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The Bone Wars by Kathryn Lasky
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13831404

Picked up for the HSKT release challenge (at 20¢, why not?) but I decided to read it before letting it go, and I'm glad I did.

The "Bone Wars" of the title refer to the competition between paleontologists in the American West in the late 1800s, in this case seen through the eyes of two teenage boys from very different backgrounds. During that same time period, the US government was in the process of forcing the Native Americans off their lands (definitely not one of our government's better moments) and Lasky weaves those events into the story as well, bringing in historical figures like Black Elk, Crazy Horse, and General Custer.

 

Complete Thread
Welcome to the first quarter 2016 for this challenge. If you were here in 2015, 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 have 29/50 done for 2015, so 21 more for 2016!

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, 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:
Kids books: http://wrappedinfoil.com/
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/

And here’s the links for the 2015 posts for ideas:
Jan – Mar 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515029
Apr – June 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/518295
July – Sept 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/520454
Oct – Dec 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/523521

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)

 

Gone by Lisa Gardner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11972383

Pierce Quincy, ex-FBI profiler, is about to have his worst nightmare. His estranged wife, Rainie Conner has disappeared leaving her abandoned car on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, a woman's purse on the driver's seat. This is a good who done it mystery.

 

Gone by Lisa Gardner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11972383

Pierce Quincy, ex-FBI profiler, is about to have his worst nightmare. His estranged wife, Rainie Conner has disappeared leaving her abandoned car on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, a woman's purse on the driver's seat. This is a good who done it mystery.


Always good to start off the year with a good read!

 

wingbooklady331wing 5 yrs ago
my list
Washington: Fire and Ice by J. A. Jance -- fairly predictable; not the best Jance book
Washington D.C.: True Blue by David Baldacci -- again predictable
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13134219
California: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13253602
New Jersey: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick KTM 12/2/15 [289 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13700565
South Dakota: The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448333
Nebraska: O' Pioneers! by Willa Cather
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10327383
New York: The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11764092
Massachusetts: Painted Ladies by Robert Parker
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12889049
North Carolina: Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13709564
Montana: Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12398141
Missouri: A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448348
Ohio: One Summer by David Baldacci 10/7/13
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12231917
Alaska: Julie of the Wolves By Jean Craighead George
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12152746
Kansas: The Scent of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9903323
Florida: Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448334/
Alabama: Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8524609
Colorado: White Fire by Preston & Childs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13106568
Minnesota: Orphan Train
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448350
Vermont: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova KTM audio 7/29/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11209468
Maine: MASH Goes to Maine by Richard Hooker 6/28/10 [192 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8090039
Louisiana: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13908530

Alabama: Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8524609
Alaska: Julie of the Wolves By Jean Craighead George
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12152746
Arizona
Arkansas
California - The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13253602
Colorado - White Fire by Preston & Childs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13106568
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida: Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448334/
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas: The Scent of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9903323
Kentucky
Louisiana: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13908530
Maine: MASH Goes to Maine by Richard Hooker 6/28/10 [192 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8090039
Maryland
Massachusetts: Painted Ladies by Robert Parker KTM audio 5/15/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12889049
Michigan
Minnesota; Orphan Train
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448350
Mississippi
Missouri: A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448348
Montana: Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12398141
Nebraska: O' Pioneers! by Willa Cather
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10327383
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13700565
New Mexico
New York: The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11764092
North Carolina: Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13709564
North Dakota
Ohio: One Summer by David Baldacci 10/7/13
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12231917
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota: The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448333
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova KTM audio 7/29/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11209468
Virginia
Washington -- Fire and Ice by J. A. Jance
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
District of Columbia (optional) -- True Blue by David Baldacci

 

I hate it when I find an author is getting too predictable

 

Usually I love Baldacci, but this time I was bored.

 

Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell.

An excellent book by a new to me author. I already have his other books on my wish list.

While at the grocery store, Nick sees a young woman who strongly resembles his old girl friend. One who died in a fire 20 years ago, or did she? When he approaches the girl, she runs away, and is later found strangled to death. His name and address are written on a piece of paper in her pocket. Why?

This book was quite hard to put down, and highly recommended.













 

A surprise state, while reading this one: Learning to Hula by Lisa Childs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6804879

After her husband's death by "Kitty Cupcakes" (actually a heart attack, the book follows the family putting their lives back together.

 

1. A Simple Christmas by Mike Huckabee http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13513179
Mike Huckabee who was governor of Arkansas tells about his early years growing up in
Arkansas and his later years as governor of the state. He centers his memories around
different Christmases. (Arkansas)
2. Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows by Barry Denenber http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13786175 The book is about a family that moves to Hawaii because their dad is a reporter. (Hawaii)

 

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13253602

a Lincoln Lawyer book = Mickey Haller. He defends a murder case in which the victim was his former client

 

Just to see how far I can get this year, supposedly WITHOUT hunting down books just because of where they're set...

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Audio download read by Fisher Stevens; sequel to A Dirty Job

Christopher Moore's stuff is generally pretty crazy: this story set in San Francisco is no exception. Not for the faint of heart or the easily offended, but if you've enjoyed his previous works you'll probably enjoy it. I did, for the most part...and I had to read it anyway to find out what happened to Charlie after he died and Audrey put him into one of her "squirrel people".

 

Just to see how far I can get this year, supposedly WITHOUT hunting down books just because of where they're set...


Good luck with that! Often I get a surprise because most books don't have a location logged that I pull of Mt Toobie.

 

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick KTM 12/2/15 [289 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13700565

Absolutely loved this book. I read it in one day.

 

Mutts and Murder by Meg Muldoon. Reading this on my Kindle.

Winifred (Freddie) gives up her job at a big city newspaper to come back home to Dog Mountain, where her mom is dying of breast cancer. And, oh yeah, not to mention that the love of her life marries someone else and she can't stand seeing him every day. She is assigned the lowest position at her new job, covering dog board meetings and dog parades. When the person everyone hates in town dies after eating a cupcake from her sister's bakery, it looks like her sister is the number one suspect. Freddie sets out to find who the real murderer is.

 

Mutts and Murder by Meg Muldoon. Reading this on my Kindle.

Winifred (Freddie) gives up her job at a big city newspaper to come back home to Dog Mountain, where her mom is dying of breast cancer. And, oh yeah, not to mention that the love of her life marries someone else and she can't stand seeing him every day. She is assigned the lowest position at her new job, covering dog board meetings and dog parades. When the person everyone hates in town dies after eating a cupcake from her sister's bakery, it looks like her sister is the number one suspect. Freddie sets out to find who the real murderer is.



I just have to say it....It's quite a dog's life.....

 

Go T02S03B11D20! Over 80% done! :)

 

The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448333

I am enjoying travelling with Alan Christoffersen as he walks across America. This is the 3rd of the 5 books. He is only 1/2 way to Key West, Fl.

 

The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448333

I am enjoying travelling with Alan Christoffersen as he walks across America. This is the 3rd of the 5 books. He is only 1/2 way to Key West, Fl.


Huh. Never heard of this series. I know I've read some of his books though.

 

Just finished book 4 out of 5 in the series. I am giving the series to babypooh. I am going to read # 5 next. I found the first book in the series at a thrift store and bought the others at a book store as I enjoyed the first one so much I wanted to follow Alan's journey. Last book takes place in Florida.

 

Badlands by C. J. Box

This book is almost a sequel to The Highway. It continues the story of Cassie Dewall, an investigator for the police. She has quit her job in Montana, and taken a new one in Grimstad, ND. This town is booming because of oil fields being opened up. There are many new people, mostly men, in town. With all this also comes the drugs, sex and scum of the earth. Kyle, a 12 year old newspaper boy witnesses a car accident. He sees something thrown out of the car. Investigating later, he discovers a bag full of money and drugs. He takes it home, only to have his mom's boyfriend take it. Of course, the drug lords are tearing up the town (and people) trying to find their shipment. Cassie needs to discover where the shipment went, and try to shut down the drug wars between two gangs in town. Not to mention, investigate the possibility of dirty cops on the force.

 

Badlands by C. J. Box


I did a double take because the Badlands was referenced in my book too - in relation to SOUTH Dakota

 

Paint the Wind by Pam Muñoz Ryan
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12433405

I ended up borrowing the e-book version of this story from the library after I released the paper copy! A nice horse/coming of age story.

 

Paint the Wind by Pam Muñoz Ryan
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12433405

I ended up borrowing the e-book version of this story from the library after I released the paper copy! A nice horse/coming of age story.


sounds like a good story. I hope it gets caught.

 

Day of Tears by Julius Lester
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13800859

YA historical fiction: Pierce Butler was a fairly good master to his slaves until his gambling debts got out of control. Then he sold over 400 of them in two days in the largest slave auction in American history: nobody should have that sort of control over another person's life.

A good book, but not an easy one to read. The story is hard enough to bear if you think it's fiction; knowing that the auction really did happen makes it worse.

Other 2016 reads for Georgia:

• Hitchers by Will McIntosh (ebook).

After a devastating anthrax attack, the people of Atlanta discover that they have another problem: dead people are gradually moving into the bodies of the living. Cartoonist Finn Darby finds himself possessed by his grandfather, who is not happy about what Finn's been doing....

 

Forgiving by Lavryle Spencer http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6068004

Picked because
a) it's one of my oldest TBRs
b) it's a state I needed!

Set in the mid 1800's in Deadwood, South Dakota. Sarah is tracking down her sister, who ran away from home and is now a prostitute. Sarah, along with Addie's old fiancé, settle into town to "rescue" Addie. Sarah also sets up a newspaper business (a lot of interesting facts about how to publish a newspaper in those days), and clashes with the local Marshal over just about everything.

 

O' Pioneers! by Willa Cather
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10327383

Historical fiction account of those who settled the prairie. The immigrants faced hard times.

 

O' Pioneers! by Willa Cather
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10327383

Historical fiction account of those who settled the prairie. The immigrants faced hard times.


I tried but just couldn't get into this classic book.

 

New York: The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11764092

A Lincoln Rhyme novel. Not up to his others. This novel has Rhyme traveling to the Bahamas.

 

Massachusetts: Painted Ladies by Robert Parker KTM audio 5/15/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12889049

 

Hallelujah! Something that wasn't O Pioneers! I just couldn't stand that book.

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

An e-book that I bought on a lark - and then found it was set in Nebraska when I was reading it. A historical western Christian read - quite good and not too preachy. Sixteen gals sign on to Mr Drakes' Ladies Emigration Society train, thinking they are going to homestead independently. When six of them find out that he's pre-sold them as brides at their final destination, they get off the train in Plum Grove Nebraska and set out to homestead. Their answer to building a house is wonderful - they take the 4 homestead plots, and build the house over the 4 intersecting corners, each with a wing onto their homestead land so it "counts" for living on their property.

 

Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong. Read on my Kindle. I didn't really care much for this book, but at least one more state is done.

Laine is running away from her drug dealing/taking boyfriend when her old car breaks down in the small town of Last Chance, NM. The people of the town take her in, giving her a job at a diner and a place to live. When she discovers, hidden in a secret pouch in her back pack, a stash of drugs, she knows her old boyfriend Nick will be searching for her. There is a strong religious theme running through the book.

 

Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong. Read on my Kindle. I didn't really care much for this book, but at least one more state is done.


Sometimes I find a book that I would not have normally read - and love it. And sometimes not, alas.

 

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13709564

Really becoming disappointed in Reichs' books. I have one more of hers on my shelf to read and if I don't like it, I will move on. I wild release this book for a yard sale to raise money for a child with cancer.

 

Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13512174

YA book: explorer Kit Carson leaves his half-Arapaho daughter with his relatives in St. Louis while he goes off on the Fremont expedition. Predictably, things do not go smoothly for Adaline in Missouri.

 

I just picked up Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12398141

It is a short book (about 200 pages). If anyone in the US would like it when I finish with the book, PM me and I'll mail it to you.

 

by Larry Watson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12398141

Good, fast read.

 

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448348

I am really enjoying this series. Just one book left and I am picking it up next. It will be my Florida state.

 

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448348

I am really enjoying this series. Just one book left and I am picking it up next. It will be my Florida state.


