The #1 Book Each State is Studying Right Now

Curious to know what students in your state are reading? Us too! As literature experts, it’s part of our job to know all things literary—like what books are trending among our fellow bibliophiles and high school students. We looked at what books and study guides our users are searching for the most when they visit eNotes.com.

From literary classics to domestic fiction, these are the most popular high school books each state is studying right now:

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Alabama: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Alaska: Anthem by Ayn Rand

Arizona: The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

Arkansas: Trifles by Susan Glaspell 

California: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Colorado: The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Connecticut: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

Delaware: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Florida: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Georgia: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Hawaii: Holes by Louis Sachar

Idaho: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan 

Illinois: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

Indiana: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Iowa: The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell  

Kansas: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Kentucky: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Louisiana: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Maine: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan 

Maryland: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Massachusetts: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch 

Michigan: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

Minnesota: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Mississippi: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Missouri: The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela

Montana: Rules by Cynthia Lord

Nebraska: One of Ours by Willa Cather

Nevada: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood 

New Hampshire: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi 

New Jersey:  King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

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New Mexico: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

New York: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

North Carolina: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

North Dakota: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Ohio: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Oklahoma: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Oregon: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin 

Pennsylvania: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Rhode Island: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

South Carolina: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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South Dakota: Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa

Tennessee: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) by George R. R. Martin

Texas: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Utah: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Vermont: Frindle by Andrew Clements

Virginia: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Washington: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

West Virginia: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Wisconsin: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Wyoming: 1984 by George Orwell 


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