2016 READING GOAL IDEA

So 2015 was about quantity - I wanted to read 70 books (made it to 76 🙏🏼). This year I want to try something else - read a book set in each of the 50 states 🇺🇸 Maybe read some books that aren't exactly in my wheelhouse, but I will still enjoy. Suggestions welcomed - some states I'm still deciding on 💬
  1. Alabama
    gotta be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (re-read)
  2. ✅Alaska
    either The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon or Into the Wild by John Krakauer (travel essay) or The Call of the Wild by Jack London (for a dog's account of Alaska!)
  3. ✅Arizona
    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Arkansas
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (auto-biography)
  5. ✅California
    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (memoir)
  6. Colorado
    The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  7. ✅Connecticut
    either The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin or My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  8. Delaware
    The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Castellani
  9. Florida
  10. ✅Georgia
    Gone with the Wind if I'm feeling up to it Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson (YA) if I'm not
  11. Hawaii
    either Juniors or The Decendants by Kaui Hart (re-read) or Blu's Hanging by Lois Ann Yamanaka
  12. Idaho
  13. ✅Illinois
    either Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (re-read) or The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  14. ✅Indiana
    Either We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler or All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (YA)
  15. Iowa
    A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  16. ✅Kansas
    Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (middle grade)
  17. ✅Kentucky
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
  18. ✅Louisiana
    Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (novel released in 3 parts)
  19. ✅Maine
    The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw (memoir)
  20. ✅Maryland
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (re-read) (YA)
  21. ✅Massachusetts
    Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (memoir)
  22. ✅Michigan
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  23. Minnesota
    Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor or Vestments by John Reimringer
  24. Mississippi
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett (re-read)
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. ✅Nebraska
    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA) or one by Willa Cather; either O Pioneers! or My Ántonia
  28. Nevada
  29. ✅New Hampshire
    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Iving
  30. ✅New Jersey
    Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (YA) or The Stranger by Harlan Coben (my first Coben, crime mystery - I never read these)
  31. ✅New Mexico
    Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (YA)
  32. ✅New York
    Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. ✅Ohio
    either Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (middle grade) or Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld - probably both!
  36. ✅Oklahoma
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  37. ✅Oregon
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed (re-read)
  38. ✅Pennsylvania
    either Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick or Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (middle grade)
  39. Rhode Island
    The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  40. ✅South Carolina
    The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
  41. South Dakota
    either Little Town on the Prairie or These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (middle grade)
  42. ✅Tennessee
    The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore
  43. ✅Texas
    Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer
  44. Utah
  45. ✅Vermont
    Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (middle grade)
  46. ✅Virginia
    Jeffersons Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (middle grade)
  47. ✅Washington
    Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple (reread)
  48. West Virginia
    Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
  49. Wisconsin
    Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz , Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen or Bitter Sweet by LaVyrle Spencer
  50. Wyoming
    Brokeback Mountain (short story) by Annie Proulx
  51. (Bonus) Washington, D.C.
    The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  52. (Bonus) Puerto Rico
    The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico by Sarah McCoy
  53. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is a great book about him & a friend wanting to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and they start in Georgia? Not sure if that counts!
    Suggested by   @AEM
  54. Alaska AND California
    Drop City - By TC Boyle
    Suggested by   @donnie
  55. North Carolina
    Cold Mountain
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie