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The Best Books Set in All 50 States + Printable

It’s winter. It’s flu and cold season. The price of groceries has skyrocketed (have you seen all the egg memes on Facebook? They’re meant to be funny but really they make me want to cry). I can think of a number of reasons that travel may not be a possibility in this season.

But, if you love to read, I have some ideas of how you can travel through the pages of a book. We’re sharing a list of the best books that are set in all 50 states!

I love to read about different places and get a taste of what life is like in other parts of the country. I especially enjoy reading about places I’ve traveled to and often read about places I plan to travel to for inspiration.

Young woman reading a book lying in hammock

Two of my favorite destination-specific books are Where the Crawdads Sing and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (the latter isn’t on the printable, but if you plan to visit Savannah, Georgia, you should read it and then tour the Mercer-Williams House).

This printable is one that you can download and check out right away. On the list is every state with several books that are “set” in that state! 

Go ahead and check out these books set in all 50 states in America and choose a couple to read or make a plan to read through the entire list! 

Why read books set in all 50 states?

Woman resting with cup of hot drink and book near fireplace

Since I love to travel and obviously can’t always do so, it’s a great way to learn about different cultures, people, and places.

When I homeschooled my kids, reading a great destination-specific book as a read-aloud during our family time was the perfect way to pique their curiosity or interest them in a destination we were planning to travel to.

Before we visited Assateague Island State Park, I read Misty of Chincoteague to them. They were so excited to road trip to see the wild horses because they had that connection.

I miss our storytime from our younger homeschooling days, but now, my husband and I often choose a book to read aloud when we’re van camping.

We’re currently reading one called The Other Side of the Bay by Sean Dietrich about a suspicious death in a rural community along the Florida Panhandle and we just finished reading Nala’s World the true story of a man who sets out to travel around the world on a bike and finds a sick kitty that becomes his travel companion. It’s a light read but great for cat lovers.

It passes the time in the evenings and spurs our wanderlust. Though honestly, I’m not sure I need that. I just love to go. Period.

How to Use the Best Books Set in All 50 States Printable

Young man reading e-book under the tree

The first thing I suggest is that you download our printable of the Best Books Set in all 50 States. Once you have the printable, it’s time to start reading! Here are a few ideas on how to use it:

Read one book from each state.

Start at the beginning of the list and read a book from each state. Or choose a random state or one you plan to visit and start there. There is a lot of rich history in each state, and reading a book that is “set” in each state can teach you a lot while entertaining you.

This is also a great way to explore different parts of the country that you may not be familiar with.

There is no right or wrong way to use this printable. Simply find a book on the list that looks interesting and start reading!

Start with the state you live in.

I love to learn, so for me, it’s always fun to read about the place I call home. This printable goes over all the books that are “set” in each state, so you may find out a lot about the current state you live in.

Use as curriculum

Struggling to find enhancements to your curriculum this year for your kids? You can use some of the books set in all 50 states as a curriculum. I will say that some are going to be more educational than others so please do a bit of research if you plan to use it as a teaching aid.

How to Fit in More Reading Every Day

If you love to read but feel like you don’t have enough time, there are a few things you can do to make more time for reading.

  • Challenge yourself to read more.
  • Wake up earlier and read for 30 minutes before starting your day.
  • Keep a book in your purse or bag to read during downtimes, like when you’re waiting in line or for an appointment.
  • Listen to audiobooks while doing other things, like driving or working out.
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can read in that time.
  • Read before bed instead of watching television or scrolling through social media.
  • Join a book club or start one of your own. You can socialize and broaden your mind at the same time!
  • Download and print out this book list set in all 50 states list get started on a reading series you won’t soon forget. And remember you don’t have to buy all the books, you can check them out at your library too.

Make reading a priority and enjoy all the benefits that come with it! It’s nice to have a resource like the Best Books Set in All 50 States because there is no guesswork about where to start. You can just pick a book and start to read it!

Do you enjoy reading? Which book on this best book set in all 50 states is your favorite? OR which book have you read that you think should be on the list?

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