Wanderlust: Reading the 50 States


I am enjoying my “Wanderlust: Reading the World” ongoing personal reading project so much that I’ve decided to expand it by also reading a book from each of the 50 states. (That inspiration came from my blogging friend, Cath, at Read_Warbler.)  I’ll call it “Wanderlust: Reading the States”.  I’m not a glutton for punishment, I assure you. I’m just interested in and curious about the world around me, and these personal projects are stress-free, motivating, enjoyable, and a way of expanding my horizons. All from my favorite reading chair (on the porch again before too long, I hope!).

I decided that I wanted the two projects to run side-by-side, so I went back through my list of books read in 2019 to find the books that were set in one of the States, or the author was from a particular State, or that State claimed the author as their own. It’s a fancy way of sorting my books!  I added them to this list so that both projects were started in 2019. They are “ongoing” with no time limit and are just meant to be fun reading journeys. I’ll review most of the books I read, but not necessarily every one.  Please do check back here occasionally to see where I’ve been “traveling.”

  1. Alabama:  Barracoon, by Zora Neale Hurston
  2. Alaska:
  3. Arizona:
  4. Arkansas:
  5. California:  The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck
  6. Colorado:
  7. Connecticut:
  8. Delaware:  The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, by Howard Pyle
  9. Florida:
  10. Georgia:
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine:  The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico:  Kokopelli’s Flute, by Will Hobbs
  32. New York:  Here is New York, by E.B. White
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont:  Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

 

6 thoughts on “Wanderlust: Reading the 50 States

    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Nan! It’s totally Cath’s idea. She’s my inspiration for this one. That’s fun information about Eleanor Porter. I love the photo you sent me of the Pollyanna sculpture!

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  1. Cath

    Trying this again. I’m delighted you were inspired to try this by me and my personal challenge, Robin. I started it in 2011 and have only managed a few books a year but then I haven’t been doing it intensely. I’ve just checked my notebook and apparently I’ve read from 26 states. That’s more than I thought so I’m quite pleased with that. I’ll do a post next month and maybe we can suggest a few titles to each other. At the moment I don’t have Alabama, California, Delaware or Vermont so will check out the titles you have for those. I also find I have a couple of titles for many of my states, Alaska for instance. It’s all great fun!

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