Booking It Across the US | A Bookish Road Trip & Giveaway


August 4, 2013 by Heidi

Booking it Across the US

For the next several weeks I’m going to be away from the interweb because the boyfriend and I are going on a road trip!  (If you want to use this as an indication that this is a good time to break into my home, I do warn you that I have a most vicious attack cat and a security guard.  Oh, and nothing worth taking unless your name also happens to be Heidi and you want some of my personalized books.)  In celebration, I’ve decided to make it somewhat of an event on the blog!  You guessed it, I’m calling it: Booking it Across the US.

Each day, I’m going to be featuring books from the various states we’ll be visiting, along with a review of a recently read book taking place in that state.  Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Booking it Across the US Schedule

That’s right, I’m heading home to have my own Romy and Michelle moment in which I intend to inform my high school classmates that I invented Post-Its at our 10 year reunion–or at least get down to some Jalan Crossland, because my home is on the Big Horn mountain and my reunion’s at Nowoodstock:

Now you’re thinking: What do I get out of this?  Well first off, you get to see a nice array of books that take place in these states.  I always love setting and really getting a sense of place when reading–these books were a fantastic way to do that!  I’m also going to offer my lovely readers the opportunity to win some of the books I feature so that you too can enjoy these lovely locations even if you’re miles away!  Not to mention, I really want to hear what books you think best represent where you’re from.


I’m going to be running two giveaways for Booking it Across the US–one for my US readers, and one International giveaway that will be open to any country to which The Book Depository delivers.

Entries will be simple–I want your input!  Each day, leave a comment on my post letting me know what your favorite book from my featured state is, or thoughts on the book I reviewed.  Today I open the field to one and all–just let me know what state/country you are from, and what book you feel best represents your home.  After the event, I’m going to compile a list to share with my readers–let’s see how much of the world we can cover!

will be checking entries on Rafflecopter, so please keep things on the up and up because cheating makes Heidi a sad panda (and also I will remove all your entries if I find even one that’s not legit).  Also, US residents, please leave the International giveaway to the International folks–they get so few of them.

The winners will have lots of choices as 5-10 books are featured for each state with a variety of intended age groups and genres, from urban fantasy and romance to contemporary and classics.

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Justine says:

    I haven’t read any books set in my hometown.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Oh my gosh, how fun! Hope you have a fabulous time. 😀

  3. It was only recently that I’ve realized that I’ve never gone on a road trip, at least not a true road trip. I feel like I’m missing out here. Yours sounds like a lot of fun! I realized that I’ve actually been to all the states you mention except for Wyoming, which is weird. But there’s lots to do in each state, so I’m sure you’ll have a good time.
    Also: this is such a good idea of how you’re scheduling your posts and reviews to correspond with different states you’re visiting. I look forward to reading them all (especially your thoughts on Tithe!).

  4. I love this idea! It’s really creative and I’m dying to see what the list will look like by the end with everyone’s input. Haha, you know I’m from New Jersey and I had no idea what books to read until you and Mandee gave me a few suggestions so I’m hoping I’ll find some good ones from your New Jersey post which is next in the reading pile of blog posts 😀 Be safe and have fun on your epic road trip, my darling friend!

  5. Chachic says:

    I’m from the Philippines! Which you already know, obviously. 😛 Hmm it’s hard for me to choose just one title set in the Philippines that I really like so I’ll give several:

    Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra (chick lit)
    Trese by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldissimo (urban fantasy graphic novel series)
    Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (middle grade contemporary)

  6. ella says:

    I am from the Philippines! Well, for starters:

    Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
    Manila Noir as edited by Jessica Hagedorn
    .. those books I think represent where I live :) Cool post and giveaway!

  7. Have fun on your trip! I’m looking forward to hearing about these books because many I haven’t read! And I love your graphic!

  8. mary anne says:

    It’s not my most favorite book, but it is one of the most memorable, and really speaks to the past of Texas….Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Some of the scenes stay with you forever – and that book is the reason why I refuse to go tubing in a Texas river (which is a huge summer pastime here!)

  9. This such an awesome idea! So creative, and the graphic’s fantastic too!

  10. Makaela says:

    I am from Maine, I don’t recall reading any books with a setting there. I probably have but I guess they weren’t very memorable! I lived a street down from Stephen King, so I guess that counts for something. Everywhere you turn is a landmark he’s used for his books.

  11. Nuzaifa says:

    I’m from SL which is a South Asian country. I have read one book by a local author but that’s it. :/
    I love road trip books! This such a great idea-Hope you had fun! :)

  12. Jasmine Baggenstos says:

    Great state of Washington.
    Favorite book set here? Easy: Ruby Oliver.
    The book was really fun and it was great to read about local stuff since it’s set in Seattle. I find it a little amusing the the characters’ favorite coffee shop was actually recently torn down now. I think they moved it elsewhere, but it’s weird that it’s just not there anymore.

  13. […] in all, it was an amazing trip!  Don’t forget, you can still enter to win any your pick of any one of the books I mentioned in Booking It Across the US (over 75 choices!).  I’ll be […]

  14. Eszter says:

    First of all, congrats on your engagement! And to answer you question, I’m from Hungary and one of my favourite books set in Hungary is a historical fiction about the life of a real person, Vilma Hugonnai, the first Hungarian medicine woman. The book’s title is “Vilma doktorasszony” and was written by Erzsebet Kertesz.

  15. Holly says:

    Oh, this is a great giveaway, Heidi! Thanks for hosting.

  16. Kandace H. says:

    I’m from Kentucky, and I have to say that my favorite book taking place there is _A Parchment of Leaves_. It’s so good! And it takes place in Eastern Kentucky, so that’s even better.

  17. Alyssa says:

    You know I don’t know if I have read any books that take place in Pennsylvania for sure…BUT I DID just finish The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle and it takes place on an Amish settlement which reminds me of PA since I grew up very close to one! Does that count? I’m not sure, but there it is!

  18. Sandy says:

    I can’t think of any books that I like that are set in Long Island but for New York… Sigh, I can only think of YA novels set in NYC. So! Carolyn Mackler’s LOVE & OTHER FOUR LETTER WORDS and Kelley Armstrong’s THE SUMMONING.

  19. Elena says:

    I’m from Minnesota, and my favorite book set in my hometown (er, home metropolitan area, anyway) is War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. I don’t know if “best represents” is really the right label for it, because it’s a fantasy and I’ve never run into phoukas on Nicollet Mall or faeries at the Como Conservatory, but reading about places I’d been in a suddenly magic-infused way was really cool.

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