50 states book adventure travels to Arkansas, California and Colorado

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You may not live in one of the top twenty cities with the most well-read people, but you do want to read more books. Congratulations. Reading is pack with benefits such as mental stimulations, stress reduction, and knowledge.

Keep reading and hop this 50-state book journey.

Next states on the road trip.



What’s unique about this state?

  • Elevations in the state range from 54 feet above sea level in the far southeast corner to 2,753 feet above at Mount Magazine, the state’s highest point.
  • North Little Rock offers one of the nation’s largest municipal parks.
  • The community of Mountain View is called the Folk Capital of America. The little town preserves the pioneer way of life and puts it on display for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from March through October.

Arkansas’ best book is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was one of the most inspiring voices of her generation. Her debut memoir became an instant classic and recounts a life that is, at turns, joyous and painful. Filled with Angelou’s frank and powerful ruminations on sexuality, race, and love, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings remains among the author’s best. She would spend a lifetime wrestling with her love and her painful memories of childhood in Stamps, her temporary home.


What’s unique about this state?

  • California’s Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit. Wilderness permits are required.
  • In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California’s Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation’s national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.
  • More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

California’s best book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Another ode to California, Steinbeck explores the themes of identity and love in the Salinas Valley. The lives of two families, the Trasks and Hamiltons, are intertwined for generations as they continuously, helplessly reenact the downfall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry between Cain and Abel.

Born in Salinas, Steinbeck once described the book as “the story of my country and the story of me.”


What’s unique about this state?

  • “Beulah red” is the name of the red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive splendor. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the “Beulah red” marble in the world went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced, at any price.
  • Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State of Colorado, and the City of Denver.
  • The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.

Colorado’s best book is The Shining by Stephen King

A recovering alcoholic writer accepts the position as winter caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel, which sits in the Colorado Rockies. He moves in with his family, including his five-year-old son Danny, who has psychic abilities and begins to witness aspects of the hotel’s horrific past. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, which inspired the fictional Overlook, offers a Ghost Adventure Package for guests.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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