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This map highlights the most popular book set in every state

The Great Gatsby! Middlesex! Gone With the Wind!

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Readers all around the country, unite!

NetCredit and Goodreads joined forces to create a map highlighting the most popular book set in every state. Of course, we can't physically travel at the moment—but why not do so through splendid pieces of literature that depict our country so well? 

To come up with the data, NetCredit searched for the top five highest rated books set in each state on Goodreads. Narrowing down that list to a single tome required the use of a formula based on a combination of the number of reviews and the overall Goodreads ratings. 

Here is the resulting map:

Most popular books in each state

 

Photograph: Courtesy NetCredit

 

Check out a broken down, state-by-state list:

Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird

Alaska: Into the Wild

Arizona: The Bean Trees

Arkansas: True Grit

California: Of Mice and Men

Colorado: The Shining

Connecticut: Revolutionary Road

Delaware: Fight Club

Florida: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Georgia: Gone with the Wind

Hawaii: Molokai'i

Idaho: Housekeeping

Indiana: The Fault in Our Stars

Illinois: The Time Traveler's Wife

Iowa: The Bridges of Madison County

Kansas: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Kentucky: The Patron Saint of Liars

Louisiana: Interview with the Vampire

Maine: The Cider House Rules

Maryland: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Massachusetts: Little Women

Michigan: Middlesex

Minnesota: Ordinary Grace

Mississippi: The Help

Missouri: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Montana: A River Runs Through it and Other Stories

Nebraska: Attachments

Nevada: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

New Hampshire: A Prayer for Owen Meany

New Jersey: Drown

New Mexico: Red Sky at Morning

New York: The Great Gatsby

North Carolina: A Walk to Remember

North Dakota: Love Medicine 

Ohio: Ready Player One

Oklahoma: The Outsiders

Oregon: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Pennsylvania: The Lovely Bones

Rhode Island: My Sister's Keeper

South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees

South Dakota: Black Hills

Tennessee: The Color Purple

Texas: Holes

Utah: The 19th Wife

Vermont: Midwives

Virginia: Bridge to Terabithia

Washington: Snow Falling on Cedars

West Virginia: Shiloh

Wisconsin: American Gods

Wyoming: The Cold Dish

But the project went a step further than listing books: NetCredit also came up with the most popular quote within each book. To do so, they found each book on Kindle and then used that app to find the most referenced quote.

You can find each line right here, but some standouts include: "'That's the thing about pain,' Augustus said, and then glanced back to me. 'It demands to be felt'" (The Fault in Our Stars, Indiana); "The miracle is this: that you will rise in the morning and be able to see again the startling beauty of the day" (Ordinary Grace, Minnesota); "They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness" (Love Medicine, North Dakota).

After a deep-dive into the literary inventory, we suggest adding every single book to your must-read pile. We've got a bit more time to read these days, anyway, don't we?

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