The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?Nina considers her options.1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Details

TitleThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Writing, Books About Books

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    "I mean, I get that the universe whirls in mysterious yada yada, but wouldn't you rather travel the world?""No, I'd rather stay home and read." Nina Hill's life is perfect as it is, thank you very much.She has an adorable little apartment, a fabulous job at a local bookstore (Knight's), and a grumpy cat (Phil). Nina looked down and smiled...with the plentiful sarcasm and soothing rows of book spines. It was heaven on earth. And on her wild days - she plays trivia at a local bar (provided it is "I mean, I get that the universe whirls in mysterious yada yada, but wouldn't you rather travel the world?""No, I'd rather stay home and read." Nina Hill's life is perfect as it is, thank you very much.She has an adorable little apartment, a fabulous job at a local bookstore (Knight's), and a grumpy cat (Phil). Nina looked down and smiled...with the plentiful sarcasm and soothing rows of book spines. It was heaven on earth. And on her wild days - she plays trivia at a local bar (provided it isn't one of the places she's been banned from) (it happens, okay?). Tom, her greatest rival, can be a bit of a jerk and Nina takes extreme pleasure in showing him up. Her life comfortably circles around books. And honestly, she wouldn't have it any other way. "Are your criticizing Harry Potter?""Never. I'm a Ravenclaw." But unfortunately, what you want and what you get isn't always the same thing. Nina's mother is a world class photographer and as a result, Nina spent most of her childhood curled up with a good book along with her live-in nanny.In short, Nina is not overly fond of adventures (at least in real life).Now, nearly thirty years old, Nina learns that not only did her mother actually know who Nina's father was... but also her father is dead. And she's in his will. But in order to claim it, she must meet...her (many) relatives (shudder). Strangers. Dangers. And all that.Annnnd, all this turmoil continues to spiral.Her trivia nemesis, Tom, is actually far less of a jerk than she anticipated. "He's objectively attractive but subjectively repulse, on account of his overwhelming self-confidence." And Tom, well, he's always noticed Nina but now he's reallllly noticing her. "She's really smart, probably too smart for me." And to top it all, Knight's Bookstore is on its last legs. It was actually on it's last legs months and months ago.Nina is heartbroken but at least her boss has a plan...though it's not much of one. "Make the books look pretty. Smile, but look pitiful. When people ask if we're closing, shake your head softly and suggest they buy a boxed set." Bookish Nina will have to do something she's never even considered before - take charge and make a difference.Will she do it in time? Or will everything crumble before she even begins? Dammit. Now she was going to have to change her planner. This book was perfect I honestly have not related so much to a main character in years. There are people who have no time for books...Nina judged them. I feel like Nina and I are soul sisters.I loved Nina's fierce love of any and all things bookish - especially her dedicated reading time! Sometimes people tried to get her to do something instead, but she was fiercely defensive of her nothing. The characters were firmly fleshed out and their personalities were so vibrant that I felt like I could have a conversation with them. One of my favorite parts about this book was actually reading it with my mother. My mom always gets to check out the books sent to me by publishers and she snatched this one up so fast that if I had blinked, I would have missed it.Reading this one with her was truly a wonderful bonding experience. We laughed so hard whenever we saw Nina interact with her family and we sighed with happiness at the ending. Waxman paced those snappy conversations perfectly for our sense of humor. The relationship was over-the-top but in a totally believable way - you know what I mean. It's like a meet-cute but one that I can actually see happening. "Good night, tiny bookworm." And probably the best quote of the entire book: "Being with you is as good as being alone." Pure happiness. Unbelievably huge thanks to Berkley Publishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Abbi Waxman's creation, the book obsessed 29 year old Nina Lee Hill was an absolute joy for me to spend time with, particularly with the mass of literary and cultural references littered throughout this wonderful piece of contemporary fiction with all its comic humour. Set in the offbeat district of Larchmont, LA, Nina works at the independent bookstore, Knights, established in the 1940s. It's the best fit for Nina, an OCD over planner, so Monica from Friends is obviously her favourite character Abbi Waxman's creation, the book obsessed 29 year old Nina Lee Hill was an absolute joy for me to spend time with, particularly with the mass of literary and cultural references littered throughout this wonderful piece of contemporary fiction with all its comic humour. Set in the offbeat district of Larchmont, LA, Nina works at the independent bookstore, Knights, established in the 1940s. It's the best fit for Nina, an OCD over planner, so Monica from Friends is obviously her favourite character. Nina is smart, sarcastic, socially awkward and anxious for whom spontaneity and the unexpected throws her for a loop. Books are at the top of the list in her 5 perfect things, they are medication, sanctuary and the source of all good things, nothing has yet proven her wrong and it's little wonder libraries are her idea of heaven. Her mom is a famous photographer and free spirit, she has never known her father, and she was bought up and loved by her nanny, Louise, and Khalil Gibran's The Prophet has the most apt saying that defines her, 'You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts' as she lives her life in her off the wall and exciting fictional universe. Amidst her busy, tightly scheduled life of Trivia nights with her team, Book 'Em Danno, numerous book clubs and reading, that are her weapons of self defence, Nina's life has an almighty spanner thrown in it. She discovers a father she never knew about has just died, she is in his will, and is struck numb when she realises she has a huge and disparate family right on her doorstep. Then there is Tom, a member of another Trivia team, a whizz on the subject of sport, Nina's weakest area, annoying, really not a suitable boyfriend for her, after all he is not a reader, but.....she just cannot stop thinking about him. Nina struggles to accommodate the idea that life is what happens whilst she has been busy making other plans, and overcome her personal intrinsic belief that 'Books are safer than other people' (Neil Gaiman). Waxman writes a gloriously funny novel with a raft of fantastic characters that lit up my life as I read it. Nina is endearing, a sharp cookie who can wax lyrical on the most obscure of subjects, her brain is a veritable encylopaedia of facts and knowledge, it's just her emotional side that is a challenge and which she needs to work on. This is for all those book worms out there, especially for those for whom books are one of the most perfect elements in an imperfect world, and for anyone else who enjoys well written contemporary fiction with oodles of warmth. Many thanks to Headline for an ARC.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    How could I resist a book about a bookworm? Not just a bookworm, but an only child bookworm that finds solace and peace in books, a child whose mother is absent and father is unknown. Well, until a lawyer appears informing Nina her father had died and she has half-siblings.I love the writing style that Waxman uses. Reminiscent of a 19th century novel, complete with witty glimpses of what is to transpire at the start of each chapter. There’s a dry sense of humor to this book. “He didn’t remind he How could I resist a book about a bookworm? Not just a bookworm, but an only child bookworm that finds solace and peace in books, a child whose mother is absent and father is unknown. Well, until a lawyer appears informing Nina her father had died and she has half-siblings.I love the writing style that Waxman uses. Reminiscent of a 19th century novel, complete with witty glimpses of what is to transpire at the start of each chapter. There’s a dry sense of humor to this book. “He didn’t remind her of herself, but, to be fair, she was a slender 29 year old woman with dark red shirted and freckles, and he had been a rounded old man with white hair and wrinkles, so it wasn’t exactly apples to apples. More like grapes to raisins.” And that’s a quote from the book I can include! One of the funnier ones would probably be banned by GR. This book is just plain fun. But it also makes some wonderful points. I just adored how they all discover their similarity, as the weird things that seem to be genetic enthrall me. I found it a delight to read and wanted to spend every waking minute with Nina, her friends and her new found family. Make sure you actually read the daily planner pages that precede each chapter. My thanks to netgalley and Berkley Publishing for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful, amusing, & full of heart!THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by ABBI WAXMAN is an engaging, fun, charming, and lighthearted tale that totally captures the beauty and life of a bookworm perfectly. I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of how relatable, thoughtful and fantastic this story was. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.ABBI WAXMAN delivers an interesting, witty, endearing, and beautifully w Delightful, amusing, & full of heart!THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by ABBI WAXMAN is an engaging, fun, charming, and lighthearted tale that totally captures the beauty and life of a bookworm perfectly. I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of how relatable, thoughtful and fantastic this story was. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.ABBI WAXMAN delivers an interesting, witty, endearing, and beautifully written read here with lovable and quirky characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me. I think reading a book about a bookworm is probably one of the most satisfying, pleasurable, gratifying and validating experiences out there and so relatable to all of us book lovers. I was totally taken and fascinated with Nina Hill’s character and she fully captured my heart. There were so many times I felt a strong kinship to Nina and nodding in agreement to pretty much every aspect of her character and to plenty of scenarios in this book. I loved reading Nina’s day planner pages and how they were used as chapter breaks which definitely added a little extra flare to the novel for me. Norma’s Stats:Cover: Pretty, intriguing, whimsical, eye-catching and a fitting representation to storyline. I absolutely love everything about this cover -- especially the color schemes. Title: Appealing, intriguing and absolutely love how perfect the title is to the storyline. The title of this book definitely enticed me to read it. Anything book related in the title I’m in! Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, witty, fluid, fun, engaging, and captivating. I totally connected with and absolutely loved ABBI WAXMAN’S writing style. Plot: Fun, humorous, touching, memorable, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. Ending: The last line of this book was perfection! Absolutely loved it!Overall: I absolutely adored this book and didn’t want it to end! It definitely gave me that huggable, warm and fuzzy feeling! Would highly recommend!*Traveling Sisters/Friends Read*I’d like to thank Elisha at Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. It was an absolute delight reading this book!Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Five bold, big, underlined, shining, intellectual, quirky, weird, nuts, but so so so much entertaining, perfectly crafted, how can I resist to love it stars!!! How any ordinary human being could resist the charm of Nina Hill’s characteristic attributes! Not me, this was love at first sight. I loved her! She is not a regular smart, nerdy, introvert book-worn, she’s so busy, social with her scheduled book club events, trivia competitions (with her straightforward comments, standing up against the Five bold, big, underlined, shining, intellectual, quirky, weird, nuts, but so so so much entertaining, perfectly crafted, how can I resist to love it stars!!! How any ordinary human being could resist the charm of Nina Hill’s characteristic attributes! Not me, this was love at first sight. I loved her! She is not a regular smart, nerdy, introvert book-worn, she’s so busy, social with her scheduled book club events, trivia competitions (with her straightforward comments, standing up against the unfairness, cheating or any other miscalculation of their earned points, her friends and she are banned from most of the competition places!), movie nights at Arc Light theatres (mostly her date is greasy popcorn)! She reads a lot, she drinks wine a lot! ( My God this is definition of me !!) She may suffer from ADD, OCD, anxiety and panic attacks! ( OMG this is still me !) She has great sense of humor, sensitive observation skills, quite creative imagination. ( I don’t want to look like pretentious but it’s still me! Oh boy! Did I know the author from somewhere????) She has a long distance relationship with her mother since she was a little baby( She was left with a nanny and only communication way to her mother were postcards) and no relationship with her father because she doesn’t know who he is. ( Mother part is close but I love my father! Okay, the author is not BB or stalker! That means there are millions of people like me. Good to know not to be alone) Didn’t I mention, she‘s so busy with her impeccably detailed and organized schedule, so WHO NEEDS A FAMILY! WHO NEEDS A BOYFRIEND! RIGHT? ERRRRRRR! Wrong answer Nina! So sorry, you may answer all the trivia question without blinking or breathing (at least she didn’t suffocate) but she has a crush on Tom who is a member of rival team competing against them at the trivia quizzes. And she learns that she has a father who has watched her from a distance, married too many times, lived a joyful life, put her into his will before dying from a sudden heart attack. Now she learns that she has brother, sisters, nephews( older than her), grand-nephews, a crowded, crazy, dysfunctional, big family. ( Okay this part is close to me ! For the first time in my life I have so much common with a character)) Now she wants TO RUN, HIDE, DISAPPEAR! Anything she can do not to connect with those people who fight too much, who resent each other so much, who have so many differences but still they manage to stay together! Isn’t this a classical definition of a regular family? I loved the parts about Nina’s worldview changing. As soon as she starts to connect with each member of her family and open her heart to Tom by letting him in, she realizes she still likes to be alone but in the meantime she also enjoys to be with the people she loved deep in her heart! This book is about resistance to change but learning to adapt and be brave to share your feelings, be openminded to enjoy different and challenging experiences of life, take risks, embrace your differences, quirks, antics and finally learn to love yourself and share your love without putting any restriction or limitation. Yaaaayyyy ! I found my fiction twin! Of course it was easy to give five stars! I loved the author’s way of thinking, writing, creating characters that so easy to be resonated. I mostly agree with her comments and observations about LA life. I really laughed so much at those parts, my cheeks still hurt! So as soon as it’s released( on July 9th), go and get this book and devour every word of it! Laugh without thinking people giving you weird faces! (They gave me but I handled it maturely. I stuck my tongue!) Special thanks to Berkley Books to send me ARC copy via NetGalley( also special thanks to them, too) for exchanging my honest review. ( This part always reminds me of Academy Award speeches but at least this is short one. )
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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    January 1, 1970
    5 Embrace Your Bookish Life stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! Abbi Waxman you have left me absolutely smitten! 💖 This story has sassy wit, laugh out loud humor and so much heart. Not only did I unabashedly adore Nina and wholeheartedly fall in love with Tom (he definitely made it onto my Top 3 Book Boyfriends List) but I was also completely enamored with the book's entire cast of zany and unique characters. This bookish girl read the entire book with a smile on my face. Each book nerdism, pop culture reference and m 5 Embrace Your Bookish Life stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Abbi Waxman you have left me absolutely smitten! 💖 This story has sassy wit, laugh out loud humor and so much heart. Not only did I unabashedly adore Nina and wholeheartedly fall in love with Tom (he definitely made it onto my Top 3 Book Boyfriends List) but I was also completely enamored with the book's entire cast of zany and unique characters. This bookish girl read the entire book with a smile on my face. Each book nerdism, pop culture reference and mention of an introvert's view on life was so relatable!As Nina's quiet, organized life is upset by the possibility of love, new family and work issues we watch her grow and adapt to the changes in her life in such a hopeful manner that it left me feeling so content. Book lovers this is a "must read" - you will recognize yourself in the characters, delight in the book and pop culture references, laugh with the wit and humor of the characters and fall in love with the budding romance. Nina Hill - I LOVED your bookish life! 🥰
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    What a charming book about books! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’m so happy authors are bringing us these types of reads, and Abbi Waxman has done an exceptional job with Nina’s story!Nina has it all in her mind- a job at bookstore (I’d love that!), a winning trivia team (I love trivia!), the best planner (I’ve got multiple planners! 😂), and a treasured cat (I have three!). Oh, and did I mention Nina loves to read? So much so, it’s her only pastime.Nina’s father, who she has never met, dies and leaves her with prev What a charming book about books! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I’m so happy authors are bringing us these types of reads, and Abbi Waxman has done an exceptional job with Nina’s story!Nina has it all in her mind- a job at bookstore (I’d love that!), a winning trivia team (I love trivia!), the best planner (I’ve got multiple planners! 