Although not required for class credit, summer reading lists can still be a thing. Why not add this Arkansas native to your list?

As a kid, I took all of the advanced classes that I could. These typically required me to read a lot over the summer. I hated it then, but now I wish I had nothing to do for three months, but read books. Well... books that I want to read.

I started keeping a list of books I want to read in my phone knowing that I'll never make it through the list, since I'm always adding more.

There are plenty of books out there and an author for every single one. However, not all books or authors are from the great state of Arkansas. Recently PopSugar.com put together a list of "50 Authors from 50 States - Here's What to Read from Each of Them." In a way, you could take a trip across the entire United States by turning the pages of these books.

For Arkansas, they chose John Grisham.

John was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas and has become a bestselling author. His specialty is legal thrillers, like "A Time to Kill." It's rare for John to deviate from this genre, but he did write a book based on his upbringing called "A Painted House."