth

      I know, it is really funny, isn’t it. πŸ˜€

  • Rebekah A. Morris

    I love “The Old River Road”! And “King of the Wind” is a great read too!

  • Bethany R.

    I’m definitely going to read The Old River Road. πŸ™‚ and Fitting In. I also remember enjoying the Marguerite Henry books. I think I have them all. πŸ˜›

    • Kellyn Roth

      The Old River Road is absolutely fantastic, and Fitting In is very good! I think I already said that, though … πŸ˜‰

  • Lily

    I love Black Beauty and Caddie Woodland! The Little House series is AMAZING too – I must have read some of them fifteen times!

    • Kellyn Roth

      I used to think I was just like Laura … well, I’m not, but we have some things in common … #selfrighteoussibling πŸ˜‰

      • Lily

        Me too! πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley

    I want to read The Old River Road so bad! Some of these other book look interesting as well.

  • Kimberly

    I loved Black Beauty as a little girl!! πŸ™‚

  • Kate Willis

    King of the Wind is my absolute favorite horse book! Have you read about Man O’ War or Seabiscuit?

    • Kellyn Roth

      Yes, both. Well … I think I’ve read about Man o’ War and I watched a movie about Seabiscuit … so kind!? XD

      • Kate Willis

        The Ralph Moody book about Seabiscuit is fantastic.

  • CutePolarBear

    I really want to read “Old River Road” now. πŸ˜€ Ooh, I’ve read “Socks” and “Owls in the Family”. I really liked “Socks”, and I’ve read it through in one sitting several times. πŸ˜‰

  • Faith Potts

    Ah, some books I’m familiar with! πŸ˜‰ I’ve read the Little House books, Old River Road <3, Fitting In, & This Hostile Land <3.

    • Kellyn Roth

      They’re similar, but both differently awesome. πŸ˜›

  • amandatero

    Fun list!! I agree about “Old River Road.” πŸ™‚ And animals! πŸ™‚ Didn’t think about that genre, but what a great one! πŸ˜€

  • Pearl W

    I enjoyed reading James Heriot’s Favorite Dog Stories and his cat stories one also! πŸ™‚ I liked raeding Caddie Woodlawn!

  • noblenovels

    *Needs to go get The Old River Road* Ah yes, Black Beauty. A sad, yet beautiful classic! Thanks again for sharing!

  • Emma

    I love Socks!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Amy Lane

    I might have to read This Hostile Land.

  • Sarah

    OMGoodness! I <3 King of the wind!

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