The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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,...

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  • Miranda Reads

    Nina Hill's life is

    thank you very much.

    She has an adorable little apartment, a fabulous job at

    (Knight's), and a grumpy cat (Phil).

    - she plays trivia at a local bar (provided it isn't one of the places she's been banne(Phil).

    Nina Hill's life is

    thank you very much.

    She has an adorable little apartment, a fabulous job at

    (Knight's), and a grumpy cat (Phil).

    - 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

    And honestly, she wouldn't have it any other way.

    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

    along with her live-in nanny.

    In short,

    (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

    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

    than she anticipated.

    And Tom, well, he's always noticed Nina but now he's

    noticing her.

    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

    ...though it's not much of one.

    Bookish Nina will have to do something she's never even considered before - take charge and make a difference.

    I honestly have not related so much to a main character in years.

    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!

    The characters were

    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.

    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.

    And probably the best quote of the entire book:

    Pure happiness.

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  • Julie

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is a 2019 Berkley publication.

    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/>Sweet,

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is a 2019 Berkley publication.

    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!!

  • 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, stand

    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. )

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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, ende

    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:

  • 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 a

    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.

  • 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.

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  • 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 ho

    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.

  • *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.

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