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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Dec 27, 2012 05:55PM) (new)

Diane | 12904 comments Don't care to read all of the US states? No problem. here are some shorter itineraries to consider. Feel free to create your own itinerary as you see fit.

Appalachian Trail
Read a book set in each of the states along the Appalachian Trail. There are 14 states along the trail: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Louisiana Purchase
Read a book from each of the 15 states with land from the Louisiana Purchase: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Original 13 Colonies
Read a book from each of the original 13 colonies of the USA: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

Pony Express
Read a book from each of the 8 states on the historical Pony Express: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Route 66 (Thanks, Evana!)
Read a book from each of the 8 states along historic Route 66: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Optional: You can further challenge yourself by reading only books set in the 40s through 70s when the roadway was most traveled.

Trans-America (Thanks, Dee!)
Read a book from each of the 10 states on the Trans-America Bike Trail: Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon.


message 2: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12904 comments Megi wrote: "These challenges really appeal to me! I'll definitely attempt to complete the Appalachian Trail with books. Leapfrogging, I began in Tennessee:

The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy


The Orchar..."


Welcome, Megi! Have a great hike!


message 3: by Amanda (last edited Jun 14, 2013 11:13AM) (new)

Amanda Lasen (blaircaldwell86) These look really fun! I've been keeping track of the states of visited through books in 2013 for a challenge for another group, so I'm going to go ahead and fill those in and I look forward to visiting the rest of the states in the future :)

Last Update: 5/31/13

Appalachian Trail
Georgia
North Carolina- The Peach Keeper
Tennessee- To Whisper Her Name
Virginia- Meet Felicity: An American Girl
West Virginia
Maryland- Chapter 29 Revisited
Pennsylvania- Life As We Knew It
New Jersey
New York- The Age of Innocence
Connecticut
Massachusetts
Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine- Hush, Hush

Louisiana Purchase
Arkansas
Colorado
Iowa
Kansas- Calico Brides
Louisiana- Dead and Gone
Minnesota- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Missouri- When the Heart Heals
Montana- Glamorous Illusions
Nebraska- Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
New Mexico- Saige
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Texas- Short-Straw Bride
Wyoming- Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming

Original 13 Colonies
Delaware
Pennsylvania- Life As We Knew It
New Jersey
Georgia
Connecticut
Massachusetts
Maryland- Chapter 29 Revisited
South Carolina- Petals on the Wind
New Hampshire
Virginia- Meet Felicity: An American Girl
New York- The Age of Innocence
North Carolina- The Peach Keeper
Rhode Island

Pony Express
Missouri- When the Heart Heals
Kansas- Calico Brides
Nebraska- Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Colorado
Wyoming- Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming
Utah- For Time & Eternity
Nevada
California- Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Route 66
Illinois- Tribulation Force
Missouri- When the Heart Heals
Kansas- Calico Brides
Oklahoma
Texas- Short-Straw Bride
New Mexico- Saige
Arizona
California- Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Trans-America Bike Trail
Virginia- Meet Felicity: An American Girl
Kentucky- Bluegrass Bachelors
Illinois- Tribulation Force
Missouri- When the Heart Heals
Kansas- Calico Brides
Colorado
Wyoming- Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming
Montana- Glamorous Illusions
Idaho
Oregon- Ramona Quimby, Age 8


message 4: by Michael (new)

Michael (micky74007) These are interesting challenges!


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Hi all
For my first road trip, I think I'll take a trip along the Appalachian Trail :
Georgia,
North Carolina,
Tennessee,
Virginia,
West Virginia -Crapalachia by Scott McClanahan
Maryland,
Pennsylvania,
New Jersey,
New York,
Connecticut,
Massachusetts,
Vermont,
New Hampshire,
Maine.