I thought I had read most everything by this author, but I don't recall this title.

 

He wrote a series of 5 books where the character walks across America

 

Ohio: One Summer by David Baldacci 10/7/13
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12231917

 

Julie of the Wolves By Jean Craighead George
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12152746

 

Julie of the Wolves By Jean Craighead George
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12152746


I recognize the author and know I've read something by her, but when I googled the name - wow! She wrote 100 books! No idea which one(s) I read - but I don't think it was this one.

 

Julie of the Wolves By Jean Craighead George
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12152746

I recognize the author and know I've read something by her, but when I googled the name - wow! She wrote 100 books! No idea which one(s) I read - but I don't think it was this one.

You might have read My Side of the Mountain - looking at the list, I'd say that and Julie of the Wolves were the most widely known.

 

Santa Fe Rules by Stuart Woods
Audiobook read by Tony Roberts
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12176682

This is a 5 disc/2 book set; the first 2½ discs cover the first book, Santa Fe Rules.

Movie producer Wolf Willett is shocked when he reads a report that he has been murdered, along with his wife and business partner. He's decidely not dead, but his life has been turned completely upside down. He turns to Santa Fe attorney Ed Eagle for help getting to the bottom of the mysterious events that took place that night. How well did Wolf really know the people in his life?

 

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
E-book

A look at the civil rights movement from the viewpoint of thirteen-year-old Billie Sims, a white resident of Anniston, Alabama,. When the integrated Freedom Riders come through her town in 1961, something terrible happens, and Billie is forced to confront some very difficult questions. Will she continue to be an observer, or will she get on the bus?

I liked this enough to look for some of Kidd's other historical fiction books to try.

 

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
E-book

A look at the civil rights movement from the viewpoint of thirteen-year-old Billie Sims, a white resident of Anniston, Alabama,. When the integrated Freedom Riders come through her town in 1961, something terrible happens, and Billie is forced to confront some very difficult questions. Will she continue to be an observer, or will she get on the bus?

I liked this enough to look for some of Kidd's other historical fiction books to try.


I put this one down as a possibility (the other one in the running is To Kill a Mockingbird, that I never read.)

 

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
E-book

A look at the civil rights movement from the viewpoint of thirteen-year-old Billie Sims, a white resident of Anniston, Alabama,. When the integrated Freedom Riders come through her town in 1961, something terrible happens, and Billie is forced to confront some very difficult questions. Will she continue to be an observer, or will she get on the bus?

I liked this enough to look for some of Kidd's other historical fiction books to try.

I put this one down as a possibility (the other one in the running is To Kill a Mockingbird, that I never read.)

Another good choice, and a timely one, with Harper Lee's passing. But I've already read it, so I was happy to find something else for Alabama.

 

Tae's Sonata by Haemi Balgassi
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13847578

Teenager Taeyoung is one of only two Asian students in her high school: while she's there, she tries not to draw any attention to her Korean-ness. Then her teacher assigns her to do a project on South Korea...

 

Tae's Sonata by Haemi Balgassi
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13847578

Teenager Taeyoung is one of only two Asian students in her high school: while she's there, she tries not to draw any attention to her Korean-ness. Then her teacher assigns her to do a project on South Korea...


Oh - that almost sounds mean

 

Tae's Sonata by Haemi Balgassi
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13847578

Teenager Taeyoung is one of only two Asian students in her high school: while she's there, she tries not to draw any attention to her Korean-ness. Then her teacher assigns her to do a project on South Korea...

Oh - that almost sounds mean

The teacher also assigns South Korea to the other Korean-American student (in another class), presumably thinking that they'd have some good insights. But for a kid who really just wants to fit in, it's not surprising that it's the LAST country Tae would have chosen...

 

Heat by Stuart Woods
Audiobook read by Tony Roberts
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12176682

This is a 5 disc/2 book set; the last 2½ discs cover the second book, Heat.

Wrongly convicted murderer (and ex-DEA agent) Jesse Warden is offered a deal: a full pardon if he infiltrates a dangerous cult in St. Clair, Idaho, led by former military man Jack Gene Coldwater.

