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. 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.”

Red: Read and reviewed
Blue: Read but not reviewed yet

30/50 States

  1. Alabama:  Barracoon, by Zora Neale Hurston
  2. Alaska:  The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  3. Arizona:  Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O’Dell
  4. Arkansas:  Shakespeare’s Landlord, by Charlaine Harris
  5. California:  The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck
  6. Colorado:  Booked to Die, by John Dunning
  7. Connecticut:  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain
  8. Delaware:  
  9. Florida:  One More Body in the Pool, by Ray Bradbury
  10. Georgia:  Our Time is Now, by Stacey Abrams
  11. Hawaii:  Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’iedited by Joanna L. Groarke and Theresa Papanikolas
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois:  The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa:  Summer of Love and Evil, by Michael Kinnamon 
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana:  Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges / The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles
  19. Maine:  The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett
  20. Maryland:  Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler
  21. Massachusetts:  Walking, by Henry David Thoreau
  22. Michigan:  Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
  23. Minnesota:  Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana:  A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire:  Murder is Binding: A Booktown Mystery, by Lorna Barrett
  30. New Jersey:  Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, by Dorothy Gillman
  31. New Mexico:  Death Comes For The Archbishop, by Willa Cather
  32. New York:  Here is New York, by E.B. White
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio:  The Time Garden, by Edward Eager
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon:  The Turning, by Emily Whitman
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina:  Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
  41. South Dakota:  The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah:  The Great Brain, by John D. Fitzgerald 
  45. Vermont:  Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin:  
  50. Wyoming:  One Day At Teton Marsh, by Sally Carrighar

8 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!


  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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  2. Diane

    Robin, I’m planning on doing something like this informally for 2021 as I’ve eyed it several years in a row. I actually want to track the setting of every book I read in 2021.

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