6 Books that Will Take You to New York

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New York City - we call agree that everyone dreams of visiting this city at least once in our lifetimes. There is a lot about this city that is fascinating - the art, architecture, culture, shopping - but, going there can be very expensive.




But, worry not bookworms! Simply pick up any of these 6 books set in New york City and instantly transport yourself to the city that never sleeps.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin


Something Borrowed tells the story of best friends Rachel and Darcy. Rachel is a lawyer who works in modern-day Manhattan. She is passive, simple, and responsible - until she makes the mistake of sleeping with Dex, her best friend’s fiance.

She keeps quiet about this and tries to put it behind her, but she soon realizes that she has genuine feelings for Dex. Instead of standing by like she usually does, she decides to fight for the one thing her heart strongly desires - love.

Something Borrowed is a quick and easy read that you can finish in one sitting or two. There is also a movie adaptation of this book, starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin.
  


Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell


Sex and the City follows several New Yorkers and misadventures as they try to look for love.

The novel revolves around a group of very different individuals - a small-town dreamer, a big businessman, a career woman, party-loving teenagers, and many other characters you frequently see in the streets of New York City. Essays from the New York Observer narrate their stories, often focusing on their hilarious mating habits.

This book inspired the widely popular HBO series which carries the same title. The book is very different from the novel, so it is something that readers should definitely check out! 



Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote



Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of Holly Golightly - an iconic style icon that inspires women up to this very day.

Holly is a New York society girl who lives her life to the fullest. She is willing to do anything to make her dreams come true, no matter how hard it may be and how many obstacles she has to overcome in the sophisticated NYC of the 1940’s. Fred, her neighbor, develops a friendship with her and narrates her interesting day-to-day adventures to the readers.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an enjoyable read that you can finish in less than a day. You may feel annoyed at the main character for being her crazy self, but the amazing writing by Capote will make you read up to the very end. There is also a film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly.


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


The Goldfinch follows the story of Theo Decker, a young New Yorker whose mother died in a terrorist explosion at the Metropolitan Museum.

Theo was able to get out of the chaos with The Goldfinch - his mother’s favorite painting. Shortly after this incident, Theo was welcomed to live in the home of a wealthy friend. As he tries to carry on with life, he sees how different the world of the upper class is. He tries his best to adjust to his new life while longing for his mother. The painting is his reminder of her and he wanted to keep it so - until authorities start searching for the missing expensive painting. 

Unlike other books set in the Big Apple, The Goldfinch immerses the reader not only in the sophisticated lifestyle of modern day New Yorkers, but in the wonderful world of art, as well. It is an amazing masterpiece that no reader should ever miss.



The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger


The Devil Wears Prada tells the story of Andrea Sachs - a very plain and simple girl who wants to be a well-known writer. After graduation, she lands a job at a fashion magazine. She has no idea what she has gotten herself into and later realizes that her job was one that a million girls would die for.

She works with the biggest brands, the latest styles, and the editor of the magazine herself, Miranda Priestly. What many do not know is that Miranda is the most difficult boss you will ever have to deal with. 
  
Andrea is a great representation of a dreamer who sets out to the big city to jumpstart her career. This hilarious and sassy story will give you a glimpse of a what it’s really like to chase after your dream in a city like New York. It will make you laugh, cry, and angry. But ultimately, it will inspire you and remind you that no dream is ever easy to achieve.


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Percy Jackson is a young demigod who has just discovered that he is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. His human mother sends him to Camp Half-Blood, a place in Long Island where demigods are trained to use their powers for good.

Everything was going well, but he soon finds himself involved in a huge problem that he must solve - otherwise a catastrophic war between gods will take place. Together with another demigod friend and a satyr, Percy sets off on a journey to stop the war and learns a lot about how the Greek gods and mythological creatures exist and survive in the present world.

