Can't resist a good challenge.

Friday, December 27, 2013

USA Fiction Challenge: State By State in 2014

http://readingusafiction.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/join-up-join-up-join-up.html

Dates:  Throughout 2014
Hosted by:  Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement/sign-up page):
  • "Ever thought you would like to read your way across America? The USA Fiction Challenge asks you to do just that. Read just one novel from each state - you choose whether the link is the setting or the author. You choose whether you confine yourself to a particular genre or not."
  • "You can also regard it as an ongoing challenge to be completed when and if you can." 

✷ I don't expect to complete this in one year, so for me it will definitely be ongoing.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
● See my 2017 "Catch-up" post HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. ALABAMA 
  2. ALASKA 
  3. ARIZONA: Fear the Darkness (Brigid Quinn #2). Becky Masterman
  4. ARKANSAS 
  5. CALIFORNIA: The Lady in the Lake. Raymond Chandler / The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason #1), Erle Stanley Gardner 
  6. COLORADO
  7. CONNECTICUT
  8. DISTRICT of COLUMBIA 
  9. DELAWARE 
  10. FLORIDA 
  11. GEORGIA 
  12. HAWAII 
  13. IDAHO: Pines (Wayward Pines Series #1). Blake Crouch
  14. ILLINOIS: Anything Is Possible. Elizabeth Strout (read in 2017)
  15. INDIANA 
  16. IOWA 
  17. KANSAS: The Roanoke Girls. Amy Engel (read in 2017)
  18. KENTUCKY 
  19. LOUISIANA 
  20. MAINE
  21. MARYLAND: Vinegar Girl. Anne Tyler (set in Baltimore; read in 2016)
  22. MASSACHUSETTS: Island Girls. Nancy Thayer / The Last September, Nina de Gramont 
  23. MICHIGAN 
  24. MINNESOTA
  25. MISSISSIPPI 
  26. MISSOURI: The Weight of Blood. Laura McHugh 
  27. MONTANA: As Good As Gone. Larry Watson (set in fictional town of Gladstone)
  28. NEBRASKA
  29. NEVADA: The Days of Anna Madrigal. Armistead Maupin (mostly set at the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert; read in 2014)
  30. NEW HAMPSHIRE 
  31. NEW JERSEY: Jack of Spades. Joyce Carol Oates
  32. NEW MEXICO 
  33. NEW YORK: The Transcriptionist. Amy Rowland / Peter Pan Must Die. John Verdon / I Am No One. Patrick Flanery 
  34. NORTH CAROLINA: Lovely In Her Bones. Sharyn McCrumb 
  35. NORTH DAKOTA
  36. OHIO 
  37. OKLAHOMA 
  38. OREGON: Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Beverly Cleary (the "Ramona" books are set in Portland)
  39. PENNSYLVANIA: The Quilter's Apprentice. Jennifer Chiaverini 
  40. RHODE ISLAND: The Forgotten Room. Lincoln Child / Newport, Jill Morrow 
  41. SOUTH CAROLINA
  42. SOUTH DAKOTA 
  43. TENNESSEE: Devil Sent the Rain (Detective Billy Able #3). Lisa Turner (read in 2017)
  44. TEXAS: Noon Wine. Katherine Anne Porter (read in May 2018)
  45. UTAH 
  46. VERMONT: The Night Sister. Jennifer McMahon 
  47. VIRGINIA: The Litter of the Law (A Mrs. Murphy Mystery). Rita Mae Brown
  48. WASHINGTON: Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1). Jo Dereske (read in February 2018)
  49. WEST VIRGINIA: Missing May. Cynthia Rylant (read in 2014) 
  50. WISCONSIN: What We Keep. Elizabeth Berg
  51. WYOMING