 

Decided to join this challenge - I think over two years as I like to do the 666 challenge as well. I've only read one US book so far this year, but I've a few more on my shelves:

Wisconsin:

Vinegar Hill, by A Mannette Ansay, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13790140/
Bittersweet and moving tale of a woman trapped in a loveless house, set in the early 1970s.

 

Decided to join this challenge - I think over two years as I like to do the 666 challenge as well. I've only read one US book so far this year, but I've a few more on my shelves:

Wisconsin:

Vinegar Hill, by A Mannette Ansay, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13790140/
Bittersweet and moving tale of a woman trapped in a loveless house, set in the early 1970s.


Welcome! I have that book - another of my enormous Mt Toobie that will be read someday.

 

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
E-book

I hadn't previously heard of this (I wasn't reading much YA stuff when it came out in 1983), but it's the first book in a series of books featuring two aspiring young wizards, Nita and Kit.

Matt de la Peña, the most recent author to win the Newbery medal (and the first Hispanic writer to do so) recently asked "Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?" ( http://www.cnn.com/---/young-adult-books-diversity-identity ). Growing up, I was never particularly bothered by the lack of diversity in the YA books I read, but I did appreciate books with a non-white protagonist (like "Farewell to Manzanar"), so I do see de la Peña's point, and would be happy to see more diversity in the literature.

On the other hand, in this first book, Nita (Juanita Callahan) is the primary focus, but Kit (Christopher Rodriguez) shares all of her adventures and he speaks Spanish, so there's at least one Hispanic wizard out there - and there are at least 10 books in this series. Kit may not be Harry Potter (or even Ron Weasley) but he can do magic with an Edsel antenna and tame feral cars....

(I was looking up information on a favorite author, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, and she is apparently going to be a guest at the first Young Wizards convention...so I had to find out what the Young Wizards are all about!)

 

The Bone Wars by Kathryn Lasky
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13831404

Picked up for the HSKT release challenge (at 20¢, why not?) but I decided to read it before letting it go, and I'm glad I did.

The "Bone Wars" of the title refer to the competition between paleontologists in the American West in the late 1800s, in this case seen through the eyes of two teenage boys from very different backgrounds. During that same time period, the US government was in the process of forcing the Native Americans off their lands (definitely not one of our government's better moments) and Lasky weaves those events into the story as well, bringing in historical figures like Black Elk, Crazy Horse, and General Custer.

 

The Bone Wars by Kathryn Lasky
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13831404

Picked up for the HSKT release challenge (at 20¢, why not?) but I decided to read it before letting it go, and I'm glad I did.

The "Bone Wars" of the title refer to the competition between paleontologists in the American West in the late 1800s, in this case seen through the eyes of two teenage boys from very different backgrounds. During that same time period, the US government was in the process of forcing the Native Americans off their lands (definitely not one of our government's better moments) and Lasky weaves those events into the story as well, bringing in historical figures like Black Elk, Crazy Horse, and General Custer.


Interesting tidbit on the "bone wars" - something I never heard of before.

 

The "Bone Wars" of the title refer to the competition between paleontologists in the American West in the late 1800s, in this case seen through the eyes of two teenage boys from very different backgrounds. During that same time period, the US government was in the process of forcing the Native Americans off their lands (definitely not one of our government's better moments) and Lasky weaves those events into the story as well, bringing in historical figures like Black Elk, Crazy Horse, and General Custer.


Interesting tidbit on the "bone wars" - something I never heard of before.

Neither had I, but apparently it got pretty serious, with accusations of cheating, spying, and sabotage...by so-called academics!

 

Chicago, by Alaa Al Aswany

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12399773?...

Challenging stories of life for Egyptian expatriates in the US post 9/11, set around the medical faculty at the University of Illinois. Some quite dark stuff here around identity, religion, culture, power and relationships, and a particularly dark ending, but Al Aswany is a great storyteller.

 

Chicago, by Alaa Al Aswany

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12399773?...

Challenging stories of life for Egyptian expatriates in the US post 9/11, set around the medical faculty at the University of Illinois. Some quite dark stuff here around identity, religion, culture, power and relationships, and a particularly dark ending, but Al Aswany is a great storyteller.


