The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"Nina Hill's life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it's more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything...The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius--some welcoming and some not so welcoming, but all demanding her attention. If that's not enough, Nina's talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd--who's totally into her--is obviously too good to be true. Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world--and her heart--is a risk worth taking"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451491879
Branch Call Number: F WAXMAN
Characteristics: 332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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FPL_Lori Sep 16, 2020

This is a fun and light-hearted read about a quirky bookworm with social anxiety. Nina Hill works at a bookstore, has a cat, and with the exception of trivia nights and book clubs, leads a very quiet life. Until things happen. She finds out who her father was, and consequently inherits other fami... Read More »

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This was such a fun, light romp that I think most bookworms can probably relate to.

AndreaG_KCMO Mar 30, 2021

A few pages into this book, I didn't want to like it; the banter and vernacular are too familiar, too "millennial." But obviously, since I fit the demographic, I fell for it. The title character is lovable and her small troubles are recognizable. A little bit real life, a little bit fairy tale, and altogether a good time.

Mar 20, 2021

Easy reading. Nina is an introvert who struggles with social anxiety, yet she is a really strong and independent woman who works at a bookstore and loves trivia games. Her life changes when she finds out her father left her something on his will. She had never met her father and this threw her off. At the same time, she likes a guy, who is really nice but she feels that all is too much to deal with... The book has some good advice along the way... The end can be a bit awkward because she seems to have changed completely.... but it’s not true... she just happen to have eaten some funny muffins... she does become more mature and finds her purpose in life as well as love and answers to self existencial questions she had. Ok, as a former Los Angeles resident, I think Abbi (the author) portrays well the challenges of living in the city, the people you can run into and yet the beauty of L.A....

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

I wanted to like this book, I really did.
It had all the components of a quirky fun story but they didn’t mesh well together it it felt really forced and not at all genuine.

Plus, god I hated Nina. She was such an inconsistent character it drove me nuts. She’s got bad anxiety? Great! I love me a well represented character but it just didn’t work. She was all over the place as a character and would flip flop constantly.

One chapter she’s got weeks planned out and won’t give up a second of her scheduled time for a date but an hour later she’s she’s dropping everything for a random lunch date with someone she’s met twice out of the blue? What?

None of it made any sense and she was so unreliable as a character it made her really unlikable. I think I would have appreciated her more if the author stuck to her initial intro

Jan 20, 2021

Entertaining and charming with book references, trivia and happy endings. Loved it.

Dec 31, 2020

Funniest book I've rad in a long time.

ArapahoeKristy Dec 11, 2020

Nina enjoys her quiet life with her books and her cat until she is surprised by a visit from a lawyer one day while at work. Raised as an only child, she is shocked to find out that she has quite a few relatives who had been unknown to her. She has to decide if and how these new people fit into her life while also navigating other unexpected changes, all while dealing with anxiety.

Nov 15, 2020

I might be the only person that disliked this book. And I gave it a real chance! Three! I could not get pass the second chapter finding Nina really unlikeable.

Oct 17, 2020

A fun and easy story to read during the pandemic! Nina's love of all things books is reflected in details throughout the story, and will make anyone who loves books and being in bookstores/ around shelves of books absolutely delighted. There are parts of the story that are quite predictable, but little twists and turns will keep the reader entertained.

Sep 18, 2020

I love books that include books as a part of the plot or theme. I noticed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill in one of our local public library’s book chats. I thought it might be of interest and it was. Nina Hill was a millennial who worked in a bookshop, read constantly and had an apartment full of books and bookshelves. She also had a cat, which is another one of my favorites for story plots and real life. Nina had a relationship with a young man who had a book connection, too, although I won’t give away any spoilers. It was a quick, “beach read” type of book… light and somewhat predictable. I’d recommend it as a quick and easy read.

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Jul 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Some vulgarity and liberal use of F*** throughout

Jul 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Liberal use of F***


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It was the same way with everything Nina experienced; fictional characters were as real to her as the people she met and touched every day. Eventually, she developed a tougher skin and a more critical appreciation of literature, but she still cried at endings, happy or sad.


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