The Most Popular Books in Each State


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Last week, we partnered with Parade Magazine to give readers the scoop on what people are reading all across the country. To get the data, we looked at our library of 300,000 e-books and measured how many times a title was read by registered users in each state. Below, we’ve listed the results as published originally in Parade. Curious about what people in your state are reading? Scroll down for the answer!

  1. Alabama: Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas
  2. Alaska: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book by Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield, and Nancy Stevensben and jerry
  3. Arkansas: The Eve of Destruction by Howard Blum
  4. Arizona: Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  5. California: Just Kids by Patti Smith
  6. Colorado: White Witch Black Curse by Kim Harrison
  7. Connecticut: Prayers for The Dead: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman
  8. Washington, D.C.: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  9. Delaware: Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  10. Florida: Worst Fears Realized by Stuart Woods
  11. Georgia: Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
  12. Hawaii: The Devil’s Star: A Novel by Jo Nesbo
  13. Idaho: The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
  14. Illinois: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  15. Indiana: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro; Chuck Hogan
  16. Iowa:  The Venging by Greg Bear
  17. Kansas: The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  18. Kentucky: Devoured By Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
  19. Louisiana: The Scent of Lemon Leaves by Clara Sanchez; Julie Wark
  20. Maine: Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn
  21. Maryland: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  22. Massachusetts:  Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyesanybody out there
  23. Michigan: Serena by Ron Rash
  24. Minnesota: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
  25. Mississippi: When Next We Love by Heather Graham
  26. Missouri: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  27. Montana: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  28. Nebraska: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  29. Nevada: Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
  30. New Hampshire: Microserfs: A Novel by Douglas Coupland
  31. New Jersey: When We Meet Again by Victoria Alexander
  32. New Mexico: Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George
  33. New York: The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silvermanbedwetter
  34. North Carolina: Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
  35. North Dakota: The Mental Floss History of the United States by Erik Sass, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur
  36. Ohio: Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
  37. Oklahoma: Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
  38. Oregon: Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
  39. Pennsylvania: Stuck in Downward Dog by Chantel Guertin
  40. Rhode Island: Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard
  41. South Carolina: The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  42. South Dakota Heart of a Warrior by Johanna Lindsey
  43. Tennessee: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
  44. Texas: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  45. Utah: Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story by Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent
  46. Vermont: The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod
  47. Virginia: Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant by Dyan Cannon
  48. Washington: Galactic Corps by Ian Douglas
  49. West Virginia: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicketlemony snicket
  50. Wisconsin: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  51. Wyoming: Wishes in the Wind by Andrea Kane


  1. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Didn’t realize ya’ll had partnered with Parade, nice :-)

    My wife’s home state (Vermont) and mine (Texas) both like mysteries – definitely / obviously like minds working here 😉

  2. Chris

    sarah palin’s going to be pissed when she realizes she got beat out by Ben and Jerry’s..who’s the maverick now?!

  3. artmoscow

    If there’s an economist around: it would be great to compare how states living in a world of fantasy fair against those that go for something less cosmic!

  4. Stephanie

    I have read a lot of books over the last few months and I have not read any of these. Some sound good by the titles others just dreadful. All I can say is keep reading.

  5. Marilyn E Spencer

    I’m a voracious reader, often reading 3-4 books in a week…Only see a couple I’ve read on this list…….I read stuff that inculdes all sorts of book awards/top 10 weekly lists/Pulitzer prizes..well, you get the picture. Wonder what that means?? Hummmm!

  6. Lisa

    Great resource for books to read. Surprised not to see The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.

  7. allthoughtswork

    Pleased to announce that my own tastes have leaned closer to erudition and taste than the crap this list has attributed to the three states I’ve lived in thus far. I mean, doesn’t anyone read neuroscience, quantum theory, and boozy cupcake recipe books for fun anymore?

