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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, 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 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, 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.

30 review for The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    "I mean, I get that the universe whirls in mysterious yada yada, but wouldn't you rather travel the world?" "No, I'd rather stay home and read." 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 "I mean, I get that the universe whirls in mysterious yada yada, but wouldn't you rather travel the world?" "No, I'd rather stay home and read." 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. Her trivia nemesis, Tom, is actually far less of a jerk than she anticipated. "He's objectively attractive but subjectively repulse, on account of his overwhelming self-confidence." And Tom, well, he's always noticed Nina but now he's reallllly noticing her. "She's really smart, probably too smart for me." And to top it all, Knight's Bookstore is on its last legs. It was actually on it's last legs months and months ago. Nina is heartbroken but at least her boss has a plan...though it's not much of one. "Make the books look pretty. Smile, but look pitiful. When people ask if we're closing, shake your head softly and suggest they buy a boxed set." Bookish Nina will have to do something she's never even considered before - take charge and make a difference. Will she do it in time? Or will everything crumble before she even begins? Dammit. Now she was going to have to change her planner. This book was perfect I honestly have not related so much to a main character in years. There are people who have no time for books...Nina judged them. I feel like Nina and I are soul sisters. I loved Nina's fierce love of any and all things bookish - especially her dedicated reading time! Sometimes people tried to get her to do something instead, but she was fiercely defensive of her nothing. The characters were firmly fleshed out and their personalities were so vibrant that I felt like I could have a conversation with them. One of my favorite parts about this book was actually reading it with my mother. My mom always gets to check out the books sent to me by publishers and she snatched this one up so fast that if I had blinked, I would have missed it. Reading this one with her was truly a wonderful bonding experience. We laughed so hard whenever we saw Nina interact with her family and we sighed with happiness at the ending. Waxman paced those snappy conversations perfectly for our sense of humor. The relationship was over-the-top but in a totally believable way - you know what I mean. It's like a meet-cute but one that I can actually see happening. "Good night, tiny bookworm." And probably the best quote of the entire book: "Being with you is as good as being alone." Pure happiness. Unbelievably huge thanks to Berkley Publishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Abbi Waxman's creation, the book obsessed 29 year old Nina Lee Hill was an absolute joy for me to spend time with, particularly with the mass of literary and cultural references littered throughout this wonderful piece of contemporary fiction with all its comic humour. Set in the offbeat district of Larchmont, LA, Nina works at the independent bookstore, Knights, established in the 1940s. It's the best fit for Nina, an OCD over planner, so Monica from Friends is obviously her favourite character Abbi Waxman's creation, the book obsessed 29 year old Nina Lee Hill was an absolute joy for me to spend time with, particularly with the mass of literary and cultural references littered throughout this wonderful piece of contemporary fiction with all its comic humour. Set in the offbeat district of Larchmont, LA, Nina works at the independent bookstore, Knights, established in the 1940s. It's the best fit for Nina, an OCD over planner, so Monica from Friends is obviously her favourite character. Nina is smart, sarcastic, socially awkward and anxious for whom spontaneity and the unexpected throws her for a loop. Books are at the top of the list in her 5 perfect things, they are medication, sanctuary and the source of all good things, nothing has yet proven her wrong and it's little wonder libraries are her idea of heaven. Her mom is a famous photographer and free spirit, she has never known her father, and she was bought up and loved by her nanny, Louise, and Khalil Gibran's The Prophet has the most apt saying that defines her, 'You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts' as she lives her life in her off the wall and exciting fictional universe. Amidst her busy, tightly scheduled life of Trivia nights with her team, Book 'Em Danno, numerous book clubs and reading, that are her weapons of self defence, Nina's life has an almighty spanner thrown in it. She discovers a father she never knew about has just died, she is in his will, and is struck numb when she realises she has a huge and disparate family right on her doorstep. Then there is Tom, a member of another Trivia team, a whizz on the subject of sport, Nina's weakest area, annoying, really not a suitable boyfriend for her, after all he is not a reader, but.....she just cannot stop thinking about him. Nina struggles to accommodate the idea that life is what happens whilst she has been busy making other plans, and overcome her personal intrinsic belief that 'Books are safer than other people' (Neil Gaiman). Waxman writes a gloriously funny novel with a raft of fantastic characters that lit up my life as I read it. Nina is endearing, a sharp cookie who can wax lyrical on the most obscure of subjects, her brain is a veritable encylopaedia of facts and knowledge, it's just her emotional side that is a challenge and which she needs to work on. This is for all those book worms out there, especially for those for whom books are one of the most perfect elements in an imperfect world, and for anyone else who enjoys well written contemporary fiction with oodles of warmth. Many thanks to Headline for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five bold, big, underlined, shining, intellectual, quirky, weird, nuts, but so so so much entertaining, perfectly crafted, how can I resist to love it stars!!! How any ordinary human being could resist the charm of Nina Hill’s characteristic attributes! Not me, this was love at first sight. I loved her! She is not a regular smart, nerdy, introvert book-worn, she’s so busy, social with her scheduled book club events, trivia competitions (with her straightforward comments, standing up against the Five bold, big, underlined, shining, intellectual, quirky, weird, nuts, but so so so much entertaining, perfectly crafted, how can I resist to love it stars!!! How any ordinary human being could resist the charm of Nina Hill’s characteristic attributes! Not me, this was love at first sight. I loved her! She is not a regular smart, nerdy, introvert book-worn, she’s so busy, social with her scheduled book club events, trivia competitions (with her straightforward comments, standing up against the unfairness, cheating or any other miscalculation of their earned points, her friends and she are banned from most of the competition places!), movie nights at Arc Light theatres (mostly her date is greasy popcorn)! She reads a lot, she drinks wine a lot! ( My God this is definition of me !!) She may suffer from ADD, OCD, anxiety and panic attacks! ( OMG this is still me !) She has great sense of humor, sensitive observation skills, quite creative imagination. ( I don’t want to look like pretentious but it’s still me! Oh boy! Did I know the author from somewhere????) She has a long distance relationship with her mother since she was a little baby( She was left with a nanny and only communication way to her mother were postcards) and no relationship with her father because she doesn’t know who he is. ( Mother part is close but I love my father! Okay, the author is not BB or stalker! That means there are millions of people like me. Good to know not to be alone) Didn’t I mention, she‘s so busy with her impeccably detailed and organized schedule, so WHO NEEDS A FAMILY! WHO NEEDS A BOYFRIEND! RIGHT? ERRRRRRR! Wrong answer Nina! So sorry, you may answer all the trivia question without blinking or breathing (at least she didn’t suffocate) but she has a crush on Tom who is a member of rival team competing against them at the trivia quizzes. And she learns that she has a father who has watched her from a distance, married too many times, lived a joyful life, put her into his will before dying from a sudden heart attack. Now she learns that she has brother, sisters, nephews( older than her), grand-nephews, a crowded, crazy, dysfunctional, big family. ( Okay this part is close to me ! For the first time in my life I have so much common with a character)) Now she wants TO RUN, HIDE, DISAPPEAR! Anything she can do not to connect with those people who fight too much, who resent each other so much, who have so many differences but still they manage to stay together! Isn’t this a classical definition of a regular family? I loved the parts about Nina’s worldview changing. As soon as she starts to connect with each member of her family and open her heart to Tom by letting him in, she realizes she still likes to be alone but in the meantime she also enjoys to be with the people she loved deep in her heart! This book is about resistance to change but learning to adapt and be brave to share your feelings, be openminded to enjoy different and challenging experiences of life, take risks, embrace your differences, quirks, antics and finally learn to love yourself and share your love without putting any restriction or limitation. Yaaaayyyy ! I found my fiction twin! Of course it was easy to give five stars! I loved the author’s way of thinking, writing, creating characters that so easy to be resonated. I mostly agree with her comments and observations about LA life. I really laughed so much at those parts, my cheeks still hurt! So as soon as it’s released( on July 9th), go and get this book and devour every word of it! Laugh without thinking people giving you weird faces! (They gave me but I handled it maturely. I stuck my tongue!) Special thanks to Berkley Books to send me ARC copy via NetGalley( also special thanks to them, too) for exchanging my honest review. ( This part always reminds me of Academy Award speeches but at least this is short one. )

