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:

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Massachusetts
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas US Territories
Utah Vermont Virginia
Washington Washington, D.C. West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

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):





Massachusetts: (current)

  • Run by Ann Patchett (2007)
  • Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (2011)
  • Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman (2004)
  • Emmeline by Judith Rossner (1980)
  • Time’s Betrayal by David Adams Cleveland (2017)
  • The Locals by Jonathan Dee (2017)
  • Green by Sam Graham-Felsen (2018)
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (1955)


New Mexico: