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This is the 2018 thread for this ongoing challenge. This is a multi-year rolling challenge - start when you like, set your own limit (12 months, 18 months 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, 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. (list of states at the bottom of this post)
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.
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 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.bkmag.com/---/the-literary-united-states-a-map-of-the-best-book-for-every-state/

2017 BC Link
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/537501

2016 BC links
Jan –Mar 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/526659
Apr – June 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/529335
July – Sept 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/531536
Oct – Dec 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/534600

2015 BC links
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


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)

 

I'll be back hoping to finish up the challenge with these 19 states that I didn't get done in 2017.

Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
North Dakota
South Dakota
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia

 

I'm just gonna put myself on an indefinite, rolling goal as I have no idea how I'll come into many of these! :)

 

I'm just gonna put myself on an indefinite, rolling goal as I have no idea how I'll come into many of these! :)

I try to match them up with what I already have.

 

..but I'll start fresh and see how far I can get in 2018.

 

..but I'll start fresh and see how far I can get in 2018.

I considered that, but it's only 19 more states.....

 

nmugirl 10 mos ago
Me too.
I'll give this a whirl too.

 

wingAnnimanniwing 10 mos ago
I'm in
I've been thinking about participating in this challenge for years. Now it's time to start. I think 36 months might be a good time limit :)

 

I'm willing to give it a try.

 

Well since I said a few months ago I would try this thread here are a few of the books I've read that take place within the United States

Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich New Jersey
Still Alice by Lisa Genova Massachusettes
Golden Lies by Barbara Freethy California
Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker Georgia

Only 46 more to go.

 

and then probably start again, as I already have some books lined up.

 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana -- The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York -- A Curious Man by Neal Thompson
North Carolina -- Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania -- The Proving by Beverly Lewis
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
District of Columbia (optional)

 

I see one done :-)

 

a surprise when I picked up this book that met plum's challenge. I'll take it!

Black Hills Bride by Deb Kastner http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12276235 Humorous clean romance. Surprised that it was set in SD, as the author could have set it in any mountainous state.

 

wingJ4shawwing 10 mos ago
#1 Alaska
#1 Alaska
"Before I Let Go" by Marieke Nijkamp
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5352197

MY REVIEW:
As a huge fan of Marieke Nijkamp's debut novel, I was excited to receive an email from publisher Sourcebooks offering me to read this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Set in Alaska, this 2nd novel by Marieke Nijkamp captivated me from the beginning.
In very YA fashion, the chapters are kept short, and as a result it felt like you covered time span quickly.
Overall I enjoy books that switch from present to past, and this was no exception to that rule.
There was a heavy tackling of bipolar disorder, and more gently of sexuality in this novel. It felt very carefully done.
An enjoyable, one sitting read.

 

Amish fiction set in Pennsylvania:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14617404

 

Amish fiction set in Pennsylvania:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14617404


The Amish live in many states, but strangely the books tend more toward PA

 

Probably take at least two years, if I'm even lucky enough to finish at all!

 

Probably take at least two years, if I'm even lucky enough to finish at all!


You'll find the states, just like countries in the 666 challenge, tend to have the same ones over and over. the plains states and Alabama tend to be the more obscure ones for settings.

 

Probably take at least two years, if I'm even lucky enough to finish at all!


You'll find the states, just like countries in the 666 challenge, tend to have the same ones over and over. the plains states and Alabama tend to be the more obscure ones for settings.

I generally find Rhode Island & Delaware challenging too.

 

Alabama Siren Night
Alaska The Geography of Water
Arizona Bad Country
Arkansas
California The Inland Sea
Colorado
Connecticut Emma In The Night
Delaware
Florida
Georgia The Three Miss Margarets
Hawaii
Idaho Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas Silver Bells
Kentucky
Louisiana Old Dogs and Children
Maine The House on Blackberry Hill
Maryland Can't Find My Way Home
Massachusetts
Michigan The Sweater Letter
Minnesota Little Broken Things
Mississippi Freshwater Road
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire Halfway House
New Mexico
New Jersey
New York Mother, Mother
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania Harry's Tree
Rhode Island Rescuing Jeffrey
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas Oliver Loving
Utah
Vermont The City Baker's Guide to Country Living
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia Dogwood
Wisconsin
Wyoming
District of Columbia (optional)

 

Paradise Valley by C. J. Box

Cassie has spent four years trying to catch the Lizard King and has twice failed. Because her third try literally blows up in her face, and kills several officers, she is fired from her job at the sheriff's office. On her own she continues investigating, and somehow this case tangles with another, the case of two missing boys who were floating the Missouri River. One lead is all she needs to finally find the Lizard King again and end his reign once and for all.

