Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Reading Road-Trip UTAH!

Welcome to my stop on the reading road-trip UTAH.  This event is hosted by I Like These Books and IceyBooks. After stopping by my stop be sure to check out the other states (you can see these at the end of the post).   I didn't get the state I wanted (Colorado of course) but I got the next best state Utah.  I lived in Utah for a few years and still have family there so I make several trips to Utah a year.  Such a wonderful state.

Now for some Utah facts (I might not know everything so if you are from Utah and have anything to add put it in the comments).

  • Utah is called the Beehive State.. this is because bees are hard workers and the settlers of Utah felt the same way.
  • Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. It is now known as Golden Spike National Historic Site ( I have been here many times). 
  • The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City took 40 years to complete. The Mormon temples in St. George, Manti and Logan Utah were completed before the Salt Lake Temple. (Temple Square is a beautiful area to visit in Salt Lake City).
  • The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet ( I have been here many times and have even swam in it).  
  • On February 8-24, 2002, Salt Lake City hosted the XIX Olympic Winter Games.
  • Utah is the only state whose capital's name is made of three words. All three words in Salt Lake City have four letters each,
There are many many more facts about Utah that are really interesting. If you haven't visited there you really should try.  I know most people don't think of Utah as a vacation spot but it is one of my favorite states.

        Great Salt Lake

Utah also has an amazing number of authors, really you should google the list.  Allie Condie, Shannon Hale,  Brandon Mull, Orson Scott Card, Bree Despain, and many many more.  Here is a great list on goodreads of Utah authors. I am also hosting a giveaway for Utah's Road Trip Stop.    YEAH!!  It is US only.  I am giving away Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.  A wonderful series.

Sign up through the rafflecopter below.  Book will be shipped through Barnes and Noble or Book Depository or Amazon.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond, after that time another winner will be chosen.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is actually a blog hop, though I have noticed most people participating aren't posting links to all the blogs who are also doing states.  Which is sad because it's more fun if you travel around.  Here are the links to other blogs who are participating.  Be sure to stop by more states!  Hopefully next year the hopping part of the Road Trip is easier to find!

Monday July 1:
Maine: Lisa Loves Literature {International}
Ends July 31st
New Hampshire: Book Cover Justice {International}
Ends July 31st

Tuesday July 2:
Vermont: Tales of a Word Weaver {US Only}
Ends July 31st
Massachusetts: World’s Oldest Fledgling {International}
Ends July 8th

Wednesday July 3:
Rhode Island
Connecticut: Read-A-holicZ {International}
Ends July 31st

Thursday July 4:
New Jersey: The Book Belles {International}
Ends July 31st

Friday July 5:
New York: My Life is a Notebook {US Only}
Ends August 1st

Saturday July 6:
Pennsylvania: NightlyReading {US Only}
Ends August 1st
Sunday July 7:
Maryland: The Eater of Books {International}
Ends July 31st
West Virginia: Reading Angels {International}
Ends July 14th

Monday July 8:
Washington D.C.: Verb Vixen {US/Canada}
Ends July 30th

Tuesday July 9:
Virginia: The Bookmark Blog {US Only}
Ends August 1st
North Carolina: Dizneeee’s World of Books {International}
Ends July 23rd

Wednesday July 10:
South Carolina: Let Me Tell You a Story {US Only}
Ends August 1st
Georgia: Panda Reads {US Only}
Ends July 24th

Thursday July 11:
Florida: Jenna Does Books {US/Canada}
Ends September 3rd
Alabama: Zach’s YA Reviews {US Only}
Ends August 1st

Friday July 12:
Tennessee: Bookish Things and More {International}
Ends August 1st

Saturday July 13:
Kentucky: Mommasez... {US Only}
Ends July 31st
Ohio: Book Jems {International}
Ends July 31st

Sunday July 14:
Michigan: Books, Books, the Magical Fruit {US Only}
Monday July 15:
Illinois: In Wonderland {US Only}
Missouri: Mommasez... {US Only}
Ends July 30

Tuesday July 16:
Arkansas: Rachel Reads {US Only}
Ends July 31
Louisiana: Verb Vixen {US/Canada}
Ends July 30

Wednesday July 17:
Texas: The Princess of Storyland {US Only}
Ends July 21
Thursday July 18:
Oklahoma: Bookish Things and More {International}
Ends July 31
Kansas: Claire M. Caterer {US/Canada}
Ends July 23

Friday July 19:
Wisconsin: YA Bibliophile {US Only}
Ends July 31

Saturday July 20:
Minnesota: Fiction Freak {US Only}
Ends August 16
North Dakota

Sunday July 21:
South Dakota
Nebraska: Dizneeee’s World of Books {International}
Ends July 31

Monday July 22:
Colorado: Hope, Faith & Books {US Only}
New Mexico: IceyBooks {US Only}
Ends August 2

Tuesday July 23:

Wednesday July 24:
Arizona: Darci Cole {US Only}
Utah: Angela’s Anxious Life {US Only}

Thursday July 25:
Wyoming: Hope, Faith & Books {US Only}
Montana: YA Reads {International}

Friday July 26:
Indiana: I Like These Books {International}

Saturday July 27:
California: The White Unicorn {US/Canada}

Sunday July 28:
Oregon: Tabitha’s Book Blog {US Only}
Washington: Lisa Loves Literature {US Only}

Monday July 29:
Canada: Mark of the Stars {US/Canada}

Tuesday July 30:
Alaska: Little Lovely Books {International}

Wednesday July 31:


  1. i love this hop so much! thanks for stopping by my stop!

  2. I've never been to UT, but it looks really nice in the picture.

  3. What a gorgeous photo, Angie! I've heard that Utah has many natural wonders and beautiful spots, Salt Lake among them. Almost all of my travel has been east of the Missouri River, with the exception of a brief trip to Los Angeles. I really need to see the great Southwest! Thanks for stopping by my stop.

    1. I am the opposite of you! I have only really been to the west and not in the east. I want to travel there more.

  4. That was fun, nice to learn some Utah facts. And that lake! Wow, it's gorgeous.
    Loved that you shared some Utah authors too, I need to read an Allie Condie book, been on my wishlist for a while.

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

    1. Utah is a fun state with so much history and so much to do.

  5. I've never been to Utah, but would love to. I'm a fan of Allie Condie. :D

    1. I like her books too!! I was going to give one away but decided it would be more fun to give away a book that was good but not as well known.

  6. Cool hop! I have never been to Utah and I can't say that I know an author from Utah but I don't really pay attention to were they are from..lol.

    1. I don't normally pay attention to where they are from either. I was surprised at some of the authors from Utah!

  7. Great post! I'm not going to enter your giveaway because I already have that book, and it was a good one! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

  8. I haven't been to Utah but I've heard about all the excellent sci-fi authors who have come from this awesome state!!!
    cc_clubbs at yahoo dot com

  9. Swimming in Salt Lake is on my bucket list.