Crapalachia A Biography of Place by Scott McClanahan


message 6: by Jenny (last edited Mar 22, 2017 03:03PM) (new)

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments I would really like to try all of these! Kind of an ongoing thing :)

Appalachian Trail
Georgia
North Carolina--The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Tennessee-
Virginia--The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
West Virginia
Maryland
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
New York--The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Connecticut--A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Massachusetts
Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine

Louisiana Purchase
Arkansas--The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred
Colorado
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana--The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Nebraska--Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Texas--Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
Wyoming

Original 13 Colonies
Delaware
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
Georgia
Connecticut--Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Massachusetts
Maryland
South Carolina
New Hampshire
Virginia
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island

Pony Express
Missouri
Kansas
Nebraska
Colorado
Wyoming
Utah
Nevada
California--Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Route 66
Illinois
Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
California--Runaways Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughn

Trans-America Bike Trail
Virginia
Kentucky
Illinois
Missouri
Kansas
Colorado
Wyoming
Montana
Idaho
Oregon


message 7: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments Finished:

1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
New York, the Appalachian Trail
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments Finished:
2. Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
Texas, The Louisiana Purchase
Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2) by C.C. Hunter


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments Finished:
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Nebraska, The Louisiana Purchase
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 4. The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred
Arkansas, The Louisiana Purchase
The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Virginia, The Appalachian Trail
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 6. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
North Carolina, The Appalachian Trail
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 7. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Montana, The Louisiana Purchase
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 8. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Connecticut, The Appalachian Trail
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 9. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
California, The Pony Express
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 10. Runaways Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughn
California, Route 66
Runaways, Vol. 1 Pride and Joy (Runaways, #1) by Brian K. Vaughan


message 17: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 54 comments 11. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Connecticut, The original 13 colonies
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


message 18: by Rosemarie (last edited Nov 02, 2019 05:28PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Appalachian Trail - 14 states

Virginia - Widow Ranter or History by Aphra Behn
Maine - One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Georgia
North Carolina - Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera Cleaver
Tennessee
West Virginia
Maryland - De la Terre à la Lune by Jules Verne
Pennsylvania - Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
New Jersey
New York - Champagne for One by Rex Stout
Connecticut
Massachusetts - The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
Vermont - It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
New Hampshire


message 19: by Rosemarie (last edited Feb 15, 2020 06:14PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Louisiana Purchase- 15 states

Minnesota - Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
Louisiana - A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Nebraska - One of Ours by Willa Cather
Arkansas
Colorado - Eventide by Kent Haruf
Iowa
Kansas
Missouri
Montana
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota - Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Texas
Wyoming - Shane by Jack Schaefer


message 20: by Rosemarie (last edited Jun 22, 2021 06:56PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Original 13 Colonies

Rhode Island - The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft
New York - Ironweed by William Kennedy
Massachusetts - The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
New Jersey - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret byJudy Blume
Delaware
Pennsylvania
Georgia - The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
Maryland
South Carolina - Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad byJacqueline L. Tobin
New Hampshire
Virginia
North Carolina


message 21: by Rosemarie (last edited Mar 03, 2021 08:18AM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Pony Express - 8 states

Utah - Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans
California - The Graduate by Charles Webb
Missouri
Kansas
Nebraska
Nevada - Hello America byJ.G. Ballard
Wyoming
Colorado - Benediction by Kent Haruf


message 22: by Rosemarie (last edited Jul 13, 2021 07:48PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Route 66 - 8 states

California - Bridge of Time by Lewis Buzbee
Illinois - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona - Mystery in Arizona by Julie Campbell


message 23: by Rosemarie (last edited Jul 20, 2020 10:15AM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Trans-America Trail - 10 states

Kentucky- Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Virginia
Illinois - From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
Missouri
Kansas
Idaho
Oregon
Wyoming
Colorado
Montana


message 24: by Rosemarie (last edited Jun 11, 2018 08:40PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding:

Minnesota (Louisiana Purchase)

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

Kentucky (Trans-America Trail)

Jayber Crow


message 25: by Rosemarie (last edited Jun 11, 2018 08:40PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding:

Utah (Pony Express)

Timepiece


message 26: by Rosemarie (last edited Jun 11, 2018 08:40PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding:

Rhode Island (13 Original Colonies)

The Shunned House


message 27: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding:
Massachusetts - The Dunwich Horror
New York - Ironweed

(13 Original Colonies)


message 28: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding Nebraska (Louisiana Purchase)

One of Ours by Willa Cather


message 29: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding New Jersey to the Thirteen Original Colonies:

Are you there God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume


message 30: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3060 comments Adding Nevada to the Pony Express:

Hello America


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