Monday, July 22, 2019

My Thoughts: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
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Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780451491879
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Netgalley Review Copy / Own

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"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

The author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone's radar.

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her

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. (Goodreads)

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was one of my most anticipated reads for this summer, and I am so thrilled to have finally read the book! Just judging by the summary for the book, I knew I would love it, AND I DID!

One of the things I love most about this book is how much I related to it. The main character, Nina, and I have SO much in common, and it was interesting to see so much of myself in a book character! (Though I am definitely a bit more introverted, especially around people, but I totally get it, Nina.) Nina was great, and I very much enjoyed reading the story from her point of view. Also, I love her love of books as well!

The storyline for this book was super cute as well, and I was hooked as I flew through the pages. I love that Nina participated in trivia nights, and was in so many different book clubs. (I would totally do this if any were available in my area, but alas, I have yet to find one.) This also made the story relatable, and I loved it. Through in some great secondary characters, and this was just an around fun book!

Overall; The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was just the book I needed to read at the moment, and I’m SO thrilled to have read it and added it to my collection! I loved the characters, and the storyline, and being able to relate to so much in the book, and it was all really great. I definitely need more books like this in my life, and I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Abbi Waxman in the future!


  1. Sounds marvelous, like the perfect summer read. Can't wait to pick it up from my library, I placed a request a few days ago =)

  2. Nina sounds like a wonderful character and one that I think I'd really enjoy too. Great review!


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