Reading New England

I absolutely, positively could not resist this challenge! Reading more books set in New England has been my intention since I moved to Connecticut in December 2013 and this challenge will help give me some structure. Chances are good I’ll slant my reading choices toward the mystery genre as that’s one of my favorite reading and writing categories. I’ll even try some children’s books, poetry, and drama to broaden my reading horizons.

Reading New England has twelve monthly categories: the six states that make up New England, five genres, and a readalong or free choice to cap off the year.

January: New Hampshire  
February: Fiction (A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving)
March: Maine (The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett)

On my TBR

April: Poetry and Drama (Re-read some Bradstreet and Rich, try a new poet)
May: Vermont (The Secret History by Donna Tartt)
June: Nonfiction (Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s Stone Walls by Robert Thorson)
July: Massachusetts (Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, The Bostonians by Henry James)
August: Children’s Books
September: Rhode Island (The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by HP Lovecraft)
October: Speculative Fiction and Mystery
November: Connecticut (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain), Wally Lamb
December: Readalong or free choice

I’m aiming for the Roots and Branches Level: Read at least 3-6 books from any of the challenge categories.

Head over to Emerald City Book Review to learn more about the challenge and sign up yourself.

Thanks to Lory for creating this fantastic challenge!


  1. Oh quite a few of your books are on my list! If you haven't read it Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is set in what is formerly Cambridge!

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