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Book Recommendations for Each US State

Looking for a book set in a specific state within the United States? We have you covered!

Use the alphabetical state list below to find the relevant book list. These book recommendations were originally compiled for our Read Around the USA challenge, so the lists are grouped by region. Within each regional post, you can use the table of contents to jump to the specific state you are interested in.


Alabama
Books Set in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Alaska
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Books Set in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Arizona
Books Set in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Arkansas
Books Set in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

California
Books Set in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

Colorado
Books Set in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Connecticut

Books Set in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware

Delaware
Books Set in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware

Florida
Books Set in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Georgia
Books Set in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Hawaii
Books Set in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

Idaho
Books Set in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Illinois
Books Set in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Indiana
Books Set in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Iowa
Books Set in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska

Kansas
Books Set in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska

Kentucky
Books Set in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska

Louisiana
Books Set in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

Maine
Books Set in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Maryland
Books Set in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC

Massachusetts

Books Set in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Michigan
Books Set in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Minnesota
Books Set in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Mississippi
Books Set in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

Missouri
Books Set in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska

Montana
Books Set in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Nebraska
Books Set in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska

Nevada
Books Set in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

New Hampshire
Books Set in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

New Jersey
Books Set in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware

New Mexico
Books Set in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

New York
Books Set in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
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North Carolina
Books Set in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC

North Dakota
Books Set in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Ohio
Books Set in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC

Oklahoma
Books Set in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

Oregon
Books Set in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

Pennsylvania
Books Set in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware

Rhode Island
Books Set in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

South Carolina
Books Set in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

South Dakota
Books Set in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Tennessee
Books Set in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Texas
Books Set in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas

Utah
Books Set in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Vermont
Books Set in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Virginia
Books Set in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC

Washington
Books Set in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

Washington DC
Books Set in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC

West Virginia
Books Set in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC

Wisconsin
Books Set in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Wyoming
Books Set in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Books Set in US Territories
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