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    How could I resist a book about a bookworm? Not just a bookworm, but an only child bookworm that finds solace and peace in books, a child whose mother is absent and father is unknown. Well, until a lawyer appears informing Nina her father had died and she has half-siblings. I love the writing style that Waxman uses. Reminiscent of a 19th century novel, complete with witty glimpses of what is to transpire at the start of each chapter. There’s a dry sense of humor to this book. “He didn’t remind he How could I resist a book about a bookworm? Not just a bookworm, but an only child bookworm that finds solace and peace in books, a child whose mother is absent and father is unknown. Well, until a lawyer appears informing Nina her father had died and she has half-siblings. I love the writing style that Waxman uses. Reminiscent of a 19th century novel, complete with witty glimpses of what is to transpire at the start of each chapter. There’s a dry sense of humor to this book. “He didn’t remind her of herself, but, to be fair, she was a slender 29 year old woman with dark red shirted and freckles, and he had been a rounded old man with white hair and wrinkles, so it wasn’t exactly apples to apples. More like grapes to raisins.” And that’s a quote from the book I can include! One of the funnier ones would probably be banned by GR. This book is just plain fun. But it also makes some wonderful points. I just adored how they all discover their similarity, as the weird things that seem to be genetic enthrall me. I found it a delight to read and wanted to spend every waking minute with Nina, her friends and her new found family. Make sure you actually read the daily planner pages that precede each chapter. My thanks to netgalley and Berkley Publishing for an advance copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela M

    3.5 stars (I have to round up since I love making lists and of course, I’m bookish.) The truth is that many of us are like Nina Hill and live bookish lives. We might not be as quirky and maybe not as smart (I know I’m not), but there’s so much about the bookish part that’s relatable and that’s what made this made light and lovely and even though predictable read, so much fun. Oh, I rolled my eyes a few time when it was a bit too cute. But overall, even knowing that I could tell you how it was goi 3.5 stars (I have to round up since I love making lists and of course, I’m bookish.) The truth is that many of us are like Nina Hill and live bookish lives. We might not be as quirky and maybe not as smart (I know I’m not), but there’s so much about the bookish part that’s relatable and that’s what made this made light and lovely and even though predictable read, so much fun. Oh, I rolled my eyes a few time when it was a bit too cute. But overall, even knowing that I could tell you how it was going to end, I couldn’t help but root for Nina the whole way. Nina prefers to be alone and preferably reading, but she’s not exactly a recluse. She has friends, plays team trivia, runs book clubs and has her dream job in a bookstore. She’s a planner, maybe OCD, and when she has free time, it’s not really free since that’s when she reads . I definitely get that ! She has no real family to speak of except Louise, the nanny who raised her. Her mother for all intents and purposes abandoned her, and while they are in touch, they see each other rarely. She doesn’t know who her father is. That is, until she is named in his will and family takes on a whole new meaning. And, of course, she meets someone. Can she find room in her schedule or more importantly her life for her new half siblings, nieces and nephews? This is that feel good summer book I was looking for, light but not too light, full of heart and a character who will touch the heart of many book lovers. She did mine. I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkley through Edelweiss.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Delightful, amusing, & full of heart! THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by ABBI WAXMAN is an engaging, fun, charming, and lighthearted tale that totally captures the beauty and life of a bookworm perfectly. I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of how relatable, thoughtful and fantastic this story was. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book. ABBI WAXMAN delivers an interesting, witty, endearing, and beautifully w Delightful, amusing, & full of heart! THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by ABBI WAXMAN is an engaging, fun, charming, and lighthearted tale that totally captures the beauty and life of a bookworm perfectly. I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of how relatable, thoughtful and fantastic this story was. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book. ABBI WAXMAN delivers an interesting, witty, endearing, and beautifully written read here with lovable and quirky characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me. I think reading a book about a bookworm is probably one of the most satisfying, pleasurable, gratifying and validating experiences out there and so relatable to all of us book lovers. I was totally taken and fascinated with Nina Hill’s character and she fully captured my heart. There were so many times I felt a strong kinship to Nina and nodding in agreement to pretty much every aspect of her character and to plenty of scenarios in this book. I loved reading Nina’s day planner pages and how they were used as chapter breaks which definitely added a little extra flare to the novel for me. Norma’s Stats: Cover: Pretty, intriguing, whimsical, eye-catching and a fitting representation to storyline. I absolutely love everything about this cover -- especially the color schemes. Title: Appealing, intriguing and absolutely love how perfect the title is to the storyline. The title of this book definitely enticed me to read it. Anything book related in the title I’m in! Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, witty, fluid, fun, engaging, and captivating. I totally connected with and absolutely loved ABBI WAXMAN’S writing style. Plot: Fun, humorous, touching, memorable, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. Ending: The last line of this book was perfection! Absolutely loved it! Overall: I absolutely adored this book and didn’t want it to end! It definitely gave me that huggable, warm and fuzzy feeling! Would highly recommend! *Traveling Sisters/Friends Read* I’d like to thank Elisha at Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. It was an absolute delight reading this book! Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This was a delight from start to finish. Books, reading, Larchmont. What’s not to love. Not only was I able to identify with Nina to some degree, I was able to imagine everything she did in the book, having lived in Los Angeles for so long and spending numerous hours on Larchmont Blvd. (Village Pizza, anyone? Sam's bagels! oh, the memories) Nina is a bookworm who manages her life down to the second. She can pencil you in, if you are willing to wait a week, or two or three! She is an active partic This was a delight from start to finish. Books, reading, Larchmont. What’s not to love. Not only was I able to identify with Nina to some degree, I was able to imagine everything she did in the book, having lived in Los Angeles for so long and spending numerous hours on Larchmont Blvd. (Village Pizza, anyone? Sam's bagels! oh, the memories) Nina is a bookworm who manages her life down to the second. She can pencil you in, if you are willing to wait a week, or two or three! She is an active participant in her trivia club, leads several book clubs, goes to movies and has various interests but always makes time for reading! She drinks wine, she's competitive, she's anxious, and she has an interesting relationship with her globetrotting Mother. But one day, her world turns on a dime, when a man informs her that her father- who she never knew -was dead! But wait...there's more- she's not an only child anymore, she has family, a who gaggle of them and this is when her life gets interesting...then there's Tom. Tom who? you ask... well Tom is her Trivia nemesis and damn it, he's cute, he's interesting, and he can't seem to leave her alone. What's a girl to do? Ohhh, this was a fun, light, quirky, engaging, delightful and rewarding read. I found this book to be well written, well thought out and perfectly paced. Often, I think a book needs to have pages edited out, this book I wished was longer. I wanted more of Nina, Tom, and her interesting new family members. This is the type of book to curl up in your favorite reading spot, and completely absorb yourself in. ** This was a Traveling Sisters/Friends group read!!! Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is a 2019 Berkley publication. Sweet, witty, clever and whimsical- my kind of people- in my kind of book! By some standards, Nina may seem a bit eccentric. But, truly, she just likes her job and her books and a solid routine. She may be a classic introvert, but she hangs out with her friends and competes in trivia competitions. However, her quiet, ordered life turns topsy-turvy when she is informed that her father, a man she never knew, has passed away The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is a 2019 Berkley publication. Sweet, witty, clever and whimsical- my kind of people- in my kind of book! By some standards, Nina may seem a bit eccentric. But, truly, she just likes her job and her books and a solid routine. She may be a classic introvert, but she hangs out with her friends and competes in trivia competitions. However, her quiet, ordered life turns topsy-turvy when she is informed that her father, a man she never knew, has passed away, and she has been named in his will. Suddenly there are lawyers, and a slew of relatives invading her life- none of which fit into her carefully constructed day-planner. Nor, does dating, it would seem, although there is an interested party- except it’s Tom, her main competition on Trivia Nights. If this weren’t enough to rattle her, her job at the bookshop is in jeopardy because her boss can’t pay the rent. Although, Nina does her best to avoid the lawyers and new family members, and genuinely tries to pencil Tom in for a date night, she isn’t having much luck on either count. Will Nina ever be accepted by her new family? Will her day planner ever make time for poor Tom? Will the bookshop sink or swim? I new I would love this book!! The characters are easier for me to relate to than the ‘loudest person in the room’, voted most gregarious types- and of course, who doesn’t love books about books? I’ve never been to trivia night, but it certainly sounds like a lot of fun- although I’m not that knowledgeable or competitive. Everything about this book is executed perfectly- pace, dialogue, characterizations, and tone. It’s light, but has depth, is poignant, but mostly it’s a fun, feel good story anyone can enjoy. I loved Nina’s life so much, I felt a bit wistful, wishing I could find fit into the mix of work, family, and friends that make up her charmed life. The ending was the cherry on the cake and left me grinning from ear to ear!! This is just an all-around great story about the truly important things in life and staying true to oneself while adapting to life’s inevitable changes. Of course, us bookworms and introverts will find this book highly relatable, maybe seeing a bit of ourselves in this story, which makes it even more charming and touching!! All the stars for this one!! (Did you ever doubt it?) That's makes three for three for Ms. Abbi Waxman!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    The subject matter of this book seemed like a perfect fit to my tastes, seeing as how I identify so closely with the main character, Nina Hill. Just like Nina, I would much rather sit in a comfy chair with a beloved pet nearby curled up with a book and some coffee, than doing most anything else. I would much rather be in these same circumstances than have to make small talk with people. Like Nina, the bubble of my home is my happiness, with my kindles and thousands of book files (in her case, ac The subject matter of this book seemed like a perfect fit to my tastes, seeing as how I identify so closely with the main character, Nina Hill. Just like Nina, I would much rather sit in a comfy chair with a beloved pet nearby curled up with a book and some coffee, than doing most anything else. I would much rather be in these same circumstances than have to make small talk with people. Like Nina, the bubble of my home is my happiness, with my kindles and thousands of book files (in her case, actual physical books on bookcases) at my fingertips. We also know a lot of facts and relate to our pet like they are a real person. However, even though "Bookish Nina Hill" and I are kindred spirits, I did not enjoy this book quite as much as I had hoped. For a brief overview of this story, Nina lives by herself in a little guesthouse with bookshelves, a comfy chair in the corner, and her cat Phil. She happily works in a bookstore called Knight's Books. She occasionally suffers from panic attacks, and finds comfort in routines, schedules and making daily lists. These cute, handwritten daily lists precede each chapter. Nina is a geek that participates in trivia quiz competitions. There also are several book groups that hold meetings at the store in the evenings. Needless to say, Nina's life is full, and she seems to be quite content with it. Her mother is a successful travelling photographer, but Nina was raised by a loving nanny named Louise. In many ways, Louise seems more like her mother than her biological one. In addition, Nina never knew her father because her birth was the result of an affair. NIna's Mom had an agreement with Nina's father that he would never contact her. However, when Nina's father dies, a lawyer contacts her with the news and that she has an extended family. Nina's life is suddenly stirred up with unexpected people to meet and deal with, with the possibility of an inhertitance. I thought I was in for a delightful ride as I first delved into the book and periodically found myself breaking into laughter. Now that I think about it, I enjoyed the story of Nina's life by herself more than when she discovered her new family members. That's the part when I began to lose interest. I didn't connect with these other characters, and there were too many of them to follow with any recognition. They became a distraction to the story I was enjoying about Nina's insular life. I also was bored reading about the trivia quiz competitions Nina participated in. I was initially intrigued by her burgeoning relationship with Tom, an attractive, worthy opponent on the other trivia quiz team. However, I was turned off by Nina's sexual encounter on their second date, when they barely knew each other. In addition, on a later outing when Nina ran into some common friends and was asked about Tom, she couldn't bring herself to label Tom her boyfriend...this after having slept with him. Call me a prude, but I found it bizarre behavior, especially for a "bookish" type that I had been identifying with. A book that started out so promising for me with unexpected bursts of laughter gradually ran out of steam for me. I know I am an outlier on this, but by the book's end I was ready to read something else. Thank you to Berkley / Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    This book, to me, was perfection. Beautiful story, astoundingly-relatable and charming characters that I could not get enough of, lovely fairytale-esque atmosphere and elegant writing style. Sometimes authors just mention that a character is a bookworm, hoping that the reader instantly connects, but instead of simply telling us about Nina Hill’s whole life revolving around books, she actually proved it to us, thus making her ten times more real and worth befriending to me. This is not a story fo This book, to me, was perfection. Beautiful story, astoundingly-relatable and charming characters that I could not get enough of, lovely fairytale-esque atmosphere and elegant writing style. Sometimes authors just mention that a character is a bookworm, hoping that the reader instantly connects, but instead of simply telling us about Nina Hill’s whole life revolving around books, she actually proved it to us, thus making her ten times more real and worth befriending to me. This is not a story for those who like fast and furious. This is a story for the patient, those who appreciate quiet wisdom and who enjoy seeing extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. It is not a particularly complex plot—pretty straight-forward to be honest—but it features small surprises that spice up the reading experience when you least expect it. This is also probably one of few books that contain content that would typically frustrate me, such as miscommunication and jealousy, but that managed to entertain me and keep me guessing instead. I would love to see this story unfold on the big screen. I bet so many more people will be able to relate to Nina Hill. Plus it would promote reading, bookstores and book clubs tremendously. It’s interesting because sometimes when I read ‘‘books about books’’ I feel the need to roll my eyes from the cheesiness of having a main character explain how great books are when every reader already knows that. But here because there was more showing than telling, I felt comforted by the book talking. Actually, this book makes me want to go back to watching BookTube videos. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  11. 5 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    5 Embrace Your Bookish Life stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! Abbi Waxman you have left me absolutely smitten! 💖 This story has sassy wit, laugh out loud humor and so much heart. Not only did I unabashedly adore Nina and wholeheartedly fall in love with Tom (he definitely made it onto my Top 3 Book Boyfriends List) but I was also completely enamored with the book's entire cast of zany and unique characters. This bookish girl read the entire book with a smile on my face. Each book nerdism, pop culture reference and m 5 Embrace Your Bookish Life stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Abbi Waxman you have left me absolutely smitten! 💖 This story has sassy wit, laugh out loud humor and so much heart. Not only did I unabashedly adore Nina and wholeheartedly fall in love with Tom (he definitely made it onto my Top 3 Book Boyfriends List) but I was also completely enamored with the book's entire cast of zany and unique characters. This bookish girl read the entire book with a smile on my face. Each book nerdism, pop culture reference and mention of an introvert's view on life was so relatable! As Nina's quiet, organized life is upset by the possibility of love, new family and work issues we watch her grow and adapt to the changes in her life in such a hopeful manner that it left me feeling so content. Book lovers this is a "must read" - you will recognize yourself in the characters, delight in the book and pop culture references, laugh with the wit and humor of the characters and fall in love with the budding romance. Nina Hill - I LOVED your bookish life! 🥰