😂), and a treasured cat (I have three!). Oh, and did I mention Nina loves to read? So much so, it’s her only pastime.Nina’s father, who she has never met, dies and leaves her with previously unknown relatives out the yin-yang, all living near her, and they want to be part of her life, which quickly overwhelms her. Nina was perfectly content with her quiet reading life before.Nina’s going to have to grow, and we are on the sidelines watching her transformation. There may even be love in her near future.The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a delightful read. It’s funny, at times relatable as only bookish people would “get,” and it’s smoothly written. There’s so much to love about Nina and infinitely more to love about this story. It’s definitely a huggable, feel-good read, for when you need your spirits lifted. A huge thanks to Abbi Waxman for this endearing character and story.I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    The part of the review in which we meet Nina Lee Hill and discuss her personalityNina Hill’s life is perfect:-She has a job in an old bookstore in the middle of a quaint part of Los Angeles-lives in a lovely apartment with a slightly judgemental cat Philip-her marvellous friends with freakishly good memories help her rock the competitive trivia quiz world-her wonderfully direct photographer mother is on a working assignment somewhere in China-thousands and thousands of books with their marvellou The part of the review in which we meet Nina Lee Hill and discuss her personalityNina Hill’s life is perfect:-She has a job in an old bookstore in the middle of a quaint part of Los Angeles-lives in a lovely apartment with a slightly judgemental cat Philip-her marvellous friends with freakishly good memories help her rock the competitive trivia quiz world-her wonderfully direct photographer mother is on a working assignment somewhere in China-thousands and thousands of books with their marvellous fictional world are waiting to be discovered and read Nina is quiet, reserved, observant- after all, human interactions can be fascinating, it’s just not something she finds easy to engage in. Take mystery buffs, they are so different from other types of readers- eternally optimistic, they believe in the triumph of good over evil and in their own form of happy ever after.You might describe Nina as an introvert. In her own words, being alone helps her replenish energy she loses interacting with others and ‘little islands of silence’ help her navigate ‘the long-distance swim’ of life. Another thing that Nina enjoys is planning, setting goals, organising. How else would she be able to fit in all her Book Clubs (Book Bitches for Contemporary fiction, Sneaky Spinsters for golden age mysteries, District Zero for YA, and Electric Sheep Grazing Club -you guessed it!- for Sci-Fi). There’s also a lethal gym class combination of Spoga (Spin and yoga) and Nina’s competitive trivia team. Nina has always had a very active imagination and curious, ready to learn and explore mind which needed its food. If not properly fed (Thank God for school librarians), she’d go into a frenzy of anxiety and focussing on useless tidbits. Of course, anxiety is the real reason why Nina needs to plan and organise everything so obsessively.Nina is also attentive, thoughtful, smiley, able to stand-her-ground but not-unwilling-to-recognise-and-correct-her-mistakes. She is the kind of girl anybody would be happy to have as a friend. The part in which we meet Nina’s family, friends and other characters in the book Nina’s mother never told her who her father was. She preferred being labelled a party girl with total disregard to her own reputation to letting Nina know that her father was a much older Hollywood lawyer with a pregnant wife. As Nina’s mother herself had to travel to war zones and other less than wholesome places to raise a child, she found a wonderful substitute in the form of Louise, Nina’s Nanny, who gave the little girl her unconditional love and support. I found extremely poignant what Louise did, faced with Nina’s longing for a father figure in her life. When Nina gets a call from a family lawyer who informs her that her father died and that she actually has a large and unusually complicated family, her first reaction is to shut down and say ‘No, thank you, I love my life as it is’. However, she does meet her new relations and discovers her own answer to the question of how much their shared genetics contributes to their extraordinary range of personalities and quirks. Everybody remembers her father differently and Nina herself might be the only person able to piece the true portrait of this mysterious man. Nina is surrounded by people who love and care about her: her trivia team mates, her boss and her colleagues, kids from her book clubs (‘You have to work on your banter, sis!’), her half-siblings, nephews and nieces, and of course, Tom, who has a wonderfully complementary personalityto Nina’s. With great difficulty I am trying to restrain myself and not give away either Tom’s job, or Nina’s response to the final question of the quiz championship final. Suffice it to say, they are both super romantic and will make you go ‘Aah’. The part in which we look at a photo of the place where the book is set Los Angeles of Nina Hill is a wonderful place full of unexpected treasures and quiet green neighbourhoods tucked in between touristy corners. One of Nina’s hobbies is photography, so we get a rare privilege to see Los Angeles the way she does. ‘I grew up here. Traffic is the rumble of the ocean to me’. The part in which the reviewer finally gives in and professes her ardent feelings towards the book I fell in love with this book from the first pages, it took me just a few chapters to recognise how irresistibly drawn I was to Nina’s humour and bookish references. The hours I spent in the company of Nina Hill filled me with joy and quiet happiness that only a well-written fictional world can bring. Nina’s journey to discovering her real purpose in life (we knew it all along, but she didn’t) was fun and touching and full of laugh-out-loud moments.To tell the truth, if you haven’t read the book, I envy you a bit, you’re about to discover something wonderful.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.My reviews can also be found on:https://readingtonic.home.blog/Image of Larchmont Boulevard By Arspickles17, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Nina works at a bookstore and she has a full schedule of reading, taking care of her cat and work. She really is happy doing just those things. Nina resisted the impulse to pull out her imaginary blaster and blow the woman's head off, and got a microflash of the bit in Terminator 2 where his silvery head splits in the middle and waves about. Liz was always telling her to be warmer to the customers.An introvert and pop culture references....yes, please. *forwarned that I'm breaking the rules and Nina works at a bookstore and she has a full schedule of reading, taking care of her cat and work. She really is happy doing just those things. Nina resisted the impulse to pull out her imaginary blaster and blow the woman's head off, and got a microflash of the bit in Terminator 2 where his silvery head splits in the middle and waves about. Liz was always telling her to be warmer to the customers.An introvert and pop culture references....yes, please. *forwarned that I'm breaking the rules and posting some quotes from this one because I do as I please*Anyways, as I was rambling about. Nina loves her life. She evens gets out occasionally to do a team competition of quiz nights. That's exciting. Plus, there is a cute guy there.Then Nina gets a visit at work and finds out that she does in fact have a dad. (Her mom had always said she didn't.) He is dead but still.Nina had grown up thinking she had just her nanny and her absentee mother...now she finds out she has lots and lots of relatives.Nina had a lot of sympathy for Bruce Banner, particularly the version played by Mark Ruffalo, and at least she had Xanax. He only had Thor. So now she must wade into the whole "having a family" thing. Being surrounded by books was the closest she'd ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang. The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary.This book is just pure fun. I LOVED Nina. I related to her book nerdiness and it's fun and fluffy. So much goodness. "Reading isn't the only thing in the world, Nina.""It's one of the only five perfect things in the world.""And the other four are?""Cats, dogs, Honeycrisp apples and coffee."Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or follows me on any of my social media feeds that reading is one of the most immense joys of my life. Whenever I am asked by someone how I read so many books, I explain in part that reading helps me decompress—days when I don't get the chance to read even for a few moments leave me feeling out-of-sorts and much more tense.Perhaps that love for reading is one of the many reasons I was utterly charmed by Nina Hill, the title character 4.5 stars.It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or follows me on any of my social media feeds that reading is one of the most immense joys of my life. Whenever I am asked by someone how I read so many books, I explain in part that reading helps me decompress—days when I don't get the chance to read even for a few moments leave me feeling out-of-sorts and much more tense.Perhaps that love for reading is one of the many reasons I was utterly charmed by Nina Hill, the title character of Abbi Waxman's wonderful, thought-provoking new novel, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill . At times the book—and Nina herself—are almost too quirky for words, but her story captured my heart from the first few sentences, and I don't think it will leave me anytime soon."Nina had looked around and realized she would never run out of things to read, and that certainty filled her with peace and satisfaction. It didn't matter what hit the fan; as long as there were unread books in the world, she would be fine. Being surrounded by books was the closest she'd ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang. The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary."Nina lives a life that leaves her content. She loves her job in a bookstore, she enjoys competing on her tremendously successful trivia team (even though they keep getting banned from different bars), and she keeps her life meticulously planned, even though she's happy to make any excuse to miss yoga and just read instead. Her life may be reasonably solitary, and she may have trouble at times dealing with anxiety (which has plagued her since she was a child), but even when she wonders if there is more she should want from life, she just picks up another book.The only child of a single mother who left the nanny to raise her, Nina learns one day that the father she never knew existed (beyond the fact that she wasn't immaculately conceived) knew she existed, and has recently died, leaving her a beneficiary in his will. Beyond that, however, she suddenly finds that she has brothers and sisters of all ages (her father was married three times), not to mention nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews (some of whom are actually older than she is). Most of them are thrilled to discover a new relative, and Nina is shocked to find how much she enjoys being part of a family.Nina is also a little thrown when she realizes she has feelings for Tom, a member of her trivia team's fiercest rival. He's handsome, seems to have a terrific personality, and he knows a lot about sports, which is a subject she's woefully weak on. To top it off, Tom is interested in getting to know her better. But Nina isn't sure she has room in her life for a relationship, what with her job, her new family, and the time she sets aside for reading every day. Plus, the more she realizes how strongly she feels for him, the more afraid she gets, which doesn't feel good at all.When a crisis arises that threatens the job she loves and frictions in her newfound family intensify, Nina wants to do what she's always done in the face of trouble: retreat into solitude. She isn't sure if she is able to open her life up to Tom the way he wants her to, and she's not even sure she's ready for the myriad challenges that family can bring.Can we change the habits that bring us comfort and security if it means opening our lives up to someone else? How do we allow ourselves to trust someone else when we've always been independent and self-reliant? And, more importantly, can a voracious reader truly find happiness with someone who barely reads? There's so much to enjoy about The Bookish Life of Nina Hill . Nina is definitely a unique character who is sometimes difficult to sympathize with, but how can a bookworm like me not love someone like her? This is a story about connection, about opening yourself up to trust and care about others, about family and friendship and finding community, and about a healthy obsession with trivia. But of course, it's also a book about the immense joy of books and reading, and the wonderful feeling of sharing that joy with others."It was the same way with everything Nina experienced; fictional characters were as real to her as the people she met and touched every day."I found this book so wonderful, and even if I was occasionally irritated by the quirkiness of it all, Waxman's humor, her heart, and the beautiful characters she created snapped me back to reality pretty quickly. This definitely goes on my list of memorable books about reading and bookstores, and I know it's one I won't forget anytime soon. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    This is the perfect book for all us bookworms out there who love anything bookish and like our main character would rather read over anything else. We highly recommend grabbing this one as soon as you can and spending some time with our fun, imaginative and very entertaining bookish introverted millennial heroine Nina Hill!Abbi Waxman nails it here with everything about this story and our main character Nina Hill. I loved everything about this story and Nina. Nina is a character that I am sure a This is the perfect book for all us bookworms out there who love anything bookish and like our main character would rather read over anything else. We highly recommend grabbing this one as soon as you can and spending some time with our fun, imaginative and very entertaining bookish introverted millennial heroine Nina Hill!Abbi Waxman nails it here with everything about this story and our main character Nina Hill. I loved everything about this story and Nina. Nina is a character that I am sure any bookworm can relate to and she has all the traits that make up the DNA of us book lovers. I have never related so much to a character before and I instantly connected to her.Abbi Waxman does such a fantastic job here using wit and humor yet care as she explores love and the dynamics between family, friends and the love of reading in such a unique way. She creates fun, colourful and likable characters that bring some chaos and anxiety to Nina’s quiet and organized life. We see how Nina grows and adapts to the changes that life throws at her in such a hopeful and feel good way that outshines anything I have read before.I could go on and on about all the things I loved about this story but will end my review by saying Abbi Waxman has set the bar here for me by creating such a compelling, introvert, giving her conflicts, adding layers of depth to her and then letting her grow. I can’t recommend it enough! I received a copy from the publisher https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: https://www.goodreads.com/ HAPPY PUB DAY TO THIS LITTLE BIT OF WONDERFUL! Now if my library hold for The Garden of Small Beginnings would magically come up today would be alright ; )After reading Other People’s Houses I knew Abbi Waxman was going to be a go-to gal for me and I was all over trying to obtain an early copy of her new release. But alas the gods at the Galley of the Net declined me quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. Lucky for me I have a homey at Berkley Find all of my reviews at: https://www.goodreads.com/ HAPPY PUB DAY TO THIS LITTLE BIT OF WONDERFUL! Now if my library hold for The Garden of Small Beginnings would magically come up today would be alright ; )After reading Other People’s Houses I knew Abbi Waxman was going to be a go-to gal for me and I was all over trying to obtain an early copy of her new release. But alas the gods at the Galley of the Net declined me quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. Lucky for me I have a homey at Berkley (okay, full disclosure, I don’t think said person is aware that she is considered a homey of mine, but rest assured she definitely is) and I got a paperback hook up. And since I’m nothing but fail I read the publication date as 4/9/19 when I perused the “basket of shame” which contains ARCs, immediately panicked that I was over a month late to the party and proceeded to read it over the weekend. I just now noticed that this doesn’t come out until July - which kinda sucks because y’all need to add it to your TBR, but also is kinda perfect because summer is when you should read things that are light and fun and make you smile and this fits the bill perfectly. The story here is of Nina Hill. She’s certainly bookish – both an avid reader by hobby as well as a bookseller by trade. Nina is perfectly content to live her quiet, structured life (à la her heroine Monica Geller) consisting of various book clubs, participating in trivia competitions with her friends on their team “Book ‘Em, Dano,” contemplating the invention of the bullet journal and meaningful conversations with her cat Phil. What Nina would have never expected was to discover the father she never knew left her a legacy of a family she never thought she would have upon his passing or that actual romance might come her way rather than just the make-believe kind she was used to experiencing via Jane Austen re-reads and movie viewings.Now I know you’re not supposed to quote early copies because they are subject to change before release date. However, (1) rules are meant to be broken and (2) I don’t think they should change one word so Imma post something in order for you to figure out if you’d like to add some Nina to your life this summer. (Spoiler alert: The answer is yes, you do want to add some Nina to your life.) “I really shouldn’t drink at all; I’m hopeless at it. I get drunk right away, then hungover two hours later. I don’t do it well.”“So, not a boozer, then, that’s what you’re saying?”“I usually end up crying.”“Wow. Then yeah, you should stick to soda.”“Soda makes me fart.” Very rarely does a book come along that has me saying . . . . It made me have a “smiling’s my favorite” kind of day and I never wanted it to end. All the Starz.Endless thanks to Berkley for putting this little slice of perfect in my hands early in exchange for an honest review.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this book and that's a rarity for me. Nina Hill really has most of her life put together so tightly that there is no room for dating or any other deviation from her very organized schedule. Even her one free evening that has "nothing" on her calendar, is reserved for four hours of reading. In some ways, I'm not sure there is anything wrong with Nina's life, not sure anything needs to be "fixed". We are all different and I admire the charact I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this book and that's a rarity for me. Nina Hill really has most of her life put together so tightly that there is no room for dating or any other deviation from her very organized schedule. Even her one free evening that has "nothing" on her calendar, is reserved for four hours of reading. In some ways, I'm not sure there is anything wrong with Nina's life, not sure anything needs to be "fixed". We are all different and I admire the character of Nina for knowing what she wants and being happy with her life, as she has planned it. Several things happen to disrupt Nina's peace of mind though. Nina suffers from anxiety attacks, which is a big reason that she has her life so planned out and controlled. She'd been doing pretty good lately, staving off the attacks but then she is contacted by a lawyer and finds out she has a very extensive family and that she is part of the reading of the will of her late father, someone who she never knew in any way. Nina was raised by a nanny while her mom traveled the world, as a photographer, and her mom never would tell Nina anything about her father.About this time, Nina and a guy, Tom, on a competing trivia team, pop up on each other's radar. Nina wants to avoid dating and a relationship at all costs, after a heartbreak many months ago and knowing that her carefully cultivated and organized schedule is her way of staying anxiety free. There is NO room for dating, for a relationship, for letting someone in her life that would interfere with her aloneness, which she loves so very much. Added to these two problems is the fact that the bookstore she works for is way behind on its rent and there are threats that the store will be shut down. This was such an easy and lighthearted story for me. Nina is no hermit with no friends. She has rich relationships with people young and old and a full life, despite having only a distant relationship with her mother and having sworn off dating. But with the help of a new family, her dear friends, and the interest of a smart, good looking potential love interest (heaven forbid!) Nina's safe world is about to be rocked. Thank you to Berkley/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.