POSSIBILITIES:
  1. ALABAMA
    Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. Emily Carpenter
    The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (Darling Dahlias #1). Susan Wittig Albert
    Go Set a Watchman. Harper Lee
    The Grass Harp. Truman Capote
    I Still Dream About You. Fannie Flagg
    Rabbit Cake. Annie Hartnett 
  2. ALASKA
    Bone White. Ronald Malfi
    Drop City. T.C. Boyle
    The Great Alone. Kristin Hannah
    Icy Clutches (Gideon Oliver #6). Aaron Elkins
    The Snow Child. Eowyn Ivey
    Terminal Freeze (Jeremy Logan #2). Lincoln Child
    The Woman Who Married a Bear (Cecil Younger #1). John Straley
    The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Michael Chabon
    The Kate Shugak mystery series, by Dana Stabenow 
  3. ARIZONA
  4. ARKANSAS
    Summer of My German Soldier. Bette Greene
  5. CALIFORNIA
    Tales of the City. Armistead Maupin
  6. COLORADO
    Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Katherine Anne Porter
    The Sign of the Book. John Dunning 
  7. CONNECTICUT
    Ginger Pye. Eleanor Estes
    Mister Blandings Builds His Dream House. Eric Hodgins
    A Season in Purgatory. Dominick Dunne
  8. DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
    Last of the Southern Girls. Willie Morris
    Six Days of the Condor. James Grady
    The Alex Cross series, by James Patterson
    The Capital Crimes series, by Margaret Truman 
  9. DELAWARE 
  10. FLORIDA
    The Deep Blue Good-by. John D. MacDonald
    Duma Key. Stephen King
    La Brava. Elmore Leonard
    Strawberry Girl. Lois Lenski
    The Florida "caper" novels by Carl Hiaasen 
  11. GEORGIA
    Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1). Charlaine Harris
  12. HAWAII
    Democracy. Joan Didion
    Murder She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed (#41 in series). Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
    The Secret of the Golden Pavilion (Nancy Drew #36). "Carolyn Keene"
  13. IDAHO
  14. ILLINOIS 
    Anything Is Possible. Elizabeth Strout
    Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Elizabeth Berg
    Home Safe. Elizabeth Berg 
  15. INDIANA
    Ask the Right Question (Albert Samson #1). Michael Z. Lewin
    The Friendly Persuasion. Jessamyn West
    The Magnificent Ambersons. Booth Tarkington 
  16. IOWA
    A Kiss Before Dying. Ira Levin 
  17. KANSAS
    In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
    Still Life With Crows. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  18. KENTUCKY
    Fidelity: Five Stories. Wendell Berry
    Hannah Coulter. Wendell Berry
  19. LOUISIANA
    Keepsake Crimes (Scrapbooking Mysteries #1). Laura Childs
    Modern Baptists. James Wilcox 
  20. MAINE
    Brandy and Bullets (Murder, She Wrote #4). Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
    The Burgess Boys. Elizabeth Strout
    Generation Loss. Elizabeth Hand
    Olive Kitteridge. Elizabeth Strout
    Twisted Threads (Mainely Needlepoint #1). Lea Wait
    The Weight of Water. Anita Shreve 
  21. MARYLAND
    Something by Anne Tyler
  22. MASSACHUSETTS
    The Cranefly Orchid Murders. Cynthia Riggs
    Night Passage (Jesse Stone #1). Robert B. Parker
  23. MICHIGAN
    Dead Dancing Women (Emily Kincaid #1). Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
    The Figure in the Shadows (Lewis Barnavelt #2). John Bellairs
    The Virgin Suicides. Jeffrey Eugenides 
  24. MINNESOTA
    The Art of Mending. Elizabeth Berg
    Framed In Lace (Needlecraft Mystery #2). Monica Ferris
    Lake Wobegon Days. Garrison Keillor
    Lake Wobegon Summer, 1956. Garrison Keillor
    The Lighthouse Road. Peter Geye
    Tapestry of Fortunes. Elizabeth Berg
    Wintering. Peter Geye 
  25. MISSISSIPPI
    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Tom Franklin
    Delta Wedding. Eudora Welty
    Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood. Willie Morris
    Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Mystery #1). Miranda James
    My Dog Skip. Willie Morris
    The Ponder Heart. Eudora Welty
    Taps: A Novel. Willie Morris 
  26. MISSOURI
  27. MONTANA
    The Whistling Season. Ivan Doig
  28. NEBRASKA
    My Antonia. Willa Cather
  29. NEVADA 
    The Secret of the Forgotten City (Nancy Drew #52). Carolyn Keene
    Thanksgiving. Michael Dibdin 
  30. NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Dashing Through the Snow. Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark
    Murder is Binding (Booktown Mystery #1). Lorna Barrett
    A Separate Peace. John Knowles 
  31. NEW JERSEY
  32. NEW MEXICO
    The Blessing Way (Leaphorn & Chee #1). Tony Hillerman
    The Book of Illusions. Paul Auster
    Fire on the Mountain. Edward Abbey 
  33. NEW YORK
    The League of Frightened Men. Rex Stout
  34. NORTH CAROLINA
    Guests on Earth. Lee Smith
  35. NORTH DAKOTA
    Ancient Shores. Jack McDevitt
    The Beet Queen. Louise Erdrich
    Born Brothers. Larry Woiwode
  36. OHIO
    ...And Ladies of the Club. Helen Hooven Santmyer
    Beloved. Toni Morrison
    Sworn To Silence (Kate Burkholder #1). Linda Castillo
    Winesburg, Ohio. Sherwood Anderson 
  37. OKLAHOMA
    Where the Heart Is. Billie Letts 
  38. OREGON
    The Quick and the Thread (Embroidery Mystery #1). Amanda Lee
  39. PENNSYLVANIA
    Mickelsson's Ghosts. John Gardner
  40. RHODE ISLAND
    The Ivory Tower. Henry James
    Theophilus North. Thornton Wilder
    The Witches of Eastwick. John Updike
    The Widows of Eastwick. John Updike
  41. SOUTH CAROLINA
    The House on Tradd Street. Karen White
  42. SOUTH DAKOTA
    By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House Books #5). Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Sleeping Giant (Themis Files #1). Sylvain Neuvel 
  43. TENNESSEE
  44. TEXAS  
    Durable Goods. Elizabeth Berg
    Duane's Depressed. Larry McMurtry
    Horseman, Pass By. Larry McMurtry
    Texas. James Michener
    Thyme of Death (China Bayles Mysteries #1). Susan Wittig Albert 
  45. UTAH
    The 19th Wife. David Ebershoff
    Artifacts of Death (Manny Rivera #1). Rich Curtin 
  46. VERMONT
    The Secret History. Donna Tartt
  47. VIRGINIA
  48. WASHINGTON
    Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1). Jo Dereske 
  49. WEST VIRGINIA 
  50. WISCONSIN
  51. WYOMING
    The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1). Craig Johnson

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