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    4 Fabulous Stars. A Novel for the Book Lover in All of Us! Yes, it’s true, I loved Nina Hill. Perhaps it’s because I identified with her so much (no shock there!). Truthfully, I think most of us who like to read will (Hello, fellow book friends). I am single, I live alone and I spend almost every evening sitting in a comfy chair reading with my cat beside me. I see friends occasionally but not all that often. I am not a planner at all (although my book buddy Kaceey would beg to differ ... BAAHH!!! 4 Fabulous Stars. A Novel for the Book Lover in All of Us! Yes, it’s true, I loved Nina Hill. Perhaps it’s because I identified with her so much (no shock there!). Truthfully, I think most of us who like to read will (Hello, fellow book friends). I am single, I live alone and I spend almost every evening sitting in a comfy chair reading with my cat beside me. I see friends occasionally but not all that often. I am not a planner at all (although my book buddy Kaceey would beg to differ ... BAAHH!!!) How does any of this compare to Nina, you ask? Let’s take a look see.. Nina Hill is a gal who works in a book shop (Hello dream job!.. If only I could survive on that salary I would actually BE Nina Hill! Ha ha ha!!). She lives alone and spends her nights reading while her cat keeps her company. She plans her days and nights out each week in a daily planner - one night it’s trivia, one night it’s movie night.. you get the idea. Her books, her cat and her friends are her life. Yeah, that sounds kinda familiar. Her dad, who she has never met, just recently passed away and as it turns out, he left her something in his will. The big shock however is that he had lots of kids - meaning, that Nina has siblings, nieces and nephews and all of them live right around the corner from her. Nina was fine before. Comfortable being alone, in fact. Happy even and now, she has family and lots of it. Turns out it's not so bad, this whole family thing. Who knew? Throughout “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill,” Nina simply blossoms. She opens herself up to life and it’s possibilities and of course, you can’t help but laugh and smile at Nina and her friends and their antics and where life takes them. What can I say except that this is a feel good book, especially for gals just like me. This was a buddy read with Kaceey. As always, the pleasure was all mine. Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and Abbi Waxman for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Goodreads and Twitter on 8.4.19.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Cute! Cute! Cute! And a tasty dash of fun! Nina feels life is just how it should be. Organized, clutter free and filled with everything she enjoys! She works at a bookshop, plays trivia on a team with her friends. And comes home to her faithful cat Phil who brings her presents in the form of dead worms!(Ick!!) When a lawyer comes knocking on her door to tell her that her father has passed and she is in his will, Nina is stunned! She never knew her father! Not even his name! It was a secret her mot Cute! Cute! Cute! And a tasty dash of fun! Nina feels life is just how it should be. Organized, clutter free and filled with everything she enjoys! She works at a bookshop, plays trivia on a team with her friends. And comes home to her faithful cat Phil who brings her presents in the form of dead worms!(Ick!!) When a lawyer comes knocking on her door to tell her that her father has passed and she is in his will, Nina is stunned! She never knew her father! Not even his name! It was a secret her mother always kept from her. Nina all of a sudden finds herself part of a very large family. With some more welcoming than others. Does Nina have room for all of them in her already perfectly organized life? And what about the cute guy on the other trivia team? Does love fit into her calendar too? “It takes a lot to join a family that’s broken, but sometimes it turns out you’re exactly the glue it needs.” Abbi Waxman writes a very sweet and delightful read that will pull at your heart and leave you with a smile on your face! Another fabulous Rom Com weekend- buddy read with Susanne!🌸 Thank you to a Elisha at Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    What a charming book about books! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’m so happy authors are bringing us these types of reads, and Abbi Waxman has done an exceptional job with Nina’s story! Nina has it all in her mind- a job at bookstore (I’d love that!), a winning trivia team (I love trivia!), the best planner (I’ve got multiple planners! 😂), and a treasured cat (I have three!). Oh, and did I mention Nina loves to read? So much so, it’s her only pastime. Nina’s father, who she has never met, dies and leaves her with prev What a charming book about books! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I’m so happy authors are bringing us these types of reads, and Abbi Waxman has done an exceptional job with Nina’s story! Nina has it all in her mind- a job at bookstore (I’d love that!), a winning trivia team (I love trivia!), the best planner (I’ve got multiple planners! 😂), and a treasured cat (I have three!). Oh, and did I mention Nina loves to read? So much so, it’s her only pastime. Nina’s father, who she has never met, dies and leaves her with previously unknown relatives out the yin-yang, all living near her, and they want to be part of her life, which quickly overwhelms her. Nina was perfectly content with her quiet reading life before. Nina’s going to have to grow, and we are on the sidelines watching her transformation. There may even be love in her near future. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a delightful read. It’s funny, at times relatable as only bookish people would “get,” and it’s smoothly written. There’s so much to love about Nina and infinitely more to love about this story. It’s definitely a huggable, feel-good read, for when you need your spirits lifted. A huge thanks to Abbi Waxman for this endearing character and story. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    emma

    The best part of this book is: the bookish stuff. The worst part of this book is: a tie between everything else. I know that making protagonists bookworms and setting books in bookstores et cetera is a major marketing ploy, but I don’t care. If every book I read was about characters who loved to read in places to devoted to books, I’d be fine with that. More than fine. Overjoyed, even. But alas, it is not to be. Romantic comedies always sound really good to me, because I like comedy and I read a lot The best part of this book is: the bookish stuff. The worst part of this book is: a tie between everything else. I know that making protagonists bookworms and setting books in bookstores et cetera is a major marketing ploy, but I don’t care. If every book I read was about characters who loved to read in places to devoted to books, I’d be fine with that. More than fine. Overjoyed, even. But alas, it is not to be. Romantic comedies always sound really good to me, because I like comedy and I read a lot of romance, even if I very rarely like it. But in execution, usually I find them both not funny and not distinctly romantic. So like every other book, basically. This kind of wasn’t an exception? This book was bookish, and, perhaps because of that, pretty charming. But it wasn’t very funny, and I definitely wasn’t rooting for the romance. I was hardly even paying attention to the characters. Mostly waiting for more bookstore descriptions. Or cute apartment descriptions. Specifically of the bookshelf-centered variety. I might have a problem. Bottom line: I recommend! Not with all that much enthusiasm though. It’s important for me that I note that. 3.5 stars ---------- me: okay, i need a book that will help me pretend i'm not on a greyhound bus for seven hours this book: i'm a quirky romantic comedy me: ... this book: the protagonist is a bookworm. me: i'm in. (thanks to Berkley for the arc)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    This is the perfect book for all us bookworms out there who love anything bookish and like our main character would rather read over anything else. We highly recommend grabbing this one as soon as you can and spending some time with our fun, imaginative and very entertaining bookish introverted millennial heroine Nina Hill! Abbi Waxman nails it here with everything about this story and our main character Nina Hill. I loved everything about this story and Nina. Nina is a character that I am sure a This is the perfect book for all us bookworms out there who love anything bookish and like our main character would rather read over anything else. We highly recommend grabbing this one as soon as you can and spending some time with our fun, imaginative and very entertaining bookish introverted millennial heroine Nina Hill! Abbi Waxman nails it here with everything about this story and our main character Nina Hill. I loved everything about this story and Nina. Nina is a character that I am sure any bookworm can relate to and she has all the traits that make up the DNA of us book lovers. I have never related so much to a character before and I instantly connected to her. Abbi Waxman does such a fantastic job here using wit and humor yet care as she explores love and the dynamics between family, friends and the love of reading in such a unique way. She creates fun, colourful and likable characters that bring some chaos and anxiety to Nina’s quiet and organized life. We see how Nina grows and adapts to the changes that life throws at her in such a hopeful and feel good way that outshines anything I have read before. I could go on and on about all the things I loved about this story but will end my review by saying Abbi Waxman has set the bar here for me by creating such a compelling, introvert, giving her conflicts, adding layers of depth to her and then letting her grow. I can’t recommend it enough! I received a copy from the publisher https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    The part of the review in which we meet Nina Lee Hill and discuss her personality Nina Hill’s life is perfect: -She has a job in an old bookstore in the middle of a quaint part of Los Angeles -lives in a lovely apartment with a slightly judgemental cat Philip -her marvellous friends with freakishly good memories help her rock the competitive trivia quiz world -her wonderfully direct photographer mother is on a working assignment somewhere in China -thousands and thousands of books with their marvellou The part of the review in which we meet Nina Lee Hill and discuss her personality Nina Hill’s life is perfect: -She has a job in an old bookstore in the middle of a quaint part of Los Angeles -lives in a lovely apartment with a slightly judgemental cat Philip -her marvellous friends with freakishly good memories help her rock the competitive trivia quiz world -her wonderfully direct photographer mother is on a working assignment somewhere in China -thousands and thousands of books with their marvellous fictional world are waiting to be discovered and read Nina is quiet, reserved, observant- after all, human interactions can be fascinating, it’s just not something she finds easy to engage in. Take mystery buffs, they are so different from other types of readers- eternally optimistic, they believe in the triumph of good over evil and in their own form of happy ever after. You might describe Nina as an introvert. In her own words, being alone helps her replenish energy she loses interacting with others and ‘little islands of silence’ help her navigate ‘the long-distance swim’ of life. Another thing that Nina enjoys is planning, setting goals, organising. How else would she be able to fit in all her Book Clubs (Book Bitches for Contemporary fiction, Sneaky Spinsters for golden age mysteries, District Zero for YA, and Electric Sheep Grazing Club -you guessed it!- for Sci-Fi). There’s also a lethal gym class combination of Spoga (Spin and yoga) and Nina’s competitive trivia team. Nina has always had a very active imagination and curious, ready to learn and explore mind which needed its food. If not properly fed (Thank God for school librarians), she’d go into a frenzy of anxiety and focussing on useless tidbits. Of course, anxiety is the real reason why Nina needs to plan and organise everything so obsessively. Nina is also attentive, thoughtful, smiley, able to stand-her-ground but not-unwilling-to-recognise-and-correct-her-mistakes. She is the kind of girl anybody would be happy to have as a friend. The part in which we meet Nina’s family, friends and other characters in the book Nina’s mother never told her who her father was. She preferred being labelled a party girl with total disregard to her own reputation to letting Nina know that her father was a much older Hollywood lawyer with a pregnant wife. As Nina’s mother herself had to travel to war zones and other less than wholesome places to raise a child, she found a wonderful substitute in the form of Louise, Nina’s Nanny, who gave the little girl her unconditional love and support. I found extremely poignant what Louise did, faced with Nina’s longing for a father figure in her life. When Nina gets a call from a family lawyer who informs her that her father died and that she actually has a large and unusually complicated family, her first reaction is to shut down and say ‘No, thank you, I love my life as it is’. However, she does meet her new relations and discovers her own answer to the question of how much their shared genetics contributes to their extraordinary range of personalities and quirks. Everybody remembers her father differently and Nina herself might be the only person able to piece the true portrait of this mysterious man. Nina is surrounded by people who love and care about her: her trivia team mates, her boss and her colleagues, kids from her book clubs (‘You have to work on your banter, sis!’), her half-siblings, nephews and nieces, and of course, Tom, who has a wonderfully complementary personalityto Nina’s. With great difficulty I am trying to restrain myself and not give away either Tom’s job, or Nina’s response to the final question of the quiz championship final. Suffice it to say, they are both super romantic and will make you go ‘Aah’. The part in which we look at a photo of the place where the book is set Los Angeles of Nina Hill is a wonderful place full of unexpected treasures and quiet green neighbourhoods tucked in between touristy corners. One of Nina’s hobbies is photography, so we get a rare privilege to see Los Angeles the way she does. ‘I grew up here. Traffic is the rumble of the ocean to me’. The part in which the reviewer finally gives in and professes her ardent feelings towards the book I fell in love with this book from the first pages, it took me just a few chapters to recognise how irresistibly drawn I was to Nina’s humour and bookish references. The hours I spent in the company of Nina Hill filled me with joy and quiet happiness that only a well-written fictional world can bring. Nina’s journey to discovering her real purpose in life (we knew it all along, but she didn’t) was fun and touching and full of laugh-out-loud moments. To tell the truth, if you haven’t read the book, I envy you a bit, you’re about to discover something wonderful. Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. My reviews can also be found on: https://readingtonic.home.blog/ Image of Larchmont Boulevard By Arspickles17, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Nina works at a bookstore and she has a full schedule of reading, taking care of her cat and work. She really is happy doing just those things. Nina resisted the impulse to pull out her imaginary blaster and blow the woman's head off, and got a microflash of the bit in Terminator 2 where his silvery head splits in the middle and waves about. Liz was always telling her to be warmer to the customers. An introvert and pop culture references....yes, please. *forwarned that I'm breaking the rules a Nina works at a bookstore and she has a full schedule of reading, taking care of her cat and work. She really is happy doing just those things. Nina resisted the impulse to pull out her imaginary blaster and blow the woman's head off, and got a microflash of the bit in Terminator 2 where his silvery head splits in the middle and waves about. Liz was always telling her to be warmer to the customers. An introvert and pop culture references....yes, please. *forwarned that I'm breaking the rules and posting some quotes from this one because I do as I please* Anyways, as I was rambling about. Nina loves her life. She evens gets out occasionally to do a team competition of quiz nights. That's exciting. Plus, there is a cute guy there. Then Nina gets a visit at work and finds out that she does in fact have a dad. (Her mom had always said she didn't.) He is dead but still. Nina had grown up thinking she had just her nanny and her absentee mother...now she finds out she has lots and lots of relatives. Nina had a lot of sympathy for Bruce Banner, particularly the version played by Mark Ruffalo, and at least she had Xanax. He only had Thor. So now she must wade into the whole "having a family" thing. Being surrounded by books was the closest she'd ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang. The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary. This book is just pure fun. I LOVED Nina. I related to her book nerdiness and it's fun and fluffy. So much goodness. "Reading isn't the only thing in the world, Nina." "It's one of the only five perfect things in the world." "And the other four are?" "Cats, dogs, Honeycrisp apples and coffee." Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or follows me on any of my social media feeds that reading is one of the most immense joys of my life. Whenever I am asked by someone how I read so many books, I explain in part that reading helps me decompress—days when I don't get the chance to read even for a few moments leave me feeling out-of-sorts and much more tense. Perhaps that love for reading is one of the many reasons I was utterly charmed by Nina Hill, the title character 4.5 stars. It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or follows me on any of my social media feeds that reading is one of the most immense joys of my life. Whenever I am asked by someone how I read so many books, I explain in part that reading helps me decompress—days when I don't get the chance to read even for a few moments leave me feeling out-of-sorts and much more tense. Perhaps that love for reading is one of the many reasons I was utterly charmed by Nina Hill, the title character of Abbi Waxman's wonderful, thought-provoking new novel, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill . At times the book—and Nina herself—are almost too quirky for words, but her story captured my heart from the first few sentences, and I don't think it will leave me anytime soon. "Nina had looked around and realized she would never run out of things to read, and that certainty filled her with peace and satisfaction. It didn't matter what hit the fan; as long as there were unread books in the world, she would be fine. Being surrounded by books was the closest she'd ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang. The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary." Nina lives a life that leaves her content. She loves her job in a bookstore, she enjoys competing on her tremendously successful trivia team (even though they keep getting banned from different bars), and she keeps her life meticulously planned, even though she's happy to make any excuse to miss yoga and just read instead. Her life may be reasonably solitary, and she may have trouble at times dealing with anxiety (which has plagued her since she was a child), but even when she wonders if there is more she should want from life, she just picks up another book. The only child of a single mother who left the nanny to raise her, Nina learns one day that the father she never knew existed (beyond the fact that she wasn't immaculately conceived) knew she existed, and has recently died, leaving her a beneficiary in his will. Beyond that, however, she suddenly finds that she has brothers and sisters of all ages (her father was married three times), not to mention nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews (some of whom are actually older than she is). Most of them are thrilled to discover a new relative, and Nina is shocked to find how much she enjoys being part of a family. Nina is also a little thrown when she realizes she has feelings for Tom, a member of her trivia team's fiercest rival. He's handsome, seems to have a terrific personality, and he knows a lot about sports, which is a subject she's woefully weak on. To top it off, Tom is interested in getting to know her better. But Nina isn't sure she has room in her life for a relationship, what with her job, her new family, and the time she sets aside for reading every day. Plus, the more she realizes how strongly she feels for him, the more afraid she gets, which doesn't feel good at all. When a crisis arises that threatens the job she