 

#2 California
"The Girls" by Emma Cline
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5268173

MY REVIEW:
Loved reading this book set in California in the summer of 1969.
I found the narrator Evie just innocent enough for this coming of age novel to propel me through it in one afternoon, eager to learn more.
I found her magnetic pull to Suzanne both beautiful and dangerous.
A brilliant read.

 

nmugirl 10 mos ago
1/51 Maine
The House on Blackberry Hill. A romance with a little bit of mystery.

 

January 2018:

Montana: Eiskalte Versuchungen:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14108766

A very fast thriller in a cottage of Montana where seven genetic researcher live and make their experiments.

 

January 2018:

# 33: Montana: Eiskalte Versuchungen:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14108766

A very fast thriller in a cottage of Montana where seven genetic researcher live and make their experiments.

#34: New Mexico: Tony hillerman - Tod der Maulwürfe
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14842376

A very interesting story, because I got to know much about the thougth of different Indian groups


States alredy fineshed 2016:
AL • AK • CO • CT • ID • KS • MA • MN • MO• NH • NJ • OH • VA • WA • WV • 15

my states 2017:
• CA • DC • FL • GA • IL • KY • LA • ME • MI • NY • NC • PA • RI • SC • TN • UT • WI •17

my states 2018:
• MT • NM

 

The Whites
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14572301
A very well written cop story with lots of great characters.

 

wingelizardbreathwing 10 mos ago
3/50
North Carolina: Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14493949/

 

Stoner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14658951
A book that you imagine might be boring, as it's just about the fairly uneventful life of one man, but it's so well written that it holds your attention right to the end. Very enjoyable.

 

Stoner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14658951
A book that you imagine might be boring, as it's just about the fairly uneventful life of one man, but it's so well written that it holds your attention right to the end. Very enjoyable.


I'm not sure I would have even picked it up to read with that dour looking picture on the cover. Glad it was good.

 

Stoner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14658951
A book that you imagine might be boring, as it's just about the fairly uneventful life of one man, but it's so well written that it holds your attention right to the end. Very enjoyable.


I'm not sure I would have even picked it up to read with that dour looking picture on the cover. Glad it was good.


I know what you mean.......the cover is so off-putting!

 

Book #3 Colorado
"Girl in Snow" by Danya Kukafka
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5349561

MY REVIEW:
Fast paced, attention demanding, one sitting novel - you'll need to make time for this mystery and suspense novel.
Although the plot revolves around the death of a young girl, the story weaves its way via the lenses of characters of Jade, Russ and Cameron.
The book is a quick and easy read and I'm genuinely not sure if this is due to its YA-esk type theme, or if its down to being somewhat underdeveloped writing. I personally am going to give it the benefit of the former, as I genuinely enjoyed reading it.

 

Book #4 New York
"Until I Met Her" by Natalie Barelli
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5309138

MY REVIEW:
A book purchased for 50p in Wales (UK), written by an Australian, set in New York....that's a fair few boxes ticked right there for "must be a good read" criteria!
This was brilliantly original, I loved it from page 1 to page 285, a mere few hours later!
The web of deceit that the author weaves had me loving every lie and betrayal that cropped up. So may twists that you are sure you can predict exactly what is coming, only for the author to slam you with a different twist.
As much as I loved the premise of the story, I also loved Emma Fern.
I mean for any avid reader there is a touch of "I could do that" about writing a book...right?
I thought this book nailed what it set out to do and what a writing achievement it is for a debut novel.
Excited by this author's writing future and look forward to discovering more.

 

Book #4 New York
"Until I Met Her" by Natalie Barelli
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5309138

MY REVIEW:
A book purchased for 50p in Wales (UK), written by an Australian, set in New York....that's a fair few boxes ticked right there for "must be a good read" criteria!
This was brilliantly original, I loved it from page 1 to page 285, a mere few hours later!
The web of deceit that the author weaves had me loving every lie and betrayal that cropped up. So may twists that you are sure you can predict exactly what is coming, only for the author to slam you with a different twist.
As much as I loved the premise of the story, I also loved Emma Fern.
I mean for any avid reader there is a touch of "I could do that" about writing a book...right?
I thought this book nailed what it set out to do and what a writing achievement it is for a debut novel.


A good writer (I think) keeps you guessing until the very end, if that's the genre's intention.

 

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Focuses on the African-American women who made up the West Computing section at Langley from the early years of World War II through the Apollo space years. Much more depth to the women, their educational training, their work, and living in a segregated Virginia than shown in the movie.

