2012 50 States Reading Challenge

Posted November 18, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 6 Comments

What’s that Kara? That’s another reading challenge you are participating in? Don’t you think that’s probably impossible to accomplish and a very bad idea?
Why yes self, it is an extremely bad idea. But see, I just can’t resist challenges like this. I am such a setting wh*re. I’d love to read around the United States. If only I could have waited until 2012 to read The Descendants. Because I think Hawaii is going to be a tough one to accomplish again. And what about Nebraska? Who sets their books in Nebraska? Iowa? What is it, a book about corn and soybean farming? 
Well whatever. I’m doing it. And I am possibly looking forward to this one the most. I will not be picking my books ahead of time. There is no possible way I can pick out 50 books in advance. But I will be marking them on this post as I go along. And I am sure that there will be repeat states. But this challenge is going to be fun.

The goal of this challenge is to read books that are set in each of the fifty states. Your books can be of any genre and any format (ie. paperback, ebook, audiobook, etc.). No short stories. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine. (Re-read reviews must be written within the year 2012; you can not use old reviews.) 

You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them.
Do you think this might be something you would be interested in participating in? Go here: Book Obsessed 2012 50 States Reading Challenge. I’m excited. 🙂 Please join me!
1. Alabama                                 
2. Alaska                                    
3. Arizona                                   
4. Arkansas                                
5. California- The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams                                             
6. Colorado- Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne                                  
7. Connecticut
8. Delaware
9. Florida- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
10. Georgia
11. Hawaii
12. Idaho
13. Illinois
14. Indiana
15. Iowa- Slide by Jill Hathaway
16. Kansas- Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
17. Kentucky
18. Louisiana
19. Maine
20. Maryland- Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
21. Massachusetts- Frost by Marianna Baer
22. Michigan
23. Minnesota
24. Mississippi
25. Missouri- Katana by Cole Gibsen
26. Montana
27. Nebraska
28. Nevada
29. New Hampshire- The New Girl by Paige Harbison
30. New Jersey- Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
31. New Mexico- Fated by Alyson Noel
32. New York- The Humming Room by Ellen Potter, Partials by Dan Wells
33. North Carolina
34. North Dakota
35. Ohio- The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark
36. Oklahoma
37. Oregon- The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
38. Pennsylvania
39. Rhode Island
40. South Carolina- Wrecked by Anna Davies
41. South Dakota
42. Tennessee
43. Texas- The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
44. Utah
45. Vermont
46. Virginia
47. Washington- Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
48. West Virginia
49. Wisconsin- Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
50. Wyoming
And for sh*ts and giggles, I’m going to keep track of the countries I read in too, even though they don’t count towards the challenge.
Australia- Inhale by Kendall Grey, Exhale by Kendall Grey
Canada- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
England- Base Spirits by Ruth Barrett, Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton, Ruby Red by Kiersten Gier
France- Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
India- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Italy- The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
Japan- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Malaysia- Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng
Scotland- The Legend of Lady MacLaoch by Becky Banks

6 responses to “2012 50 States Reading Challenge

  1. AE

    I’m sitting here wondering why someone who reads about a book a day would think reading 50 books in a year hard? For us normal folks, sure, it’s tough stuff… but for you? No way!

  2. Good luck with that. I do a similar one called a America Journey but I am not attempting to do it in a year. I am going to take a week at a time in each state at varying times.

  3. Thanks for signing up, Kara! I did this challenge this year as well, and so far I’ve gotten 29 states…It’s fun trying but some of the states are repeative…I would love to see someone that actually does get all 50…Good luck and I hope you have fun 🙂

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