loves and frictions in her newfound family intensify, Nina wants to do what she's always done in the face of trouble: retreat into solitude. She isn't sure if she is able to open her life up to Tom the way he wants her to, and she's not even sure she's ready for the myriad challenges that family can bring. Can we change the habits that bring us comfort and security if it means opening our lives up to someone else? How do we allow ourselves to trust someone else when we've always been independent and self-reliant? And, more importantly, can a voracious reader truly find happiness with someone who barely reads? There's so much to enjoy about The Bookish Life of Nina Hill . Nina is definitely a unique character who is sometimes difficult to sympathize with, but how can a bookworm like me not love someone like her? This is a story about connection, about opening yourself up to trust and care about others, about family and friendship and finding community, and about a healthy obsession with trivia. But of course, it's also a book about the immense joy of books and reading, and the wonderful feeling of sharing that joy with others. "It was the same way with everything Nina experienced; fictional characters were as real to her as the people she met and touched every day." I found this book so wonderful, and even if I was occasionally irritated by the quirkiness of it all, Waxman's humor, her heart, and the beautiful characters she created snapped me back to reality pretty quickly. This definitely goes on my list of memorable books about reading and bookstores, and I know it's one I won't forget anytime soon. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  20. 4 out of 5

    marilyn

    I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this book and that's a rarity for me. Nina Hill really has most of her life put together so tightly that there is no room for dating or any other deviation from her very organized schedule. Even her one free evening that has "nothing" on her calendar, is reserved for four hours of reading. In some ways, I'm not sure there is anything wrong with Nina's life, not sure anything needs to be "fixed". We are all different and I admire the charact I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this book and that's a rarity for me. Nina Hill really has most of her life put together so tightly that there is no room for dating or any other deviation from her very organized schedule. Even her one free evening that has "nothing" on her calendar, is reserved for four hours of reading. In some ways, I'm not sure there is anything wrong with Nina's life, not sure anything needs to be "fixed". We are all different and I admire the character of Nina for knowing what she wants and being happy with her life, as she has planned it. Several things happen to disrupt Nina's peace of mind though. Nina suffers from anxiety attacks, which is a big reason that she has her life so planned out and controlled. She'd been doing pretty good lately, staving off the attacks but then she is contacted by a lawyer and finds out she has a very extensive family and that she is part of the reading of the will of her late father, someone who she never knew in any way. Nina was raised by a nanny while her mom traveled the world, as a photographer, and her mom never would tell Nina anything about her father. About this time, Nina and a guy, Tom, on a competing trivia team, pop up on each other's radar. Nina wants to avoid dating and a relationship at all costs, after a heartbreak many months ago and knowing that her carefully cultivated and organized schedule is her way of staying anxiety free. There is NO room for dating, for a relationship, for letting someone in her life that would interfere with her aloneness, which she loves so very much. Added to these two problems is the fact that the bookstore she works for is way behind on its rent and there are threats that the store will be shut down. This was such an easy and lighthearted story for me. Nina is no hermit with no friends. She has rich relationships with people young and old and a full life, despite having only a distant relationship with her mother and having sworn off dating. But with the help of a new family, her dear friends, and the interest of a smart, good looking potential love interest (heaven forbid!) Nina's safe world is about to be rocked. Thank you to Berkley/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Elisha at Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review ”Tomorrow would be better. At the very least, tomorrow would be different.” (note: I read this a couple weeks ago and I just started school so my brain is all over the place and I can’t guarantee that this review will have any worthwhile content.) There is nothing more fun than reading a book about a book lover. It’s both enjoyable and a bit strange. It almost feels like looking into a mirror. Seeing your Many thanks to Elisha at Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review ”Tomorrow would be better. At the very least, tomorrow would be different.” (note: I read this a couple weeks ago and I just started school so my brain is all over the place and I can’t guarantee that this review will have any worthwhile content.) There is nothing more fun than reading a book about a book lover. It’s both enjoyable and a bit strange. It almost feels like looking into a mirror. Seeing your own reflection is both a pleasant and harrowing experience. So, what’s this book about? The Bookish Life of Nina Hill follows… Nina Hill. [image error] Nina is like everyone else on this site. Anxious, awkward and smart. Now, there are two types of people reading this review. 1. Those who are thinking OMG, that’s totally me! and 2. Liars. I don’t know why social anxiety and bookishness tend to go together- (I’m sure there is some sort of science behind that. If not, someone should totally do a study on that. Maybe that can be my senior thesis.) -but here we are. Nina is happy in her safe and controlled home but when she her father that she didn’t know about dies and bequeaths to her an enormous family, she has to learn to step outside of her comfort zone. ➵ Nina - Book lovers and worries rejoice! Abbi Waxman has created and nurtured a character that everyone who comes into contact with will love! Nina Hill loves books and works in a bookstore (Because of course). She is also socially anxious, which was honestly my favorite parts. I mean, I’m not happy that she’s anxious but I am eternally grateful for the anxiety rep. We don’t see them as much as we should. ➵ Tom - Surprisingly, Tom didn’t make it onto my fictional crushes list. Not to say that he was unpleasant or anything; he was charming and funny but my brain just didn’t click with him. How strange. Minor spoiler ➵ While we’re on the note of Tom and Nina, I was honestly kind of more than kind of disappointed at the lack of smut and sex. I know that’s not what this book was about at all. I am also going to go out on a limb here and assume that sex scenes are not Abbi’s forte. I get it. I was just disappointed. Oh, well! ➵ End of minor spoiler I, as most people did, absolutely adored all the bookish and non-bookish pop culture! It filled me with so much joy! One thing I wished this book (and really all books about books) would do is talk about more recent titles. I feel like most of the titles discussed were classics like The Hunger Games or Jane Eyre. Not that I have a problem with those books, I’d just love to see newer titles like The Hate U Give or Caraval. But, surprisingly, the books were not the best part of this novel. It was actually Nina’s family. I really enjoyed her meeting her new found family and I absolutely loved everyone. Well, almost everyone. They honestly reminded me of my own extended family. Messy, slightly insane and very, VERY big. Overall, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will bring joy to every reader, bookish, anxious or not. You’ll be smiling from page one and on! Bottom Line: 4.5 Stars Age Rating: [ PG-13 ] Content Screening (Spoilers) - Educational Value (2/5) - [Learning how to create family trees in a correct manner] ~ Positive Messages (4/5) - [Tons of valuable discussion of social anxiety, OCD and perfectionism. There is also lots of discussion of honesty, family and love.] ~ Violence (1/5) - [Brief rioting scene. No one is severely injured.] ~ Sex (1/5) - [Brief kissing scenes and off page sexual intercourse.] ~ Language (1/5) - [Brief and mild cursing] ~ Drinking/Drugs (0/5) - [None] Trigger Warning: [Anxiety, OCD] Reps: [Anxiety, OCD] Cover: 5/5 ~ Characters: 4/5 ~ Plot: 4/5 ~ Audio: 3/5 Publication Date: July 9th, 2019 Publisher: Berkley Genre: Romance/Contemporary *********** Me starting this book: Me every time Nina talked about books, anxiety and pop culture: Me shipping Tom and Nina: Me at every funny scene: Me when I realized I had finished this (splendid) book in 2 hours and it was over: Review to come y'all | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book

  22. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    Charming! Nina Hill is a delightful bookish introvert who I’d love to have for a friend. Engaging and sweet, with wit and humor, this was a comfort read for me. I loved Nina’s daily planner at the start of each chapter. She works in a bookstore, has a cat named Phil, and has a rigidly scheduled life with various activities like trivia night, book club, and movie night. Her night of “nothing” is actually a night of reading (I love that!). Although there is a looming love interest that threatens to Charming! Nina Hill is a delightful bookish introvert who I’d love to have for a friend. Engaging and sweet, with wit and humor, this was a comfort read for me. I loved Nina’s daily planner at the start of each chapter. She works in a bookstore, has a cat named Phil, and has a rigidly scheduled life with various activities like trivia night, book club, and movie night. Her night of “nothing” is actually a night of reading (I love that!). Although there is a looming love interest that threatens to derail her schedule, her life is perfect just as it is, and she is perfectly content. The tension in the story comes when her life is thrown in turmoil when the father she never knew dies, and Nina discovers she has an extensive extended family. A large, messy, dysfunctional one. Witty, light, and fun, this is the perfect summer read for a booklover. I fell in love with Nina! This was a fun buddy read with Marialyce – what better book to read with your bookish friend than a book about a delightful bookish woman. Pick this one up when you need a feel-good story to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. • Many thanks to EW for a copy of the book for review. All opinions are my own. • For our duo review of this book, and others, please visit: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    This book is very cute, inside and out, I love the cover art!☺ It reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary; although, not nearly as good. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this, because it is the literary equivalent of hunger being resolved by having a chocolate milkshake. The super sweet confection leaves you full, but unsatisfied and wishing you had made a wiser choice. When I first began reading I was delighted with the bookish Nina and her introvert's anxiety and nerdish behavior, but aft This book is very cute, inside and out, I love the cover art!☺ It reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary; although, not nearly as good. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this, because it is the literary equivalent of hunger being resolved by having a chocolate milkshake. The super sweet confection leaves you full, but unsatisfied and wishing you had made a wiser choice. When I first began reading I was delighted with the bookish Nina and her introvert's anxiety and nerdish behavior, but after several chapters I began to feel that Nina might be a bit annoying to be around in real life, always inserting trivia into casual conversation about tv series and other arcane knowledge. She doesn't evidence that much social anxiety either, participating in quiz contests and trading witticisms at the drop of a hat. Also, which books does Nina love? She mentions P and P at the outset with a very funny conversation with a troglodyte in the book store she works in, but after that not much. A book about a book lover who works in a bookstore should include more talk about books. In the last few pages, her bookstore boss gives advice on recommending books by pointing out if you love Bridget Jones and Rebecca, you should try Mary Stewart. I love all three, and this is the kind of conversation I was hoping for throughout. All in all it was a good book, but it could have been a 5.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: https://www.goodreads.com/ HAPPY PUB DAY TO THIS LITTLE BIT OF WONDERFUL! Now if my library hold for The Garden of Small Beginnings would magically come up today would be alright ; ) After reading Other People’s Houses I knew Abbi Waxman was going to be a go-to gal for me and I was all over trying to obtain an early copy of her new release. But alas the gods at the Galley of the Net declined me quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. Lucky for me I have a homey at Berkley Find all of my reviews at: https://www.goodreads.com/ HAPPY PUB DAY TO THIS LITTLE BIT OF WONDERFUL! Now if my library hold for The Garden of Small Beginnings would magically come up today would be alright ; ) After reading Other People’s Houses I knew Abbi Waxman was going to be a go-to gal for me and I was all over trying to obtain an early copy of her new release. But alas the gods at the Galley of the Net declined me quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. Lucky for me I have a homey at Berkley (okay, full disclosure, I don’t think said person is aware that she is considered a homey of mine, but rest assured she definitely is) and I got a paperback hook up. And since I’m nothing but fail I read the publication date as 4/9/19 when I perused the “basket of shame” which contains ARCs, immediately panicked that I was over a month late to the party and proceeded to read it over the weekend. I just now noticed that this doesn’t come out until July - which kinda sucks because y’all need to add it to your TBR, but also is kinda perfect because summer is when you should read things that are light and fun and make you smile and this fits the bill perfectly. The story here is of Nina Hill. She’s certainly bookish – both an avid reader by hobby as well as a bookseller by trade. Nina is perfectly content to live her quiet, structured life (à la her heroine Monica Geller) consisting of various book clubs, participating in trivia competitions with her friends on their team “Book ‘Em, Dano,” contemplating the invention of the bullet journal and meaningful conversations with her cat Phil. What Nina would have never expected was to discover the father she never knew left her a legacy of a family she never thought she would have upon his passing or that actual romance might come her way rather than just the make-believe kind she was used to experiencing via Jane Austen re-reads and movie viewings. Now I know you’re not supposed to quote early copies because they are subject to change before release date. However, (1) rules are meant to be broken and (2) I don’t think they should change one word so Imma post something in order for you to figure out if you’d like to add some Nina to your life this summer. (Spoiler alert: The answer is yes, you do want to add some Nina to your life.) “I really shouldn’t drink at all; I’m hopeless at it. I get drunk right away, then hungover two hours later. I don’t do it well.” “So, not a boozer, then, that’s what you’re saying?” “I usually end up crying.” “Wow. Then yeah, you should stick to soda.” “Soda makes me fart.” Very rarely does a book come along that has me saying . . . . It made me have a “smiling’s my favorite” kind of day and I never wanted it to end. All the Starz. Endless thanks to Berkley for putting this little slice of perfect in my hands early in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    Some parts of the story I liked, some parts I didn't. There were quite a few things about Nina I could relate to though which is always nice when you are able to feel a connection to the character. Nina Hill is an only child and was raised mostly by her nanny as her single mother was hardly ever around. Nina works in a bookstore and loves to play trivia with her friends. She likes structure and is thrown for a loop when things don't go according to plan. When she receives news that the father sh Some parts of the story I liked, some parts I didn't. There were quite a few things about Nina I could relate to though which is always nice when you are able to feel a connection to the character. Nina Hill is an only child and was raised mostly by her nanny as her single mother was hardly ever around. Nina works in a bookstore and loves to play trivia with her friends. She likes structure and is thrown for a loop when things don't go according to plan. When she receives news that the father she never knew has died and she actually has quite a few siblings, nephews, nieces, and other relatives, let's just say Nina's simple and comfortable life is about to change. Her romantic life is also about to get interesting when a man named Tom takes a liking to her. Books and reading were definitely a big part of the story which I loved and along with some of Nina's other personality traits were things I could easily relate to. I might be in the minority here but I didn't really care for whole new family storyline. I was much more invested in her romantic life and how she had to adjust when random things would happen which nudged her out of her comfort zone a bit. Overall a solid read, but not perfect. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    Everyone is talking about how much they relate to Nina Hill and I didn't at all. Am I the weirdo here? His cat is named Mom? Now that's weird. To me, it was just too much. It's like, okay you can wear the unicorn t-shirt, but when you pair it with the cat leggings, the orange Converse, the rainbow hair, AND the cat-ears head band you are no longer being original - you are a walking stereotype. That was Nina Hill to me. She worked in a bookstore, had hundreds of books at home, lived alone with a ca Everyone is talking about how much they relate to Nina Hill and I didn't at all. Am I the weirdo here? His cat is named Mom? Now that's weird. To me, it was just too much. It's like, okay you can wear the unicorn t-shirt, but when you pair it with the cat leggings, the orange Converse, the rainbow hair, AND the cat-ears head band you are no longer being original - you are a walking stereotype. That was Nina Hill to me. She worked in a bookstore, had hundreds of books at home, lived alone with a cat, was awkward as fuck, and yet had tons of friends and an active social life. She had the understanding boss and the slutty friend who worked with her. She didn't know how to talk to a guy without coming across as someone who was new to the planet, but he was charmed by it. Also, he was super hot.... yeah. Mr. Hottie also pursued her relentlessly when she didn't act very interested because of her awkwardness. Someone is trying to press all of our buttons. In spite of all of that, I did mostly enjoy the book because it had a lot of fun pop culture references and funny moments. But, something inside of me didn't like the idea that just because someone reads a lot they must be awkward and living in a fantasy world of their own making. It seemed like it was stereotyping us, and so many other kinds of subcultures. Like the gay nephew she meets. He's got to be exactly the gay man in every sit-com. He introduces himself as "your fabulous gay nephew," and proceeds to gay it up all over the place. Now, my brother was gay and I had a huge circle of gay friends because of him while growing up. They actually don't use the word "fabulous" as often as heteros think they do. And most of them can fit into society without doing obvious "gay things". You would never even know they were gay.