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I read the first part of this slowly, but as more of Olivia's history was revealed and the story got more involved, I wanted to read faster and find out the answers. :)



And that makes it a worthwhile book

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If you've been here in previous months, welcome back. If you've just stumbled in here and haven't started - welcome!

This is a multi-year rolling challenge - start when you like, set your own limit (12 months, 18 months or all 24 months). Personally, I'm shooting for 1/15 - 12/16 (24 months).

Here are the rules:
Read a book from every state in the USA (bonus: optional is the District of Columbia). The book's setting should be primarily in that state/territory, but doesn't have to 100% stay in the state. Any kind of book is fine - library, e-book, audiobook or BC book. One state per book please.

Instead of a long list, post what # state you're up to AFTER you read the book, the book title, BCID if applicable and a little about it.

??'s - post below or PM me.

Here is a link to some book suggestions for the 50 states: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-famous-book-set-in-every-state-map-2013-10
http://www.epicreads.com/---/the-united-states-of-ya/
http://www.bkmag.com/---/the-literary-united-states-a-map-of-the-best-book-for-every-state/

Some great books can be found by searching on a keyword at the library & looking at the juvenile section. Search previous years in Book Talk forum (keyword states or the state you're looking for)

If you do LibraryThing, some folks have added Common Knowledge places to books. Just add "CK: Important Places" to one of your lists of books to see if someone entered a place that you need.

Here are the states:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
District of Columbia (optional)
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Julius the Street Boy: Or, Life in the West
by Horatio Alger
Public domain e-book: I found several versions here: https://archive.org

New York street kid Julius goes west on what is sometimes called an "orphan train" and ends up in Wisconsin. Since it's Horatio Alger, his basic goodness and excellent work ethic are richly rewarded.

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | IL | KS | KY | MS | MO | MT | ND | RI | SD | DC | WY

..

So I don't have to keep looking them up:

2015 1st Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515029
2015 2nd Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/518295
2015 3rd Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/520454
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Julius the Street Boy: Or, Life in the West
by Horatio Alger
Public domain e-book: I found several copies here: https://archive.org

New York street kid Julius goes west on what is sometimes called an "orphan train" and ends up in Wisconsin. Since it's Horatio Alger, his basic goodness and excellent work ethic are richly rewarded.

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | IL | KS | KY | MS | MO | MT | ND | RI | SD | DC | WY

..

So I don't have to keep looking them up:

2015 1st Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515029
2015 2nd Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/518295
2015 3rd Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/520454


A new source of e-books. Thanks! (as if I need any more....)
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Julius the Street Boy: Or, Life in the West
by Horatio Alger
Public domain e-book: I found several copies here: https://archive.org

New York street kid Julius goes west on what is sometimes called an "orphan train" and ends up in Wisconsin. Since it's Horatio Alger, his basic goodness and excellent work ethic are richly rewarded.

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | IL | KS | KY | MS | MO | MT | ND | RI | SD | DC | WY

..

So I don't have to keep looking them up:

2015 1st Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515029
2015 2nd Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/518295
2015 3rd Quarter thread: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/520454


A new source of e-books. Thanks! (as if I need any more....)
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Nice surprise - I had no idea the book was set in one of the states I needed when I picked it up. It was simply the next in line from a bookstogive bookbox.

Traitor's Caress by Colleen Faulkner http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7903344
The author claims kinship to William Faulkner in the inscription, but I couldn't find validation of that.

Typical romance, set during the revolutionary war primarily in Dover, Delaware. Brock is a privateer during the war, supplying the Rebel troops. His uncle arranges his marriage to Tory sympathizer, Keely, believing that will help keep him out of prison. But there's a traitor in their midst and it's not Keely.
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The Jumping-Off Place by Marian Hurd McNeely
1930 Newbery Honor Book
Original edition out of print but online (with illustrations) here: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/---/place.html
Also republished in paperback in 2008.

Four orphaned children, ranging in age from 17 down to 8, try to claim their legacy from their Uncle Jim by homesteading a claim in South Dakota.

Certainly a product of its time - first published in 1929 - and no longer entirely politically correct (there are a couple of no-no words, etc.). The opening of the reservations to settlement by outsiders was a huge blow for the Native Americans (can you say treaty violation?), and brought about widespread environmental change...but at the same time it was a fantastic opportunity for many people to start new lives.

