A Guide to Literary New York City

New York City is genuinely one of the most exciting cities on Earth. It’s fast-moving, constantly evolving and full of everything a book lover needs.


Books Set in NYC

nyc novels

‘Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares’ by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Lily has left a red notebook full of dares on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept. Curious, snarky Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge. As they send each other on a scavenger hunt across Manhattan, they’re falling for each other on paper.

‘The Geography of You and Me’ by Jennifer E Smith

Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking…

‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

Authors That Live in NYC

NYC authors

Jenny Han

Author of the ‘The Summer I Feel Pretty’ trilogy, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and ‘PS I Still Love You’.

David Levithan

Author of ‘Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist’, ‘Every Day’, ‘Boy Meets Boy’ and many more!

Goldy Moldavsky

Author of ‘Kill the Boy Band’

Awesome Bookshops

NYC Bookstores

Books of Wonder

This specialist children’s and YA bookstore is a paradise. As well as being THE place for children’s and YA new releases, Books of Wonder is also a huge dealer of rare, collectible and out-of-print children’s books as well as limited and special editions. It’s basically our dream. PLUS, Books of Wonder is the store that the bookstore in the Meg Ryan movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ was based on.

Strand Bookstore

This place is one of those bookshops that every book lover should make a pilgrimage to at least once in their life. Strand has 18 miles of books (take a second to recover from that…) and they cover every genre you could possibly think of. Plus, there’s a dedicated rare book room for when you’re feeling a bit flush…


This little bookstore in Brooklyn (there’s also one in Greenpoint, New Jersey!) is more than just a bookstore. As well as being the home for hoardes of beautiful paperbacks, Word hosts author readings, events, Q&As, potlucks and even a basketball league. Yeah, a basketball league!

Great Places to Read in NYC

NYC reading

New York Public Library

We are total suckers for a beautiful library and thebranch at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street looks like it could be a museum from the outside. And the inside too. It’s full of beautiful reading rooms and hosts events and exhibitions. Spectacular.

Bryant Park

For a city of skyscrapers and city blocks, NYC is also a city of gorgeous public parks. Bryant Park is a small green square right next to 5th Avenue and a short walk from the Empire State Building. Even if it’s not dry enough to perch on the grass, there are chairs and tables around the square! There’s also some gorgeous bakeries and patisseries on West 40th begging to be enjoyed with your book…

Steps of the Met

Add a fro-yo and we’ll be pretending we’re in ‘Gossip Girl’. Because we can. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the most glorious building and and after you’ve spent an exhausting day trawling around the museum, a stop on the steps for a chapter or two is the perfect solution. It also backs onto Central Park as well!

Do you have a favourite reading spot in NYC? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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