Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

As I may have mentioned before, I’m a huge book nerd. I love the written word, and although I’m partial to fiction, I’m open to reading anything. As Alex and I experiment with different types of blog posts, I thought I’d try out a few book reviews! My first pick for a review is also currently my favourite read of the summer: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.IMG_4595 copy“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” isn’t a story of epic proportions. The plot isn’t complex, and it doesn’t cover a wide range of exotic locales. It is a sweet and simple story of love in all forms and variations. It’s a story about people, how we affect one another, and how someone can magnificently alter your life through even the slightest of actions. This is a story for people who love a good character driven plot. This is also a story for people who love books, as there are layers of references to other stories within it.IMG_4597 copyThe basic plot of this novel, without any spoilers, revolves around a man named A.J. Fikry and his bookstore within a small island town. A.J. has faced hardships in his life, and has chosen to isolate himself from those around him. He is a (loveable) cynic who remains in the comforting world of literature. Through an unforeseeable chain of events A.J. has the opportunity to alter his life and change his negative perspectives.

One of the most beautiful elements of this novel is how many quotable moments it contains.  If you are a sucker for a good quote, this a great novel for you! Zevin makes so many moving and accurate reflections on life and people, in a way that makes you jealous that you hadn’t strung together those particular words yourself. Seriously, they have made shirts with quotes from this book because they are so perfect.IMG_4598 copyThis is an enjoyable and moving read. I wouldn’t qualify it as “fine” literature, but rather approachable and beautiful in its own way. I recommend giving “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” a read! Let me know what you think of it! If you’ve already read it and thought differently (or similarly) please let me know! I love talking, and getting excited, about any story.

Cheers to a good read!

xo Paige

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Tuesday Tunes: Summertime Beats

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThis is a completely random playlist. It’s not even Monday, and we haven’t done a playlist in forever! What is happening?! Besides the incredibly weak attempt to continue the alliteration of the old “Monday Morning Shake Up”, I actually just felt like sharing some tunes today. I’m not promising anything earth shattering or incredible, but I wanted to share what’s been on repeat in my car this summer.Most of these songs have been pretty popular songs this summer. I’m actually a big fan of the summer tunes that came out this year! The other songs are summer favourites of mine that have stood the test of time (so far). I think because I had such a great time at Bonnaroo, most of the bands on this playlist I’ve seen live. Nothing makes for a better summer playlist than good summer memories attached with each song! IMG_4079What have been your favourite summer tunes this year?

Infinite x’s and o’s

Paige

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Birthday Goals

DSC_1072Most people tend to reflect on their life during the New Year celebrations. I on the other hand find myself reflecting and goal setting the most around the time of my birthday each year. There is something about turning a year older in life that really makes me stop and think about what I have accomplished, what I hope to do in the future and if I am living my life to the absolute fullest. Normally that means that there is a lot of goal setting involved but this year I decided to do things a little bit differently. DSC_1078Sure, goal setting is a really great habit to have because it forces you to try new things and motivates you to do/be better. I sometimes find though that this can sometimes work against me during my times of personal growth. I am the queen of setting new goals and getting really overly excited about them while they are fresh in my mind. As time goes on I tend to make up more and more excuses to justify why I can’t do it or why it can’t be done even though if I’m being completely honest with myself, most of the time I think I give up on things too quickly out of a fear of failure. DSC_1161DSC_1136That being said, this year my “goal” is to stop worrying about failing at those adventures I start of on. Instead I want to start tackling all the things I have wanted to do in the past but have been too afraid of following through with it. I think the first step towards this new way of thinking was completing the half marathon race last weekend. It feels amazing to have given myself such a crazy goal and actually accomplish it! DSC_1141I think birthdays are the perfect time to not only set goals for the upcoming year but to also give you a chance to reflect and search for ways to better yourself in the years to come. I’m sure there will be many times this year where I fall short of my goals but I am determined to continue to make the effort to follow through with everything I set out to do.DSC_1146DSC_1171I’m wearing: Top: Modcloth / Skirt: Asos / Moccasins: Ontario Trading Post / Bike: Critical Cycles (birthday gift from Jordan!)DSC_1148What about you, do you have any goals that you have been putting off lately?

Alex xo

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Alex’s July 2014 Wishlist

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I’ve been in a slight style rut lately that I’m trying really hard to get out of. I find that I either have to hold myself back from buying all different kinds of clothing or I can’t find a single thing that I like or that fits. It never really falls in the middle with me which means it can be difficult to find new clothes during my slumps. I think some nice simple dresses or summer separates can help get me out of this funk!

We are also still in the process of changing some things up around our apartment. We recently painted our bedroom white to get rid of this awful blue colour that I mistakenly chose when we first moved in. It is a warm white colour that is really begging to be decorated with lots of plants and wicker furniture!

What have you been into this month? Any new trends that have caught your eye?

Alex xo

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Massey Half Marathon

DSC_0958We did it! Please excuse the sweaty, flushed face assortment of photos in this post but we just had to share our most recent accomplishment with you all. I must say, it was a tiring and sweaty way to start my birthday but I don’t think I could have possibly given myself a better gift this year. I can honestly say that I am shocked at how much I actually enjoyed the run. So much so that I’ve been looking into doing the Scotiabank Run for Kids this September and attempting the 25km distance! I always thought that running a half marathon would be one of those goals that I would complete once and then be done with it but it has actually been the exact opposite. I think I’ve caught the long distance bug. ;)DSC_0968-copy1DSC_0982(Special thanks to our little cheering squad for coming to support us!)DSC_0954 copyDSC_09671(So strong… :S Maybe my next goal will be to increase my upper body strength. ha!)DSC_1000-copyDSC_0999Thank you to everyone who encouraged us along the way! I hope this can be a little bit of inspiration to the rest of you. If we can go from being non runners to running a half marathon in 4 months, anyone can. :)

Alex xo

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