Overall, a lovely story for someone who grew up with the Little House books, although it was a bit surprising when the kids got driven out to the homestead in a car! Turns out the Rosebud Reservation was opened to settlement starting in 1904, so it's not impossible that someone wealthy and living in town would have had an automobile, although all the labor on the claim is pretty much animal- and human-powered.

There are a couple of maps showing locations from the story here: http://www.sdshspress.com/index.php?...

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | IL | KS | KY | MS | MO | MT | ND | RI | DC | WY
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Thanks for the links. I've gotten non-fiction digitized research books from university libraries. Never thought other books would be digitized too.
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Morning Star by Kerry Newcomb
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13627320

Western: Kentucky-born Joel is not welcome at home after fighting on the Confederate side of the Civil War, so he heads west. In the mountains of Montana, he encounters a group of strangers: in that group are the Cheyenne girl Mourning Dove and the defrocked Frenchman Henri Larocque. In rescuing Mourning Dove, Joel gains both a love interest and a mortal enemy.

Not bad for a book I got free. :p

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | IL | KS | KY | MS | MO | ND | RI | DC | WY
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Iodine by Haven Kimmel

Trace Pennington has had an abusive childhood, which forced her to seek refuge with another family. When she enters college, she takes the name of Ianthe Covington and quickly establishes herself as a brilliant student and lives alone with her dog in an abandoned farmhouse. In her senior year, she falls in love with one of her professors and drops out to move in with him.

Recollections of her past through dream journal entries are presented, along with a lot of discussion about Freud and Jung and mythology figures (if I had any concrete knowledge of these, it might have made the reading easier).

There's quite a bit of the unreliable narrator factor going on here, which becomes apparent by the end of the novel, though not everything that is presented can be labeled false or true.

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All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki

Yumi Fuller returns home to Liberty Falls, Idaho, after 25 years (she ran away when she was 14), with her children in tow, after learning that her parents are ailing. Her best friend, now married, still lives next door and is now farming her parents' acres. A band of agricultural activists has arrived on her doorstep to learn about the family seeding business, and an old lover returns to keep an eye on the activists' doings. What could go wrong?
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All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki

What could go wrong?


Apparently lots can go wrong, ergo the book!
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Jack of Spades Joyce Carol Oates BCID xxx 13635265

Quite liked the premise of this, but the characters are so unloveable and the resolution disappointed. The first book of this acclaimed author I have read. Not sure whether I will seek her out again,

Alabama, California , Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont
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Jack of Spades Joyce Carol Oates BCID xxx 13635265

Quite liked the premise of this, but the characters are so unloveable and the resolution disappointed. The first book of this acclaimed author I have read. Not sure whether I will seek her out again,

Alabama, California , Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont


I haven't read anything by Oates either, althougth I think there's one or two of her books in the stash.
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Good Grief by Lolly Winston

Recently widowed Sophie Stanton is not coping well - depression, work situation, and dwindling finances are taking over. Seeking a renewal, she moves to Ashland, Oregon, and with the support of her college roommate starts over - new job, new home, new hobby (Big Sister), and a possible love interest. But, as it always seems, nothing ever goes smoothly.
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Almost there!
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Breathing Lessons. Anne Tyler BCID xxx 13649150

I like the way Anne Tyler really examines life, marriage and relationships. In this novel she examines the marriage of Ira and Maggie over the period of one day. The kids are leaving home, their friends are dying, the elderly parents and disabled siblings. All the stuff that makes family. Maggie wants to fix everything, often telling lies intending to make things better. Ira wearily tolerates Maggie's meddling, her fretting about her weight, by hiding in his games of solitaire.
No resolution, just the depressing ordinariness of their lives. But of course there is that deep abiding love.

Alabama, California , Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont
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Breathing Lessons. Anne Tyler BCID xxx 13649150

I like the way Anne Tyler really examines life, marriage and relationships. In this novel she examines the marriage of Ira and Maggie over the period of one day. The kids are leaving home, their friends are dying, the elderly parents and disabled siblings. All the stuff that makes family. Maggie wants to fix everything, often telling lies intending to make things better. Ira wearily tolerates Maggie's meddling, her fretting about her weight, by hiding in his games of solitaire.
No resolution, just the depressing ordinariness of their lives. But of course there is that deep abiding love.

