My Oklahoma TBR

I really love reading books set in (or near) my home state! Especially if they are in rural areas like where I grew up. I recently rounded up a few titles I have on hand that I hope to read over the course of the next few months. To the best of my knowledge, they’re all at least mostly set in the great state of Oklahoma!

Oklahoma TBR

The Past Never Ends by Jackson Burnett Goodreads / Amazon

Not a lot of people have reviewed this on Goodreads, but the synopsis sounds really interesting. Plus – it’s only $2.99 on Amazon! It sounds like a murder mystery that tries to explore the notions of justice and unjustice as they apply to the sex trade.

Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton Goodreads / Amazon

This is the second in a romance series set in a fictional small town near Tulsa, OK. I enjoyed the first book of the series, and this one features a ranch owner. Yes please! I grew up in a family full of farmers and ranchers, so this will definitely be up my alley.

Paradise by Toni Morrison Goodreads / Amazon

So far, the only Morrison I’ve read is Sula – and I enjoyed it! I picked this one to read next based solely on the setting.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan Goodreads / Amazon

This is a nonfic that covers the Depression. My parents both speak highly of the documentary, so I’m looking forward to diving into the book.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp Goodreads / Amazon

This didn’t enter my radar until the movie was announced, and I don’t know a lot about it – just that it’s a young adult that starts with a guy waking up on a random front lawn. Intriguing, no?

Cimarron by Edna Ferber Goodreads / Amazon

I have an omnibus of three of Edna Ferber’s novels – two of her more famous books and this one. It actually sounds pretty awesome, too! A woman ends up in the Oklahoma Territory in the late 19th century. Her brilliant business sense eventually leads her to Congress and the forefront of the debates about the treatment of Indians.

The Innocent Man by John Grisham Goodreads / Amazon

Until I came across this, I didn’t realize Grisham ever wrote true crime. This covers a 1982 murder in Ada, OK and the mismanagement of evidence that led to a possibly erroneous trial.


Do you guys have a thing for reading books set near where you’re from as well?

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