50 Books for 50 States!

Sometimes random thoughts pop in my head. Like this one:

Are you following me on twitter? If not, you are missing daily gems like that one.

So, bee in bonnet firmly established, I decided to find out. I learned something along the way. I am not good at remembering where books are set beyond those set in major cities.  Google to the rescue! Luckily wikipedia and good reads can both be searched by location. I went with the first book I saw listed that I had read, not the best or most interesting.

Ta da!

Books set in all 50 states

Alabama – To Kill A Mockingbird
Alaska – Call of the Wild
Arizona – The Bean Trees
Arkansas – True Grit
California – The Immigrants
Colorado – Catering to Nobody
Connecticut – Homecoming
Delaware – And Never Let Her Go
Florida – Striptease
Georgia – Gone with the Wind
Hawaii – Still Life with Woodpecker
Idaho – Angle of Repose
Illinois – The Jungle
Indiana – God Bless You, Mr Rosewater
Iowa – Gilead
Kansas – Little House on the Prairie
Kentucky – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Louisiana – Dead Until Dark {Sookie Stackhouse}
Maine – Carrie
Maryland –  A Taste of Blackberries
Massachusetts – Kane and Abel
Michigan – The Road to Wellville
Minnesota – Lake Wobegon Days
Mississippi – Tishomingo Blues
Missouri – A Good American
Montana – A River Runs Through It
Nebraska – O Pioneers!
Nevada – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
New Hampshire – A Separate Peace
New Jersey – Are you there God? It’s me Margaret
New Mexico – Crossing to Safety
New York – The Great Gatsby
North Carolina – A Walk to Remember
North Dakota – The Big Rock Candy Mountain
Ohio – Sula
Oklahoma – The Grapes of Wrath
Oregon – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pennsylvania – Bee Season
Rhode Island – My Sister’s Keeper
South Carolina – The Secret Life of Bees
South Dakota –  Little Town on the Prairie
Tennessee – The Firm
Texas – Why Girls are Weird
Utah – Refuge
Vermont – The Secret History
Virginia – Skinny Legs and All
Washington – Twilight
West Virginia – Jacob I have Loved
Wisconsin – Little House in the Big Woods
Wyoming – Shane

I decided that fictitious cities in named states counted, mostly so I could use Twilight. I used all fiction except for Delaware and Utah where I couldn’t find one, but had read nonfiction set there.

I’m only up to 10 books read for 2013, which is disappointing. Maybe I should start reading instead of playing Candy Crush before bed.


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8 Responses to “50 Books for 50 States!”

  1. Leah says:

    What a neat thought to have. I feel like you could cover a lot of ground with Little House books alone. I also see that we have pretty similar taste so I am now going to use your list to find new stuff to read.


    Amy Reply:

    I didn’t say I liked all of them. ::cough Gilead cough::


  2. Valerie says:

    You will be happy to know that you didn’t need to create the fictitious town rule for Twilight. Forks, Washington is a real town. I read somewhere that the writer Googled “town with highest rainfall” and Forks came up so she used it. :)


    Amy Reply:

    That’s so funny! I said the Twilight thing as a joke, I had no idea I was wrong. Although, now that you mention it, Forks being real sounds familiar. Honestly, I just didn’t want to have to try and figure out which places were real and which weren’t. I was just going for named state.


    Valerie Reply:

    I just reread my comment and it looks like I’m one of those Twihards. I swear I’m not! lol! Just one of those random facts floating around in my head although I did read and enjoy the books. :)

    I bet there is a whole lot of people that were really annoyed by the books being based in Forks. Those obsessed tweens must get really bothersome after a while. ;)


    Amy Reply:

    I didn’t think you were a twihard! I would have corrected me too! I’m letting the post stand even though I *really* want to fix it. I might have to add a comment.

  3. Suzanne says:

    The Little House books would cover a lot of middle states for me, plus I read a LOT of books set in South Carolina when I lived there…but besides that my list would be really sad. Was the Connecticut book any good? I’m only tempted to read books about places I know.


  4. Amy says:

    The CT book is a kids book/YA book I read when I was a kid. I think it was good? I remember it. It’s about kids being abandoned. There is another better CT book I read recently, but the CT part is a vague spoiler so I will email you.


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