The Ritzy Gypsy’s September Book Picks

I am an avid reader and have made it a goal to read 3-5 books a month (depending on the length of the book and my schedule). I will be sharing my favorite books that I have read the previous month and share them in a monthly segment! I hope you enjoy.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

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Jean Perdu is an intelligent and kind man but has become hardened and reclusive ever since the love of his life left him 20 years before. He works a dull, monotone life on a boat that he has turned into a bookshop on the Seine River in Paris. Upon opening a forgotten letter his lover left him when she left, he discovers life-changing news. Filled with anger, sadness, and regret, he undocks his floating bookshop and travels south. He wants to learn how to live again and to find answers. Perdu is joined by a young, quirky author who too, feels the need to escape due to his intense fame from a novel he had recently published. Together, they head down the rivers of France with no real plan but learn about the value of friendship, love, and adventure of life along the way.

If you weren’t able to make it to France this summer, this book will serve as a great get away. I loved reading about the quaint cities and towns Perdu ported in. Each page seems to bring in a new place with new characters and problems. The book is filled with soul and you can see how Perdu slowly learns to accept what happened and move on as the book progresses. It will defiantly make you think about love in a different way.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 

We all love a rag to riches story. A poor boy with a terrible upbringing works hard and fights through his circumstances to become great and change the world, right? However, Gladwell argues that the path to success isn’t so linear. Instead, he claims that our circumstances and our environment are the main contributors to success. Sharing detailed stories of Bill Gates, the U.S. education system, cultural history, and much, much more, Gladwell is able to vividly explain his point in an intriguing way with facts that you won’t be able to forget.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 

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Bill Bryson decides to do what not many people have done before; he decides to hike the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. Bryson is joined by an old friend (who isn’t physically suitable for hiking) and together they trudge through the wilderness with nothing but their heavy packs. As they walk, they come across many obstacles and meet some compelling, and just downright crazy, people along the way. Bryson is an amazing story teller and uses humor and sarcasm to not only give us a detailed image of his experience but to also share the rich history of the national parks and places he hikes through. Not only do you get a laugh out loud story, but you also learn a ton of interesting new facts. I will certainly be reading more books by Bryson.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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This book is weird. Like, an old freakish cult with unreasonable belief meets the modern world of computer programming and together they team up to crack a 500-year old code weird. Despite this, I literally couldn’t put the book down. The main character is a well-rounded millennial who can’t find a job in the San Francisco Bay Area, so he takes a part-time job working the grave yard shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. This would be fine, except there is clearly something unusual about the store. During his shifts, the same set of people frantically come in to check out books with mysterious titles. Out of boredom, the main character decides to create a program that shows who checked out what and when. When he does this, he notices an eerie pattern. Teaming up with a girl he’s dating at Google and Mr. Penumbra himself, they work to crack this mysterious code; and face some resistance and hardships along the way.

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