  8. Rii the Wordsmith

    I identify with AZ and UT…disappointed in AZ’s book. Not surprised by Utah’s. Excited that SOME state’s is The Bad Beginning. I friggun love that whole series.

  9. JusticeLivesNot

    Well, my home state of Tennessee does it again! They DO indeed serve beer in Hell (and it’s called the Cotton-Eyed Joe’s).

  10. mkfr19

    I like Washington D.C.’s most popular book. I’m from NYC but I’ve never heard of the book mentioned in this list.

  11. andreablythe

    Fascinating to see what states seem to like. I find it rather funny that Alaska’s book is about making ice cream. Having family in Alaska, I both didn’t expect that and am not surprised (new restaurants coming into town is a big deal).

  12. roopost

    Interesting…interesting that there are no duplicates. Odd that so many people from the same country and culture are so eclectic…

  13. nerdycanuck

    Hilarious about Alaska loving Ben and Jerry’s so much but then so do I. Neil Gaiman is pretty popular and my favourite is The GraveyardBook. Loved this post.

  14. Jnana Hodson

    How interesting that there’s no uniformity here. While the big publishing houses are pushing blockbusters in a one-size-fits-all outlook, that’s hardly what this quick look finds.
    Viva diversity!

  15. Shayne

    Okay, Alaska would like a book about ice cream. It makes sense. For whatever reason froyo is really popular here, too.

  16. girlychristina

    Interesting! I will have to read Florida’s and California =) One for my home state and one for where I left my heart! <3

  17. Amlakyaran

    Thanks for everything friends… very nice books. I always go to your website to know about new books..

  18. Randolph Fine

    Live in North Carolina but only have read Montana and Illinois. Most of these I haven’t even heard of before. I may have to add a new reading project to my to-do in 2014 list. Just finished Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett and now on to Allan Eckert’s Wilderness War.

  19. azuremarie

    Reblogged this on azuremarie and commented:
    My state’s is Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard, what’s yours? This is an amazing blog post… I’m always looking for book recommendations, and here is almost 50 (I’ve read a few on here already)!!

  20. pandajournals

    I’m from New York….I don’t know how to feel about that being the most read book. I’m not a fan of Sarah Silverman and I certainly wouldn’t read that kind of book. I’m jealous of West Virginia actually. A Series of Unfortunate Events <3

  21. lmarks04

    Why haven’t I heard of any these books? I guess murder mysteries are pretty popular.

  22. 123goldblog

    Love it. It is amazing what technology can do, without it a lot more work would be needed to find the most popular books.

  23. wordsofchris

    Reblogged this on wordsofchris and commented:
    This is one of the coolest things I have read; even though none of it matters to me cause I live in the land of maple syrup

  24. sevenstartutoring

    I like seeing infographics like this, but wonder if it’s more a function of state adoption of advanced technology reading tools like Scribd. I bet the absolute numbers per-state varies greatly.

  25. jjonn2

    Really liked this, makes u realize the diversity that books bring to ppl and this great nation…the United States!!

  26. myammynew

    Actually, Florida was recently touted as being one the “reading-est” states in the country. What book was most popular in the Sunshine State? ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’

  27. jackiemallon

    How odd, I’m in New York and I’ve never seen or heard of anyone reading Sarah Silverman. Whadya know?

  28. dibarbosa

    Muito interessante, esta publicação. Não saberia responder se, aqui no Brasil, poder-se-ia encomendar uma pesquisa deste nível. Obrigado por postar.

  29. jegibbs2014

    Reblogged this on Coffee Conversations and commented:
    This is a very interesting article on the most popular book in each state. This article really struck my interest because it seems odd to think that certain books would be more popular in certain states. I mean, why is the first book from A Series of Unfortunate Events most popular in West Virginia? Go figure.

  30. kaylad91

    Reblogged this on Geek Chic and commented:
    Ha! That’s awesome! I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max is Tennessee’s most popular book. No surprise there. lol I live in Dyersburg, TN.

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