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Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Club Book Review: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

The February Book Club read was Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
I read this book cover to cover in just a few days, partly because I had to get it finished by our Book Club meet up this week and partly because it was just so good I didn't want to put it down!
Half Broke Horses is a true life story about the author's grandmother but it's written in first person to make you connect more with the story.
This is the life story of Lilly, a young girl growing up on a ranch in country America with her family. She goes to school, goes on to become a teacher, spends time in both the City and Country as she travels across Texas trying to create a life for herself.
Lilly is a hard working women who has a real drive for life, she is adventurous, and will do good no matter what obstacles she is faced with. She throws in these life lessons and comments all the way through the book, she had a sense of humour too which made her all the more likable!
I really enjoyed reading about ranch life, breaking in horses, driving cattle and the cowboys. The differences between city life with electricity and all it's people, compared to the laid back but hard working country life on the land.
I would recommend this book to everyone young and old. It will give you an insight into how life on the land was for the Americans in the early/mid 1900s and proves that if you work hard, you can make a life for yourself, no matter what life throws at you.
I give this book 5 stars of our 5.
Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read
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  1. Ooooh, 5 out of 5! OK then. I might just have to check it out (not that I have time to read books ...but there must be a plane trip or long car ride coming up soon ...)
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    1. Yes and Im a hard marker too but this one really did deserve the full score! It wasnt too long and easy to read so hopefully you can fit it into your busy schedule one day soon :)

  2. i'm very much enjoying looking around your blog. awesome trip to sydney (it's a dream of ours to go, but it's a very long trip from philly!) super jealous of the shorts and summer you are in right now, this has been the longest and snowiest winter for many years. and i love jeanette walls, i actually met her at a bookstore signing of the glass castle, which is one of my favorite books. have you read that one?

    1. Oh yes Sydney is a long way for you to come .... but you would be enjoying summer in your shorts right now if you did! I've heard there's been lots of snow storms, hope you havent been stranded inside the house for too long waiting for the weather to clear. Oh did you really, wow that wouldve been great. No I havent read that one, but its on my reading list now because I enjoyed this book so much :) Thanks so much for stopping by!


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