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Back when I was blogging regularly, I tried a “What I’m Reading Wednesday” series.  I figure there’s no reason I can’t do that again now that I’m writing publicly again.

Only problem?

I’m reading mostly fluff these days.

Most of the books I’ve read lately were free Kindle books so they aren’t worth writing about.  Thankfully, I’ve read a few things in recent months that have stuck with me and are worth writing about.

One such story is called The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  I first heard about the book on an NPR show and quickly added it to my “To Be Read” list (which is unfortunately huge and will probably never get finished).  A few months later I convinced my book club to read it.  I’m so glad I did!

The story follows A.J. Fikry, a rare book dealer whose store is suffering.  When his prized possession – an extremely rare book of course – goes missing, he’s devastated.  His life just isn’t what he expected it to be.  His wife has died so he’s mostly alone… until someone leaves a baby at his store.  Even this cranky (not-so-old) man can’t resist the baby’s charm, and he quickly falls in love with her, raising her as his own.

Falling in love with this mysterious child changes Fikry.  The rest of the book follows his journey as he opens his heart to love, the community, and to life in general.

I first read this book months ago.  I can’t wait to read it again this fall.  Something about it feels like a “fall book” to me.  Like I want to read it while wrapped in a cozy sweater, a cup of hot cocoa at the ready.  It’ll be a perfect re-read some Saturday when a storm is whipping passed my window and I just want to be with some old friends.

Because that’s what Fikry’s book felt like to me.  Settling in with some old friends to catch up.  My favorite things about my best friends is that we can go months without seeing each other and when we finally do everything has changed but everything’s also the same.  That is this book to me.

The word I first used to describe it is charming.  It’s not full of drama and action.  It’s full of good book knowledge, strange friendships, and an opening of the heart to love.  If you’re looking for what can simply be called a good read, I highly recommend it.
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