Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: July 9, 2019

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. 

I can enthusiastically recommend this story to someone who enjoys romance, trivia, and books!

Nina Hill lives a quiet life. She works in a bookstore, she loves reading, she has her cat, Phil and she enjoys a movie night with friends and her trivia night. Nina doesn't deviate from her carefully created life. She likes to be in control. Otherwise, her anxiety might get the best of her. 

Nina doesn't really date. She has no time in her planner for a man although she can admit to herself and to her trivia teammates that she likes the guy from their opposing team. His name is Tom and he mostly contributes to the trivia game with sports. So Nina thinks that he probably doesn't read. Why would she go out with someone who doesn't read?

Then, to make her life more difficult, she is notified that her father, whom she has never met, has died and she has a huge family she didn't even know she had. Worse, they want to meet her. 😧

They do say something about best-laid plans, don't they?

I laughed out loud a couple of times, I smiled a lot, and obviously, I enjoyed the ramblings from Nina's mind. 

Quirkiness should be Nina's middle name. It suited her and it made me like her quite a bit. 

I'm actually sad to see this story end. I wish there was a way to continue to enjoy these characters.

The Bookish Life on Nina Hill is the perfect book for a book lover!

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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