Hour 4: State Settings Mini Challenge

Great googly moogly, we’re on hour 4 already? I’ve read an abysmally few pages, although I did finish The Graveyard Game and started up on Vineland, which explains my slow going. Pynchon does like his run-on sentences.

For hour 4 Jessica and I talked over Melissa of The Avid Reader’s Musings’ mini-challenge:

To participate in this challenge, please name three books (fiction or nonfiction) that are good representations of the USA state in which they are set. You can pick three books set in one state or books set in different states, it doesn’t matter.

We have chosen thus:

1) Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell: The classic, sweeping Southern epic. Who doesn’t think of this novel when they see antebellum manors in Georgia?

2) The Green Glass Sea, by Ellen Klages: A story about an inventive, scientifically-minded young girl whose family moves to Los Alamos, New Mexico, as her parents are involved in the secret project to end WWII. The Manhattan Project is such a strong piece of history for the state, and Ellen Klages does a fantastic job of bringing the isolated government town to life.

3) The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot: If this isn’t an accurate representation of what living in New York City is like, I don’t want to know about it. Greenwich Village! MetroCards! Dropping eggplants out of a sixteenth-story apartment!

Hope the Read-a-Thon is going well for all y’all. I’m probably going to take a break to shower here in a few minutes, and then Jessica and I might take ourselves down to a coffee shop for some pastries and more reading. Good reading and godspeed!


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