The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabriele Zevin ★★★★
I put this book on my TBR list when it came out in 2014. I loved the idea of a sweet bookstore and a main character who is so passionate about being a bookstore owner and his love for books. I honestly had no plans of when I was going to read it or how I was going to acquire a copy to read. Fate had it this book came out in Croatian translation recently and seeing it made me pick it up right away!
Every chapter starts with a little review on a story. The sheer amount of footnotes and notes about many other books and author information was gratifying to read trough. This is one of those books about books I love so much.
I work in a bookstore and seeing the main character A.J. in action in his bookstore was a real thrill. He’s got his bookish standards and his tastes. He is a man of character and knows what books to recommend.
There are so many moments in this book that made me happy and emotional. The book and quote choices were spot on. It gave me a few ideas for RL book club meetings and organisation.
This book was emotional experience for me in more than one way. There were tears! I do not reread books often but this one might be an exception. The way it ended gave me a completely new perspective on the whole book and the book quotes and recommendations are something I will definitely need to come back to!