Monday, August 24, 2015

Reading in the Big Apple

As some of you may know, I moved to New York City at the beginning of the year, and the beginning of September marks the 8th month I've been in this crazy place. It's hard to believe I live here, and while it's not my favorite place in the world (it smells terrible literally all. the. time.), it's pretty cool that for a moment, I'm spending my life working and living in the big city.

In honor of that, I wanted to share some NYC books that have recently made their way to my shelf and that I've begun reading!


I received The War Against the Assholes from the lovely folks at Wunderkind PR, and since I read the synopsis, I was hooked. It's an urban fantasy sort of true crime mystery from what I can tell so far (I'm only a few chapters in), and it's got very stylistic writing which is taking a while to get used to, but the plot is what really intrigues me. A former Catholic school teenager myself, I am interested to see the differences between my experiences (in the South) versus the ones that NYC brings about on a teenager in this setting, especially when you throw in an interesting game setup in the city and also some magic for good measure.

I'm plowing through my BEA titles, and Saint Mazie is one of those I picked up on a whim. Then, after it had been sitting on my unread pile for a while, I saw this article on HelloGiggles praising the title, and I knew it was time to pick it up. Set at the turn of the Great Depression, Mazie is a gal who loves the city and all its dwellers—the homeless, the addicts, and the drunkards—and wouldn't trade the city streets for anything. The story is Mazie's diary, but it's being shared almost 100 years later by a documentarian who's taken a fascination in Mazie's life in NYC.

Always a fan of good mysteries (especially when they include a map. I LOVE maps), I was so excited when Quirk Books sent me Manhattan Mayhem. A collection of short stories, based around locations in New York and from some absolutely essential mystery writers, it has already drawn me in by the introduction alone. I totally love reading about these people and places, especially since I pass some of them on my daily walk to work (I walk about 3 miles to work and then again on the way home to save money and also I've been told exercise is apparently good or something). I also like it because sometimes, after a long day of editing, I don't want to commit to reading a bunch of chapters, but I can sit down and swallow a whole story in only a few pages.

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Have you read any of these? Any other NYC books I should add to my list to read now that I've been here long enough to get a lay of the land?

Look at other books I've grouped together in Topics Time!

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