Monday, May 4, 2020

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

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
By: Abbi Waxman
Published: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Berkley 
Source: Audible Purchase
Book Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

April's book club pick was, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and I loved it! I listened on audible, and the narrator has a soothing, relaxing, and pleasant voice. Every time I listened to this story, it felt like slipping in to warm comfy pajama's with my favorite hot tea or coffee. It just felt like it took me to a relaxing, calm, and happy place. 

This story is told by the main character, Nina Hill. I related to Nina in so many ways. Like myself, she was an introvert that would much rather read a book than socialize or do anything else. She worked at an independent bookstore, (talk about a dream job,) and had a very small close-knit group of friends. Nina loved working on her planner, (another favorite hobby of mine,) and enjoyed participating in multiple book clubs, and weekly trivia nights! 

When the absentee father, that Nina had never met, passes away, she learns she has a huge family. Fun, humor, a little bit of drama, and a whole lot of chaos begin to take over Nina's life. She also meets a man from her trivia nights, and Nina has to decide if she wants to take a chance and make room for all of the new people in her life!

If love enjoy cat's, (Nina has an adorable one), books, trivia, romance, and stories with big boisterous families, you should check out, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill!

About the Author:

Hi there. I'm a chocolate loving, dog loving writer living in Los Angeles. I sit down if I can, and lie down whenever possible. If you enjoy my book and would like a personalized, signed bookplate to go in it, email me your name and address and I'll send you one!


  1. Glad you enjoyed this. It's one of my faves. I loved the bookshop, the quiz nights, Phil, Tom, and Nina finding her big, crazy family. I smiled so much as I read this book.

    1. Yes, I had a permanent smile on my face with this story!

  2. Great review. And I love the sound of the narrator...she sounds fantastic. I love those soothing listening experiences.

  3. This one has been on my radar ever since it came out. Nina sounds 100% relatable. I'm going to see if my library has this one on audio. Great review, Lindy!

  4. I've read two of her older books and loved them. I've been meaning to snag this one at some point. I love how you found Nina so relateable and her cat was fun. This looks so good. Thanks, Lindy!

    1. You're Welcome Sophia! It looks like I need to check out her other books :)

  5. I have this one, and I NEED to read it soon. Nina sounds so like me. Glad you loved it.


    1. I can't wait to see what you end up thinking of it Lauren :)

  6. I don't know what it is...but this cover! I love it! It also sounds so cute!


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