I picked up The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin on our last vacation when we were wandering downtown and came upon a bookstore going out of business. (Yay for close-out sales. Boo for less bookstores.) This novel had been on my wish list because it’s about a bookstore owner with lots of literary references. After the death of his wife, A. J.’s life and business are spiraling out of control. But some chance encounters set his life on a new course. It was an easy and enjoyable read for vacation, though for the sake of moving along quickly I thought some of the plot wasn’t quite fleshed out. But I appreciated the characters and the literary references woven in.