LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky is known for its long and storied history and beautiful landscapes. It makes sense that it would be the setting of multiple stories and novels.

From historical fiction to young adult novels, you might be surprised by the collection of over 300 books set in the Bluegrass State.


Goodreads is a community where readers can discuss and rate the books they have been reading and create lists to help book lovers find their next novel.

Here is a list of the top-rated books set in Kentucky, according to Goodreads:

1. Beloved

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison follows the life of a woman who escaped enslavement in Kentucky and moved to Ohio. The novel has received 3.94 stars out of 414,427 ratings and 19,521 reviews.

2. The Bluest Eye

“The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison, was her first novel and follows the life of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove from Alabama to Kentucky, before ending up in Ohio. The novel has received 4.11 stars out of 235,444 ratings and 15,194 reviews.

3. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, shows the cruelty of slavery and the lengths people would go to escape bondage. The story is based on a plantation in Paint Lick, Kentucky, where a historical plaque now stands. The novel has received 3.9 stars out of 221,974 ratings and 9,528 reviews.

4. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

“The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” is a historical fiction by Kim Michele Richardson based on the real blue people of Kentucky. The story follows a 19-year-old from Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. The novel has gathered 4.23 stars out of 196,456 ratings and 22,377 reviews.

5. Walk Two Moons

“Walk Two Moons” is set in fictional Bybanks, Kentucky, based on writer Sharon Creech’s hometown of Quincy, Ohio. The story is narrated by a 13-year-old Salamanca Hiddle and touches on grief, love, and cultural identity. The novel is rated 3.99 stars out of 165,086 ratings and 7,861 reviews.