The first book I pick up bears this description on the back jacket "While trying to train his horse in rural..."
I put it back down.
As a general rule, I do not read books about horses.
I might, might, consider it if it has a horse in it, as a bit character, but if the horse figures at all prominently in the book, I'm out.
I realize I'm actually quite picky when it comes to books.
Here is a list of things I will not read about:
-books that are set in another time (although I did read "Water For Elephants", and it was a good book. I was absolutely loathe to read it "I do not read books about circuses, nor books that are set in a different time or place." I told my mom when she insisted that I read it. But with a sigh of resignation I took the book. And read it in a day. Although, in my defense, it does alternate between the thirties and present day.)
-books that are set in another place
-ninjas and their ilk.
-witches, wizards, sorcerers, etc
-books that involve Christmas Tree selling as the main story line (yes, I know these books are few and far between, but I did see one this weekend past- Silver Bells. I passed on it, mentally adding a new (but small- so far) category to my list.
-books that involve international conspiracies and/or drug lords
In the end, I ended up choosing a book called "Secrets to Happiness" by Sarah Dunn. It has a puppy on the front cover, so I was drawn to it. I couldn't make a decision by reading the back cover, so then I went to the next phase, which is reading the first page. I was sold after reading the first sentence
"Do you want to know the secret to a happy marriage? Put your wife on Prozac."
That sounds about right, I thought, throwing the book into my cart.
Not that I'm on Prozac or anything
Not that that doesn't mean I shouldn't be. I flashed to Alex's second birthday part, me sitting in the front seat of our SUV and crying while the children were at the petting zoo.Do I really want to spend Alex's second birthday bawling in the car?
Yes, apparently I do, I answered myself.
I don't know how or why I got so emotional. Anyways, I had my meltdown and felt better. Nothing that a little bit of Birthday cake and some Chardonnay couldn't fix.