31 October 2013

People have made a start...

State by State in 2014
A number of people have already joined up to the USA Fiction Reading Challenge and quite a number of reviews have been recorded.

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.

The challenge has its own blog site:
USA Fiction Challenge - state by state in 2014
I decided to include books that I have read this year that are either set in the USA or the author either resides/works in an American State or was born in the USA. My books will most probably be all crime fiction, simply because I rarely read outside the genre. But yours might be a much broader selection.

I have created a page on my blog for keeping track of my reading in a state by state list, and I have also created a map showing the states I have "visited". Here is what it currently looks like.

create your own personalized map of the USA

So why not join us? No pressure to read all 50+ books and on the site there are some suggested mini-challenges with groups of states such as MidWest, Northeast or South Atlantic.

Take as long as you like too. Although the blurb says "state by state in 2014" you can start now and and continue for as long as you are still interested.

Sign up here.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kerrie,
I think I'll skip this one. For years I read mostly U.S. crime fiction, except for Donna Leon's books, until I was introduced to great blogs and books from everywhere, it seems.

I'm still trying to finish the Global book Challenge Expert level, and have one or two books to go, and I want to go further afield with global reading.

For me, focusing on U.S. books would be going backwards, although I'm always ready for a good book here, such as Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and I look forward to the new Sara Paretsky and Michael Connelly books.

Any book published here that is well-recommended I'll read.

Bernadette said...

It's funny Kathy but I too feel like reading that many American crime novels in a year would be like going backwards - based on the fact that for many years I read little else. I do still want to find some more good American crime writers - especially men - after dumping a lot of those authors I used to read from my reading list (Elizabeth George, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell...) but I don't really feel drawn to having a particular focus on American crime fiction.

Anonymous said...

Kerrie - I'm impressed with the start that's already been made on this challenge. And the map is quite impressive!


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