There’s nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).
My most wished-for book this week is:
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
(Release date: April 1, 2014)
Synopsis via Goodreads:
In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books-and booksellers-that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.
On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.
And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
Okay, this book sounds like it’s totally full of win. Because a) Gabrielle Zevin and b) bookstore. Sold! Seriously, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this author so far, and what could be better than a book about books, book lovers, and book sellers?
What are you wishing for this Wednesday?
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9 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry”
This looks wonderful, adding to my list!
my sister LOVES gabrielle zevin, especially her birthright series. i don’t usually pick up adult titles but it’s zevin. you can’t go wrong, yeah? and this sounds awesome and quirky. awesome pick 🙂
hope you can stop by my WoW Post.
-michelle @ Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks
Interesting pick. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Interesting choice. I hadn’t heard of this one before. I think I will be adding this one to my wishlist.
Books of Love
This does look good! And I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never come across that author before so even better!
I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this one. I love books about books/bookstores so this sounds right up my street 🙂
I’ve never heard about this one before but it sounds great! I’ll have to check it out. 🙂
I haven’t heard of this one, sounds good!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
Yeah I’m definitely excited in this one too. Books about books is the best thing ever. Great pick!