A immigration country that I've not heard a lot about. I never thought about what countries Egyptians would immigrate to.

 

Draw One in the Dark by Sarah A. Hoyt
Free e-book (Baen Free Library)

Kyrie grew up in foster homes, but until she was 15, she never questioned her humanity. Then she turned into a panther. Since then, she hasn't been so sure, and she's moved around a lot. When she arrives in Goldport, Colorado, she decides to stick around for a while. Then one night she discovers a dragon in the parking lot. After it changes into her co-worker, Tom, she finds herself involved in the search to find out who or what is killing shifters in Goldport.

 

The Scent of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9903323

One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s three uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby is free, thanks to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. Despite their long history of carefully avoiding each other in such an insular community, Jody and Collin find that they share an exclusive sense of loss.

As Jody revisits old wounds, startling truths emerge about her family’s tragic past. But even through struggle and hardship, she still dares to hope for a better future—and maybe even love.

 

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13015630

At home alone when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, 15-year-old Alex decides to head from Cedar Falls, Iowa to Warren, Illinois, to find the rest of his family. Of course, his cross-country journey in a post-apocalyptic landscape is more difficult than he expected, and his taekwondo skills come in handy.

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • MA • MO • MT • NM • NY • WY

 

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13015630

At home alone when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, 15-year-old Alex decides to head from Cedar Falls, Iowa to Warren, Illinois, to find the rest of his family. Of course, his cross-country journey in a post-apocalyptic landscape is more difficult than he expected, and his taekwondo skills come in handy.

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • MA • MO • MT • NM • NY • WY

I was wondering what supervolcano. The I noticed the next sentence (grin )

 

pam99 5 yrs ago
3/51 - Arizona
Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jail

by Shaun Atwood

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13877036

An interesting insight into the prison regime in Arizona, and the US justice system more broadly. Some really disconcerting stories about human rights abuses and race relations in the prison system. The author was a stockbroker turned rave-organiser and drug dealer, and the book is about his two years+ on remand. I found I'd little sympathy for the writer but his family and girlfriend went through a terrible time.

 

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11700472

A bit of controversy with this book. Originally published as a bio, it turns out that Forrest is the author's pen name, and he's really a KKK southern racist who likely never set foot in Tennessee, yet wrote a quite nice, believable book about a part Cherokee Indian boy and his grandparents.

 

wingNancyNovawing 5 yrs ago
34/50 Utah
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

I read this years ago, but didn't really remember what it was about. When I pulled the sequel to read, I read it again - and glad I did. Tearjerker written by the author as a way to pass the time waiting for his political career to take off, which it never did. His career as a writer happened instead.

 

A Map of The World by Jane Hamilton BCID xxx 13406800

A harrowing tale about guilt, betrayal and the loss of innocence.
The second book I read this weekend about how things change forever when a child dies.

My adult daughter is currently being investigated for Lymphoma and Thymoma. I don't really need to read all this depressing stuff!
Sorry I have not been participating in this challenge this year but I have been reading for the 666 challenge and USA has taken a back seat despite being all over our news daily as we watch in fascination your election processes.

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, Wisconsin, Vermont

 

A Map of The World by Jane Hamilton BCID xxx 13406800

A harrowing tale about guilt, betrayal and the loss of innocence.
The second book I read this weekend about how things change forever when a child dies.

My adult daughter is currently being investigated for Lymphoma and Thymoma. I don't really need to read all this depressing stuff!
Sorry I have not been participating in this challenge this year but I have been reading for the 666 challenge and USA has taken a back seat despite being all over our news daily as we watch in fascination your election processes.

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, Wisconsin, Vermont


I've abandoned the Oprah books for now - while good books, you're right - a lot are depressing, especially when you have worry in your life. I hope you get answers about your daughter soon.

As for our elections - I'm glad we have the electoral process, not popularity voting. Our forefathers put it in place for good reason - people can be easily bought and swayed. I cringe to think what the rest of the world thinks of us.

 

As for our elections - I'm glad we have the electoral process, not popularity voting. Our forefathers put it in place for good reason - people can be easily bought and swayed. I cringe to think what the rest of the world thinks of us.

