Book Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Published by Berkley Books on July 9, 2019

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance, women’s fiction

Format & Length: paperback, 333

Source: purchased

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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.

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill was absolutely delightful reading from page one right through to the end.

“Surely her purpose in life wasn’t simply to read as many books as possible?”

Perhaps I’m biased as I always like a good book about books and this clearly falls solidly in that camp, but I don’t care. The writing is spot on, witty and well rounded. Several moments made me giggle out loud, while others were poignant and made me tear up. Nina is wonderfully relatable, not only as a fellow book lover but also as an introvert with entirely too much going on in her head all at once. And the rest of the cast of characters are eclectic and interesting as well. The plot itself was fairly predictable but it’s executed so well that it didn’t bother me in the least.

In the end, I adored The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Readers who enjoy books about books or who are looking for a solid romantic comedy need look no further. Definitely recommended.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

  1. I’m so glad you liked it, too! That first sentence caught me, and I enjoyed the book all the way to the end. I’m glad that I read this one as opposed to listening to it. There are loads of ways a voice narrator could interpret inflection that I wasn’t looking for in my experience.

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