A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.
My Thoughts: When I downloaded The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, I was looking forward to reading it…and expected to do so very soon. But life got in the way…and other books seemed to take precedence. So here I am, three years later, wondering what possessed me to let this charming book languish on my shelf.
But timing is everything, and when I did pick up this book, I fully immersed myself in it and felt a deep connection to the characters, the setting, and the feeling of being surrounded by books in one’s daily life.
I loved the idea of getting on a ferry and going to Alice Island to a charming bookstore, and I felt myself joining the character Amelia Loman, a publisher’s representative, as she made her first journey out there. Her first reactions to A.J. Fikry, a gruff and somewhat blunt character kept me turning the pages, happily enjoying the growing connection between Amelia and A.J.
And then there was Maya, a baby left in the bookstore with a note for A.J.
The story followed the characters over a period of years, and I couldn’t wait to see what each of them would do with their lives. Books were always the centerpiece, and when obstacles arose, or sadness came calling, the books carried them all along. The books helped them connect to characters, but also to others with whom they could talk about books. Definitely a sentiment to which bookish people can relate. 5 stars.