The Bookish Life of Nina Hillby Published 09 Jul 2019
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"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin
The author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone's radar.
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell.
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all--or mostly all--excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?
Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Reviews
I'M THOROUGHLY CHARMED.
review to come / either 3.5 or 4 stars I'll decide later
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
this book: the protagonist is a bookworm.
me: i'm in.
(thanks to Berkley for the arc)
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.
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!
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.