Alabama, California , Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont


I think I've read that book - the 24 hour thing sounds familiar. But it was probably before I started logging ALL the books I've read.
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Continuing my "unofficial" theme of finding the states in the romance books. And this is no exception

The Marshall and Mrs O'Malley by Julianne McLean http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8442698

This is set in the late 1800's Kansas. Jo's husband was murdered by cattle rustlers. New marshal in town, Fletcher is trying his darndest to capture "six-gun Hank", not realizing at first that it's a lady trying to take the law into her own hands.
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You Got Nothing Coming Jimmy Lerner BCID xxx12488934

This is a grim account of Lerner's four years in an unnamed Nevada prison. Lerner killed a man he met at an AA meeting, who had serious drug and psychiatric issues, unfortunately Lerner was drinking at the time and he was sentenced.
This was totally depressing story with very few redeeming features. no wonder the recidivism rate is over 80% , brutal guards, no rehabilitation, drug and alcohol abuse rife and gang controlled. I was horrified to learn that children as young as 13 are sentenced to adult prisons in Nevada.

Alabama, California , Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont
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You Got Nothing Coming Jimmy Lerner BCID xxx12488934
This is a grim account of Lerner's four years in an unnamed Nevada prison. Lerner killed a man he met at an AA meeting, who had serious drug and psychiatric issues, unfortunately Lerner was drinking at the time and he was sentenced.
This was totally depressing story with very few redeeming features. no wonder the recidivism rate is over 80% , brutal guards, no rehabilitation, drug and alcohol abuse rife and gang controlled. I was horrified to learn that children as young as 13 are sentenced to adult prisons in Nevada.


Sounds like a very grim book
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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Audio download read by Christian Rummel

One of Bradbury's Green Town books: nearly-fourteen-year-old best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade are intrigued when a mysterious carnival comes to town just before Halloween.

I've been a fan of Bradbury for a long time, and his Green Town stories are some of my favorites; this one is perfect for this time of year.

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | KS | KY | MS | MO | ND | RI | DC | WY
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New Land by Sarah Schmidt
Newbery Honor Book, 1934
Online with illutrations at http://digital.library.upenn.edu/---/land.html

(One of a number of interesting public domain books at http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women - although you may have to do some side research about the books if you want to use them for reading challenges..)

The four Morgans (father, 17-year-old twins, and younger sister) move from Chicago to Wyoming to farm. They encounter unexpected challenges, but given the type of book it is and the time when it was published, it's not hard to guess that things will probably work out in the end. The story centers around Sayre and her twin brother Charley. Sometimes I wish I was half as competent as Sayre, but much of the time her life sounds flat out exhausting!

What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | KS | KY | MS | MO | ND | RI | DC
I've got a plan (we'll see how *that* goes) for the remaining books - that is, some idea of what I'm hoping to read and where I'll get it (so far, two books requested from closed stacks at the library).
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What's left: AL | AZ | AR | CT | DE | KS | KY | MS | MO | ND | RI | DC
I've got a plan (we'll see how *that* goes) for the remaining books - that is, some idea of what I'm hoping to read and where I'll get it (so far, two books requested from closed stacks at the library).


Woohoo! Getting down to the end!
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Charnel House by Fred Anderson

This is actually two stories that intertwine with each other. The first (and the one I liked most) is about a man named Joe Garraty. He loses his job, and goes to a strip club and gets drunk. One his way home, he passes an old house that has been deserted for years, and everyone knows it is haunted. He decides to go by it. While doing so, he recalls a time when he was young, and he and a friend challenged the friends cousin, Bobby to go inside. Which he did, and yes, he was scared. Joe is surprised when a boy suddenly runs in front of his car, is hit, and dies. Joe decides to bury him under the haunted house. Of course the kid comes back and haunts Joe, etc.

The second story is about what happened to Bobby when he went under the house and how he felt about being bullied to do it. In a strange time switch routine which is too hard to understand, Bobby somehow eventually turns out to be the boy that Joe kills.
As I said, I really didn't care for the 2nd story and wish I hadn't wasted my time on it.
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Charnel House by Fred Anderson

This is actually two stories that intertwine with each other. The first (and the one I liked most) is about a man named Joe Garraty. He loses his job, and goes to a strip club and gets drunk. One his way home, he passes an old house that has been deserted for years, and everyone knows it is haunted. He decides to go by it. While doing so, he recalls a time when he was young, and he and a friend challenged the friends cousin, Bobby to go inside. Which he did, and yes, he was scared. Joe is surprised when a boy suddenly runs in front of his car, is hit, and dies. Joe decides to bury him under the haunted house. Of course the kid comes back and haunts Joe, etc.

