Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Genre: contemporary fiction, romance, women’s lit
Is this part of a series? No… but I wish it were!
Published: July 9th, 2019
How did I receive this book? I bought the eBook here.
Nina keeps her life simple and well organized. She works at a bookshop surrounded by the things she loves most- books. Once a week she goes to a movie- alone or with her Trivia group, Book ’em Danno. Then there’s the book clubs- both the ones that she runs for her boss and the one she belongs to. Throw in Trivia night and the odd Spin class and life’s pretty complete. She has her books, her group, she doesn’t need more people.
And then the father she didn’t even know she had upped and died, leaving behind a will that outs his illegitimate child and brings her into the fold of a large, confusing family. Her anxiety makes surprises, change, and new people very difficult so she’s basically in Hell. And then there’s Tom, trivia nemesis and really cute guy who seems into her. Can she handle a large, brand new family and a boyfriend? She’s about to learn that there are some things that are worth a little discomfort- family, friends, love….
I loved this book! I saw a lot of myself in Nina which was wonderful and a bit embarrassing really. The books, the interactions with her cat, the anxiety (though mine is much more manageable). It was easy to get comfortable in her world and her head.
The premise was pretty amazing. I remember first hearing about it when I saw it on First to Read, but I unfortunately missed that ARC. It sounded so amazing. This woman who’s only family has been a mother and nanny suddenly having brothers and sister ranging from 52-10, a gay nephew that is older than her, and great-nieces/nephews. I loved the interactions, the drama. It was amazing.
Let’s talk about how well written it is- everything had an effortless flow to it, even though it was complete chaos. A failing bookshop, weaponized frozen treats, warring trivia teams, new/ insane family members…. and a bookish introvert that just wants to stay afloat. There’s a ton going on here, but it’s all done in such a way that you are never overwhelmed as a reader and nothing seems like an afterthought. I really enjoyed that. For me, this is obviously a five star book.
As far as the Adult Content Scale goes, there’s some language, rowdy jokes, an light sexual content. Let’s give it a three. (I seem to do that a lot, but I pick books more like this- sex scenes are there, but not overly explicit and certainly not more than two paragraphs. I am OK with cursing, but want a well written book- I certainly don’t want to read anything that relies on it’s shock power to pull readers to it…. nor one I would be embarrassed to have someone catch me reading).
The book is out now! Have you read it?