The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a 306 pages paperback.

From the back cover:

A.J. Fikry, the grumpy owner of Island Books, is going through a hard time: his bookshop is failing, he has lost his beloved wife and a prized rare first edition has been stolen.

But one day A.J. finds two-year-old Maya sitting on the bookshop floor, with a note attached to her asking the owner to look after her. His life – and Maya’s – is changed for ever.


I read this book in ten days. It is quite a romantic story and most of the plot is to be expected, but it is well written and the story is engaging. I felt that, even though Fikry and his family and friends are the main protagonists, books are the main characters around which the story evolves, especially with each chapter starting with a short commentary of a title.

The characters are believable, the description of the book trade business seems quite realistic, even if it is kept at a high level.

Any story involving a bookshop will play on my biases and bring a good review from me and The storied life of A.J. Fikry will be no exception. It is a nice light read that I would recommend, as long as you do not have anything against a light romance! 🙂

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Who I am

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I am a 40-something year-old French expatriate currently living in the UK.

I enjoy reading, knitting, cross-stitch, going to the theatre and to concerts, watching movies, listening to podcasts…  I am very passionate, which is probably one of the many reasons that I have been suffering from depression for about 30 years – having to keep your feelings constantly under control as being what others consider as “over-excited” about things that bring you unbelievable joy or anger is not the best way to live your life.

In this blog I hope I can share some of what lights up my days.  It is not always easy to see the light when I am down but I hope that having this blog will help me focusing on what I enjoy even at the worst of times.

I hope you can find some interest in some of the subjects I will cover!



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