The second story is about what happened to Bobby when he went under the house and how he felt about being bullied to do it. In a strange time switch routine which is too hard to understand, Bobby somehow eventually turns out to be the boy that Joe kills.
As I said, I really didn't care for the 2nd story and wish I hadn't wasted my time on it.


Both stories sound odd to me. But maybe appropriately spooky for the time of year.
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Travelling Light Katrina Kitten BCID xxx3662830

A family gathers to support their son and brother die. A long painful demise as HIV/ Aids ravages his body.
As people support each other and their loved one they also deal with their own concerns and relationships.

The prejudice and sentiments around homosexuality made this seem rather dated, I hope we have all learnt to be more accepting and loving.


Alabama, California , Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont
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.....The prejudice and sentiments around homosexuality made this seem rather dated, I hope we have all learnt to be more accepting and loving.


Some books traverse the test of time quite well. Others you need to keep in mind the mores at the time.
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Dirt Road Home by Watt Key
Library book

At the end of _Alabama Moon_ (read and enjoyed for the previous states challenge - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8331869 ), boy's home escapee Hal Mitchell turns himself in to save his friend Moon Blake. As a result, he is sent to the Hellenweiler Boy's Home, which is a lot like a prison, complete with cruel and corrupt staff.

Hal is determined to keep his nose clean so he can get out of Hellenweiler as soon as possible, but it won't be easy. He's immediately faced with choosing which of the two rival gangs he'll join, and the initiation would require him to fight someone...

What's left: AZ | AR | CT | DE | KS | KY | MS | MO | ND | RI | DC
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The Butterflies of Grand Canyon by Margaret Erhart

In 1951, Jane Merkle and her husband arrive in Arizona to spend time with her sister-in-law and her home that borders the Grand Canyon. Jane is immediately attracted to a young ranger but is hesitant to pursue a relationship after her husband returns home. Two professors are asked to return to the area to help out in an investigation into the discovery of a skeleton in the home of a town resident, both of whom were present thirteen years ago when the body was initially recovered (and subsequently disappeared).

The majority of the novel is spent of the development of the Jane / Euell relationship, and the murder mystery did not really factor into the story until the last third of the novel.

Nevada and South Dakota remain.
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The Butterflies of Grand Canyon by Margaret Erhart

In 1951, Jane Merkle and her husband arrive in Arizona to spend time with her sister-in-law and her home that borders the Grand Canyon. Jane is immediately attracted to a young ranger but is hesitant to pursue a relationship after her husband returns home. Two professors are asked to return to the area to help out in an investigation into the discovery of a skeleton in the home of a town resident, both of whom were present thirteen years ago when the body was initially recovered (and subsequently disappeared).

The majority of the novel is spent of the development of the Jane / Euell relationship, and the murder mystery did not really factor into the story until the last third of the novel.

Nevada and South Dakota remain.


Interestingly I have that book too. It's always a jolt to see someone who actually has one of your more obscure books!
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Audio download read by Cherise Boothe

August 2005: fourteen-year-old Esch lives with her alcoholic father and her three brothers in the small town of Bois Sauvage (if I hadn't been listening to the audio, I might not have been able to pronounce it, and as it is, I had to look up how to spell it. My French is non-existent) on Mississippi's Gulf coast. As the story progresses, the family prepares for a hurricane that's due to arrive (Esch's daddy says it's gonna be bad, since it's named after a woman). The story only covers a few days in the life of Esch's family, but a lot happens. Her brother Skeetah's fighting pitbull China has her first litter of puppies, and Esch realizes that she's pregnant, and the family encounters a storm named Katrina...

A lot of this story isn't politically correct (dog fighting, African-Americans calling each other the N-word, and for that matter, a pregnant 14-year-old who has been sexually active since the age of 12, but as far as I can tell it hasn't been challenged. Instead it won the 2011 National Book Award.

