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50 Books for 50 States!

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

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.


Out and About

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I was so excited when I read in the paper that one of my favorite authors, TC Boyle, was going to be in town for a book signing. He’s a local, so he normally starts and ends his book tours in Santa Barbara, but somehow I not only missed his first few stops on the tour, but the fact he had a new book out at all. Hubs actually was going to surprise me with a copy of the book, knowing how loathe I am to buy hardbacks, but I went and spoiled the whole thing by demanding we go to the signing, It happens.

We decided to make a day of it and headed out to have some awesome burgers and then hit the mission rose garden for some ball time. Spencer just loves to run up the hill and I think his is finally mastering kicking and throwing. Catching, on the other hand, could use some work.

Next up was a stop at the mall where I finally succumbed to getting Spencer a pair of deck shoes. I love them.

Then to the book signing and thankfully Spencer fell asleep in the car and hubs just stayed with him. While the children’s section of Chaucer’s is amazing, I think it is a little much for the grabby-handed toddler. Now, if someone can just tell me what the inscription says…



Story Time

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Suzanne of Bebehblog did a post some time ago about the books she was sick of reading to her son. I remember being startled not to see Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See on there. That book drives me insane. I finally got smart and I leave it in the car. Spencer is excited to see it and it calms him down right away if he is fussing in his car seat and I never have to read it. Win-win.

I thought with the holidays fast approaching, this might be a good time to talk about childrens books we love and books we hate, as we update our wish lists. Spencer loves the Sandra Boynton books and I find I don’t get as tired of reading those. He especially loves Fifteen Animals and there is also an awesome free song version. I swear this book is the reason he knows so many animal words. He also likes the That’s Not My [Noun] books. He has the tractor and kitty versions. These are more of an every in awhile type of book. More than twice in a row gets old.

Side Note: I really want to make a facebook albums with pictures of my male friends and call it That’s Not My Daddy. Example: That’s not my daddy is head is too shiny (and use a picture of a friend that shaves his head) and then I could end with That’s my daddy his hair is so red. But I figured that either people will not get it or be offended.  Sorry, got off topic, there. Back to books.

Why I am talking about books? Besides the fact that I love them, I have a giveaway for you! A $25 Barnes and Noble Gift card in fact. So you can buy awesome books and shun the crappy ones. Or DVDs if you hate books. You don’t hate books to you? It can also be used online.

How to enter:

Leave one comment telling me your favorite and/or least favorite book for a toddler.  That is it. I am keeping it short and sweet.

The fine print: An winner will be selected via on Monday November 22nd. US residents only because I don’t know if the gift card works outside of the US. Barnes & Noble did not sponsor this giveaway or provide the card for this purpose. I got it with credit card points, if you must know, and I am sharing it with you. Because I looooooove you.

I also am giving away a FuzziBuns Diaper here.

Books, books everywhere and not a thing to read

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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I didn’t know reading made me weird or a nerd or unusual until Middle School. I was publicly shamed for reading a book. By a teacher. Ok, so I was reading Gone with the Wind during math class, but hey, at least I was reading and not doodling or blowing things up or something disruptive or non-educational. My mom said pretty much the same thing to the teacher when he called me on it during a parent-teacher conference. My mom was a reader too. She understood. Besides she made the excellent point that if I had an A (which I did) and I was not disturbing other kids (which I was not) exactly what was the problem. Teachers hated my mom.

I love reading and I also love books. I like the act of reading a book, turning the pages, the crisp, clean smell of a new book or the musty funk of an old one. I’m not sure I could ever adjust to an electronic reader. How would I turn down the corner of a page to hold my place? I’m also hard pressed to let a book go. Books are one of the few things that survived nearly all of my 14 moves in my 2os. I sold back text books and the errant novel when I was truly desperate for cash, but for the most part I simply added (and added and added) to my collection.

My books aren’t fancy, although I do have some signed ones. My books aren’t rare, but some, especially some of the cookbooks, are out of print. I might own 3 copies of the Joy of Cooking from 3 different decades. And I love them all. Some are still in boxes because we don’t have room in our house for all of my books. (And my husband’s books. We book nuts attract each other, I guess.) Right now, we have 4 overflowing floor to ceiling bookcases, two smaller bookcases, a cookbook only bookcase and I have stacks of books on my nightstand. I have a problem.

Some highlights:

My signed copy of Drop City. I love, love, love TC Boyle and I went to a reading and good this one signed and he complimented my shoes. Score!

My mom’s copy of Frugal Gormet.  Say what you will about Jeff Smith, this is a really good cookbook. His PBS show was a mainstay in our house growing up and the cookbook opens to a very stained and splattered chicken piccata recipe with my mom’s handwritten changes.

Ellen Tebbits. I don’t even know how many times I have read this book. It is one of my all time childhood favorites. I have know idea how I have managed to hold on to it for all these years.

And my all time best used book score, my matched set of the Incarnations of Immortality series. I borrowed them for a friend the first time I read them and managed to put together my own set over the years by scouring used book stores and thrift stores for matching covers.

For those of you expected an homage to glass chickens, it turned in to a maudlin meditation on loss and estate sales. In short, a post for another day.

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