State By State Challenge

The Fifty State Reading Challenge is one that surfaces from many sources. As with the majority of my other challenges, I'll be doing this one on my own...unattached from a blogging event.

I ran this challenge twice prior, once for a three-year term and the second for an abbreviated three-year term. At that point, I decided that three years was not a reasonable length of time to complete the challenge. So I am restarting the challenge on January 1, 2020 as a five-year term.

The third reincarnation of the challenge begins on January 1, 2020 and will run until December 31, 2024. During that time, I need to read at least one book set in each of the fifty states. I can only use each book once and the book must be set in that state for a substantial amount of the book (at least 1/3). It can't be used as just a pass through.

As I finish the books, I will list them here next to their state, as well as the date they were finished. In addition, I'll be coloring in the map below as each state is conquered. Here's to reading across the United States!


2020-2024 Edition



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Wyoming :


2017-2020 Edition



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Alabama : Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alaska :

Arizona : 

Arkansas :

California : The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Colorado :

Connecticut : Very Nice by Marcy Demansky

Delaware :

Florida : Paper Towns by John Green

Georgia : Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Hawaii :

Idaho :

Illinois :  Becoming by Michelle Obama

Indiana : Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Iowa :

Kansas : Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Kentucky :

Louisiana :

Maine : 

Maryland : The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Massachusetts : The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Michigan :

Minnesota : Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Mississippi : 

Missouri : The Altruists by Andrew Ridker

Montana :

Nebraska : The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Nevada :

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New Mexico : 

New York : The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block

North Carolina : We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

North Dakota :

Ohio : Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Oklahoma :

Oregon : The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

Pennsylvania : Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Rhode Island : Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

South Carolina : Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whelan

South Dakota : The Multiplication of Elmer Whit by Karsen Kipp

Tennessee : 

Texas : The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Utah : 

Vermont : The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Virginia : To All the Boy I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Washington : The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

West Virginia :

Wisconsin : Jerkwater by Jamie Zerndt

Wyoming :


2014-2017 Edition





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Alabama : Looking for Alaska by John Green

Alaska :

Arizona : The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas :

California : Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Colorado : How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Connecticut : Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Delaware :

Florida : How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Georgia : Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Hawaii :

Idaho :

Illinois : Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Indiana :

Iowa :

Kansas :

Kentucky :

Louisiana :

Maine : Carrie by Stephen King

Maryland :

Massachusetts : The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Michigan : Binge by Tyler Oakley

Minnesota :

Mississippi : As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Missouri :

Montana :

Nebraska : Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Nevada :

New Hampshire : The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

New Jersey : Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

New Mexico : Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

New York : American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

North Carolina : Lily Love by Maggi Myers

North Dakota :

Ohio : Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Oklahoma : The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Oregon : Finding Alice by Melody Carlson

Pennsylvania :

Rhode Island

South Carolina :

South Dakota :

Tennessee : The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

Texas :

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Vermont :

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Washington : The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

West Virginia :

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