I’ve always been interested in learning about other people and places. I’ve always read a lot. Often those two interests have intersected. Several years ago, when I still read a lot of YA, I was intrigued by a YA read around the USA blog, and started on my quest to read a book for every state (and territories too. Why not?). My goal has expanded far out of the original YA category, though. Genre doesn’t matter anymore, as long as there’s a sense of the place, past or present, gained by reading the book. Here’s my list of what I’ve read so far (underlined) and ideas of what I might read (italics). Suggestions are always welcome, although I can’t guarantee that they’ll be read promptly, if at all.

  • Alabama To Kill a Mockingbird, While the World Watched
  • Alaska Julie of the Wolves
  • Arizona The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service
  • Arkansas Simple Jess
  • California Whispering Rock
  • Colorado My First White Friend; One More Valley, One More Hill
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida Skinny Dip
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii Unfamiliar Fishes
  • Idaho Blue Heaven
  • Illinois
  • Indiana A Girl Named Zippy
  • Iowa The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana Twelve Years a Slave, The Summer I Became a Nerd
  • Maine 
  • Maryland Life of an American Slave, Baltimore Blues, The Other Wes Moore
  • Massachusetts Johnny Tremain
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota Ashes to Ashes
  • Mississippi Beneath a Meth Moon
  • Missouri
  • Montana  The Girls from the Five Great Valleys
  • Nebraska A Lantern in Her Hand
  • Nevada Sin City
  • New Hampshire Silverhill, Calico Captive, Our Town
  • New Jersey Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
  • New Mexico
  • New York The Woman Who Wasn’t There
  • North Carolina Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio; The Hard Way on Purpose
  • Oklahoma Kind of Kin, American Terrorist
  • Oregon The Fence My Father Built, Crooked River
  • Pennsylvania Julie, The Parting
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina Beautiful Creatures
  • South Dakota Spring for Susannah
  • Tennessee All the Pretty Girls
  • Texas The Outcasts
  • Utah The World’s Strongest Librarian
  • Vermont
  • Virginia Big Stone Gap
  • Washington Frost Burned
  • West Virginia Daughter of the Stars
  • Wisconsin Caddie Woodlawn, The Westing Game, Dairy Queen
  • Wyoming The Eagle Catcher
  • Washington, D.C. A Deeper Darkness
  • Guam Keeper of the Night
  • Puerto Rico The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands Adrift on St Johns, Land of Love and Drowning
  • Northern Marianas Warriors in the Crossfire
  • American Samoa
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