We Who With Songs Beguile, by Loganberry
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Mazarine, the bluejay from Fluttershy's bird chorus, vents.
A few thoughts: This story is ultimately just a retread of the show from a novel perspective, but it's still pleasant, funny, and and moves along at a breezy but not breakneck pace. What I really enjoyed, though, is that Loganberry has an exasperated, annoyed narrator who isn't just a joyless curmudgeon. Too many stories saddle the reader with a "snarky" protagonist, and Mazarine is perennially annoyed and frustrated... but also has likes, interests, and an actual personality. Plus, there are some nice touches ("thank Yolk," "everybird," etc.) around the edges. The voice does vacillate a bit, never quite settling between "world-weary" to "actively angry," and at times that changeability put me off, however.
(EDIT: I forgot to post a Recommendation! Luckily, the author himself stepped up to the plate: "[This story] would probably appeal most to people who wanted a truly fresh perspective on events they'd already seen -- and who like a little light world-building along the way." Fits my opinion on the matter pretty well; let's go with that!)
Equestria: A History Revealed, by Hoofry_Poneigher
Zero-ish spoiler summary: An "academic essay" by Loose Change--Canterlot student, conspiracy theorist, and Worst Researcher Ever--exposing the true history of Equestria.
A few thoughts: I absolutely love the premise of this being an in-universe assignment/crazy pony tract, and the best moments of the story invariably are based around that conceit (the last chapter is a bibliography which is highly worth referring to; I kept it open in a second tab while reading, and would recommend doing so; example entries from the first chapter include "3. Clever, Clover the. My Life in a Few Words. 5th ed. Vol. 10. Canterlot: Canterlot, 1804. Print. The Pre-Equestrian Collection," "6. Berries, Sour. A Filly’s POP-UP Guide to Equestrian Animals. 1st ed. Vol. 1. Manehattan: DIC, 2004. Print," and "7. Honey Bunches of Oats. N.d. Back of Cereal Box."). I found the theories themselves a bit dull and repetitive after a while, however; not in terms of content per se, but over 100,000 words of "everyone good is secretly evil" is a lot of expounding on a single basic theme; I think I'd have been happier with a shorter, more focused take on this idea than the sprawling totality of Equestrian history that I got.
Recommendation: Anyone who likes in-universe writing, conspiracy theories (and the mocking of show fans'), or academic humor should definitely take a look at this, even if only to read the first few chapters and get a sense for the way it's constructed.
Applejack Balances Her Books, by sparklepeep
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Applejack works on her taxes.
A few thoughts: This is one of those stories that just kind of is. It's not particularly funny/sad/insert emotion here, its single SoL tag accurately representing the banality of the subject. But usually, SoL stories still have a moral, or at least a point. This one doesn't, exactly; at the end, Applejack gets some of her friends to help her, but the story isn't about AJ failing, or even particularly struggling, on her own. This ends up basically being "a few days in the life of a pony," with "doing taxes" as the only unifying theme. That said, it's well-written and has strong characterizations, plus has some nice worldbuilding touches, so it's not like there's nothing going on, here. Just nothing resembling a purpose.
Recommendation: Fans of true SoL stories may enjoy this, but those looking for any sort of direction in their stories will probably find it dull.