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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    January 1, 1970
    The subject matter of this book seemed like a perfect fit to my tastes, seeing as how I identify so closely with the main character, Nina Hill. Just like Nina, I would much rather sit in a comfy chair with a beloved pet nearby curled up with a book and some coffee, than doing most anything else. I would much rather be in these same circumstances than have to make small talk with people. Like Nina, the bubble of my home is my happiness, with my kindles and thousands of book files (in her case, ac The subject matter of this book seemed like a perfect fit to my tastes, seeing as how I identify so closely with the main character, Nina Hill. Just like Nina, I would much rather sit in a comfy chair with a beloved pet nearby curled up with a book and some coffee, than doing most anything else. I would much rather be in these same circumstances than have to make small talk with people. Like Nina, the bubble of my home is my happiness, with my kindles and thousands of book files (in her case, actual physical books on bookcases) at my fingertips. We also know a lot of facts and relate to our pet like they are a real person. However, even though "Bookish Nina Hill" and I are kindred spirits, I did not enjoy this book quite as much as I had hoped.For a brief overview of this story, Nina lives by herself in a little guesthouse with bookshelves, a comfy chair in the corner, and her cat Phil. She happily works in a bookstore called Knight's Books. She occasionally suffers from panic attacks, and finds comfort in routines, schedules and making daily lists. These cute, handwritten daily lists precede each chapter. Nina is a geek that participates in trivia quiz competitions. There also are several book groups that hold meetings at the store in the evenings. Needless to say, Nina's life is full, and she seems to be quite content with it. Her mother is a successful travelling photographer, but Nina was raised by a loving nanny named Louise. In many ways, Louise seems more like her mother than her biological one. In addition, Nina never knew her father because her birth was the result of an affair. NIna's Mom had an agreement with Nina's father that he would never contact her. However, when Nina's father dies, a lawyer contacts her with the news and that she has an extended family. Nina's life is suddenly stirred up with unexpected people to meet and deal with, with the possibility of an inhertitance.I thought I was in for a delightful ride as I first delved into the book and periodically found myself breaking into laughter. Now that I think about it, I enjoyed the story of Nina's life by herself more than when she discovered her new family members. That's the part when I began to lose interest. I didn't connect with these other characters, and there were too many of them to follow with any recognition. They became a distraction to the story I was enjoying about Nina's insular life. I also was bored reading about the trivia quiz competitions Nina participated in. I was initially intrigued by her burgeoning relationship with Tom, an attractive, worthy opponent on the other trivia quiz team. However, I was turned off by Nina's sexual encounter on their second date, when they barely knew each other. In addition, on a later outing when Nina ran into some common friends and was asked about Tom, she couldn't bring herself to label Tom her boyfriend...this after having slept with him. Call me a prude, but I found it bizarre behavior, especially for a "bookish" type that I had been identifying with.A book that started out so promising for me with unexpected bursts of laughter gradually ran out of steam for me. I know I am an outlier on this, but by the book's end I was ready to read something else.Thank you to Berkley / Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Some parts of the story I liked, some parts I didn't. There were quite a few things about Nina I could relate to though which is always nice when you are able to feel a connection to the character. Nina Hill is an only child and was raised mostly by her nanny as her single mother was hardly ever around. Nina works in a bookstore and loves to play trivia with her friends. She likes structure and is thrown for a loop when things don't go according to plan. When she receives news that the father sh Some parts of the story I liked, some parts I didn't. There were quite a few things about Nina I could relate to though which is always nice when you are able to feel a connection to the character. Nina Hill is an only child and was raised mostly by her nanny as her single mother was hardly ever around. Nina works in a bookstore and loves to play trivia with her friends. She likes structure and is thrown for a loop when things don't go according to plan. When she receives news that the father she never knew has died and she actually has quite a few siblings, nephews, nieces, and other relatives, let's just say Nina's simple and comfortable life is about to change. Her romantic life is also about to get interesting when a man named Tom takes a liking to her. Books and reading were definitely a big part of the story which I loved and along with some of Nina's other personality traits were things I could easily relate to. I might be in the minority here but I didn't really care for whole new family storyline. I was much more invested in her romantic life and how she had to adjust when random things would happen which nudged her out of her comfort zone a bit. Overall a solid read, but not perfect. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars rounded up Nina loves all things bookish, she works at a bookstore and enjoys her planners/and making lists. This was a cute, fast read that follows Nina, a 29 year old who is happily living her bookish life when she gets some news that she has a second family that she never knew about. She grew up with an absent mother and was mostly raised by a live-in nanny. She finds out that she is in her deceased father's will. What could he have left her? He was a wealthy man.She starts to get t 3.5 Stars rounded up Nina loves all things bookish, she works at a bookstore and enjoys her planners/and making lists. This was a cute, fast read that follows Nina, a 29 year old who is happily living her bookish life when she gets some news that she has a second family that she never knew about. She grew up with an absent mother and was mostly raised by a live-in nanny. She finds out that she is in her deceased father's will. What could he have left her? He was a wealthy man.She starts to get to know her "new" family and if course it creates a lot of drama when they find out that she is included in the will. The chaos and interactions with her new family members had me thinking about how one would react to such news. A shock to all of them.There is also a bit of a romance when she meets someone, but this part of the story line felt a bit bland to me.Nina was my favorite character and I loved how the author focused on her emotional side and her personality traits that many will may relate too (I did). The best part was all the bookish references and the adorable character, Nina Hill.  A light read that would be good for a lazy afternoon on the porch or beach side. And just look at that cover!
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    I'M THOROUGHLY CHARMED.review to come / either 3.5 or 4 stars I'll decide later----------me: okay, i need a book that will help me pretend i'm not on a greyhound bus for seven hoursthis book: i'm a quirky romantic comedyme: ...this book: the protagonist is a bookworm.me: i'm in.(thanks to Berkley for the arc)
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  • ✨ A ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Nina Hill's whole life revolves around her love for books. She works in a book store, is hostess to many book clubs. Has her own huge collection of books. She dreams and breaths books. Nina is happy with her quiet life. She likes it that way. So when she receives the unexpected news of her father's death, a father she had never met and knew nothing about, the big family she suddenly inherited and all the ensuing drama that comes with that — shakes up Nina's life. What I liked:I loved everything Nina Hill's whole life revolves around her love for books. She works in a book store, is hostess to many book clubs. Has her own huge collection of books. She dreams and breaths books. Nina is happy with her quiet life. She likes it that way. So when she receives the unexpected news of her father's death, a father she had never met and knew nothing about, the big family she suddenly inherited and all the ensuing drama that comes with that — shakes up Nina's life. What I liked:I loved everything to do with Nina. She was so relatable and as a bookish person, I could see myself in her. The author did a good job of depicting how Nina's mind functions and her crazy imagination. I loved the parts where Nina would space out and come up with the weirdest theories. I loved that this book, at its core, is about Nina coming to the realization that she is missing out on other great things in life by living in her book box. Not that there's anything wrong with that (*side eyes myself*), Nina is lonely and she does want to do something to change that. I loved the anxiety rep, though I have no real experience with anxiety so I can't speak as to whether it was accurate or not. What I disliked:The descriptive parts of the book was engaging and addictive, the dialogue on the other hand were sometimes witty and funny but most of the time, it felt stiff and unrealistic. I dont know if what I'm saying makes sense. I wanted more from the ‘new family’ plot line. I'm actually surprised that some readers have been pushing this as a romance when it really isn't. Yeah sure, Nina does start falling for a guy named Tom. But the romance part fell very flat. There were no sparks and to be honest I couldn't care less if there was no romance at all. This book will definitely appeal to my fellow bookish folk. Unfortunately it just didn't live up to what I was expecting. Publication date: 9 July 2019ARC received from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely loved this book! It was everything!To start, I obviously loved the bookish aspect of it. Like chapter sixteen, when she describes her bookshelves….just wow. This book perfectly captured what it’s like to be a bookworm. It’s like a giant love letter to all of us. Interspersed between chapters are daily planner templates that Nina fills out each day. Not only were those super cute, b I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely loved this book! It was everything!To start, I obviously loved the bookish aspect of it. Like chapter sixteen, when she describes her bookshelves….just wow. This book perfectly captured what it’s like to be a bookworm. It’s like a giant love letter to all of us. Interspersed between chapters are daily planner templates that Nina fills out each day. Not only were those super cute, but they were very insightful and offered an interesting glimpse into the mind of Nina. This book was also hilarious. There were some funny situations and Nina has a unique sense of humor that I loved. I also enjoyed the family aspect. One storyline was Nina discovering who her father was (he recently died and Nina was contacted in regards to his will) and meeting her numerous relatives. I loved her interactions with her family and how she was able to develop a bond with them. It was very heartwarming to see.The supporting characters were awesome as well. There was an interesting collection of people and personalities. I especially loved the elementary school girls in Nina’s book club. They were adorable and funny! Lastly, the trivia tidbits were so fun! I loved reading the random trivia facts that get thrown around by various characters, including Nina herself. Overall, if you consider yourself a bookworm, then read this book!
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  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars! It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong. This is such a cute story! Be sure to read this one - if you are a bookworm you will truly appreciate Nina!Nina is a book worm and is happy in her life. She works at a book store (every bookworm's dream, right), she a few great friends and she schedules her life down to the hour almost everyday. She finds that books are always a good choice over people exce 4 Stars! It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong. This is such a cute story! Be sure to read this one - if you are a bookworm you will truly appreciate Nina!Nina is a book worm and is happy in her life. She works at a book store (every bookworm's dream, right), she a few great friends and she schedules her life down to the hour almost everyday. She finds that books are always a good choice over people except for Trivia night, you can't miss trivia night! She also believes everyone has 5 perfect things.One day, Nina finds out the father she never knew has died. Along with that she discovers that she now has multiple siblings and nieces & nephews. She really does not care to get involved with this new family until the lawyer urges her that there may be something left of worth that she will want to come to the will reading for. Slowly she starts to meet some of her family members and realizes that maybe it isn't so bad to have close family. While all this is going on, Nina is also trying to navigate a romantic relationship with her trivia enemy, Tom. As Nina navigates through these new challenges she sees that maybe coming outside her enclosed box of life isn't so bad...This is such a cute story and I feel like I could relate to Nina in so many ways being a bookworm myself. When you are comfortable with your routine and things go awry it can trigger anxiety or it can make you feel very uncomfortable. Nina has two major life situations happen quite quickly at once - love and a brand new (HUGE by the way) family. This is frankly a lot for anyone to take but someone who enjoys doing their own thing it's even harder on. I thought the story was great because the author did not just have Nina take the easy way out. Each situation she reacted as one would, either awkward, uncomfy or avoiding the situation until she finally learned it was OK to step outside her world. I was definitely rooting for Nina the whole time and I'm sure anyone who reads this would too! Also, who wouldn't want to work in a bookstore? Sounds like a rad gig to me!This one is out now and you should definitely pick it up if a cute story is what you are craving! Thank you to Berkley Pub for my ARC of this book.
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone is talking about how much they relate to Nina Hill and I didn't at all. Am I the weirdo here?His cat is named Mom? Now that's weird.To me, it was just too much. It's like, okay you can wear the unicorn t-shirt, but when you pair it with the cat leggings, the orange Converse, the rainbow hair, AND the cat-ears head band you are no longer being original - you are a walking stereotype. That was Nina Hill to me. She worked in a bookstore, had hundreds of books at home, lived alone with a ca Everyone is talking about how much they relate to Nina Hill and I didn't at all. Am I the weirdo here?His cat is named Mom? Now that's weird.To me, it was just too much. It's like, okay you can wear the unicorn t-shirt, but when you pair it with the cat leggings, the orange Converse, the rainbow hair, AND the cat-ears head band you are no longer being original - you are a walking stereotype. That was Nina Hill to me. She worked in a bookstore, had hundreds of books at home, lived alone with a cat, was awkward as fuck, and yet had tons of friends and an active social life. She had the understanding boss and the slutty friend who worked with her. She didn't know how to talk to a guy without coming across as someone who was new to the planet, but he was charmed by it. Also, he was super hot.... yeah. Mr. Hottie also pursued her relentlessly when she didn't act very interested because of her awkwardness. Someone is trying to press all of our buttons.In spite of all of that, I did mostly enjoy the book because it had a lot of fun pop culture references and funny moments. But, something inside of me didn't like the idea that just because someone reads a lot they must be awkward and living in a fantasy world of their own making. It seemed like it was stereotyping us, and so many other kinds of subcultures. Like the gay nephew she meets. He's got to be exactly the gay man in every sit-com. He introduces himself as "your fabulous gay nephew," and proceeds to gay it up all over the place. Now, my brother was gay and I had a huge circle of gay friends because of him while growing up. They actually don't use the word "fabulous" as often as heteros think they do. And most of them can fit into society without doing obvious "gay things". You would never even know they were gay.*gasp* And, they might not even like shopping! *gasp again* And, they may not want to be your gay best friend because you always wanted one. *gasping too much now. Need to stop this before I hyperventilate*. But, the gay nephew is treated just like you would expect - on television or in books.Then the daydreaming thing annoyed me. Just because we read, we must be making up imaginary scenarios in our head like the kid from A Christmas Story? Let's be honest here, if we stepped out of reality and had some walking dream about an ice cream war going on in the streets, we would most likely be suffering from some form of ice cream PTSD and need therapy. I read every night - almost a book a day - and yet I can live in complete reality. I even socialize with other humans perfectly well. As a matter of fact, I make friends everywhere I go because I actually like people and know how to chit chat. *look, I'm not going to gasp again, because I just came down from the last paragraph's breathing exercise, but you know there should be several gasps here, right?* So, no, we readers aren't unable to cope with reality and live in fantasy worlds that we can't control.I bet he's not a reader. A reader would know how to cover up his crime.Also, the ending was super cheesy. Like, your fingers will suddenly be orange from how much cheesiness it's manifesting. It's like tree pollen in the South in spring. Or, for you Yankees - it's like eating cheetos. Still, I think most people will like this as a fluffy read. I'm just exceptionally snarky today. Now, it's time to go read something more realistic - maybe some werewolf porn or alien porn.... as long as it's porn.