What's left: AZ | AR | CT | DE | KS | KY | MO | ND | RI | DC
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Winterbound by Margery Williams Bianco
Newbery Honor book by the author of the Velveteen Rabbit

Nineteen-year-old Kay and her sixteen-year-old sister Garry are left in charge of the household and their two younger siblings while their father is out of the country and their mother heads to New Mexico to chaperone a cousin. No big drama here, but a nice story. I found it interesting that Garry didn't go to school. Somewhat surprising to me was that both of the older girls referred to their mother by her first name. Also, at one point in the story a character says "Thank God!" which I would've thought might have been a bit much for a children's book that came out in the 1930's...

What's left: AZ | AR | DE | KS | KY | MO | ND | RI | DC
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at Goodreads in the Bookcrossers thread, but I have to admit to not paying enough attention to the setting of many of them.

I am down to the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada (although much of The Goldfinch was set in Las Vegas), New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
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at Goodreads in the Bookcrossers thread, but I have to admit to not paying enough attention to the setting of many of them.

I am down to the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada (although much of The Goldfinch was set in Las Vegas), New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wyoming.


I haven't been over to goodreads in a while. I didn't even know there was a bookcrossers thread. I'm over on LibraryThing because I love the import/export feature, being able to track when I got a book (and sort by it), being able to "check out" books as if I'm a library (when folks borrow mine), and really, really love the ability to see the location (if someone has entered it) and see what other books in a series I already have.

But, I do register everything I possess here (and they've updated the BCID to be a standard, instead of hidden, field). Also handy to search librarything for my recent read, add the review, then hit the BCID link to pop directly over to bookcrossing and add that review (and hit the Amazon link in librarything and add that review for my ARC books).
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I read The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child.

Normally I love any book written by Child and his writing partner Preston. I have also read and like books they both wrote by themselves. This book though, really didn't do it for me. I found it dull and boring in the beginning, and very easy to put down.

Jeremy Logan, an enigmalogist, is brought into a "think tank" to discover why one of the professors has killed himself in a gruesome way. After exploring the west wing, which had fallen into ruins, he discovers a forgotten room hidden between some walls. In it is a strange machine. Jeremy discovers that the machine has the capabilities to produce noises that can turn men crazy. A group of bad guys wants it for military use. Jeremy's mission is to destroy the machine before it can be taken to their headquarters.

This is the least favorite book of mine that he has written.
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Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13670336

Providence newspaper reporter L.S.A. Mulligan (he prefers to just be called Mulligan) is investigating a series of fires in his old neighborhood of Mount Hope.

More info here: http://www.brucedesilva.com/rogueisland.html

Written by a former newspaper journalist; this was his first novel (interesting note about how he came to write a novel in the front of the book) and there are now several other books featuring Mulligan; I'll look them up when I do this challenge again.

US players: if you still need a book for Rhode Island (sorry I'm too late for you, T02S03B11D20) PM me your address and I'll send you this one..

What's left: AZ | AR | DE | KS | KY | MO | ND | DC
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I probably won't get any more states this year, unless I trip over them with bookbox reads. But, since I'm hosting this challenge, I get to make the rules {grin}

I plan to finish up my set in 2016.
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21: Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13749597/

An elite group of MIT students learn a card-counting system and proceed to earn huge winnings at Vegas casinos. Settings trade back and forth between Boston and Las Vegas, with a few other casino locations.

I have a South Dakota location book and should get to it over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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I have a South Dakota location book and should get to it over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Woo-hoo, 51 books in 11 months! (Just _finding_ them all is a whole separate challenge!)
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(Just _finding_ them all is a whole separate challenge!)


It sure is! Some have a certain location on LibraryThing as common knowledge, then I read them to find it's not so. Others, I have no idea - and then Bingo! It's a state I need (although I'm bad at remembering the check.). One of the common states was read in several different books, before I realizing...oh...I really should log that one!
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I went back to my spreadsheet and found that 24 of the books I've read for this challenge I had on hand at the beginning of the year. By late spring I was carrying a list of states I needed to complete the challenge to refer to when I was at a bookstore. LibraryThing helped a bit, but I had more success IDing authors and locales using google. At other times it was just a matter of pulling an interesting title from a shelf and realizing "I need that."
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.....I had more success IDing authors and locales using google. ......"


Didn't think to try that cross reference. This year I wasn't so interested in getting "certain" states, as my goal was "whatever" reading and if I hit 25 states, great!

Now for next year, I'll need to plan better to get all those other missing 25 states
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The Passage Justin Cronin BCID xxx 12488975

At my new job a colleague was raving about this book she was just finishing on her Kindle and described the plot a little to me. I was interested because it starts in the jungle of Bolivia and I have only two books to go for the 666 challenge and need Sth America.

