This week, I was in New York City for a brief business trip.
On the first evening of my stay in the City, I took a three hour walk around Midtown Manhattan. One of my favorite stops along the walk was the outdoor exhibit at The New York Public Library.
This summer, The New York Public Library has a very cool campaign called "I Read Everywhere" (hashtag: #ireadeverywhere on Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter). From the promotional for the read everywhere movement:
This summer, The New York Public Library is celebrating the excitement and personal joy of reading with the hashtag #ireadeverywhere. We are asking all of you to join authors, librarians and other readers from all over the world to share your favorite — and unusual — reading spots, along with the hashtag and our handle @nypl, all in an effort to inspire others to pick up a book (or an e-reader) and start their own adventures.
I took a few photos of the outside of the NYPL:
Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to go into the library on this particular visit (as I arrived to the library at its closing time of 7PM). I did take a few photos of the beautiful outdoor library room:
The outdoor library room featured carts for a "book swap"—leave one book for others, take one home.
Finally, there was a giant board where people left notes on what they are reading this summer:
Here's a selection of notable books profiled in the photo above (outside of the popular The Song of Ice and Fire series, which is mentioned numerous times):
- The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates (not mentioned on the board: Coates's latest book, released in July 2015, Between the World and Me).
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck (one of my all-time favorite books)
- This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (I really recommend this selection!)
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (another favorite classic of mine)
- Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
- Walkable City by Jeff Speck (I hadn't heard of this book before, but I've added it to my reading list).
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (probably not recommended for light summer reading!)
Based on the press release, the outdoor reading room just ended on July 17. However, reading never stops. I hope you can find some of these book recommendations helpful. Happy reading!