Even if you prefer e-readers to print, if you are a reader/book lover there is something magical about walking into a bookstore. Nine times out of ten you (read: me) will go in without anything specific in mind, yet you (me) will almost always leave the store with a new book (or two, or three….). The magic is especially true of independent bookstores, no two of which are alike, all the better to explore and find new treasures.
I’m a little late to the party for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, but if there is a better celebration of bookstores, booksellers, books and reading I’d love to know about it. The plot itself is actually a bit light (moved too fast for me), but all you need to know is that A.J. Fikry is the curmudgeonly owner of an independent bookstore on an island along the New England coastline and when two unexpected arrivals land at his shop his life begins to change.
In short: If you love books and love to read, you should read this book. If you love independent bookstores you should read this book. And if you don’t love to read, you should still read this book because I am pretty sure it will convince you (finally) of how wonderful books and reading are.