While it feels like forever ago, last summer I visited New York for the first time ever. I had a blast getting to visit all my favourite bookish locations and explore one of the most gorgeous and lively cities in the world. Inspired by my vacation, here are my top three favourite books set in New York.
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
I bought my first Yankees cap in a failed attempt at invisibility. While the people at the Empire State Building were happy to play along and pretend to search for the source of my disembodied voice, the people at my Red Sox and Mariners loving school in Washington are not amused. I love wearing it, not only because it makes me feel like an enormous nerd but because it also connects me to one of my favourite cities in the world. I also bought a Camp Half-Blood Shirt off of Amazon so I can’t wait to cosplay. Look out for the pictures on my bookstagram soon.
2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I tried to take on the city Dash and Lily style with plenty of trips off the beaten trail. I had my editor and Brooklyn resident, Melissa Albert, help me with non-touristy places to visit. She recommended buying books at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square and then reading in Union Square Park across the street. While I wasn’t able to follow this particular plan (sorry Melissa, I’m broke) I did go to bookstores to look around for red notebooks.
3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
While I didn’t get a chance to go to any karaoke bars while I was in New York I did have fun getting to know strangers and making plenty of friends while exploring downtown Manhattan. There’s a certain connection New Yorkers have with each other. They look out for each other whether it’s giving up a seat on the train for an older person or making sure a person doesn’t jaywalk when it’s not clear (thanks to the many people in the Bronx who saved my life because I’m too short to see oncoming traffic).