Backlist Blast || The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Flavia from FlaviaTheBibliophile and I are so excited to share this weekly meme! We were chatting about how backlist books (books that have been released for more than 6 months) don’t get enough attention! So we wanted to create a meme everyone could join and share their favourite books that are not new releases. Hopefully this will help everyone tackle those books that have been waiting patiently on our TBRs for months and months! Join us and comment on our posts with your links so we can come see! Or tag us on social media. If you’re having trouble thinking of what to pick visit the INFO PAGE Flavia has put together. Also note, you do not have to participate every week we want this to be fun and a way to read some of those books you’ve been waiting to read.


Title: The Storied Life of AJ Firky
Author: Gabrielle Kevin
Page Count: 258 pages
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Viking
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







Hanging over the porch of the tiny New England bookstore called Island Books is a faded sign with 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. 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. 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 him or for a determined sales rep named Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light. The wisdom of all those books again become the lifeblood of A.J.’s world and everything twists 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.



I’ve heard many people tell me I’ll love AJ Firky. Friends I have a confession to make… books about cute old men make me smile LOL. A Man Called Ove for example made me BAWL. I just wanted to hug him!! I have a feeling I’m going to love this one too. It’s been sitting on my shelves for about 4 years now and I think it’s time I read it. Backlist Blast has helped me get through 2 books so far I have a feeling it’s going to motivate me to get through so many more. It’s the best! Join us! Leave your links in the comments or tag us on social media 🙂

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