Reading Around the World is a new feature that combines my love of travelling with my love of reading. Each month I plan to spotlight either a city I have visited, or a city I plan to visit in the near future, and recommend some of my favourite books set there. After all even if you can’t visit these cities yourself the next best thing has to be reading about them and living the experience through the eyes of the characters.
New York is the first city I travelled to with my sister, way back in 2012. I spent the half a year before we went planning the perfect holiday, and as such New York is always going to be a favourite city of mine. The city that never sleeps walking around Times Square at midnight was just as crowded and hectic as it was walking around in the middle of the day. The five days we were in New York was filled with all the typical tourist sites; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Central Park, and of course plenty of shopping.
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is not set in modern day New York as much it’s set in a hidden world alongside New York. The world Clare has created is one where vampires hide out in abandoned hotels and fae walk around Central Park. It’s a world full of warlocks, werewolves and demons, and of course Shadowhunters ready to protect humanity from any danger.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is also set in a world hidden underneath modern day New York but instead of Shadowhunters operating from the New York Institute it’s demigods training at Camp Half-Blood. The Greek Gods have moved to the epicentre of human civilisation, and as a result Mount Olympus now rests on top of the Empire State Building.
Also set in New York are J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician. This time however both books are set in the past. Either travel back to the 1920’s as Newt struggles to find all the creatures who escaped his case before they can wreak too much havoc on New York, or to 1902 as Esta inserts herself in a dangerous heist for the Ars Arcana.
Have you ever been to New York before; what was your favourite part of the city to see and explore? Also what are some of the amazing books you’ve read set in New York, or America, that you’d recommend?
Let me know in the comments.