Books By State

Below you’ll find an alphabetical list of states with links to the state overview and to each of the books I’ve chosen for that state (as well as a placeholder if I haven’t gotten to that state yet). I have decided to skip around a bit, but it’s easier for you to find what you’re looking for in alphabetical order. The map above shows which states I’ve completed, with the state I am currently reading marked “We Are Here.”

A note about the books marked Young Adult or Young Reader – I have differentiated between Young Adult and Young Reader where I felt the distinction was important. Some Young Adult books are written at a higher level and/or include more adult themes, including sexuality or violence that may make them less appropriate for younger readers. So if a book is marked Young Reader, it was one I felt comfortable with my own 10 year old son reading on his own. Those marked only as Young Adult are books that were designated for the Young Adult market AND ones that I would not feel were appropriate for my 10 year old to read on his own.

The States:

NevadaNew HampshireNew Jersey
New MexicoNew YorkNorth Carolina
North DakotaOhioOklahoma
OregonPennsylvaniaPuerto Rico
Rhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth Dakota
TennesseeTexasUS Territories
WashingtonWashington, D.C.West Virginia

The Books:

Alabama (planned):

  • Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund (2009)
  • Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon (1991)
  • The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau (1964) – Pulitzer Prize winner 1965

Alaska: and Alaska (addendum):




  • Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport (1994)
  • East Wind, Rain by Caroline Paul (2006)
  • Middle Son by Deborah Iida (1996)
  • All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama (1988)
  • The Parrot Talks In Chocolate by Everett Peacock (2009)
  • Name Me Nobody by Lois-Ann Yamanaka (1999) – Young Adult
  • The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan (2014) – Young Adult


  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1980)
  • All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki (2004)
  • Borrowed Horses by Sian Griffiths (2013)
  • The Man Who Fell In Love With the Moon by Tom Spanbauer (1992) – still on my Want to Read list (it’s in progress and I’ll have to do a Revisited post)
  • Buffalo Coat by Carol Ryrie Brink (1993) – still on my Want to Read list
  • The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher (2005) – Young Adult
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn (1981)
  • Coeur d’Alene Waters by Ned Hayes (2013)
  • Girl Imagined by Chance by Lance Olsen (2002) – still on my Want to Read list






New Hampshire: (not read officially yet)

New Mexico: