Book Title and Author: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Publication Date and Publisher: July 9, 2019 by Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 352 pages
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Date Read: June 30, 2019 (papercopy from the publisher)
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.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman! I’m so excited to bring you my review of this wonderful, fun, oh so special novel! Thank you so much, Berkley Publishing for inviting me to join the blog tour!
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 has 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 adored and loved every minute of it and highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill this summer!
**Thank you, Berkley, for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.**