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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lcstock) | 33 comments Mod
This is the discussion board for listing and/or discussing the books you are currently reading for our 50 Books Challenge. What is the Challenge? Read one book set in the other 49 states and D.C.! Please see our bookshelf for suggestions of books by state and feel free to add to it!


message 2: by Jenni (last edited Mar 12, 2013 06:56PM) (new)

Jenni | 76 comments I have read 3 books toward our 50 Books Challenge. 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove, #1) by Debbie Macomber 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber is my book from Washington. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster Bitter Is the New Black by Jen Lancaster is my book from Illinois. The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter is my book from Tennessee. So far I have made very good choices. I have added them to the Bookshelf in case anybody wants to read my reviews.


message 3: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I need to stop reading books set in Britain if I want to get this done. lol


message 4: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Could we count books we've read in Jan. or Feb.?


message 5: by Lea Ann (last edited Jul 01, 2014 08:33PM) (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Okay, here's my 50 state list for 2013.
Arizona: Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell 2014
California XO (Kathryn Dance, #3) by Jeffery Deaver Remembering Walt Favorite Memories of Walt Disney by Howard E. Green 2014 Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 2014
Florida Salvaged Love by Susan Blackmon
Georgia Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Idaho: King of the Mild Frontier An Ill-Advised Autobiography by Chris Crutcher 2014
Louisiana Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Massachusetts Emily Upham's Revenge A Massachusetts Adventure by Avi , Guests by Michael Dorris 2014
Missouri Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The River Wife by Jonis Agee 2014, Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell 2014 See the Ozarks: The Touristic Image 2014
Montana: Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O'Dell 2014
Nebraska O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1) by Willa Cather 2014
New Hampshire Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey 2014
New Jersey: On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jennifer Fisher Bryant
New York: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Rush (Breathless, #1) by Maya Banks Floors (Floors, #1) by Patrick Carman , The Thing About Jane Spring by Sharon Krum 2014 Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac 2014
Ohio The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
Oregon Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Pennsylvania Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Virginia Blood on the River James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone
Washington Rainbow's End by Irene Hannon Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James 2014


message 6: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments Lea, I know what you mean. I was so gung-ho for the 50-state challenge, but when I browsed my wish list for qualifying books, I discovered I had very few set in the U.S. I had to do some browsing, but I keep finding books from other lands to add to my list as well. Guess I'll save those for after the challenge!


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lcstock) | 33 comments Mod
Branch out! Find something fantastic that's new! And absolutely use what you read in Jan and Feb. Keep adding to the lists too. I like our challenge!


message 8: by Dan (last edited Jun 08, 2013 05:38AM) (new)

Dan Schwent (akagunslinger) | 8 comments Here's my list so far:
DC
TX
NY
CA
MA
IA
IL
KY
CO
PA
MD
VA
FL
ME
I'd better crackin', I guess. Alaska and Hawaii might be tough ones.


message 9: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments I have two books to add to my 50 state challenge. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie BET ME by Jennifer Crusie is my book from Ohio. Heart of the Night by Barbara Delinsky HEART OF THE NIGHT by Barbara Delinsky is my book from Rhode Island. At this point I have read 5 books toward the 50 state challenge. I think I can do this!


message 10: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Okay, I have to remember to read some books set in the states. lol


message 11: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I got one in for Massachusetts!


message 12: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments I have 5 more books to add to my 50 state challenge.

Just Beyond the Clouds by Karen Kingsbury set in Colorado.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen set in North Carolina.
Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars #1) by Colleen Coble set in Texas.
Pretty in Plaid A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomanical, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster set in Indiana. (most of it, anyway)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith set in New York.

I have 10 states down, 40 to go!


message 13: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I just added Washington to my list. I've got to get a move on this summer with this list.


message 14: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I've just added The Great Gatsby for New York!


message 15: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments I have 5 more books to add to my 50 state challenge:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank set in Florida.
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore set in Georgia.
Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1) by Marie Force set in Washington D.C.
Drop City by T.C. Boyle set in Alaska.
One For The Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich set in New Jersey.

