It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!
This week’s theme is Book every book lover should read. National Book Lovers Day was two days ago… choose a book you think every book lover should read. My first thought was Harry Potter – duh! But I reckon that majority of book lovers already read that, and it’s just too obvious. Everyone loves Harry Potter, and everyone should read it, it’s simple. I don’t have to be the nest person telling you to read it if you haven’t. So I wanted to choose something else for this theme. So I think hat every book lover should read a book that is celebrating books and reading. One of such books that I can recommend is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
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.
– Original Cover –
– Cover from Poland –
The title is translated to ‘Between books’. I don’t like this cover, but it’s not terrible. And only Polish cover is featuring a woman, not the little girl. Little Maya I believe is more important to the story than the woman that appears later in the story.
– Favourite Covers –
The Turkish cover is such a beauty! Three the covers that I like the most are from countries that usually have my least favourite covers. But for this book they all did a very good job. The fourth cover is from new US edition – look closely, on the book store’s window the ‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry’ is displayed, with the original over.
– Least Favourite Covers –
The story is a nice and hopeful, it’s not dark. And the Serbian and Czech covers look sad – I don’t like that. The French cover is not that bad, I see where they were going with the paper ships, but it’s just not…. I just don’t feel it.