I first discovered crime fiction sometime back in the 80’s. My initial exposure to the genre was author Elmore Leonard, quickly followed by Robert B. Parker. From that moment on I was hooked and my reading has remained firmly entrenched in the genre ever since. Whilst geographically I have spread my wings in recent years, reading crime from northern Europe and South Africa and a fair few other places as well, my favourite location for crime remains the US.
Earlier this year, I was on Goodreads and became aware of the USA Fiction Challenge – state by state. It was the right challenge but at the wrong time. Recently musing on FriendFeed’s Crime and Mystery thread about under-taking this challenge for next year; I was offered great support from fellow crime fiction readers and bloggers. I have received some helpful tips and suggestions as to where I can pin down authors and books for each state – whilst my library of books carries many US crime fiction books; I’m guessing that there will be gaps in my collection that will require plugging.
Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise embraced the idea and has kindly set the challenge up over here. Feel free to sign up and join in. Thanks, Kerrie.
If the prospect of reading over 50 titles in the one year, seems too daunting, relax and take the journey at your own pace, starting now if you like.
Please check in and update us all on your progress - http://readingusafiction.blogspot.com.au/
Below is where I hope to be visiting during next year's reading.
- DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
- NEW HAMPSHIRE
- NEW JERSEY
- NEW MEXICO
- NEW YORK
- NORTH CAROLINA
- NORTH DAKOTA
- RHODE ISLAND
- SOUTH CAROLINA
- SOUTH DAKOTA
- WEST VIRGINIA