Full list of 270+ books from Andrea Reads America project

In November of 2013, I committed to reading three books set in each of the 50 United States, plus the District of Columbia, for a grand total of 153 works of fiction. I didn’t set a time limit for myself, and now, six years later, I have completed my literary tour of the US. As you can see from the title of this post, I read a few more than 153 books.

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New resource from Book Riot! Best Books Set in Every State 😍

I was drinking a martini on the back deck last night, scrolling through email on my phone, when a subject line from Book Riot caught my eye: “Books Around America 🇱🇷 The Best Books Set In Every State.” I thought they might share one of the existing resources I’ve listed here, like the Business Insider list or the one from Brooklyn Magazine, as I think Book Riot might be where I originally found those.

But they didn’t — they assembled an original list! Susie Dumond put together a list that is rich in author diversity and that includes multiple books from each state: Books Around America: The Best Books Set In Every State.

This is my new favorite resource. Book Riot is attentive to diversity, and that’s one of the things I love so much about them. I’m thrilled to be able to look to this list as I navigate New Hampshire through to the end in Wyoming.

Map showing locations of 42 Great American Novels

Map of 42 Great American books
The Great American Novel map: Places from the pages of America’s finest literary works. Source: mental_floss

Another book map! I love this one from artist Mark Adams, who created an infographic to show the locations of 42 works of American literature. It was featured on mental_floss, and I’ve added it to the Resources page on Andrea Reads America. Hat tip to Krista Stevens for sharing this!

How many of these have you read?