Monday 10 February 2020

50 US States challenge update

Many thanks to all who suggested books for my 50 US states challenge.

I had suggestions both here and on Facebook so here're a few of the titles in case any one else is interested.

From Cathy at Kittling Books (via FB)

For New Mexico there are Walter Satterthwait’s Joshua Croft mysteries (Santa Fe) and Steven F. Havill’s Posadas County series (down along the border).

For North Dakota there’s the Marjorie Trumaine series by Larry D. Sweazy.

Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time is one of the best books I’ve ever read and would count toward Oklahoma and Texas.

Another fantastic book is David Gran’s Killers of the Flower Moon (Oklahoma). I’ll make myself stop now. (NO, DON'T!)

From Mary:

Books by Ann Tyler for Maryland
Chesapeake by James Michener also for Maryland

From Pat at Here, There and Everywhere:

The Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly
Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown for a multi-state book

From Kay at Kay's Reading Life

The Bell Elkins series by Julia Keller for West Virginia (I've reserved the first one from the library.)

The Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni for Washington state.

From Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery:

Suggestions for Alabama... note she has not read some of these.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Anne George - Southern Sister mysteries (humorous cosy series)

Andrew Grant - False Positive (Det. Cooper Devereaux, 1st in a series).

Thomas H. Cook - Breakheart Hill.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

For Hawaii: The House Without a Key - Earl Derr Biggers (Charlie Chan)

For Oklamhoma: A Killing in Quail County - Jameson Cole

From Sam at Bookchase for Texas:

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
And various other books by McMurtry including, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment

From Noel - friend on Facebook: (all for Wisconsin)

The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (read and it's delightful)

Orchard by Larry Watson

The Loon Lake Mysteries by Victoria Houston (love the sound of these)

From Pam at Travellin' Penguin:

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers for Georgia

From Mamzie Bro on FB:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (it's really remiss of me not to have read this one already)

From Yvonne at Fiction Books:

Two series by Susan Slater, 'Ben Pecos' and 'Dan Mahoney' which would cover New Mexico and Florida.

From Judith at Reader in the Wilderness:

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian for Vermont
Various books by Anita Shreve for New Hampshire


Doc - Mary Doria Russell (Kansas)
Women of the Copper Country - Mary Doria Russell (Michigan)
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson (Washington State)
Cane River - Lalita Tademy (Louisiana)
Burglars Can't Be Choosers - Lawrence Block (New York city)

I 'think' I have caught all of the suggestions but more are always welcome. And my update from 2011 here also has a lot more.

These are a few of the books I own (there are more) that I want to read for this challenge:

And this is the book I've just started for 'Virginia'.

I think it will be perfect for that state.

If there are any more suggestions from anyone I'll edit them into this post but thanks again to all who commented. If this was Facebook or Twitter I would now add several 'heart' emojis.



DesLily said...

As an addendum ... Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee covers quite a few western states! But you might want that at a different time since it's "history"..

Cath said...

Pat: I'll pop it in under 'multi-states'... I'm fine with history books.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Cath and all your fellow contributors to this post!

There are a great range of titles and genres featured here, and even though I am not taking part in any challenge, a few of them are already on their way to join my own TBR mountain, so thank you one and all!

Cath, you certainly seem to have caught the bug for this armchair travel, perhaps you should start a blog with that specifically in mind?

I don't know if you have had chance to check out the Trip Fiction site I mentioned. They have quite a large world geography covered with books already and they do separate their books into the individual States too.

I enjoyed the writing of Susan Slater, if you are ever up for some slightly more lighthearted fiction to add to your repertoire. Her Dan Mahoney and Ben Pecos series would cover the States of Florida and New Mexico...

Have fun making your choices :)


TracyK said...

Cath, there are lots of great suggestions there. Thanks for including mine. When I went through my reviews since I last updated my 50 States list, I found 5 or 6 to add. And when I update the list I am also going to follow your lead and add more titles (than just one) where I think they really represent the state well.

I have read books from the Walter Satterthwait’s Joshua Croft series and Steven F. Havill's series and they are both very good. I am continuing both of those.

And now I need to do a list of series I want to continue.

Susan said...

Wow, you got a lot of great suggestions! If you need more, you can go to my blog and scan the subject list. I always tag my reviews with the state/country the book is set in, so if you look up U.S. Settings: California, for example, you'll get a list of books set in California.

Good luck with your challenge!

Kailana said...

Fun challenge! I hope you read lots of great books. :)

Cath said...

Yvonne: Yes, there were some excellent suggestions, particularly in the crime fiction genre. Like I *need* more series to start.

It's an interesting idea to have a blog about armchair travelling but I'm not sure there would be very much interest in it to be honest. Something to think about though.

My mind's gone a bit blank (nothing new) but yes, I think I did have a quick look at the trip fiction site, must check it out again.

I'll add Susan Slater to my post later... thank you!

Tracy: My pleasure. It seemed to me that one book could never tell the complete story of a state so it might be even more fun to read a variety of books for each one.

Looking forward to sharing this challenge with you and any others who decide to have a go.

Susan: Thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of your blog's subject list. I didn't know about it so will check that out soon.

Thank you for you best wishes.

Kelly: Thank you!