Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publish Date: July 9, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.99
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.
Nina is a single woman in her late twenties. She works in a bookstore, participates in a trivia league, and enjoys her quiet life. When she’s notified that the father she never knew has died, she suddenly finds herself with a family and the drama that comes with it. As for her dating life, Nina is attracted to a fellow trivia player, and she starts to finally feel close to someone.
Nina has always enjoyed being alone and she suffers from anxiety when things become too chaotic for her. She stays very organized and her life is well scheduled. When her life starts to not go according to plan, Nina learns she needs to have some better coping skills The new people in her life may be just what she needed.
A light and fluffy contemporary romance. I especially enjoyed Nina’s nerdy and quirky personality, and could relate to some of her traits. Humorous, charming, and entertaining.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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