 

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Focuses on the African-American women who made up the West Computing section at Langley from the early years of World War II through the Apollo space years. Much more depth to the women, their educational training, their work, and living in a segregated Virginia than shown in the movie.

Interesting. I thought it was set in the south, like Alabama or Texas.

 

Hidden Figures
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486888
A lot of reading in this one and a little dry in parts, but still very interesting. Strange to read about people being called computers. I haven't seen the movie, but would like to now that I've read the book.

Oh snap, waterfalling, we seem to have read the same book at the same time :)

 

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has a class assignment to interview someone and write a brief biography of that person. He will eventually settle on Carl Iverson, a resident at a local nursing home, who was recently released from prison for a rape and murder and has only a short time to live. As Joe learns more about Carl's life, he begins to doubt the jury verdict and starts his own inquiry.

Good writing, suspenseful. Perhaps a bit too 'tidy' in the wrapping up, but I hardly put the book down over the weekend.

 

In The Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12010362

A family saga told in 4 generations & 4 parts. In the second part, the son Teddy moves in with family in Delaware during his adolescence and early adulthood, before the novel veers off to his daughter's voice.

 

Biography of Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe It or Not! fame. Great biography about a not-so-great guy, IMO.

No JE for this one since it's a library book, but here's my Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/---/15823447-a-curious-man

 

and the state is????

 

Copy Cat by Alex Lake

This was an excellent, unputdownable (LOL) read. A new to me author but I already have his other books on a wish list.

Sarah and her husband Ben, plus 3 children live in Barrow, Maine. One day an old friend decides to friend her on Facebook. However, there are two almost identical accounts listed under Sarah's name. When Sarah learns this, she is very confused because the account that she knew nothing about has pictures of her family, even pictures of her brand new kitchen. Who is posting these things? It just gets worse from then on. Strange things start happening that leads Ben to think his wife is in the middle of a bad depression and is trying to reach out for help. But Sarah knows she is not the one doing these things. Who is...and why?

 

hmmmm...psychopath? Killer? read person with multiple identities?

 

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7641780

Set in the southwest portion of the state - in the mountains and hollers, a 35 yo spinster thinks she'll live the rest of her life single, until she gets 2 marriage proposals and a bombshell letter from her late mother about her true paternity, shaking her life upside down.

 

The Rocky Road to Romance by Janet Evanovich

Romance isn't my cup of tea but this met some prompt for challenges I am doing, so I read it. An early on book, written in 1991. You can see how some early characters developed into Stephanie Plum characters. Elsie is just like Grandma Mazur and we meet the first "Bob", the dog.

Steve and Daisy meet at work, and between shoot outs with gangsters fall in love, she gets pregnant (big surprise there!) and they plan to get married and live happily ever after.

Typical romance book only funnier.

 

although I didn't stick with the Stephanie Plum books, I remember a wry bit of humor in them

 

Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke

Somehow I never read these books in order, so I never really know what is going on with the characters. Still, a good enough mystery.

 

The Sweater Letter by David Distel with Lynn Distel. A book about a murder in Ontonogan, Michigan. Last year I spent four days in Ontonogan which is way up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 

The Sweater Letter by David Distel with Lynn Distel. A book about a murder in Ontonogan, Michigan. Last year I spent four days in Ontonogan which is way up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

sometimes it's good to read a book set in a place you visited, to bring back your memories of the trip

 

Love in the Present Tense
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14788546

A very enjoyable read once past the first chapter. A story of unconditional love against all odds.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California

 

Book #5 Connecticut
"The Last Mrs. Parrish" by Liv Constantine
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5268764

MY REVIEW:
This one was read in what has been a long line of psychological thrillers - I've been on a bit of a roll with them since November - and I have to say that this one's plot was pretty unique to anything else I've read in a while.
Its hard to write a review of this without actually giving away any spoilers.
So I will just say that the plot twist really caught me by surprise, and that I was really quite happy with how it all turned out for everyone in the end!
A novel that sucks you right in from the start and leaves you hungry for what happens next.
Look forward to more from this writing duo.

 

Book #6 Alabama
"Sweet Home" by Tillie Cole [eBook]
https://www.goodreads.com/---/18105011-sweet-home

MY REVIEW:
English girl in America....well that's me, so this was a great one for me to read.
Classed as a "mature New Adult novel — contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics"
Basically it contains ALOT of sex! But with a nice smudge of college romance and family drama too to keep you entertained. Also so soon after watching my first superbowl, it had a nice American Football theme in there too.
I really enjoyed it, it was a really nice romance novel without it being in the chick lit vein that I can't be doing with.
The plot was great and the supporting characters were really good too.
A great read, and a nice break away from my normal "dark" reads.

 

wingethereawing 9 mos ago
I'll join!
I won't set a definite time limit.

 

I won't set a definite time limit.


Welcome!

 

Rescuing Jeffrey by Richard Galli. A book about a 17 year old boy with a spinal injury.

 

Rescuing Jeffrey by Richard Galli. A book about a 17 year old boy with a spinal injury.

congratulations - this is one of the harder states to find.

 

nmugirl 8 mos ago
4/51 Georgia
The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer.

 

Old Dogs and Children by Robert Inman.

 

1. Pennsylvania
Marisa de los Santos: Belong to Me (set in the suburbs of Philadelphia)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6073686

 

1. Pennsylvania
Marisa de los Santos: Belong to Me (set in the suburbs of Philadelphia)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6073686

Welcome! And I didn't know that book was set in Pa. Might come in handy for my next round

 

The Reader's of Broken Wheel Recommend
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13470012

A fairly predictable, rather fantastical, feel good story.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa

 

The Reader's of Broken Wheel Recommend
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13470012

A fairly predictable, rather fantastical, feel good story.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa


Highly rated, but didn't work well for me. Allowed me to check off Iowa though

 

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas. A weird book about a dysfunctional family.

 

And right up my list loving alley! I think I’ll fill in the states by serendipity so I won’t set a time limit. But I’ll start with the beginning of this year, if this is ok that is.
1/51. District of Columbia. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle
2/51 Texas. Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
3/51 Maine. Hook, Line and Sinker by JB Fletcher and Donald Bain
4/51 Florida. Camino Island by John Grisham

 

And right up my list loving alley! I think I’ll fill in the states by serendipity so I won’t set a time limit. But I’ll start with the beginning of this year, if this is ok that is.
1/51. District of Columbia. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle
2/51 Texas. Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
3/51 Maine. Hook, Line and Sinker by JB Fletcher and Donald Bain
4/51 Florida. Camino Island by John Grisham



States by serendipity is fun too.....but you'll find the same states pop up over...and over...and over....

 

Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart

 

Left Neglected
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14602544

A story about a woman with a brain injury where her brain doesn't recognise anything happening on her left, be it people standing on her left, or her own left arm, etc. A rather scary situation to be in.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts

 

Left Neglected
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14602544

A story about a woman with a brain injury where her brain doesn't recognise anything happening on her left, be it people standing on her left, or her own left arm, etc. A rather scary situation to be in.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts


Oh - that would be a scary situation

 

The Rancher Next Door by Betsy St. Amant http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12163119

A romance set in Louisiana - who knew there were ranches there? I only think of plantations or New Orleans usually

 

nmugirl 7 mos ago
6/51 Texas
Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block. A book about a shooting and a young man in a coma.

 

Little Fires Everywhere
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14986562

A good read focusing on cultural and family relationships. Great characters.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio

 

Little Fires Everywhere
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14986562

A good read focusing on cultural and family relationships. Great characters.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio


I've heard of this one, but haven't read it.

 

nmugirl 7 mos ago
7/51 Arizona
Bad Country by CB McKenzie. A book set in Arizona about lots of murder and family.

 

2. New York
Alex Witchel: Me Times Three – set in New York
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2248397

 

Dog On It
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13591762

A light, entertaining, fun read about a dog and PI out there solving crimes.

Although the location is undisclosed, there are enough clues (I think), to point to it being set in Arizona.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona

 

Dog On It
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13591762

A light, entertaining, fun read about a dog and PI out there solving crimes.

Although the location is undisclosed, there are enough clues (I think), to point to it being set in Arizona.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona

Interesting. Liked your note that there was no "doggy thinking" going on to distract

 

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio

 

Vinegar Girl
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15003663

A modern take on The Taming of the Shrew. Set in Baltimore, Maryland. A quick read, which is light, fluffy and fun.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona ~Maryland

 

3. California
Robin Sloan: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - set in San Francisco
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12277055/

 

Blessings of the Heart by Valerie Hansen

 

nmugirl 6 mos ago
8/51 Alaska
The Geography of Water by Mary Emerick.

 

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower
And to recap states so far:
Colorado, D.C., Florida, Maine, New York, Oklahoma, Texas

 

Orange Pekoe Poison by Laura Childs

And to recap states so far:
Colorado, D.C., Florida, Maine, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas

 

Making Rounds With Oscar by David Dosa

About a nursing home with an Alzheimer's floor and the cat that is able to tell who is dying next. He enters their room, hops on the bed and snuggles and comforts them while they are dying.

 

Making Rounds With Oscar by David Dosa

About a nursing home with an Alzheimer's floor and the cat that is able to tell who is dying next. He enters their room, hops on the bed and snuggles and comforts them while they are dying.


I have that book...Didn't know it was set in Rhode Island.

 

nmugirl 6 mos ago
9/51 Kansas
Silver Bells by Deborah Raney. A book that confusing but a fair book.

 

Dogwood by Chris Fabry. A weird book with a little bit of religious thrown in it too.

 

The Round House
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14428544

Part mystery, part coming of age novel. A good read, but with a little too much of the myths and legends for my taste.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona ~ Maryland ~ North Dakota

 

The Round House
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14428544

Part mystery, part coming of age novel. A good read, but with a little too much of the myths and legends for my taste.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona ~ Maryland ~ North Dakota


From the cover photo, looks like it was awarded something

 

The Round House
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14428544

Part mystery, part coming of age novel. A good read, but with a little too much of the myths and legends for my taste.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona ~ Maryland ~ North Dakota


From the cover photo, looks like it was awarded something


A couple, according to Wikipedia:

Reception
The novel was positively reviewed. In 2015 it was included in The Oyster Review's list of "100 Best Books of the Decade So Far".

Awards and honors
2012 National Book Award for Fiction (winner)[3]
2013 Minnesota Book Awards for Novel & Short Story (winner)[4]
2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction (finalist)[5][6][7]

 

finally another state!

High Plains Bride by Valerie Hansen http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13638668 Set in the 1800's, when the west was being settled. Emmaline's family wagon is torn up by a twister, causing them to settle in Kansas instead of pushing on further.

 

wingJ4shawwing 5 mos ago
Book #7 Ohio
"The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett" by Chelsea Sedoti
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5388215

MY REVIEW:
When I finished this I was very much on the fence with this one, but a day on I have warmed to it a little more.
Labelled as a young-adult mystery, this book offered an exploration into the world of a misfit teen, in a very delicate and creative way.
The one shining thing I liked about this book was the blossoming of Hawthorn and her brother's relationship.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this one.

 

Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas. A book that made me think about how others were treated in the world.

 

Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas. A book that made me think about how others were treated in the world.


I looked it up because I never heard of this author. It's set in 1964 during the civil rights movement

 

4. Kentucky
Ann Patchett: Patron Saint of Liars – set in Habit, Kentucky
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12384969/

 

The Roanoke Girls
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870535

A dark and creepy novel covering some fairly taboo subjects.

Done: New York ~ Missouri ~ Virginia ~ California ~ Iowa ~ Massachusetts ~ Ohio ~Arizona ~ Maryland ~ North Dakota ~ Kansas

 

"Dora: A Headcase" by Lidia Yuknavitch
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5079343

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Ida needs a shrink . . . or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, whom she nicknames Siggy, Ida begins a coming-of-age journey. At the beginning of her therapy, Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her small posse of pals engage in "art attacks." Ida’s in love with her friend Obsidian, but when she gets close to intimacy, she faints or loses her voice. Ida and her friends hatch a plan to secretly film Siggy and make an experimental art film. But something goes wrong at a crucial moment—at a nearby hospital Ida finds her father suffering a heart attack. While Ida loses her voice, a rough cut of her experimental film has gone viral, and unethical media agents are hunting her down. A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has.


MY REVIEW:
As with many of the books I read, this one came to be on my radar after hearing about the author's 2nd novel "The Small Backs of Children" see my profile for further explanation around my reading idiosyncrasy in that I read an author's books in the order they were written.

Ok, back to this book, brilliant or terrible - I'm on the fence.
It has so many things that I look for in 'teens gone wild' books, but I think maybe the intro by Chuck Palahniuk bigged it up a little too...well....big!
Set in Seattle, this is a unique feminist retelling of Freud’s famous case study Dora.
This is definitely not everyone's cup of tea, and while it certainly is mine, I just feel that some of it was a little overly designed to shock, that it was lacking polish and believability.

 

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart. A good book that was kinda scattered and the ending was strange too.

 

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart. A good book that was kinda scattered and the ending was strange too.


I think I saw this one at a book sale recently. The double "aa"s caught my eye.

 

It's been a while since I've read one of the outstanding states for me.

This time, it's a book set on the banks of a river tributary in Alabama. Yes, it's a romance, but does a very good job of describing the locale of the illegal smuggling going on and through the protagonist's land.

Mr. and Mrs. Wrong by Fay Robinson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12629566

 

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