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Which great American novel does your state love most?

What is the great American novel? It’s a question people have asked for generations… but we may finally have the answer.

To celebrate World Book Day, we’ve used Google search data to determine which novels are most popular in each state. As there are so many American novels, we used various lists to create a shortlist of the best 20.

Here’s what we found…

American Classic Books by State

And the most popular novel of them all is… To Kill a Mockingbird! Harper Lee’s classic topped searches in 10 states, including New York, California, Washington, Illinois, Nevada, Michigan, Delaware, Tennessee and Alabama (Lee’s home state and the novel’s setting).

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is in second place, winning hearts and minds in Vermont, Texas, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Ohio, North Carolina and Mississippi. However, it isn’t as popular in Fitzgerald’s home state of Minnesota or the state the novel is set in, New York.

Tied for third are John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Of Mice and Men is most popular in New Hampshire, Utah, Maryland, Hawaii and Louisiana, while Fahrenheit 451 is most popular in Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho and West Virginia.

What’s your favorite American novel? Let us know in the comments!

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Start SellingHere’s the full list of novels by state…

AlabamaTo Kill a Mockingbird
Alaska Catch-22
ArkansasOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
CaliforniaTo Kill a Mockingbird
ColoradoTo Kill a Mockingbird
ConnecticutFahrenheit 451
DelawareTo Kill a Mockingbird
FloridaOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
GeorgiaFahrenheit 451
HawaiiOf Mice and Men
IdahoFahrenheit 451
IllinoisTo Kill a Mockingbird
IndianaThe Color Purple
IowaThe Great Gatsby
KansasSlaughterhouse Five
KentuckyFahrenheit 451
LouisianaOf Mice and Men
MaineThe Great Gatsby
MarylandOf Mice and Men
MassachusettsThe Grapes of Wrath
MichiganTo Kill a Mockingbird
MinnesotaSophie's Choice
MississippiThe Great Gatsby
MissouriThe Great Gatsby
MontanaThe Great Gatsby
NevadaTo Kill a Mockingbird
New HampshireOf Mice and Men
New JerseyThe Color Purple
New MexicoOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
New YorkTo Kill a Mockingbird
North CarolinaThe Great Gatsby
North DakotaCatch-22
OhioThe Great Gatsby
OregonThe Color Purple
PennsylvaniaCatcher in the Rye
Rhode IslandThe Old Man and the Sea
South CarolinaCatcher in the Rye
South DakotaOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
TennesseeTo Kill a Mockingbird
TexasThe Great Gatsby
UtahOf Mice and Men
Vermont The Great Gatsby
VirginiaCatcher in the Rye
WashingtonTo Kill a Mockingbird
West VirginiaFahrenheit 451
WisconsinSophie's Choice
WyomingInvisible Man