The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

This book tells the life of AJ Fikry, a recently widowed man who runs a bookstore on a small island. After his wife died, his life started going in a downwards spiral. He started drinking more, cutting people out of his life, and his bookstore was starting to run out of business. When things can’t get any worse, his prized possession, a very rare and valuable book of poems, is stolen. He is at an all-time low, when he comes to the bookstore one day and finds a baby left there. He shortly discovered that the mom had abandoned her daughter in a bookstore because she wanted her to grow up surrounded by books. AJ takes in the girl, and eventually decides to adopt her, and she completely changes his life.

This book was very heartwarming and emotional. I really enjoyed reading about the bond that characters in the book were able to make just because of books. AJ meets people and creates relationships with them through literature and recommending books. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a book that AJ has recommended to his daughter, and a short paragraph about why he loves it and why he wants his daughter to read it. I really liked that part of the story, and seeing all the characters that bonded at the bookstore and through reading all kinds of books. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading books, because it is essentially a book about books.

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July 29, 2016

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