*gasp* And, they might not even like shopping! *gasp again* And, they may not want to be your gay best friend because you always wanted one. *gasping too much now. Need to stop this before I hyperventilate*. But, the gay nephew is treated just like you would expect - on television or in books. Then the daydreaming thing annoyed me. Just because we read, we must be making up imaginary scenarios in our head like the kid from A Christmas Story? Let's be honest here, if we stepped out of reality and had some walking dream about an ice cream war going on in the streets, we would most likely be suffering from some form of ice cream PTSD and need therapy. I read every night - almost a book a day - and yet I can live in complete reality. I even socialize with other humans perfectly well. As a matter of fact, I make friends everywhere I go because I actually like people and know how to chit chat. *look, I'm not going to gasp again, because I just came down from the last paragraph's breathing exercise, but you know there should be several gasps here, right?* So, no, we readers aren't unable to cope with reality and live in fantasy worlds that we can't control. I bet he's not a reader. A reader would know how to cover up his crime. Also, the ending was super cheesy. Like, your fingers will suddenly be orange from how much cheesiness it's manifesting. It's like tree pollen in the South in spring. Or, for you Yankees - it's like eating cheetos. Still, I think most people will like this as a fluffy read. I'm just exceptionally snarky today. Now, it's time to go read something more realistic - maybe some werewolf porn or alien porn.... as long as it's porn.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Nina Hill's whole life revolves around her love for books. She works in a book store, is hostess to many book clubs. Has her own huge collection of books. She dreams and breaths books. Nina is happy with her quiet life. She likes it that way. So when she receives the unexpected news of her father's death, a father she had never met and knew nothing about, the big family she suddenly inherited and all the ensuing drama that comes with that — shakes up Nina's life. What I liked: I loved everything Nina Hill's whole life revolves around her love for books. She works in a book store, is hostess to many book clubs. Has her own huge collection of books. She dreams and breaths books. Nina is happy with her quiet life. She likes it that way. So when she receives the unexpected news of her father's death, a father she had never met and knew nothing about, the big family she suddenly inherited and all the ensuing drama that comes with that — shakes up Nina's life. What I liked: I loved everything to do with Nina. She was so relatable and as a bookish person, I could see myself in her. The author did a good job of depicting how Nina's mind functions and her crazy imagination. I loved the parts where Nina would space out and come up with the weirdest theories. I loved that this book, at its core, is about Nina coming to the realization that she is missing out on other great things in life by living in her book box. Not that there's anything wrong with that (*side eyes myself*), Nina is lonely and she does want to do something to change that. I loved the anxiety rep, though I have no real experience with anxiety so I can't speak as to whether it was accurate or not. What I disliked: The descriptive parts of the book was engaging and addictive, the dialogue on the other hand were sometimes witty and funny but most of the time, it felt stiff and unrealistic. I dont know if what I'm saying makes sense. I wanted more from the ‘new family’ plot line. I'm actually surprised that some readers have been pushing this as a romance when it really isn't. Yeah sure, Nina does start falling for a guy named Tom. But the romance part fell very flat. There were no sparks and to be honest I couldn't care less if there was no romance at all. This book will definitely appeal to my fellow bookish folk. Unfortunately it just didn't live up to what I was expecting. Publication date: 9 July 2019 ARC received from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meredith B. (readingwithmere)

    4 Stars! It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong. This is such a cute story! Be sure to read this one - if you are a bookworm you will truly appreciate Nina! Nina is a book worm and is happy in her life. She works at a book store (every bookworm's dream, right), she a few great friends and she schedules her life down to the hour almost everyday. She finds that books are always a good choice over people exce 4 Stars! It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong. This is such a cute story! Be sure to read this one - if you are a bookworm you will truly appreciate Nina! Nina is a book worm and is happy in her life. She works at a book store (every bookworm's dream, right), she a few great friends and she schedules her life down to the hour almost everyday. She finds that books are always a good choice over people except for Trivia night, you can't miss trivia night! She also believes everyone has 5 perfect things. One day, Nina finds out the father she never knew has died. Along with that she discovers that she now has multiple siblings and nieces & nephews. She really does not care to get involved with this new family until the lawyer urges her that there may be something left of worth that she will want to come to the will reading for. Slowly she starts to meet some of her family members and realizes that maybe it isn't so bad to have close family. While all this is going on, Nina is also trying to navigate a romantic relationship with her trivia enemy, Tom. As Nina navigates through these new challenges she sees that maybe coming outside her enclosed box of life isn't so bad... This is such a cute story and I feel like I could relate to Nina in so many ways being a bookworm myself. When you are comfortable with your routine and things go awry it can trigger anxiety or it can make you feel very uncomfortable. Nina has two major life situations happen quite quickly at once - love and a brand new (HUGE by the way) family. This is frankly a lot for anyone to take but someone who enjoys doing their own thing it's even harder on. I thought the story was great because the author did not just have Nina take the easy way out. Each situation she reacted as one would, either awkward, uncomfy or avoiding the situation until she finally learned it was OK to step outside her world. I was definitely rooting for Nina the whole time and I'm sure anyone who reads this would too! Also, who wouldn't want to work in a bookstore? Sounds like a rad gig to me! This one is out now and you should definitely pick it up if a cute story is what you are craving! Thank you to Berkley Pub for my ARC of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 Stars rounded up Nina loves all things bookish, she works at a bookstore and enjoys her planners/and making lists. This was a cute, fast read that follows Nina, a 29 year old who is happily living her bookish life when she gets some news that she has a second family that she never knew about. She grew up with an absent mother and was mostly raised by a live-in nanny. She finds out that she is in her deceased father's will. What could he have left her? He was a wealthy man. She starts to get t 3.5 Stars rounded up Nina loves all things bookish, she works at a bookstore and enjoys her planners/and making lists. This was a cute, fast read that follows Nina, a 29 year old who is happily living her bookish life when she gets some news that she has a second family that she never knew about. She grew up with an absent mother and was mostly raised by a live-in nanny. She finds out that she is in her deceased father's will. What could he have left her? He was a wealthy man. She starts to get to know her "new" family and if course it creates a lot of drama when they find out that she is included in the will. The chaos and interactions with her new family members had me thinking about how one would react to such news. A shock to all of them. There is also a bit of a romance when she meets someone, but this part of the story line felt a bit bland to me. Nina was my favorite character and I loved how the author focused on her emotional side and her personality traits that many will may relate too (I did). The best part was all the bookish references and the adorable character, Nina Hill.  A light read that would be good for a lazy afternoon on the porch or beach side. And just look at that cover!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! It was everything! To start, I obviously loved the bookish aspect of it. Like chapter sixteen, when she describes her bookshelves….just wow. This book perfectly captured what it’s like to be a bookworm. It’s like a giant love letter to all of us. Interspersed between chapters are daily planner templates that Nina fills out each day. Not only were those super cute, b I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! It was everything! To start, I obviously loved the bookish aspect of it. Like chapter sixteen, when she describes her bookshelves….just wow. This book perfectly captured what it’s like to be a bookworm. It’s like a giant love letter to all of us. Interspersed between chapters are daily planner templates that Nina fills out each day. Not only were those super cute, but they were very insightful and offered an interesting glimpse into the mind of Nina. This book was also hilarious. There were some funny situations and Nina has a unique sense of humor that I loved. I also enjoyed the family aspect. One storyline was Nina discovering who her father was (he recently died and Nina was contacted in regards to his will) and meeting her numerous relatives. I loved her interactions with her family and how she was able to develop a bond with them. It was very heartwarming to see. The supporting characters were awesome as well. There was an interesting collection of people and personalities. I especially loved the elementary school girls in Nina’s book club. They were adorable and funny! Lastly, the trivia tidbits were so fun! I loved reading the random trivia facts that get thrown around by various characters, including Nina herself. Overall, if you consider yourself a bookworm, then read this book!

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