Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the bloggers over at the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers from all around create lists based on the chosen topics, and post links to the host blog to share our love of books. This week we are looking at books in specific settings. I’ve already done lists with books set in boarding schools and the future and Europe and all of that good stuff. So I’m challenging myself this week to look at books set in New York City. I’ve never been to New York, but I’ve gone there through books my whole life. Each book gives a different glimpse into this city life.
Top Ten Books Set in New York City
[I heart New York.]
1.) Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – Two girls meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…and fall in (forbidden) looooooooove.
2.) Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black (review) – I’m a sucker for a ballet book, and this one is set in the New York Ballet Academy.
3.) Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass – A fabulous middle grades novel where the main character searches all over New York City for the lost keys to a mysterious box left to him by his dead father…and he discovers the meaning of life along the way.
4.) From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg – Because anyone who has ever read this book dreams of spending the night in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
5.) Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (review) – While The Invention of Hugo Cabret gets a lot of attention, this lesser-known “graphic novel” of Selznick’s takes us behind the scenes at the Museum of Natural History.
6.) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (review)– The city in the 1970′s and one of my favorite books of all time. Though I can never say why it’s my favorite, because the reason spoils the whole book! So just trust me and read it. It won the Newbery for a reason, okay?
7.) Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh – While the book made me want to keep a notebook of all my unsavory observations of the world around me, it also made me want to grow up in the brownstones of New York.
8.) I Am J by Cris Beam (review coming soon!) – A transgender teen coming out in the city. In this story, J is able to run away within the city to a school for queer youth.
9.) The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger– Why is everyone always running away to New York City? I mean, I know why — the anonymity, the possibilities, and the feeling that being weird is okay in the city. It just seems like a lot of work, though.
10.) Eloise by Kay Thompson (review)– It’s only MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK OF ALL TIME and the reason I want to stay in the Plaza Hotel. I also want to play on the elevator, mess with the bellhops, and lose my skate key in the hallway.
Which New York books are your favorites?