Was delighted to walk into the lunch room later that day and find a hard coy of the book on the book exchange shelf ( Yippee I love book exchange shelves as you will all understand)
So not my usual fare- Science Fiction , end of the world, vampires and so on and over 700 pages so a weighty read. Part one of three the third to be published in 2016. Will wait a while before I tackle Book 2.

This was evidently on the bestseller lists for ages.

Reminded me little of Z for Zachariah which my classes used to love when I was a teacher.

Pleased to tick off a state ( and there is a choice of several due to the long journey with Amy) and a Sth American country for 666.

Will release at this weekend's Uncon in Auckland New Zealand this weekend- though it will threaten my baggage allowance.



States completed: Alabama, California , Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont
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At my new job

Which is a good thing, right? :)

on the book exchange shelf

...and that's a nice extra. :D
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Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
e-book purchase

Depression-era storekeeper Olivia lives on a Kentucky mountainside with her not-entirely-sane mother, Ida, and her beloved grandson, Will'm.

When she tries to discover who is killing the Alaskan silver-faced wolves on her property, she finds that her past holds surprises and secrets that she never imagined...and what she learns will affect her entire town.

I read the first part of this slowly, but as more of Olivia's history was revealed and the story got more involved, I wanted to read faster and find out the answers. :)

What's left: AZ | AR | DE | KS | MO | ND | DC
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I read the first part of this slowly, but as more of Olivia's history was revealed and the story got more involved, I wanted to read faster and find out the answers. :)



And that makes it a worthwhile book
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I read the first part of this slowly, but as more of Olivia's history was revealed and the story got more involved, I wanted to read faster and find out the answers. :)


And that makes it a worthwhile book

Yep. I would've gotten to check off Kentucky either way, but it's so much nicer when I actually enjoy the book. :)
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8607605


Pm'g you if no one else has already claimed it. I have a romance that's supposedly set there. This will give me something that takes more brain cells to read {grin}
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8607605


Pm'g you if no one else has already claimed it. I have a romance that's supposedly set there. This will give me something that takes more brain cells to read {grin}

Got your PM and will try to get this sent off to you soon.
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The Blackmail Club by David Bishop
free e-book

Apparently part of a series featuring former CIA agent turned PI Jack McCall. In this book, one of Jack's mentors commits suicide, and his widow wants to find the person or persons responsible for driving him to such desperation.

Not bad, but I could have used a little less focus on the women's figures and revealing outfits.

What's left: AZ | AR | DE | KS | MO | ND

I think I'm on track to make my 12-month goal, as long as the library books don't take too long to be available!
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What's left: AZ | AR | DE | KS | MO | ND

I think I'm on track to make my 12-month goal, as long as the library books don't take too long to be available!


Good luck!
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File M for Murder by Miranda James.

This is the 3rd in the series, and I didn't read the first two, but that did not make a difference in the story. The main person in the story is Charlie Harris, a librarian, who has a Maine Coon cat named Diesel. His daughter is a suspect in a murder, involving her ex fiancé.

The story could have been good, if only I could have felt some kind of connections with the people involved. Looking at reviews on Goodreads, several people felt the same way. One complaint of mine is that the man is obsessed with good manners. The major one is that the cat had nothing to do with solving the mystery. He was just a prop. And....as someone who has owned cats for a majority of her life, none of them have ever "chirped" or "warbled" as this cat did on almost every page of the book.

I have no desire to read any other book in this series.

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....none of them have ever "chirped" or "warbled" as this cat did on almost every page of the book.



A chirping, warbling cat - that's a new one! Didn't happen to swallow the bird, did he?
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Skeleton Canyon by J.A. Jance
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13677356

When a teenager from a prominent family goes missing, Sheriff Joanna Brady and her staff discover much more than a runaway cheerleader. The Arizona landscape and climate are definitely part of the story (as our automated flash flood warning system says: "Turn around; don't drown.") and Arizona's status as a border state also comes into play.

