Monday, December 26, 2011

2012 Where are you reading challenge?

I've been eying this challenge for awhile and I finally decided to take the plunge and join in.

Here are the details...

So what is the point of this challenge? It is to try to read in each of the 50 States between January 1 2012 – December 31, 2012.
So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1. In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in. (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2. Non fiction reads categorize in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3. If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.

How to get started

Set up a map under Google Maps. It is easy to do! Every time you read a book in 2012, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).


Do you have to have a blog to participate? No. You can do everything on the map above without linking the book to a review.

Do I have to have my post up by January 1st, 2012? No, but I would think you would want to get started right away at the beginning of the year. However, you will be able to sign up throughout January as well.

How will people see my map? There are a couple of possibilities. On your original challenge post you should have a link to your map. You could also put it on your side bar to draw interest to it (see mine on my left side bar) I will be linking my map to every review I will also set up a monthly link here to post updates if you wish.

I dont get it – I cant figure out how to use Google maps but I really want to participate! No worries! You are welcome to create a challenge post that lists the 50 states (as well as bonus out of USA spots) and then fill them in as you read in the areas.

Do audio books count? ABSOLUTELY!

My map will be here.

(Of course if I did this wrong, the map won't be right but we'll see.)

If you'd like to join in, go to Book Journey who is hosting this challenge.

Books I read...

Arizona - Desert Intrigue by Linda Weaver Clarke
Arkansas - Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris
California - A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn
Colorado - Woodrose Mountain by RaeAnne Thayne
Florida - Murder Buys a T-shirt by Christy Fifield
Georgia - Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams
Idaho - Melinda and the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clarke
Maine - Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier
Massachusetts - Dogs Don't Lie by Clea Simon
Minnesota - A Grand Murder by Stacy Verdick Case
Missouri - Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York - Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island - Dead Locked by Amy Saunders
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas - Hot Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland
Virginia - Citizen Insane by Karen Cantwell
Washington - Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
West Virginia


  1. What a clever idea! I'm thinking about this even though I don't do challenges. Plotting the locations on a map is an appealing concept! Good for you!


  2. hi,i just wanted to reconfirm whether the maps r necessary or not? as i dont know how to use a map.pls help.

  3. i want to confirm whether maps r necessary as i dont know how to add them,pls help.

    1. Go to Book Journey's blog at

      The details for the challenge are there. She's the one hosting it and can answer questions about it.


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