Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Reading Challenges: 50 States

Host: Book Obsessed
Name: 50 States Challenge
Dates: Jan - Dec
# Books: 50
  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt (1/16/13)
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois: The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport (1/21/13)
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas:  Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana: Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (3/29/13)
  19. Maine: This is What Happy Looks Like. Jennifer E. Smith.
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts: The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (2/4/13)
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban (2/26/13)
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma: Becoming Lucy Martha Rogers. (1/28/13)
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania: A New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. (2/6/13)
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas: To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (1/23/13)
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont: Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter (1/13/13)
  46. Virginia: Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts (1/18/13)
  47. Washington: Bride in the Bargain. Deeanne Gist. (2/8/13)
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin: Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  50. Wyoming

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