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Texas Book List: Books Set in the Lone Star State

From nonfiction to fiction, these books are sure to transport you to the Lone Star State.

Last Updated on December 2, 2022 by BiblioLifestyle

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If you’re looking for a good book to read and want to explore the Lone Star State, look no further!  This Texas book list has something for everyone.  Whether you’re interested in historical fiction, romance, or mystery novels, we’ve got you covered.  So whether you’re a Texan, planning a visit, or wanting to do armchair travel, these books will give you a taste of what life is like in the Lone Star State.  So pull up a chair, pour yourself a cold drink, and get ready to explore Texas through these books!

List of Texas Books

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

From the acclaimed author of Chasing the Sun comes a new novel about immigration and the depths to which one Mexican American family will go for forgiveness and redemption.

Lot by Bryan Washington

Lot by Bryan Washington

In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He’s working at his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows, resenting his older sister’s absence. And discovering he likes boys.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Memorial by Bryan Washington

A funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you’re supposed to be, and the limits of love.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

A heartbreakingly resonant thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire (USA Today).

Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here by Nancy Wayson Dinan

Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here by Nancy Wayson Dinan


We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

The discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road threatens to unearth the long-buried secrets of a Texas town’s legendary cold case in this superb, atmospheric novel from the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans.

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

It’s Jill Shalvis meets Susan Mallery in this gorgeous novel by New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde about three sisters, one small town, a wedding, and the summer that changes everything.

Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

A bighearted novel with technicolor characters, plenty of Texas swagger, and a powder keg of a plot in which marriages struggle, rivalries flare, and secrets explode, all with a clever wink toward classical mythology.

God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney

God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney

A mesmerizing debut novel set in northern Texas about two sisters who discover an unsettling secret about their father, the head pastor of an evangelical megachurch, that upends their lives and community–a story of family, identity, and the delicate line between faith and deception.

Shadows of Pecan Hollow by Caroline Frost

Shadows of Pecan Hollow by Caroline Frost

Set in 1970-90s Texas, a mesmerizing story about a fierce woman and the partner-in-crime she can’t escape, perfect for readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and Valentine.

The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward

In sunny Austin, Texas, the bonds between three picture-perfect—but viciously protective—mothers and their close-knit sons are tested during one unforgettable summer in The Lifeguards, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters.

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Rachel Gibson

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Rachel Gibson

This hilarious fish-out-of-water tale–from the New York Times bestselling author of How Lulu Lost Her Mind–explores what happens when a small-town Texas girl swaps bodies with a filthy rich socialite.

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

An enemies-to-lovers and second-chance romance set in the world of Texas politics, where two exes are forced to work together to get a green energy bill passed. 

The Golden Season by Madeline Kay Sneed

The Golden Season by Madeline Kay Sneed

Emmy Quinn is West Texas through and through: her roots run deep in the sleepy small town of Steinbeck, where God sees all and football is king. She loves her community, but she knows that when she comes out as a lesbian, she may not be able to call Steinbeck–which is steeped in the Southern Baptist tradition–home anymore.

The Last Karankawas Kimberly Garza

The Last Karankawas by Kimberly Garza

A blazing and kaleidoscopic debut about a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino American families on the Texas coast from a voice you won’t soon forget.

A Texas Cowboy by Charles A. Siringo

A Texas Cowboy by Charles A. Siringo

After a nomadic childhood, Charles Siringo signed on as a teenage cowboy for the noted Texas cattle king, Shanghai Pierce, and began a life that embraced all the hard work, excitement, and adventure readers today associate with the cowboy era. He rid the Chisholm trail, driving 2,500 heads of cattle from Austin to Kansas; knew Tascosanow a historic monumentwhen it was home to raucous saloons, red light districts, and a fair share of violence; and led a posse of cowboys in pursuit of Billy the Kid and his gang.

Forget the Alamo : The Rise and Fall of an American Myth Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford

Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford

Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head.

The Old Place by Bobby Finger

The Old Place by Bobby Finger

A bighearted and moving debut about a wry retired schoolteacher whose decade-old secret threatens to come to light and send shockwaves through her small Texas town.

What do you think about these Texas books?

Have you read any of these Texas books?  Are any of them on your TBR?  What books set in Texas would you add to this list?  Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

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  1. I would add to this wonderful list: “All Things Left Wild” and “River, Sing Out” by James Wade and “Valentine” by Elizabeth Wetmore

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