What's left: AR | DE | KS | MO | ND

Got the library books today, so Delaware is my current read; Kansas is the current listen, and Missouri, North Dakota, and Arkansas are on deck, probably in that order (library books first!).
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Into the home stretch!
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You Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon

A set of events over the years - a teen-age girl in a maternity home preparing to give up her baby for adoption; a boy is mauled by a family pet; a young drug dealer reconsiders his profession; a young boy disappears from his grandmother's home - begin to intertwine and reveal the connection between them all. Settings are in Little Bow SD and St Bonaventure NE, with time in Chicago. Well written, though it jumps in time back and forth which was a little confusing.

ETA - Well, that was a challenge. I had hoped to finish before the end of the year but had some doubts along the way. I had a good head start on reading at the beginning of the year, being home-bound by a broken ankle. Thanks for the fun, NancyNova.



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Congratulations on finishing!
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ETA - Well, that was a challenge. I had hoped to finish before the end of the year but had some doubts along the way. I had a good head start on reading at the beginning of the year, being home-bound by a broken ankle. Thanks for the fun, NancyNova.

And you even finished before Thanksgiving - great job!
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Well done.
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True Justice by Robert K. Tannenbaum
Library book

While Butch Karp's office in Manhattan prepares to prosecute a young woman for infanticide, his wife Marlene Ciampi finds herself drawn into the defense of a young woman in Delaware - for the same crime.

I read a bunch of books in this series years ago, and I think I might have read this one then too. It was fun to revisit the fierce one-eyed Marlene and her language-prodigy daughter, and even their Vietnamese killer friend Tran..but my favorite is probably the slobbering Sicilian attack mastiff, Sweety. :P

Most of this series is set in New York, but there are a few exceptions, and this is one of them. I'm grateful, since Delaware is hard to find.

What's left: AR | KS | MO | ND
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you're getting close to the end too!
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Burning Kansas by Sara Paretsky
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9919410

"Burning Kansas" refers to the time before the Civil War, when anti- and pro-slavery activities in border states like Kansas and Missouri were very fierce.

This story seems to be set in the 1990s (Gulf War) but Susan Grellier is very interested in her husband's family's past - I actually wish there'd been more about that, but instead there's a modern conflict with the neighbors, in which religion rather than slavery plays a large part.

All in all, an interesting listen, but I'm really glad the Schapens don't live in my neighborhood - after all, I'm one of those horribly radical Congregationalists! :p

What's left: AR | MO | ND
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Summer Island BCID Kirsten Hannah xxx10161985

Mum deserts her daughters and becomes famous. After her secrets are exposed she returns to Summer Island with her estranged daughter who needs information about her Mum for a tell all well paid story.
States completed: Alabama, California , Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, Washington State, West Virginia, Vermont
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A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Library book

YA book: dark and desperate; heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful. As far as I can tell, there's nothing particularly Missouri about this one except that Aura mentions where she lives...but perhaps someone from there would recognize some details that slid by me.

Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose and her mother have been on their own since Aura's parents split up, which wouldn't be unusual except that Aura's mother Grace is schizophrenic, and unmedicated. As Grace deteriorates, Aura struggles to cope, while feeling bound to the promises she made her parents when she was twelve (no meds, and never call grandmother for help)..and worrying about her own mental health. While it's obvious from the outside that Aura needs to TELL SOMEBODY and ask for help, I can understand the teenaged Aura's desperation. A kid shouldn't be put in the position of caregiver to her parent, and promises about medical care made by a preteen shouldn't be binding, but try telling that to someone like Aura.

I know the story isn't from his POV, but I can't say much for Aura's dad: no matter how fed up you are with your wife's behavior, how do you leave your twelve-year-old daughter to deal with her mother's schizophrenic episode on her own?

This book made me think of another book on my shelf (which I must admit I didn't really read, just flipped through) - Growing Up with a Schizophrenic Mother (case studies) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13350749

North Dakota's up next (another library book), and I have something lined up for Arkansas after that.

What's left: AR | ND
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Getting down to the end!

Yes, I found some books where hard to see where the location really was, as it wasn't really important to the story.
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Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Although this was the 2nd in the series, (I seem to do that a lot) I enjoyed this book and would like to read the first one.

Cyrus Mills comes to Vermont to take over his father's vet practice. In this book, he treats several clients, fights off a rival vet hospital in another town trying to get his patients and finally gets the girl.
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Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Although this was the 2nd in the series, (I seem to do that a lot) I enjoyed this book and would like to read the first one.


