Reading Road Trip: The Complete Book List

Written on February 23, 2021

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Our reading road trip has ventured to all four corners of the United States, featuring reading selections and travel experiences from each region of the country.

You can explore this blog series in its entirety here, and use this list for reference as you read through all fifty states.

The Reading List

Alabama: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Alaska: The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

Arizona: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas: True Grit by Charles Portis

California: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Colorado: Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Connecticut: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Delaware: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Florida: Tourist Season by Carl Hiassen

Georgia: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Hawaii: Moloka’i and Honolulu by Alan Brennert

Idaho: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Illinois: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Indiana: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Iowa: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Kansas: the novels of Gillian Flynn

Kentucky: Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Louisiana: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Maine: Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Maryland: Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

Massachusetts: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (we also featured a spotlight on Nantucket with the novels of Elin Hilderbrand)

Michigan: The Dollmaker by Harriet Arnow

Minnesota: Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy

Mississippi: We are all Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Missouri: the novels of Gillian Flynn

Montana: Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Nebraska: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Nevada: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

New Hampshire: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

New Jersey: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

New Mexico: Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford

New York: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

North Carolina: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

North Dakota: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Ohio: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Oklahoma: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Oregon: Mink River by Brian Doyle

Pennsylvania: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Rhode Island: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult

South Carolina: Beach Music by Pat Conroy

South Dakota: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (book 6-book 9 of the series take place in South Dakota)

Tennessee: The Firm by John Grisham

Texas: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Utah: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Vermont: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Virginia: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Washington: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

West Virginia: Snakehunter by Chunk Kinder

Wisconsin: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Wyoming: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

For further reading:

Business Insider: Most Famous Books from Every State

Best Products: Popular Books That Take Place in Each State