Thursday 10 November 2011

2012 50 States Reading Challenge

Lots of people did this challenge this year, and basically this seems like a perfect opportunity for me to make another huge list, as well as read more books set in and about America so I thought I’d sign up for 2012!
Hosted at Book Obsessed, the object of the challenge is to read books set in each of the 50 states of the U.S.A. They can be any genre except for short stories, and I will be adding to this list as the year progresses. Here’s my starting plan:
2012 50 States Challenge Reading List
1.       Alabama – Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
2.       Alaska
3.       Arizona – The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
4.       Arkansas - True Grit by Charles Portis
5.       California – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
6.       Colorado - The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
7.       Connecticut - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
8.       Delaware
9.       Florida – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
10.   Georgia – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
11.   Hawaii- The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
12.   Idaho - The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson
13.   Illinois - The Bitch Goddess Notebook by Martha O'Connor
14.   Indiana
15.   Iowa - An Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges
16.   Kansas - Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky
17.   Kentucky – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
18.   Louisiana – The Awakening by Kate Chopin
19.   Maine - Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
20.   Maryland – Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
21.   Massachusetts - A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve
22.   Michigan – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
23.   Minnesota
24.   Mississippi - The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
25.   Missouri – Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
26.   Montana
27.   Nebraska - My Antonia by Willa Cather
28.   Nevada – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
29.   New Hampshire
30.   New Jersey – This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
31.   New Mexico
32.   New York – The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
33.   North Carolina – The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
34.   North Dakota - Tracks by Louise Erdrich
35.   Ohio
36.   Oklahoma - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
37.   Oregon - Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted by Lolly Winston
38.   Pennsylvania - Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
39.   Rhode Island
40.   South Carolina
41.   South Dakota - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
42.   Tennessee - Taft by Ann Patchett
43.   Texas – Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
44.   Utah
45.   Vermont
46.   Virginia - Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
47.   Washington – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (this will be a re-read, but I’ve not reviewed it before)
48.   West Virginia
49.   Wisconsin - Blankets by Craig Thompson
50.   Wyoming
I’ll keep adding to this list as I find books, and once I’ve reviewed them I’ll link the reviews here. If anybody has any suggestions for the many states I’m missing, please help me out!!


  1. Woah. Now THAT'S an ambitious challenge! I'd never be able to read 52 books for one challenge in a year - I definitely take my proverbial hat off to you.

  2. What a cool idea for a challenge! I kind of want to try this (I've signed up to read at least 50 books in 2012 anyway, and am hoping to be able to upgrade if my class schedule will allow it)!

    I think I might, go for it, haha, it's not like I'm going to get penalized for not making it. I'll just kick myself and try harder the next year. :P

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I really had no idea what this book was going to be about and truthfully couldn't put it down despite the fact that it is kind of depressing. I liked the character development a lot and it was a quick moving book thought gloomy.