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Nina Hill lives a rather organized life, enjoys trivia nights at the pub, loves her work as a bookseller and due to a proneness to anxiety keeps largely to herself otherwise. But when she learns that she's not an only child as she was led to believe, but actually part of a rather large family, she's forced to come out of her boo... Nina Hill lives a rather organized life, enjoys trivia nights at the pub, loves her work as a bookseller and due to a proneness to anxiety keeps largely to herself otherwise. But when she learns that she's not an only child as she was led to believe, but actually part of a rather large family, she's forced to come out of her bookish bubble. On top of that she also falls for the head of one of the opposing trivia teams. But does she even have time to date or rather does she want to? I enjoyed "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" quite a lot. Since I am in some respects not unlike the novel's protagonist, it was very easy for me to relate to her. I love how fun the story is, how witty and loveable most of the characters are and how uplifting the book is as a whole. I also appreciate that Waxman doesn't just focus on either love or friendship of family or character growth, but incorporates each of those topics in almost equal measure. Towards the end I had the impression that the story got increasingly clichéd, but to an extent that didn't take away from the overall reading experience. If you are looking for a romantic novel with a well-rounded and authentic story and great characters, "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" should definitely be on top of your TBR-list.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
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.
Abbi Waxman, the
USA Today bestselling author of
Other People's Houses and
The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.