I have set myself a challenge to read books set in the “Appalachian States” in the United States (since I cannot possibly take up the challenge of reading 50 books set in all 50 different states). For those who do not know, Appalachia is a “cultural region in the Eastern US that stretches roughly from New York to Northern Georgia”. I reside in the UK and, so, it will be interesting for me to discover and learn about life in some American states through literature, as well as bring visibility to that part of the world. I am especially interested in small and remote American towns.
I feel like I can sign up for this challenge because I am making good progress on my YARC and will soon progress on my Colour Coded Reading Challenge too. I will also not set a deadline to complete The “Appalachian States” Reading Challenge. This is not a year-round challenge, and I will try to complete it incrementally.
For the purpose of The “Appalachian States” Reading Challenge, I am taking the definition of the Appalachian states as stated by the Appalachian Regional Commission in 1965, and NOT the states making up the Appalachian trail. This means I have a goal to read books set in these 13 American states: West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
I already know that I want to read the book of Anne Tyler – Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant  to cover the state of Maryland, and I will probably read the debut of Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye  to cover the state of Ohio. Have you ever done a similar challenge, or want to? Do you have a favourite book set in the states mentioned above?