Thursday, February 2, 2017

A. J. Fikry - The #Friday56 and #BookBeginnings on Friday

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry was such a pleasant surprise! I fell in love with the characters and, in fact, the whole town. This is a delightfully entertaining and warm-hearted story.

Genre: Contemporary / Family Life
Book Length: 290 Pages
Amazon Link: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Author Website: Gabrielle Zevin

Book Beginning:
(NOTE: Every chapter begins with the title of a book, along with notes from A. J. Fikry. I'm skipping the notes and posting the opening of Chapter One here.)
     On the ferry from Hyannis to Alice Island, Amelia Loman paints her nails yellow and, while waiting for them to dry, skims her predecessor's notes. "Island Books, approximately $250,000.00 per annum in sales, the better portion of that in the summer months to folks on holiday," Harvey Rhodes reports. "Seven hundred square feet of selling space. No full-time employees other than the owner. Very small children's section. Fledgling online presence. Poor community outreach. Inventory emphasizes the literary, which is good for us, but Fikry's tastes are very specific, and without Nic, he can't be counted on to hand-sell. Luckily for him, Island's the only game in town." Amelia yawns - she's nursing a slight hangover - and wonders if one persnickety little bookstore will be worth such a long trip. By the time her nails have hardened, her relentlessly bright-sided nature has kicked in: Of course it's worth it! Her specialty is persnickety little bookstores and the particular breed that runs them. Her talents also include multitasking, selecting the right wine at dinner (and the coordinating skill, tending friends who've had too much to drink), houseplants, strays, and other lost causes.

The Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
     "A long time ago, a girl wrote a novel, and she tried to sell it, but no one wanted it. It was about an old man who lost his wife, and it didn't have supernatural beings in it or a high concept to speak of, and so she thought it would be easier if she retitled the book and called it a memoir."

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.                 

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  1. I really liked AJ FIKRY but the story faded rather quickly and I can only remember sketchy details.

    My Friday quotes

  2. This one sounds like a great story. I haven't heard of it before so thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  3. I have this book tucked away, Sandy...and I've been meaning to read it. You have motivated me to bring it back from the Cloud....thanks!

    Here's mine: “RAINY DAY WOMEN”

    1. I enjoyed the book because A. J. Fikry was such a quirky character. It's a sweet story.

  4. Doesn't sound like it's for me but I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  5. I loved this one! It's a wonderfully written story. I love Zevin's YA stuff too. But this story is really good.

  6. This sounds quirky and fun. Are the titles at the beginning of each section with from real books?

  7. Hi Sandy,

    Anything to do with books has to be worth the reading as far as I'm concerned and this one is already on my wish list.

    Those great opening lines made me want to revisit the Goodreads premise, which is very extensive, although I'm not sure that Amelia really knows what she is letting herself in for!

    Your '56' share is really intriguing and I wonder if we ever get to meet the girl that turns A.J's life around.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend :)


  8. You make this book sound so interesting that I requested it from the library as soon as I read your post. Thanks (:

  9. Never heard of this book. It does sound fun and interesting.

    My Friday 56 from Every Last Word

  10. I really like that 56. So glad to hear you really enjoyed this one. Happy Friday!

  11. This sounds like something I'd like.

  12. Looks like you've recruited a lot of readers - it really does sound good!

  13. I want to read this one. I read some of the short stories featured in it. :-) Happy weekend!

  14. I love book stores. I love Poe. You've piqued my interest/

    Kelly Marshall

  15. I've been told many times that I need to try this one! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me


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