USA Reading Roadtrip

Oh, yes.  Another book challenge.  But, y'all, I really do love myself a good book challenge.  Traveling around the 50 states of the USA through the stories of books set in each state?  What's not to love about this challenge?  The group on goodreads operates each calendar year.  That's all fine and good.  I'm not really giving myself an "end" date.  I'll take my trip leisurely.

Preliminary list:

  1. Alabama - This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  2. Alaska - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  3. Arizona - Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Arkansas - The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield
  5. California - The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt - READ 18 June 2016 - read review here
  6. Colorado - The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (also takes place in CA and UT) - READ 18 May 2016 - read review here
  7. Connecticut - The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
  8. Delaware - Are You Scared Yet? by Hunter Morgan
  9. Florida - Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  10. Georgia - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  11. Hawaii - Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  12. Idaho - Killer View by Ridley Pearson 
  13. Illinois - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  14. Indiana - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - READ 22 January 2017 - read review here
  15. IowaMissing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf - READ 24 April 2017 - read review here
  16. Kansas - The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
  17. Kentucky - Shattered by Karen Robards
  18. Louisiana - Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
  19. Maine - Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  20. Maryland - After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
  21. Massachusetts - Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
  22. Michigan - Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  23. Minnesota - The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  24. Mississippi - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  25. Missouri - Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  26. Montana - Missoula by Jon Krakauer - READ 31 August 2016 - read review here
  27. Nebraska - Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  28. Nevada - Pretending to be Erica Michelle Painchaud
  29. New Hampshire - The Pact by Jodi Picoult - READ 10 April 2017 - read review here
  30. New Jersey - Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart - READ 15 October 2016 - read review here
  31. New Mexico - Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  32. New York - Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
  33. North Carolina - Iron House by John Hart
  34. North Dakota - The Round House by Louise Erdich
  35. Ohio - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - READ 30 September 2016 - read review here
  36. Oklahoma - The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
  37. Oregon - The Program by Suzanne Young
  38. Pennsylvania - Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  39. Rhode Island - Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
  40. South Carolina - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - READ 6 January 2017 - read review here
  41. South Dakota - 61 Hours by Lee Child
  42. Tennessee - Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
  43. Texas - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - READ 12 June 2016 - read review here
  44. Utah - Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
  45. Vermont - She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  46. Virginia - The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
  47. Washington - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  48. West Virginia - The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
  49. Wisconsin - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  50. Wyoming - Open Season by C.J. Box
Do you have a book suggestion set in a particular state?  I'd love to hear it!


  1. this is so fun! i just read the love that split the world which is set in KY, so if your KY book doesn't work out.. maybe you would like that one. it's very YA though. I might have to put a list together for this one!

  2. This is an awesome list! This sounds like a fun challenge


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