The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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Instant USA Today bestseller! “Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin “Meet our bookish millennial heroine—a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet, if you will… Waxman’s wit and wry humor stand out. She is funny and imaginative, and “Bookish” lands a step above run-of-the-mill romantic comedy fare.”—The Washington Post “Abbi Waxman offers up a quirky, eccentric romance that will charm any bookworm…. For anyone who’s ever wondered if their greatest romance might come between the pages of books they read, Waxman offers a heartwarming tribute to that possibility.”--Entertainment Weekly 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 own...shell.   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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9780451491886
Characteristics: 352 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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TeaD4
Oct 17, 2020

A fun and easy story to read during the pandemic! Nina's love of all things books is reflected in details throughout the story, and will make anyone who loves books and being in bookstores/ around shelves of books absolutely delighted. There are parts of the story that are quite predictable, but little twists and turns will keep the reader entertained.

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Lunarchi
Sep 18, 2020

I love books that include books as a part of the plot or theme. I noticed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill in one of our local public library’s book chats. I thought it might be of interest and it was. Nina Hill was a millennial who worked in a bookshop, read constantly and had an apartment full of books and bookshelves. She also had a cat, which is another one of my favorites for story plots and real life. Nina had a relationship with a young man who had a book connection, too, although I won’t give away any spoilers. It was a quick, “beach read” type of book… light and somewhat predictable. I’d recommend it as a quick and easy read.

FPL_Lori Sep 16, 2020

This is a fun and light-hearted read about a quirky bookworm with social anxiety. Nina Hill works at a bookstore, has a cat, and with the exception of trivia nights and book clubs, leads a very quiet life. Until things happen. She finds out who her father was, and consequently inherits other family members who want to be a part of her life. Then, there is that cute guy from the rival trivia team... seems he might want to get to know Nina, as well. Highly recommended for anyone who identifies as "bookish" and enjoys a light read with a bit of romance.

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e0026718080
Sep 12, 2020

It's a really fun book that successfully took my mind off of my current troubles. Sometimes we need something a little witty, very light, and very cute to get through the week. If that's what you're in the mood for, this is the book for you.

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DAISYKINS
Aug 23, 2020

Perhaps my expectations were too high. Found it tried too hard to be witty, also surprisingly shallow. Just didn’t find it finish worthy.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

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.

TSCPL_Miranda May 19, 2020

I loved this book! Funny, heart warming, and uplifting, with lots of literary references sprinkled throughout. Nina believes that there are five perfect things in the world--reading, cats, dogs, honeycrisp apples, and coffee. She's a trivia queen, works in a bookstore, she's in two book groups, and she needs an evening dedicated to reading and alone time, of course. Her life is fun, organized, and balanced, even if it is so busy that she literally pulls out her planner to schedule in a date at one point. Nina has never known her dad, so she's surprised to hear from a lawyer that he has died, and left her something in his will. Suddenly her quiet life is connected to family that she never knew she had, right in her home of Los Angeles, and she finds herself thinking hard about the people in her life, and what she might be missing.

This was such a fun, light romp that I think most bookworms can probably relate to.

Nina Hill is alone, and she likes it that way. She's a bookworm who works at a bookstore, a trivia master, a perpetual organizer whose life always goes according to schedule. But two things happen in Nina's life at once: she discovers a long-lost family through the father she didn't know she had, and she develops a crush on a rival trivia player, Tom. Nina is forced to decide whether being alone is actually all it's cracked up to be, or whether, if she opens her heart, she may find that people aren't all as bad as she thinks.

This one hits home for me in many ways, and I relate really hard with Nina. I suffer from what can be pretty intense anxiety, I love to plan, I'd rather read with my dog at home than go meet friends on a Thursday night. I've had people who make me think that maybe I could include them in my alone time, and most of the time, it falls apart, because I prioritize my me time, and that's just the end of that.

For Nina, this changes (spoilers, I guess, but also...you saw it coming), and it's pretty great to experience that change along with her as her new family and her relationship bring her out of her shell. Overall, this one is just a lot of fun - there are some interesting, hilarious scenes, including but not limited to: a wedding with a camel; some cannabis-infused baked goods as well as a food fight; and a K.I.T.T. Knight Rider car (not all at once, don't worry). It's all unexpected and funny while also being very lighthearted and predictable in ways that contemporary fic usually is.

A highlight of this one for me were the planner pages at the start of most of the chapters. I LOVE PLANNING. And being able to see Nina plan her days and then read about them unfolding, either in the ways she planned them or not, was so satisfying.

Ultimately, I guess, this is good for readers who like fluffy fic that conforms to expectations but also involves them deeply in the MC's life. As a bookworm, I saw a lot of myself in Nina, and I really enjoyed experiencing her days with her. Keeping the hope alive that one day someone will come along who is as good to be with as being alone is a daily struggle, and I think I read this one at the right time, because I often don't enjoy being presented with these ideal situations that never happen in real life. I don't know if I believe they exist, or that those people exist. But for now, for today, I can live in this fun dream world with Tom and Nina.

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Ren_M
Jan 29, 2020

Cute book. Too many magical coincidences to take seriously. Likely destined to be a movie on the Hallmark Channel. Not sure why it has been chosen for many book clubs (unless they're secretly wine clubs with a literary excuse), as there is basically no depth or subtext to it. Recommend it for reading on a plane or while on vacation.

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Adw555
Jan 27, 2020

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A book about an introvert who loves to read - sign me up!!

PLOT SUMMARY: Nina loves her job at the bookstore, her weekly book club meetings , her trivia team, her cat and most especially her alone time. In order to keep her anxiety in check, Nina loves to plan, plan and plan some more. So when she finds out the father she never knew existed is now dead, and she has a large extended family who is quite interested in meeting her, well it’s quite a lot to take in.

Added to the mix is Tom, the handsome member of a rival trivia team, who is very appealing to Nina and actually seems quite smitten with her. If only she could get over herself, she just might have a chance at real happiness. But the more we get to know Nina, the more we realize that’s a very big “if”.

PROS: Lovely, heartwarming and just easy!

CONS: Requires absolutely no thought and I was totally in the mood for it! Not much in the way of a plot, but fun characters and situations made it difficult to put down.

YES or NO: Definitely a YES - this book is filled with light hearted, sweet characters and I laughed out loud more than a couple of times. Delightful!

5 Stars

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Bookbybook
Jul 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Some vulgarity and liberal use of F*** throughout

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Bookbybook
Jul 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Liberal use of F***

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