Hawaii… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Hawaii. Hawaii’s Story by Liliuokalani Goodreads | Amazon Let’s start with an important book. This non-fiction book was written by Hawaii’s last queen, Liliuokalani. She wrote this book after the area became incorporated as part of the United […]

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Georgia… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Georgia. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt I read this book during my junior year of high school when I was definitely too young to enjoy it. I don’t remember much about it, […]

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Florida… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Florida. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell This book sounds amazing, and it’s definitely already on my TBR. Swamplandia! is a gator-wrestling theme park managed by a twelve-year-old. There are elements of magical realism (such as a character having a […]

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Delaware… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Delaware. Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton S.E. Hinton is best known for her classic novel, The Outsiders, but in this novel, she writes about a tough guy named Jamie Sommers, pirating, and vampires. A Light in the Storm: The […]

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Connecticut… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Connecticut. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates This novel is set in 1950s Connecticut and focuses on a couple trying to live the American dream but betraying themselves and each other in the process. Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in […]

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Colorado… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Colorado. The Shining by Stephen King The Shining was the very first book that popped into my head when I was preparing for this article. Set in a remote hotel in the mountains of Colorado, this horror novel will […]

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California… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in California. East of Eden by John Steinbeck Let’s start off with a classic. This novel takes place on a farm in California’s Salinas Valley and follows two rival families. Where I Was From by Joan Didion Writer Joan Didion […]

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Interview with Author Robert McCaw – Friday Favorites

Robert McCaw is the author of the Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery series, the second book of which I reviewed last week. The series is focused on Hilo police detective Koa Kāne as he works to uncover mysteries and crimes. After reading the interview, take a look at my review for Off the Grid (Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery #2) or […]

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Arkansas… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Arkansas. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals The first time I read this book I was in my freshman year of college and studying American […]

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Arizona… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Arizona. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most well-known modern American writers, and with good reason. This novel focuses on a woman who travels back to her hometown in Arizona. While there, she […]

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Alaska… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Alaska. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker This new adult romance novel takes place in a very rural town in Alaska, and a hate-to-love romance between a pilot and a city girl. I loved this book, even as […]

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Alabama… in books

As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Alabama. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I can’t think of a more famous book that takes place in Alabama than the American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg […]

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