Route 1 Reads

For the fifth consecutive year, the Virginia Center for the Book is excited to participate in Route 1 Reads, a road trip-inspired reading list that explores various genres through the network of state Center for the Book affiliates located along Route 1.

In 2019, the theme of the reading list will be cookbooks and other food-related books. Whether readers are at home or on the road this summer, this list of must-read cookbooks will keep everyone turning pages until Labor Day! 

We regret to announce that the 2019 Route 1 Reads title selected for Virginia has been made unavailable by its publisher. If that changes, we will post additional details about the selected author and title here. 

About Route 1 Reads

Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route 1 Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

The diverse reading list created by Route 1 Reads highlights each individual State Center for the Book while celebrating the East Coast as a whole. By participating in Route 1 Reads, readers can travel across 15 states and the District of Columbia without taking a single footstep, or load selected books into the car for a literary road trip. The full list of featured books for the 2019 Route 1 Reads initiative is available along with a map of participating states at

Route 1 Reads is a partnership between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and its affiliate Centers for the Book in the following states: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and D.C.