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  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    WHEN BOOKS FIX BRAIN CHEMISTRYAfter living for days in the feel-good novel THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL, I recall what certain books do for me. They make me happier!PLUNGE BACK INI finished the last page and wanted to plunge back in because I so loved the world author Abbi Waxman created. I adore the character of Nina — whip smart, funny and endearing — and her quirky friends, the sunny book-lined guest house she lives in, her job at the bookstore, her amazingly sweet boyfriend.HEY, DOGS!I was WHEN BOOKS FIX BRAIN CHEMISTRYAfter living for days in the feel-good novel THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL, I recall what certain books do for me. They make me happier!PLUNGE BACK INI finished the last page and wanted to plunge back in because I so loved the world author Abbi Waxman created. I adore the character of Nina — whip smart, funny and endearing — and her quirky friends, the sunny book-lined guest house she lives in, her job at the bookstore, her amazingly sweet boyfriend.HEY, DOGS!I was left feeling as Nina described her best days: “On the way to work, she felt pretty chirpy, and put in her earbuds and pretended she was in a movie, smiling at all the people who passed her and saying hello to the dogs.” Yes, I wanna say “hey” to everyone today because, well, Nina made me do it.EMBRACEWhy do some books impact us so? For me, this one describes a young woman sure of herself in ways I never was at that age. Yes, she struggles with anxiety and introversion, as I did, but she embraces who she is. How I once did pre-Ophelia at 10.NEURO-BOOSTAlso, some of the lines are so fun they just up my serotonin:“Driving through Los Angeles in a fast car with a genius researcher is not enjoyable, unless you are one of those people who drinks five Red Bulls and snorts coke before getting on the front seat of a roller coaster and sticking both arms in the air.”ADIEUSo I’ll say merci beaucoup to the author and if you’ll excuse me, I’m heading back to that guesthouse in East L.A. with Nina and company. Adieu, y’all!Pub Date 09 Jul 2019.Thanks to Abbi, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TheBookishLifeOfNinaHill #NetGalley
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Bookish Life of Nina HillSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Abbi WaxmanRelease date: June , 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: women's fictionI was giddy when I saw the synopsis for this book. There were so many things that appealed to me that I absolutely HAD to read it. She's an introvert.She's a book lover. (Particularly Pride and Prejudice which is my favorite classic novel.)She works in a bookstore. Did I say she's an introvert? She sounded delightfully brainy/nerdy.The cover is so cute I can't t Title: The Bookish Life of Nina HillSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Abbi WaxmanRelease date: June , 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: women's fictionI was giddy when I saw the synopsis for this book. There were so many things that appealed to me that I absolutely HAD to read it. She's an introvert.She's a book lover. (Particularly Pride and Prejudice which is my favorite classic novel.)She works in a bookstore. Did I say she's an introvert? She sounded delightfully brainy/nerdy.The cover is so cute I can't take it. With so many things that I love, I figured this character is going to be unbelievably relatable. When it comes to Nina, any book nerd will find plenty of things to fall in love with. I can promise you that. What I wasn't expecting was the author's level of humor that charmed me at first glance. That was an added bonus that brought the story up to a whole new level. Nina's brain is a highly entertaining thing to explore. A little neurotic and a whole lot lovable. Her dry sarcasm paired with a blunt tongue were unexpected when you first meet her. Because of her unassuming appearance, people would often underestimate her only to find out she's as sharp as a tack and quite formidable. Nina is on the verge of moving into her 30s and though there's nothing wrong with feeling a need for solitude, her head is a bit of a mess. Okay, more than a bit. She has anxiety, her mind races all of the time, and she uses a rigid schedule and activities to keep herself feeling in control of everything. For me, I didn't feel that her feelings and actions always matched up. Her constant, daily social groups contradicted what an introvert would genuinely want to do. On top of that, we were told that she could only take social interaction in small doses. Yet we never really see her have any anxiety in any of her clubs/groups and I felt we should have seen some signs in order to be consistent. People were… exhausting. They made her anxious. Leaving her apartment every morning was the turning over of a giant hourglass, the mental energy she’d stored up overnight eroding grain by grain. She refueled during the day by grabbing moments of solitude and sometimes felt her life was a long-distance swim between islands of silence.Finding out that the father she never knew has passed away came as a huge shock. But what turned her world entirely upside down was learning that she has a long list of blood relatives who are alive and well. Even worse? Now she's going to have to meet them all. Family is a tough area for Nina because she grew up with an absent mother and no father. She had a wonderful nanny who raised her, but her mother's selfishness and disinterest took its toll on her. Nina isn't feeling sure about letting new people in her life who could shatter the security she's built around herself. I really enjoyed seeing her relationship grow with Peter and seeing her grow more confident with her new family. I was so disgusted by her mother for taking away Nina's choice to know her father. Yes, he was far from perfect, but that doesn't excuse what she did. She’d never experienced a relative before, apart from her mom, and Candice had never really warmed to the role. Presumably, if she and Peter had hated each other on sight it would have sucked, but she knew already that they were going to be connected forever.Now to the romance. Tom was a wonderful guy and I loved him right from the first scene. I thought it was adorable how they met through opposing trivia quiz teams. He was impressed and maybe even a little intimidated by her vast knowledge and it was cute to see them get nudged together by their friends. However, their relationship isn't a strong part of the story. It's quite slow burn between them but I didn't feel as if I was missing anything because the heart of he story is really about Nina finding herself. Her internal dialogue and self-exploration was so intelligently done that the romance doesn't even feel necessary. Not to say that I didn't care about them together, but it wasn't the main focus. What I enjoyed most about Tom as her love interest was his acceptance of her as she was learning and growing. The only thing he demanded was that she made him a priority, which is as it should be. He tugged her closer and kissed her. “I want to be with you the way you are, the way you’re going to be, and the way you end up. Every way you are is beautiful to me.”I really loved this author's writing, and without a doubt will be reading more from her in the future. I recommend this to any bookworm looking for a character that they can identify with. It's the kind of light read filled with laugh-out-loud moments to put a huge smile on your face. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
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  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, Nina Hill how I love you! I think she and I might be twins except that we're both only children. I completely related to Nina and here's a list, just like my favorite new bookish main character (and myself) would make to tell you all the reasons why! We both:✅are bookworms  ✅are introverts ✅are anxiety/panic attack sufferers ✅enjoy making wisecracks ✅have a hysterical and sometimes wicked (bawdy) senses of humor✅kill it on trivia night ✅are both Ravenclaws ✅make daily lists and schedule ever Oh, Nina Hill how I love you! I think she and I might be twins except that we're both only children. I completely related to Nina and here's a list, just like my favorite new bookish main character (and myself) would make to tell you all the reasons why! We both:✅are bookworms  ✅are introverts ✅are anxiety/panic attack sufferers ✅enjoy making wisecracks ✅have a hysterical and sometimes wicked (bawdy) senses of humor✅kill it on trivia night ✅are both Ravenclaws ✅make daily lists and schedule every day to the minute ✅would much rather be alone with books than spend time with real people Nina thinks her life is perfect, and I kinda agree since working in a bookstore being surrounded by new and old books day after day sounds pretty fabulous to me! Plus she has a perfect cottage, Phil the cat (I love cats), and an excellent reading nook with lots of bookshelves. Oh, then there's trivia nights, book clubs, and movies with friends―again, what more could a nerdy, bookish, introvert possibly need to make her life any better than it already is? After all, Nina doesn't like adventures.Turns out that life doesn't always follow a plan or a list (don't I know it!), and Nina discovers the father she never knew has died and left her something in his will along with a new family! Her well-ordered life is turned on its head, but frankly, Nina doesn't want to meet STRANGERS. No thank you...Then there's Tom, her trivia nemesis who suddenly appears attracted to her. Maybe he isn't the jerk she thought he was although he's a non-reader so major turnoff. Besides, Nina is too busy trying to be alone and read. But what will she do with all these new changes in her life?This book is so quirky and fun, just like Nina! