If your state is the same as Texas, then you likely have various “___ of the state”. Like the state flower or the state motto or whatever it may be. My question to you is if you think states should have a state book?
My answer is sure. So long as the state book isn’t the Bible or some crap. I’m sure it’d be pretty easy to find an important book, fiction or not, set or about the state that would more qualify to be the state book of any state. For example, I could easily see To Kill a Mockingbird as the state book of Alabama. And if you go state by state you could easily find books for all 50 states.
An issue arises when lawmakers try to make a game of the whole thing. If the goal is to declare a book as the state book, then do it. If the goal is to draw attention to the state because it’s making a mockery of the process, then there really is no point.
What do you think? Should states have a state book? What do you think of states perhaps trying to name religious texts as the state book?
On this day in 2014 I published Deciding What to read Next.