{Weekly Wednesday Blogging Challenge} Books Set in my Home State

Posted May 27, 2020 by Leah in Memes & Features, Weekly Wednesday Blogging Challenge / 24 Comments


The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is a weekly feature which has a different prompt every Wednesday. It’s a fun way to connect with fellow blogger hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

I was born, raised, and live in California, USA. Can you believe, I couldn’t recall reading a lot of books set in my home state? It wasn’t until I Googled “books set in California” and started scrolling through the lists, saying, “Hey, I’ve read that!” or “I’ve heard of that one!” and even “Sweet Valley High was set in California?!” that of course I have, I just gravitate towards fantastical worlds more. And when I do reach for a book set in this world, the settings are usually small towns away from California. (And in the case of SVH, I only read a handful of books in that series back in junior high to see what all the buzz was about.)

But let’s get to some of the novels set in the Golden State (and so I can add more to my TBR list).

I’ve read The Joy Luck Club and Island of the Blue Dolphins. I’m off to a good start!

I have read…none of these. *shakes head*

I’ve read The Waters and the Wild, but the other two books have been on my radar. Looks like it’s time for me start reading.





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24 responses to “{Weekly Wednesday Blogging Challenge} Books Set in my Home State

    • Leah


      I’ve only read one Steinbeck work (The Pearl, which is actually more of a novella) which is set in Mexico.

  1. I find the bulk of the books I read are set in California. The book I am reading right now happens to be set there. I track where my books are set, and CA, NY, TX, and IL (but really on Chicago) pop up a LOT.

    • Leah

      I might have to start doing that. It’ll be good motivation to read around the US and the world.

  2. The Joy Luck Club was one I taught. I guess my reading has been decided for me for years, by what the students are reading. But I have gotten some good sci-fi recommendations from them, in return. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. How could I forget Steinbeck!!! Ack! Hanging head in shame. And to think I lived in Monterey for years, too. I wasn’t born in California, but I’ve lived in the state since I was a two. For the life of me, I couldn’t recall any and didn’t have time to google. Thank YOU!

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