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Read Across the USA 2021

If you’ve been paying any attention to this blog over the last month and a half, you’ll know that this turned into a mad rush at the end to get all the states ticked off. And as a result you’ll see a couple of authors are on here twice, and that there’s some repetition of series that were on the list last year. But I am completely unrepentant about it. This year has been another tough one, and I’m being kind to myself – the important thing here is that I finished it. And I did a lot of the final 15 states using Kindle Unlimited so it didn’t cost me a fortune. Will I do it again next year? Well, I do like having a map to colour in and a challenge to do. And I already have books for some of the states on my shelf. But will I manage to pace myself any better and are there actually any books set in Wisconsin, Delaware or South Dakota that I will actually enjoy? Who knows. Watch this space. Links which cover the book title and author mean that I’ve written about that specific book. Links to just the author mean that I’ve written about one of the authors books at some point during the lifetime of the blog.

Alabama – The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
Alaska – Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler
Arizona – Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay
Arkansas – Basket Case by Nancy Haddock
California – Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Colorado – All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
Connecticut – On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay
Delaware – Joe Biden by Evan Osnos
Florida – The House on Cocoa Beach
Georgia – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Hawaii – Ukulele Murder by Leslie Langtry
Idaho – Educated by Tara Westover
Illinois – Love at First by Kate Claybourn
Indiana – The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn
Iowa – Movie Night Murder by Leslie Langtry
Kansas – In the Dead of Winter by Nancy Mehl
Kentucky – Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon
Louisiana – This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges
Maine – Heroes are my Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Philips
Maryland – Bag Man by Rachal Maddow
Massachusetts – Tommy Cabot Was Here by Cat Sebastian
Michigan – Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
Minnesota – Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanna Fluke
Mississippi – Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer
Missouri – The Laughing Corpse by Laurel K Hamilton
Montana – Home for a Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant
Nebraska – Fan Girl Vol 1: the Manga by Rainbow Rowell
Nevada – Christmas in Paradise by Kathi Daley
New Hampshire – Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs
New Jersey – Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich
New Mexico – Die Noon by Elise Sax
New York – The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
North Carolina – Happy Singles Day by Anne Marie Walker
North Dakota – Dakota Home by Debbie Macomber
Ohio – Let There Be Suspects by Emilie Richards
Oklahoma – The Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
Oregon – Snowbound Squeeze by Tawna Fenske
Pennsylvania – Deadly Decor by Karen Rose Smith
Rhode Island – Maid for Love by Marie Force
South Carolina – Board Stiff by Kendall Lynn
South Dakota – Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
Tennessee – Isn’t it Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams
Texas – This is not a F*cking Romance by Evie Snow
Utah – Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Vermont – Moonlighting in Vermont by Kate George
Virginia – Teach Me by Olivia Dade
Washington – Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur
West Virginia – Whiskey Chaser by Lucy Score with Claire Kingsley
Wisconsin – Buzz Off by Deb Baker and Hannah Reed
Wyoming – Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins
Washington DC – Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam




5 thoughts on “Read Across the USA 2021”

    1. So some of them came naturally because they were already stuff on the pile to read that happened to come from a state. Then then it got a bit complicated and Google and goodreads got involved. Goodreads has lists of books set in each state – but it also does location tags that you can use too. Then it was a question of finding stuff on the lists that looked like my sort of reading. And I had some help from a Facebook group for romance readers too – who recommended some of the romance-y picks.

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