The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

A snarky, relatable, bookish delight! Abbi Waxman really delivers heart in this story of a young woman content in solitude, yet wondering if life could be better than fiction.

It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong.

— Abbi Waxman

Synopsis:

Nina Hill happily lives a simple and quiet life. A job in a bookstore, a cat named Phil, some great organization, and her trivia team. She sometimes thinks that maybe there could be more for her, but she just picks up another book instead. When the father she did know existed dies and leaves her loads of very social relatives (who live close by! gasp!), and her trivia opponent starts to look very cute and interested, Nina feels overwhelmed. It’s going to take a lot for her to come out of her shell and trust that life might just be better than fiction.

Being with you is as good as being alone.

— Abbi Waxman

Review:

Abbi Waxman delivers laughs, tears, and understanding head nods with this cheeky book. It quickly became a favorite of mine, and one that I see myself rereading every year, or when I need an uplifting boost. Waxman’s writing is fluid and descriptive, not overly complex but witty enough to convey Nina in her natural light.

I’ve heard a few people refer to Nina Lee Hill as their spirit animal, and I sure have to agree! She’s introverted, bookish, organized, witty, and enjoys having control over her life. It sounds like me on my best day! Ok, even if I don’t always measure up to my highest of standards, it’s nice to have a relatable heroine in Nina. Her character really shines and warms your heart.

My favorite genre is usually literary fiction, and while this book read more like a beach read / light romance, Nina and her brainy friends are always pulling out an impressive bit of trivia or a wonderful reference to a classic novel…or even just some good ol’ fashioned Homer Simpson. It’s bookish, light, snarky, and hopeful. I have absolutely no complaints!

Nina worried she liked being alone too much; it was the only time she ever fully relaxed. People were… exhausting. They made her anxious. Leaving her apartment every morning was the turning over of a giant hourglass, the mental energy she’d stored up overnight eroding grain by grain. She refueled during the day by grabbing moments of solitude and sometimes felt her life was a long-distance swim between islands of silence.

— Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Berkley

Summary

A snarky, relatable, bookish delight! Abbi Waxman really delivers heart in this story of a young woman content in solitude, yet wondering if life could be better than fiction. A new favorite!

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