I jump into the middle of a series at times too. Less so, now that I can quickly peek and see WHERE the book is in the series via LibraryThing
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Bad Dogs Have More Fun by John Grogan

This is the author who wrote Marley and Me, which I loved. This book contains several clippings from his column that he writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Some are about animals, some about his family and some about people or interesting places he has visited in Pennsylvania.
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Bad Dogs Have More Fun by John Grogan

This is the author who wrote Marley and Me, which I loved. This book contains several clippings from his column that he writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Some are about animals, some about his family and some about people or interesting places he has visited in Pennsylvania.


Huh. I didn't know the author wrote for my hometown newspaper.
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Maybe he doesn't, any more. It was written several years ago.
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Dakota by Martha Grimes
Library book

This is apparently a continuation of Andi's story - there must have been an earlier book - but it wasn't set in North Dakota. :p

Twenty-year old Andi Oliver is a wanderer with no memory of her life before waking up in a Santa Fe motel room less than two years ago. She carries a backpack with the initials A.O., from which she took her name. When she rescues a mistreated donkey in North Dakota, she ends up in the town of Kingdom. In fact, Andi has a soft spot for any mistreated animal, which doesn't combine well with the nearby factory pig farm...

Meanwhile, she finds her unremembered past catching up to her.

What's left: AR
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almost there!
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Georgia Killing Floor By Lee Child BCID xxx 12488932

Jack Reacher arrives in a small Georgia town and is arrested for murder.He uncovers a counterfeiting ring, falls in love, kills ten people and moves on

States completed: Alabama, California , Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, Washington State, West Virginia, Vermont
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An unexpected find for this year. I was reading this for my "read the registered by others first" mantra & Plum's challenge - and it just happened to be set in NJ (only knew that because I recognized the towns and hospitals).

Carry the Light by Delia Parr http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8255239

Fair, saccharine Steeple Hill read.
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Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

The story starts with two men, living in a run down house they hope to fix up and resell. One has two dogs, the other recently had his dog pass away. So, he finds and adopts a Great Dane called Gracie. Gracie is an albino, and she is deaf and blind in one eye. She is also a very picky eater. Dan starts experimenting with fresh, organic foods in an attempt to get her to eat. Finally he hits on a combination, and presto, all his friends and everyone else wants these dog biscuits. The business grows, they are a success and go on shows such as Oprah Winfrey and Letterman. The business is called Three Dog Bakery and the three dogs are always there to greet customers. By the end, they are living in a mansion, on 25 acres, which are all fenced in, so the dogs have plenty of room.
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Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13788531

Arkansas during WWII: 12-year-old Chess's land is sold to the government to build a relocation camp for Japanese Americans, expanding her horizons and teaching her things about her family's past.

A good look at the subject of the camps for those who might not be familiar with them: it touches on some of the complicated issues involved. I posted some relevant links on the December readathon thread ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8642046 ) and will add them to the journal entry when I get a chance to register the book.

Wish I could hear Cottonmouth Monroe do the blues: they'd probably be a good soundtrack for this story.

All done: thanks NancyNova, it's been fun!

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List by state:

AK - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8507424
AL - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8602588
AR - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8642453
AZ - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8617730
CA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8454079
CO - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8507407
CT - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8604667
DC - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8613421
DE - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8622512
FL - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8518119
GA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8430409
HI - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8417324
IA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8582982
ID - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8457498
IL - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8599386
IN - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8518115
KS - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8623443
KY - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8613229
LA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8417319
MA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8426545
MD - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8507413
ME - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8582986
MI - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8509841
MN - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8506871
MO - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8627285
MS - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8603440
MT - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8590207
NC - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8506857
ND - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8636057
NE - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8518112
NH - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8430408
NJ - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8506869
NM - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8507442
NV - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8518116
NY - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8417321
OH - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8506865
OK - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8566744
OR - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8480876
PA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8417326
RI - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8607605
SC - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8480877
SD - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8588819
TN - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8430474
TX - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568578
UT - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8540749
VA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8540754
VT - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8450572
WA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8507422
WI - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8586787
WV - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8417322
WY - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8599390
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Good job, hyphen8! Congratulations!
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Congratulations!

And an interesting tidbit you found for this state. I had no idea that some of the internment camps were here.
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Congratulations!

And an interesting tidbit you found for this state. I had no idea that some of the internment camps were here.

Thanks for the challenge. :)

I believe there were two in Arkansas: Rohwer & Jerome.

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