Books set in Florida

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September 27, 2022
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Books set in Florida

Every state has its hallmark writers. Mississippi has William Faulkner and his incomparable (fictional) Yoknapatawpha County and Missouri can lay claim to Mark Twain. The state of Maine is gifted with Pulitzer winner Richard Russo and horror icon Stephen King. Rural Pennsylvania is the playground of the much-heralded (and occasionally maligned) John Updike, and when many bibliophiles think of New Jersey, they also think of Richard Ford's series of novels featuring recurring Everyman character Frank Bascombe. Illinois can lay claim to William Maxwell, Sandra Cisneros, and Adam Langer, among numerous others. And what reader can think of Washington State without contending with the sparkle-vampire yarns of Stephanie Meyer?

What makes authors like these inextricably associated with a particular state is not simply the matter of their having been born there or choosing to live there. The connection, from a writerly standpoint, is deeper than that—their work, nearly all of it, is set in "their" state.

Of course, there are certainly exceptions. Whether a writer sets a tale in the town where they went to college or spent part of their childhood—like Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" and its New England arts school setting and the almost-factual small town of Jo Ann Beard's "In Zanesville," respectively—or crafts a story that follows a social or political theme to a location they know little about but lay narrative claim to anyway, the world is rife with books known, loved, and respected that also capture the essence of place—books where setting itself is one of the strongest characters.

Stacker compiled a list of books set in Florida from Goodreads. Whether you're looking for a good read set in the state you call home, or you're looking to expand your curiosity with a writer you're already familiar with, we've got you covered.

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Who She Is

- Rating: 4.11 (361 ratings)
- Author: Diane Byington
- Published: March 20, 2018
- Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Sports
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Don't Close Your Eyes

- Rating: 3.61 (444 ratings)
- Author: Lynessa James
- Published: February 20, 2014
- Genres: Romance, Reverse Harem, Contemporary, Fiction
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Complicated Moonlight (DCYE, #2)

- Rating: 4.20 (205 ratings)
- Author: Lynessa Layne
- Published: August 30, 2020
- Genres: Reverse Harem, Romance, College
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Mad Love (DCYE, #3)

- Rating: 4.14 (128 ratings)
- Author: Lynessa Layne
- Published: May 7, 2021
- Genres: Reverse Harem
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Soulless (King #4)

- Rating: 4.41 (16,542 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: February 23, 2016
- Genres: Romance, Dark, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two

- Rating: 4.57 (10,430 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: January 24, 2017
- Genres: Romance, Dark, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three

- Rating: 4.56 (9,765 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: April 26, 2017
- Genres: Dark, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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A Land Remembered

- Rating: 4.43 (9,158 ratings)
- Author: Patrick D. Smith
- Published: January 1, 1984
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Classics, Historical
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Waiting for April

- Rating: 3.30 (44 ratings)
- Author: Scott Morris
- Published: March 28, 2003
- Genres: Fiction
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Slingshot

- Rating: 3.13 (1,278 ratings)
- Author: Mercedes Helnwein
- Published: April 27, 2021
- Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
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Because of Winn-Dixie

- Rating: 4.07 (236,225 ratings)
- Author: Kate DiCamillo
- Published: March 1, 2000
- Genres: Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
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Caribbean

- Rating: 3.95 (6,528 ratings)
- Author: James A. Michener
- Published: January 1, 1989
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Travel
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Chomp

- Rating: 3.97 (20,721 ratings)
- Author: Carl Hiaasen
- Published: January 1, 2012
- Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Humor, Middle Grade
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Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One

- Rating: 4.57 (11,872 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: October 25, 2016
- Genres: Dark, Romance, Abuse, Contemporary
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Dark Needs (The Dark Light of Day, #1.5)

- Rating: 4.19 (6,176 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: February 2, 2015
- Genres: Dark, Romance, Novella, Contemporary Romance
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The Dark Light of Day (The Dark Light of Day, #1)

- Rating: 4.23 (19,946 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: September 15, 2013
- Genres: Dark, Romance, New Adult, Abuse
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Lawless (King, #3)

- Rating: 4.34 (19,668 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: December 6, 2015
- Genres: Romance, Dark, Abuse, Contemporary
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Tyrant (King, #2)

- Rating: 4.34 (31,259 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: August 13, 2015
- Genres: Romance, Dark, Contemporary, New Adult
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King (King, #1)

- Rating: 4.17 (43,930 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: June 15, 2015
- Genres: Romance, Dark, Contemporary, New Adult
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All the Rage

- Rating: 4.34 (10,408 ratings)
- Author: T.M. Frazier
- Published: June 7, 2016
- Genres: Dark, Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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Hoot

- Rating: 3.83 (102,964 ratings)
- Author: Carl Hiaasen
- Published: September 10, 2002
- Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Middle Grade
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Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)

- Rating: 3.70 (9,017 ratings)
- Author: Tim Dorsey
- Published: January 1, 1999
- Genres: Humor, Fiction, Mystery, Crime
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Star Island (Skink, #6)

- Rating: 3.51 (18,957 ratings)
- Author: Carl Hiaasen
- Published: January 1, 2010
- Genres: Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Audiobook
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The Yearling

- Rating: 4.02 (27,493 ratings)
- Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
- Published: January 1, 1938
- Genres: Classics, Fiction, Young Adult, Animals
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Twelve Mile Limit (Doc Ford, #9)

- Rating: 4.14 (2,596 ratings)
- Author: Randy Wayne White
- Published: January 1, 2002
- Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
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Big Trouble

- Rating: 3.82 (14,573 ratings)
- Author: Dave Barry
- Published: September 13, 1999
- Genres: Humor, Fiction, Mystery, Comedy
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The Rich and the Dead (Lila Day, #1)

- Rating: 3.70 (477 ratings)
- Author: Liv Spector
- Published: January 1, 2014
- Genres: Mystery, Time Travel, Fiction, Adult
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Paper Towns

- Rating: 3.74 (1.2 million ratings)
- Author: John Green
- Published: October 16, 2008
- Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
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Mostly Dead Things

- Rating: 3.39 (15,903 ratings)
- Author: Kristen Arnett
- Published: June 4, 2019
- Genres: Fiction, LGBT, Contemporary, Queer
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That Thing You Do (Whispering Bay Romance, #1)

- Rating: 3.99 (1,424 ratings)
- Author: Maria Geraci
- Published: April 28, 2015
- Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
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The Bounty Trilogy

- Rating: 4.37 (1,290 ratings)
- Author: Charles Bernard Nordhoff
- Published: January 1, 1936
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Classics, Adventure
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Florida Man

- Rating: 3.70 (508 ratings)
- Author: Mike Baron
- Published: September 18, 2019
- Genres: Humor, Fiction, Audiobook
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Dreaming the Marsh

- Rating: 3.96 (23 ratings)
- Author: Elizabeth McCulloch
- Published: September 10, 2019
- Genres: Fiction
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Monkey Mind (Haint Blue Adventures Along the Way #1)

- Rating: 4.60 (35 ratings)
- Author: J. Elliott
- Published: October 15, 2018
- Genres: Fiction
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Psycho-Tropics

- Rating: 4.16 (252 ratings)
- Author: Dorian Box
- Published: January 30, 2015
- Genres: Thriller
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No Offense (Little Bridge Island, #2)

- Rating: 3.22 (11,032 ratings)
- Author: Meg Cabot
- Published: August 11, 2020
- Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Contemporary
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Tampa

- Rating: 3.43 (23,686 ratings)
- Author: Alissa Nutting
- Published: July 2, 2013
- Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Crime
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When We Meet Again

- Rating: 4.13 (7,175 ratings)
- Author: Kristin Harmel
- Published: June 7, 2016
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, World War II
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Billy Summers

- Rating: 4.24 (104,328 ratings)
- Author: Stephen King
- Published: August 3, 2021
- Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
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Milo and Marcos at the End of the World

- Rating: 3.94 (507 ratings)
- Author: Kevin Christopher Snipes
- Published: May 24, 2022
- Genres: LGBT, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Dare To Tempt (Dare Nation, #2)

- Rating: 4.16 (2,264 ratings)
- Author: Carly Phillips
- Published: August 4, 2020
- Genres: Romance, Sports, Sports Romance, Contemporary
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Sanibel Flats (Doc Ford, #1)

- Rating: 3.88 (7,212 ratings)
- Author: Randy Wayne White
- Published: January 1, 1990
- Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
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Insane City

- Rating: 3.75 (6,016 ratings)
- Author: Dave Barry
- Published: January 29, 2013
- Genres: Humor, Fiction, Comedy, Audiobook
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Snow Falling

- Rating: 3.38 (4,310 ratings)
- Author: Jane Gloriana Villanueva
- Published: November 14, 2017
- Genres: Romance, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adult
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Awaken (Abandon, #3)

- Rating: 3.92 (13,657 ratings)
- Author: Meg Cabot
- Published: July 2, 2013
- Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
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Catnapped! (A Dead-End Job Mystery, #13)

- Rating: 3.90 (744 ratings)
- Author: Elaine Viets
- Published: May 6, 2014
- Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Animals
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Life & Death on the Loxahatchee, The Story of Trapper Nelson

- Rating: 4.04 (80 ratings)
- Author: James D. Snyder
- Published: March 28, 2002
- Genres: Nonfiction, Historical, History, Biography
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Florida

- Rating: 3.77 (27,416 ratings)
- Author: Lauren Groff
- Published: June 5, 2018
- Genres: Short Stories, Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
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