10 Wyoming themed books to check out while in quarantine

Routine Patrol: Memoirs of a Small-town Cop, Bart Ringer

So we brought you 10 Wyoming-themed movies to check out during quarantine.  

And, we brought you 10 Wyoming bands to listen to while in quarantine. 


Now let’s try 10 Wyoming books to download, or if you’re able to pick up a copy. As always, if we missed any or if you want to help us start a list, e-mail us: [email protected]

#1 – CJ Box – All of his books

*Okay, we know it’s not specific to start this list. But, if you like reading Wyoming fiction, chances are you already know CJ. His complete list of work can be found here.

#2 – Craig Johnson – All of his books

*Alright, we’ll quit with this theme. But a list without CJ and Craig on top is ridiculous. Craig inspired the ‘Longmire’ series, but also has a variety of other good Wyoming books, which can be found here.

#3 – ‘Skies Like These’ – Tess Hilmo

Twelve-year-old Jade’s perfect summers have always been spent reading and watching TV reruns, so she’s not happy when her parents send her off to Wyoming to her aunt’s house. She meets a boy who calls himself Roy Parker—just like the real name of the legendary rebel cowboy Butch Cassidy. Roy’s dad’s hardware store has closed because a chain store has opened up in town, and Roy thinks it is just like the big cattle barons in Butch’s day who put the local ranchers out of business.

#4 – ‘Green Grass of Wyoming’ – Mary O’Hara

In the third book of the “Flicka” trilogy, Ken discovers to his horror that Thunderhead is roaming wild, causing trouble wherever he goes. He also has trouble at home, and thinks that his dreams can never come true; but then his feelings for Carey begin to change.

#5 – ‘Routine Patrol:’ Memoirs of a Small-Town Cop – Bart Ringer

So what’s it like to be a cop in a small Wyoming town in the heart of flyover country? Is it like Barney Fife’s sleepy little Mayberry? Sometimes. Is it like Dirty Harry Callahan’s San Francisco? On occasion. Is it boring? Is it exciting? Is it scary? Is it rewarding? Is it challenging? Is it dangerous? Is it fun? Is it heartbreaking? If you were to ask Bart Ringer these questions his answer to all of them would be yes.

#6 – ‘The Legend of Colton H. Bryant’ – Alexandra Fuller

From the bestselling author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Scribbling the Cat, the unforgettable true story of a boy who comes of age in the oil-fields and open plains of Wyoming; a heartrending story of the human spirit that lays bare where it is that wisdom truly resides.

#7 – ‘Wind River’ – Tom Morrisey

A back-country expedition turns deadly in this powerful outdoor-adventure drama from a highly skilled writer.

#8 – ‘Atlantic City, Wyoming 1886-2018: Voices from a Power Place’ – Bob Townsend.

Stories of the people and circumstances that made Atlantic City, Wyoming one of the Cowboy State’s most interesting places for over a century.

#9 – ‘The Virginian’ – Owen Wister

In the untamed West, pioneers came to test their fortunes — and their wills. The Wyoming territory was a harsh, unforgiving land, with its own unwritten code of honor by which men lived and died. Into this rough landscape rides the Virginian, a solitary man whose unbending will is his only guide through life. The Virginian’s unwavering beliefs in right and wrong are soon …more

#10 – ‘History of Wyoming’ – T.A. Larson

Reviewers hailed the original edition of T.A. Larson’s History of Wyoming (Winner of an Award of Merit of the American Association for State and Local History) as “a refreshing new look at the most western of the Western States,” “an excellent model of what a state history should be.” In that first comprehensive, critical history of Wyoming, the author was not concerned to recapitulate the familiar tales of fast guns and renegades associated with the pre-territorial years; his focus was on the men, women, and events which have shaped the state’s history since 18965, when the name Wyoming was first applied to the area.

*There are dozens, likely hundreds, we missed. Let us know about them on social media or: [email protected]