No judgement from me, our Prime Minister is popular (very rich by NZ standards) yet many find him totally cringe worthy and embarrassing. He is the master of the photo opportunity and stupid stunts on radio shows. It is bewildering.

 

My adult daughter is currently being investigated for Lymphoma and Thymoma.

Hope you get some answers soon: not knowing is very hard.

 

USA has taken a back seat despite being all over our news daily as we watch in fascination your election processes.

Sigh. It must be nice to have the distance to watch in fascinated dismay as grown men call each other names....and that's all I'll say about that: don't want to get too political - this isn't the forum for it!

 

Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13891320

After a nuclear accident in a nearby town causes widespread devastation, thirteen-year-old Nyle and her grandmother take in two evacuees who were exposed to the radiation. This is not an end-of-the-world story, since the disaster is localized, but it does mention the evacuation zone including a serious chunk of New England east of Vermont, including New Hampshire and Boston!

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Other 2016 Vermont reads:

• Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14291550
Most of the story takes place in New York, but Vermont is very important to the story (even if Sonny doesn't know it for most of the book).

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2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • MA • MO • MT • NM • NY • VT • WY

 

Florida: Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448334/

Alabama: Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8524609

Colorado: White Fire by Preston & Childs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13106568

Minnesota: Orphan Train
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448350

 

The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo

This is a new author to me, and it was the 2nd in a series, but things were explained well enough you could figure it out. I received this in a book box, it wasn't something I would have chosen for myself. But I found myself liking it, and it is a very quick read.

Several ladies in Sweetgum started the Sweetgum Knit LIt Society. They meet once a month to show off their knitting projects and to talk about the book of the month. This time, newly married Eugenie has picked classic love stories for them to discuss all year long. Many of the ladies manage to find new loves in their lives, and they all solve various problems through out the year.

 

..... I received this in a book box, it wasn't something I would have chosen for myself. But I found myself liking it, and it is a very quick read.....


Bookboxes stretch my horizons too. I'll pick things out that I never would have bought, gotten from the library or added to my wishlist.

 

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova KTM audio 7/29/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11209468

My second book by this author. Loved the way she writes and makes you feel like you are the main character.

 

MASH Goes to Maine by Richard Hooker 6/28/10 [192 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8090039

 

MASH Goes to Maine by Richard Hooker 6/28/10 [192 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8090039


I read your review. Yeah, sometimes I do the same thing. If it's a more obscure state that I likely won't have a replacement, I'll struggle through.

 

We are so goal driven! I am picking up books lately that I have already read their states. Got a couple of romances from a state I haven't read. I might read them as they are quick and short. LOL

 

Eden Close, by Anita Shreve

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11753852

A divorced, 30-something man returns to his parents' rural home in upstate New York after the death of his mother, revisiting a tragic shooting at the neighbour's home 20 years earlier. A slow burner but once the storyline got going, it was good.

 

The Storyteller Jodi Picoult BCID xxx 13902541

Sage is a baker in New Hampshire, hiding from the world. She meets Josef at her grief group and he becomes a bakery regular. This is a healing friendship and then one day Josef asks Sage to kill him. Sage refuses, but when Josef tells her why......
Picoult always manages to pose a modern ethical dilemma in her stories. These delight her fans.

States completed: Alabama, California , Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont

 

The Storyteller Jodi Picoult BCID xxx 13902541

Sage is a baker in New Hampshire, hiding from the world. She meets Josef at her grief group and he becomes a bakery regular. This is a healing friendship and then one day Josef asks Sage to kill him. Sage refuses, but when Josef tells her why......
Picoult always manages to pose a modern ethical dilemma in her stories. These delight her fans.

States completed: Alabama, California , Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Texas, Utah, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont


I have that one. Glad you didn't post the spoiler!

 

I had all four books in the series and needed lighter reading d/t work issues and the set fit the bill nicely.

Book 1 was Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6089457

Set in Buffalo Valley, ND - I found the series very similar to her Cedar Cover series. Lots of townpeople and the different threads of their lives in the different books.

