USA Fiction Challenge: Year-End Update

I’m approaching the USA Fiction Challenge as a a perpetual one, and I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve read books set in 7 states during the year.

  1. Colorado- The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings. This story is more of a family drama/character study than what I usually read.
  2. Maryland- After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman. Lippman imagines the effect of a mobster’s disappearance on his family over the decades in Baltimore.
  3. Pennsylvania- Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet. A story about a guilty pair of brothers in small-town Pennsylvania.
  4. Michigan- Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. A story of a murder and murder trial in small-town Michigan.
  5. Minnesota- Only the Dead by Vidar Vidar Sundstøl. An exciting hunt for a suspected criminal in the woods in northern Minnesota.
  6. Massachusetts- Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White. The very satisfying conclusion of the President’s Daughter series where Meg leaves for college after recovering from her kidnapping.
  7. Iowa- Some Luck by Jane Smiley. The first book of a proposed trilogy covering the last 100 years covers a generation or so who lived on a farm in rural Iowa.

I didn’t realize the majority of my books took place in small towns, but I’m sure I’ll balance it out with more urban books as I read books from the East and West coasts.

Next year my goal is 10!

12 thoughts on “USA Fiction Challenge: Year-End Update

  1. I just recently assessed which states I had read books from since I started the USA challenge, and I came up with only six. (Now you have inspired me to actually list them.) Two of the states were California and New York and there were multiples for those states I think. I hope to do better this year. I was amazed at how many non-US reading authors and locales I covered in my reading this last year. I do hope to hit more states next year. And I hope that Anatomy of a Murder is one of the books I read in 2015.

    • I hope you like the Traver, Tracy, and congratulations for reading books from/about such a variety of places as well! Somehow I didn’t read any NY or CA books, which is an oddity.Sometime I should track how many books are set in fictional countries and states: I’m sure it would be a significant amount.

  2. Not sure how many I covered as I lost track……still we have the rest of our lives to get there!
    All the best for 2015 for you and yours Rebecca,

    • Happy new year to you and your family as well, Col. Once you’ve finished your logging project you can organize your reading totals for the challenge 🙂

  3. Nicely done, Rebecca. Must book pimp Donald Harstad’s Eleven Days for anyone else who needs Iowa or want to revisit. Just a thought. Setting is a small town as well.

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