The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman – Book Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman – Book Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Author – Abbi Waxman
Publisher – Headline Review
Pages – 352
Released – 9th July 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1472266217
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own. . . shell.

Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team 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.

So when the father she never knew existed dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers.

And if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny and interested in getting to know her…

It’s time for Nina to turn her own fresh page, and find out if real life can ever live up to fiction. . .

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Bookworm Nina Hill lives and breaths books, she even works at a bookstore and runs their book clubs. She also likes her life to run smoothly and plans her day to the second. She doesn’t like change, people she doesn’t know, nor being beat in her weekly quiz team meetings.

Then she meets Tom from a rival quiz team and he makes her heart all fluttery, but he’s not bookish and she couldn’t date someone who isn’t into books, could she?

She also has just found out that the father she never knew or wanted to know about has died and she is mentioned in his will. Sound okay so far, until she learns he was married three times and she has numerous siblings, nieces, nephews, and step-mums. This is not how she planned her future!

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a warm, amusing, insightful novel that I completely loved. Nina is such an amazing character, if a little different, but different is good. She lives alone, except for her cat Phil and likes being alone. She prefers the company of books to humans – I think we all know that one at some point!! She loves facts, decent wine (cheap stuff just won’t do), movies, and quizzing.

Nina has a small group of friends and likes to keep it that way. She’s not one for small talk or flirting apparently, but suddenly liking the company of her arch-nemesis Tom and finding out she has a huge family is terrifying.

The book is extremely well written. You can feel all of Nina’s emotions radiate off the page. You will also giggle along at her view on life, it certainly gives you that feel-good factor. It was lovely to see Nina blossom as the book progressed and for her character to evolve along with her current situation. She felt very realistic which is a credit to author Abbi Waxman’s writing skills.

This is a must-read for anyone who is bookish. It was great to see an introvert take centre stage of a storyline and not be there to make up the numbers. It is also filled with plenty of facts that I kept on sharing with my husband who I think switched off after a while!

Light, entertaining, and enjoyable the whole way through. This was a book I didn’t want to end. I will miss quirky, sarcastic Nina.

Book Reviewer – Stacey


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About the Author

Abbi Waxman The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a highly successful career writing crime fiction. She encouraged Abbi and her sister Emily to read anything and everything they could pull down from the shelves, and they did. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Clients ranged from big and traditional, (AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, American Express, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz) to big and morally corrupt (R. J. Reynolds) to big and larcenous (Enron). Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, TV shows and screenplays, largely in order to get a moment’s peace.

Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.

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4 Responses

  1. This seems like a lovely book! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    This has been languishing on my TBR for some time. Your review has me greedy to read it

  3. I always enjoy books about people who love to read 🙂 Great review! I’ll add this one to my TBR.

  4. Vidya says:

    I started this and enjoyed it; but the ARC expired before I finished it.. so now need to get back to it somehow 🙂