 

Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13886423

Set in New Orleans: Marie Laveau is both an ER physician and the descendant of a voodoo priestess. When bodies start turning up drained of blood, she must work with the police while using both sets of her skills to help stop a vampire spirit.

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • LA • MA • MO • MT • NM • NY • VT • WY

 

The View from Mary's Farm by Edie Clark
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13670243

Edie Clark and her neighbor bought Mary's farm to preserve the land and keep it from being developed. This is a lovely collection of essays written for Yankee Magazine, about the history of her house, life in rural New Hampshire, giant pumpkins, and many other things.

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • LA • MA • MO • MT • NH • NM • NY • VT • WY

 

The View from Mary's Farm by Edie Clark
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13670243

Edie Clark and her neighbor bought Mary's farm to preserve the land and keep it from being developed. This is a lovely collection of essays written for Yankee Magazine, about the history of her house, life in rural New Hampshire, giant pumpkins, and many other things.

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • LA • MA • MO • MT • NH • NM • NY • VT • WY


Looks interesting and added to my wishlist

 

Since this book was a RABCK to me, and is on someelse's wishlist, reading and moving it along.

Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13670336

Quirky mystery. Bluecollar background journalist who knows all of the shady figures impersonating being an upstanding citizen. He knows who to talk to when someone starts torching his old neighborhood, killing innocents. Lots of running gag lines through out the book, including "Thanks-Dad" as the name of the cub reporter assigned to him because his Dad owns the paper.

This one is moving along as a rabck

 

In the Event of My Death by Carlene Thompson

Way back when, a group of girls started a secret club called The Six of Hearts. It continued until they were seventeen. At a meeting in a falling down barn, an accident occurred, ending in one of the girls dying. Now, thirteen years later, someone is killing them one by one. Who is it, and who will be left alive by the time they figure out who the killer is?

 

Land of the Buffalo Bones by Marion Dane Bauer
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904398

Fictionalized account of the author's great-grandfather's less-than-successful attempt to establish a colony of Baptists from England in 1870s Minnesota. (As an example of their reasons for leaving England, at the time, anyone not a member of the Church of England had to be buried outside of the cemetery. They were also subject to other restrictions.)

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • LA • MA • MN • MO • MT • NH • NM • NY • VT • WY

 

Land of the Buffalo Bones by Marion Dane Bauer
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904398

Fictionalized account of the author's great-grandfather's less-than-successful attempt to establish a colony of Baptists from England in 1870s Minnesota. (As an example of their reasons for leaving England, at the time, anyone not a member of the Church of England had to be buried outside of the cemetery. They were also subject to other restrictions.)

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • LA • MA • MN • MO • MT • NH • NM • NY • VT • WY


I never thought about the Baptists in the context of Minnesota, nor Baptists in England. Interesting.

 

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

a quick, sweet read. I wish the author would have put the recipe in the book.

States read so far:
AL, AK, CA, CO, FL, KS, LA, MA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, SD, VT, WA, DC

 

pam99 5 yrs ago
5/51 - ALASKA
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13829337/

A cold day for murder, Dana Stabenhow

Hadn't come across this author before, but will look out for her in future - a murder mystery set in Alaska, and giving a real flavour of life in the state. A few references that I didn't really get, but a great storyline. I think this is the first in a series?

 

The first in the series didn't stay in Chicago, but this one did.

The Mistress by Susan Wiggs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10499499
Romance with very loose historical fiction of the Chicago fire- one of them that you just need to go along for the ride to the happily ever after ending.

Kathleen, a lady's maid, dons her mistress' clothes and attends the ball, catching the attention of Dylan Kennedy, the most attractive, extremely wealthy catch of the season. Or is he? A shyster and con man, he doesn't really have any money, just a gift of creating illusion - and he just can't shake Kathleen loose and skip town.

 

Read in March so I'll post it in the 1st quarter thread...

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13026284

Some people are more noticeable than others. PI Tess Monaghan is on bed rest, but a woman and her dog in matching green raincoats catch her eye. Then one day, it's just the dog outside without the woman, and Tess has to find out why...from her bed.

2016 states read so far:
AL • CA • CO • GA • ID • IA • LA • MD • MA • MN • MO • MT • NH • NM • NY • VT • WY

 

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