Author: Abbi Waxman
Published:July 9, 2019
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Where I picked up my book: Publisher (#partner) THANK YOU!
Key Words: family dynamics, likeable characters, wry humor, bookish life
My Rating: 5
I mean…I absolutely LOVED this book! It was everything I wanted it to be and more. It not only has a bookish vibe (always, always, ALWAYS a winner for me), but I found myself wanting to be friends with Nina throughout the entire read. That doesn’t happen all the time for me, but when it does-it’s truly something magical 🙂 Here’s a little about Nina- She works in a bookstore, has a great little apartment and a slightly snarky and jealous cat named Phil. She is full of schedules, keeps to herself for the most part and has a distanced relationship with her free-spirited and neglectful Mother. She plays trivia at local bars and seems to love her life the way it is. She has a confidence in herself that I admired but a realness to her that that says, “I know I’m not perfect, but I like myself this way.” Personally, I’m not looking for crazy adventures or to travel to far away places. I’m not looking to hit up the bars late at night with drinks and a constant litany of friends in tow. I’m more of a cup of tea at night with a good book in my hand, curled up with my dog on the couch and my wife doing the same thing next to me. I love my friends and enjoy a night out once in a while, but I would have zero problem saying no to an event because I already had plans that night—to read. I seriously think Nina and I would be friends and could picture us both participating in a silent book club together 🙂 Side note: Abbi Waxman, if you wrote your character to be anything like yourself, or if you know someone like Nina, send them my info 😉
This book was truly magical for me. I haven’t enjoyed reading a book like I enjoyed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill in a long time. (and that’s saying a lot, because I usually enjoy most books I pick up). The bookish references were everything, I found myself laughing out loud many, many times, and I just kept thinking that Nina was speaking my language. I am going to miss Nina and a lot of the characters that Waxman created so much and imagine myself thinking of them for a long time to come. If you liked Eleanor Oliphant (I loveddd Eleanor) and books about books are your jam, definitely go out and grab this one right away! You won’t be disappointed. It filled my bookish heart with joy! And bonus, it comes out today!!
Summary (via Goodreads):
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.