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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On My Bookshelf

Just a short review today. Anyone who enjoys reading and especially those who appreciate small independent bookstores would enjoy  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It is the story of a bookseller who owns a small bookstore on Alice Island, not far from Hyannis MA. He is a young grieving widower having lost his wife, the love of his life, in a tragic car accident. He's lonely, somewhat cranky and seems to have lost interest in life. Book sales are poor, and his most valuable book has been stolen. What else can possibly go wrong?
One evening when he goes out for a run, he leaves the store unlocked.... and the result changes his life. I won't give away any more than that. You'll have to read it to find out what happens.    :)
Two of my favourite quotes from the book:
"No Man is an Island; Every Book is a World" from the sign on A.J.'s store, Island Books.
"Sometimes books don't find us until the right time." So very true!
It is a charming, well written story. Heartwarming. A light read, and a joy to read. There is humour, love and unexpected relationships. It's a book for book lovers. What more can I say?


Peace,
Linda

Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.

9 comments:

kath001 said...

I loved this one so much! Did you laugh out loud during the section about the author reading. :)

Jennifer said...

Sounds interesting! My library has this book, and also has "The collected works of A.J. Fikry" which I presume is a follow-up. I'm about to reserve the first one!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Thanks for the review. This sounds like the kind of book I have been in search of. I made a note of it and will look for it on line. Thanks
xx, Carol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have this book on hold at my library. I thought is looked good and now I know I would like it! Happy reading!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'll check our library for this one, it sounds intriguing from the bit you shared.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Sounds really interesting. Thank you for sharing, Linda!
Happy weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Don't laugh...I started reading it last night and I am about halfway through! haha! I found it is an ebook at my library and checked it out! I was reading this afternoon when I realized it was 3:30 and time to go for a walk with a friend. I had to throw on my shoes and go! It's GOOD...hard to put down! Thanks so much! It reminds me a little of A Man called Ove. Hugs!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've read it ... I loved it.... it deserves more press!

Anonymous said...

I read this today, between loads of landry. Love, love, love this book! What a treat on a cold, snowy Fredericton day.

Jeanne Kaye

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