Cross-Country Reading Challenge

I’d originally wanted to celebrate graduation with a cross-country road trip, which for obvious reasons won’t be possible this year. But when I saw the Goodreads list “Armchair Traveling: Books Set in Every U.S. State [plus D.C.]”, I figured this might be a somewhat acceptable substitute. (I won’t be following their list, but wanted to credit the source/inspiration for my challenge.)

Since I just want to keep it simple, there aren’t really any rules for this challenge. I’ll continue to read books by diverse (Q/POC) authors, which hasn’t really been an issue for me; the location doesn’t need to feature heavily in the story. I’m hoping to finish by the end of the year, but I won’t stress too much about it.

Seven Twelve Eighteen months. Fifty-one places & books. Let’s do this. ๐Ÿš—

Updated January 3, 2023

TOTAL: 52 / 51

AlabamaI Kissed Shara Wheeler
AlaskaJulie of the Wolves
ArizonaSnowflake, AZ
ArkansasThe Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction
California(NorCal) Rosemary and Rue
(SoCal) The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
ColoradoAll the Crooked Saints
ConnecticutEverything All at Once
DelawareThe Book of Unknown Americans
FloridaWe Walked the Sky
GeorgiaKate in Waiting
IllinoisThe Time Traveler’s Wife
IndianaBeauty and the Besharam
IowaThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
KansasHearts Unbroken
KentuckyLight to the Hills
LouisianaAn American Marriage
MarylandAgain Again
MassachusettsThe Box in the Woods
MichiganFirekeeper’s Daughter
MinnesotaFuture Home of the Living God
MississippiA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
MissouriSharp Objects
MontanaThe Only Good Indians
NevadaThe Distant Dead
New HampshireA Separate Peace
New JerseyOne for the Money
New MexicoMiss Meteor
New YorkThe Chosen and the Beautiful
North CarolinaThe Shaadi Set-Up
North DakotaPeace Like a River
OhioThe Silence of the Lambs
OklahomaยกHola Papi!
OregonHoney Girl
PennsylvaniaCatherine House
Rhode IslandPlain Bad Heroines
South CarolinaThe Foxhole Court
South DakotaPrairie Lotus
TennesseeGirl Made of Stars
UtahBy Your Side
VermontToo Bright to See
VirginiaThe Grief Keeper
WashingtonGirls Burn Brighter
Washington, D.C.Red, White & Royal Blue
West VirginiaFlight Risk
WisconsinCrossing to Safety
Road Trips
Kiss & Tell
Seasonal Fears
A Psalm for the Wild-Built
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy
Alice Isn’t Dead
Murder on the Orient Express
  • Have you ever done a similar challenge and/or would you ever consider doing one? (If you don’t live in the U.S., this could still be for the States, or maybe the regions/states/provinces of your home country!)
  • What are some of your favorite books set in your home state (or non-U.S. country)?


21 thoughts on “Cross-Country Reading Challenge

    1. haha I’m trying not to do too many rereads for this challenge and ive read TRC so many times already, but it would otherwise be a great candidate! and you’re absolutely right; i have lots for california in particular since it’s my home state ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe is my absolute favorite Massachusetts book. She lives in Marblehead, so her descriptions of the North Shore are just spot on, and I feel like I could follow the characters’ journeys through the surrounding cities so well.

    And I know everyone hypes up Stephen King for Maine, but he’s very bleh to me, and though he captures the Maine atmosphere well, I’m always going to love his son, Joe Hill more. Hill’s books are weirder and funnier, too, so they’re just all around great.

    This is such a fun challenge; I can’t wait to see what you pick for each state!

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  2. I’ve got a few for Missouri, though not necessarily good books (actually none of them are faves lol). BUT if you need any ideas, feel free to poke me (unfortunately none are by POC).

    Good luck! Hopefully you’ll be able to take a cross country trip one day, even if it’s not for graduation. (Late graduation? ๐Ÿค”)

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  3. Oh wow, goodluck! Xx

    This seems like too much of a big project for me right now x3 โ€ฆim just wondering what I could do for canadian provinces?! ๐Ÿค” Although I am reading a book thatโ€™s set in my town right now (!!!so cool- as theyโ€™re mostly historical retelling/fiction, iโ€™ve never read any. Plus they speak our 1/2eng 1/2 french!!)

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  4. This looks like a brilliant challenge. The Summer of Jordi Perez was a great pick for California!

    I’ve haven’t seen a reading challenge like this for the UK and I don’t have room in my reading schedule for it this year but it would be a good idea for next year. I suppose a UK equivalent would involve counties but I honestly have no idea how many of those there are!

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