The Lightning Thief was written for a younger audience, but every reader who loves Greek mythology will love this one. Almost every iconic character in the popular myths are present and are given a very creative twist by the author. It is a great work that can introduce mythology to young readers and leave them craving for more stories.


Books are the cheapest plane tickets that can take you anywhere you want to go. What are you waiting for? Grab these reads and experience living in the city that never sleeps! 

Did you find your favorite book here? Do you have any more recommendations? Share them in the comments below!



26 comments:

  1. I love these books mostly lighning thief and the devil wears prada. Nice post. Am a lover of books

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  2. I love these books mostly lighning thief and the devil wears prada. Nice post. Am a lover of books

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  3. The Devil Wears Prada - I'm going to have to read it. I've only seen the movie and I always hear the book is better.

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  4. I love this list! New York is my favorite place and I'm always looking for books to take me there when I can't go myself!

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  5. Thanks for these recommendations - Yes. I LOVE NEW YORK - who doesn't? It's the center of the world as far as I am concerned <3. I was a fan f sex in the city (the series) and never knew it was based on a book (How'd I miss that??). Will be picking that up next time I have some leisurely time to read. :-D

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  6. OMG love the Devil Wears Prada! (shocker haha) Definitely going to check out Something Borrowed. I've seen this in the store so many times but never picked it up. Thanks for this list!

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  7. each book is classic in its way and is definitely a nice read esp on vacation. Very nice list overall!

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  8. Something borrowed was such a good book, I fell in love with. This book really does take you to NY. And then Something Blue the sequel takes you on an amazing journey to London (if I remember correctly)

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  9. I'm adding Sex and the City to my reading list! I've never seen the movies or read the book, but I hear people rave about both of them!

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  10. Great selection of books focused on New York! I had NO idea Sex in the City was a book first!

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  11. I have actually didn't read any of these books but I have seen the movies made after some of the movies. I really liked Devil wears Prada and I'd love to read the book as well.

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  12. Thank you for the recommendations! I loved Satc series, I may have to read the books, I'd kind of forgotten there were books!

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  13. Great choices. Some old and some new. Each one shows a different era and outlook on the city. My sister had been twice and loves it. I've never been but would love to visit during Christmas holiday.

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  14. I love New York, but always good to go virtual in the imagination so to speak. My two favs are the devil wears prada and sex in the city :) x

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  15. I love the city and some of these books also helped me relive the experiences I had there. This is a great idea for a post.

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  16. I absolutely love New York so this was a great post to read. Thanks for sharing this, I can’t wait to try out some of these books.

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  17. I would love to visit New York! This is an impressive list of books. I guess I better get started.

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  18. I love reading different books, and this list of books sounds interesting. New York is on my bucket list, will definitely read those books before visiting NYC

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  19. the percy jackson book is in my opinion so underrated! I just feel like the narrative is so good and the whole plot itself is so incredibly well written, it's a shame this book kind of fell in the shade of harry potter...
    I'm glad you brought it up in your list! :)

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  20. Great recommendations. I read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin and loved how she had New York live in it. The Devil Wears Prada and The GoldFinch are in my wishlist already, will be checking your recommendations.

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  21. I love reading books about a place before I actually travel there, but have never done so with NYC- guess I should now. I think I will start with Breakfast at Tiffany's because I love watching the film, just never read it. Thanks for all the great recommendations!

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  22. We loved the Lightening Thief movies, the book sounds good too! It's fun to learn about new places (or familiar ones) through books. Many writers do alot research about their story settings.

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  23. I have read Devil wears Prada and sex and the city...Love these women-centric books and the way they portray the emotions!

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  24. Awesome recommendation, i think i got a collections for the week, The Lightning Thief sounds interesting.

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  25. I love anything and everything based on New York. The city leaves me spellbound every-time I visit. You got such an amazing list. I will consider reading as well gifting my book lover friends for this holiday season.

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  26. Ah the Devil Wears Prada. It was cool to read it as a book before the move came out.

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