6 Books that Will Take You to New York City

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! 

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