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this one that I got some crazy looks at the pool, but it was totally worth it. Waxman does such an excellent job developing all the characters and each one felt vibrant and real. I loved the witty conversations and observing Nina's real character growth. I think so many of us bookworms will relate to the very bookish Nina on so many levels! This is just about as perfect a book as you can get for a book lover. I so highly recommend you pick The Bookish Life of Nina Hill up this summer. **Thank you, Berkley, for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.**
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFor anyone that loves reading as much as I do, there are some similarities and relatable stories and situations that easily connects the reader with Nina. Not everything Nina does, or thinks matches my feeling towards reading, because no reader is the same, and Nina is a bit of an extreme kind of bookworm. But overall the plot turned out to be an endearing story.I think besides a very sweet romance, which maybe took 20% of the book, the real draw is the relationships Nina establishes wi 3.5 starsFor anyone that loves reading as much as I do, there are some similarities and relatable stories and situations that easily connects the reader with Nina. Not everything Nina does, or thinks matches my feeling towards reading, because no reader is the same, and Nina is a bit of an extreme kind of bookworm. But overall the plot turned out to be an endearing story.I think besides a very sweet romance, which maybe took 20% of the book, the real draw is the relationships Nina establishes with her suddenly new and widespread family.The most endearing part is that in the end, Nina sees herself in most of her new relatives. Everyone has a bit of a trait that she can find in herself as well. I really enjoyed that part. The connections she made are wonderful. Nina’s journey of finding herself, opening up, and engaging in spontaneous and impromptu events, stepping out of her comfort zone, and finding friends in unexpected places.For someone that enjoys a great feel-good romance, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill turned out to be a rather enjoyable and sweet novel.The audiobook was very well narrated, and I had no issue staying focused.INSTAGRAM
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  • Bam
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars rounded up! Nina is one of the most delightful characters I've had the pleasure to encounter in a story in recent days. She's twenty-nine, single, and works in a bookstore. She's sassy and an introvert who loves books--they are her main interest--but she's also terrific at trivia games and the collector of useless factoids. She thinks she has her life together and organized until suddenly things start happening that kick up her anxiety level: she learns her father has died, a man whos *4.5 stars rounded up! Nina is one of the most delightful characters I've had the pleasure to encounter in a story in recent days. She's twenty-nine, single, and works in a bookstore. She's sassy and an introvert who loves books--they are her main interest--but she's also terrific at trivia games and the collector of useless factoids. She thinks she has her life together and organized until suddenly things start happening that kick up her anxiety level: she learns her father has died, a man whose identity was kept from her, and now she has gone from being a single child with an absent photo-journalist mother to having family galore; and she's decided she doesn't have time for a boyfriend in her life...until she meets Tom. Such complications in an orderly life! Calling all book lovers! This novel is charming, heart-warming and absolutely hilarious! And did I mention there's lots about books, my favorite topic? I received an arc of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. And my honest review is that I loved this book! I've read three books by Abbi Waxman and enjoyed them all but this is by far my favorite. Highly recommend.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    <3 4-4,5 stars <3This was a cute story, I adored Nina, I could totally relate to her.I find the story interesting,fun and fast paced.This is defiitely for all the book lovers.I like the writing a lot and I find myself hooked, I literaly devour it in one sitting. Nina's life will change the moment she learns that her father she never knew has died and she has a whole new family. This isn't easy for her , she has to go out of her cofortable zone.It was an enjoyable read and I liked all the c <3 4-4,5 stars <3This was a cute story, I adored Nina, I could totally relate to her.I find the story interesting,fun and fast paced.This is defiitely for all the book lovers.I like the writing a lot and I find myself hooked, I literaly devour it in one sitting. Nina's life will change the moment she learns that her father she never knew has died and she has a whole new family. This isn't easy for her , she has to go out of her cofortable zone.It was an enjoyable read and I liked all the characters.     
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars ✨ I swear a lot of this book was about my life!! Nina was a great character to follow because I was curious to see how her well organized life would cope with all the new changes that happened to her. In parts I saw myself so she was very relatable. I loved that she worked in a bookstore, and her relationship with her friends and boss were fun to watch. Sometimes I felt the secondary characters all acted the same way but, none the less, I still enjoyed them. I wish there had been more *4.5 stars ✨ I swear a lot of this book was about my life!! Nina was a great character to follow because I was curious to see how her well organized life would cope with all the new changes that happened to her. In parts I saw myself so she was very relatable. I loved that she worked in a bookstore, and her relationship with her friends and boss were fun to watch. Sometimes I felt the secondary characters all acted the same way but, none the less, I still enjoyed them. I wish there had been more to the romance, I felt that was a little lacking. Overall, I found the story to be fun and relatable. *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    How could I resist a book about a bookworm?! And that cover.. my goodness it's just perfect!! I have been a steady fan of Abbi Waxman since I read Other People's Houses so naturally I was ecstatic to get my hands on an arc.I just loved Nina's character... how can anyone resist her whitty, smart, funny, cute, and nerdy personality. Nina definitely is busy working at a book store and enjoying all her trivia clubs she's involved in. Nina unexpectedly gets news one day that she has an entire family How could I resist a book about a bookworm?! And that cover.. my goodness it's just perfect!! I have been a steady fan of Abbi Waxman since I read Other People's Houses so naturally I was ecstatic to get my hands on an arc.I just loved Nina's character... how can anyone resist her whitty, smart, funny, cute, and nerdy personality. Nina definitely is busy working at a book store and enjoying all her trivia clubs she's involved in. Nina unexpectedly gets news one day that she has an entire family that she's never known about. She grew up with an absent mother and was primarily raised by a live in nanny. Nina has been included in her deceased father's will... and man oh man does that open up Pandora's box! Nina starts to get to know her new family but of course with that comes along drama to the max. I definitely enjoyed seeing the more serious side of Nina battling demons of anxiety of her own through this crazy thing called life. There is also a sweet mix of romance to this story but this is unfortunately where it fell a bit flat for me. I felt at times that the story was at a stand still and wasn't much going on. It lost my interest a little bit. Was hoping for a little bit more from Waxman. Overall, I loved Nina's character and know that many of you will just fall in love with Nina's bookish world!! I loved all the book references too!! 3.5 stars rounded down. Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 7/9/19Published to GR: 7/7/19
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