I have 15 states down and 35 to go!


message 16: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments I can add 5 more to my 50 state challenge:

Black Hills by Nora Roberts set in South Dakota
A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr set in California
Promises of Seduction The Durango Affair\Ian's Ultimate Gamble by Brenda Jackson set in Montana
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue set in Pennsylvania
Allingham by John Horst set in Arizona

I have 20 states down and 30 to go!


message 17: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments Five more books:

The Secret Life of David Goens by Ron Meszaros set in Alabama
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff set in Utah
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter (Dixie, #1) by Lisa Patton set in Vermont
Belonging (Where the Heart Lives, #1) by Robin Lee Hatcher set in Idaho
Area 51 An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen set in Nevada

I'm halfway there, 25 books left.


message 18: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Well, I've been idle for a while. I go through spurts of reading/not reading. Guess which one I just finished? I added an Ohio book to my list. I'm finishing it tomorrow with my reading class (sixth grade). I don't think I'm going to make this goal this year. I just don't see myself reading 40 books in a month. lol

Anyway, my winter reading has begun, so it's nice to be back. Jenni, I'm glad to see you've been more successful than I have. :)


message 19: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Just got one for New Jersey.


message 20: by Paulette (new)

Paulette Did this group up and die on us? We haven't had a monthly read forever.


message 21: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Paulette, I don't know. Maybe we can revive it?


message 22: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Picked up a Louisiana book.


message 23: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Got a Florida book finished!


Victoria (RedsCat) (redscat) I started doing one of these - I'm doing 52 in 52. I included DC and "road-trip." It's fun!


message 25: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I've enjoyed it, but there's no way I'm going to finish this list this year. I guess that is the whole point of a challenge though. I think I'll try it again next year. The 52 sounds like a good idea.


Victoria (RedsCat) (redscat) I just started mine in November (Veteran's Day). And I made a reminder list on my phone that has each state plus corresponding books for the state from my TBR. It's going pretty well, so far. NY and MA have to be the easiest states, but OH, NV, and a couple others, not so easy.


message 27: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Somehow I've ended up with two from New Jersey. I don't think I've ever read a book set in New Jersey prior to this year and now I've read two!


Victoria (RedsCat) (redscat) I'm going to read The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates for my NJ book. But I agree - usually not a lot set in NJ.


Victoria (RedsCat) (redscat) And I love your PA book. Wonderful author. I just read an advance reader of The Impossible Knife of Memory.


message 30: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I've decided to keep my 50 states challenge rolling this year rather than start over. I'm kind of interested in how long it takes me to finish it.


message 31: by Jenni (new)

Jenni | 76 comments Hey, everybody! I went on a reading hiatus myself for a while. My commute time was spent practicing a Christmas cantata, then after that my car was silent for several days, then I listened to Pandora for a spell. I just started a new audio book this morning a do thought I would check in here. Good to see a revival of the Show - Me Readers!

I was able to make some good headway on the 50 States Challenge, but I'm not giving up on it either. Finishing is more important to me than finishing on time. Good to see you all again!


message 32: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Glad to see you back, Jenni! We've missed you around here.


message 33: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) We have a bookshelf going here with lots of books listed.


message 34: by Melissa (new)

Melissa The only requirement for this challenge is for the book to be set in the state or does it have to be about the state?


message 35: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Just set in the state.


message 36: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Oh, yeah, another Washington. I'm beginning to think I may NEVER finish this list!


message 37: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Finally, a new state - Idaho.


message 38: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) Today Arizona!


message 39: by Melissa (new)

Melissa This has been fun!

Washington: Grand Passion by Jayne Ann Krentz
Louisiana: Song of the Bayou by Elinor Lynley
Colorado: Nightshade (Nightshade, #1) by Andrea Cremer
New Jersey: Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum, #20) by Janet Evanovich
Missouri: Zombie Zora (Volume 1) by R.G. Richards
Pennsylvania: Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
Wisconsin: Blazing Star by Suzanne Ellison
Montana: This Montana Home by Sherry Lewis
New York: Immortal in Death (In Death, #3) by J.D. Robb
Florida: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Texas: Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown
California: Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead
Ohio: Home to Harmony (Harmony, #1) by Philip Gulley
Illinois: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Alaska: Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter, #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Connecticut: The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
Maine: 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Arizona: The Spinster Brides Of Cactus Corner by Frances Devine


message 40: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Oklahoma The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Georgia High Noon by Nora Roberts


message 41: by Lea Ann (new)

Lea Ann (buntingla) I'm going to keep adding to my original list again this year.


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