Abbi Waxman Is Both Irreverent And Thoughtful 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Emily Giffin The Author Of Other People S Houses And The Garden Of Small Beginnings Delivers A Quirky And Charming Novel Chronicling The Life Of Confirmed Introvert Nina Hill As She Does Her Best To Fly Under Everyone S Radar Meet Nina Hill A Young Woman Supremely Confident In Her Ownshell.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 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. I mean, I get that the universe whirls in mysterious yada yada, but wouldn t you rather travel the world No, I d rather stay home and read Nina Hill s life is perfect as it is, thank you very much.She has an adorable little apartment, a fabulous job at a local bookstore Knight s , and a grumpy cat Phil Nina looked down and smiledwith the plentiful sarcasm and soothing rows of book spines It was heaven on earth. And on her wild days she plays trivia at a local bar provided it isn t one of the places she s been banned from it happens, okay Tom, her greatest rival, can be a bit of a jerk and Nina takes extreme pleasure in showing him up Her life comfortably circles around books And honestly, she wouldn t have it any other way Are your criticizing Harry Potter Never I m a Ravenclaw But unfortunately, what you want and what you get isn t always the same thing Nina s mother is a world class photographer and as a result, Nina spent most of her childhood curled up with a good book along with her live in nanny.In short, Nina is not overly fond of adventures at least in real life.Now, nearly thirty years old, Nina learns that not only did her mother actually know who Nina s father was but also her father is dead And she s in his will But in order to claim it, she must meether many relatives shudder Strangers Dangers And all that.Annnnd, all this turmoil continues to spiral.Her trivia nemesis, Tom, is actually far less of a jerk than she anticipated He s objectively attractive but subjectively repulse, on account of his overwhelming self confidence And Tom, well, he s always noticed Nina but now he s reallllly noticing her She s really smart, probably too smart for me And to top it all, Knight s Bookstore is on its last legs It was actually on it s last legs months and months ago.Nina is heartbroken but at least her boss has a planthough it s not much of one Make the books look pretty Smile, but look pitiful When people ask if we re closing, shake your head softly and suggest they buy a boxed set Bookish Nina will have to do something she s never even considered before take charge and make a difference.Will she do it in time Or will everything crumble before she even begins Dammit Now she was going to have to change her planner. This book was perfect I honestly have not related so much to a main character in years There are people who have no time for booksNina judged them. I feel like Nina and I are soul sisters.I loved Nina s fierce love of any and all things bookish especially her dedicated reading time Sometimes people tried to get her to do something instead, but she was fiercely defensive of her nothing. The characters were firmly fleshed out and their personalities were so vibrant that I felt like I could have a conversation with them One of my favorite parts about this book was actually reading it with my mother My mom always gets to check out the books sent to me by publishers and she snatched this one up so fast that if I had blinked, I would have missed it.Reading this one with her was truly a wonderful bonding experience We laughed so hard whenever we saw Nina interact with her family and we sighed with happiness at the ending Waxman paced those snappy conversations perfectly for our sense of humor The relationship was over the top but in a totally believable way you know what I mean It s like a meet cute but one that I can actually see happening Good night, tiny bookworm And probably the best quote of the entire book Being with you is as good as being alone Pure happiness Unbelievably huge thanks to Berkley Publishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Abbi Waxman s creation, the book obsessed 29 year old Nina Lee Hill was an absolute joy for me to spend time with, particularly with the mass of literary and cultural references littered throughout this wonderful piece of contemporary fiction with all its comic humour Set in the offbeat district of Larchmont, LA, Nina works at the independent bookstore, Knights, established in the 1940s It s the best fit for Nina, an OCD over planner, so Monica from Friends is obviously her favourite character Nina is smart, sarcastic, socially awkward and anxious for whom spontaneity and the unexpected throws her for a loop Books are at the top of the list in her 5 perfect things, they are medication, sanctuary and the source of all good things, nothing has yet proven her wrong and it s little wonder libraries are her idea of heaven Her mom is a famous photographer and free spirit, she has never known her father, and she was bought up and loved by her nanny, Louise, and Khalil Gibran s The Prophet has the most apt saying that defines her, You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts as she lives her life in her off the wall and exciting fictional universe Amidst her busy, tightly scheduled life of Trivia nights with her team, Book Em Danno, numerous book clubs and reading, that are her weapons of self defence, Nina s life has an almighty spanner thrown in it She discovers a father she never knew about has just died, she is in his will, and is struck numb when she realises she has a huge and disparate family right on her doorstep Then there is Tom, a member of another Trivia team, a whizz on the subject of sport, Nina s weakest area, annoying, really not a suitable boyfriend for her, after all he is not a reader, but..she just cannot stop thinking about him Nina struggles to accommodate the idea that life is what happens whilst she has been busy making other plans, and overcome her personal intrinsic belief that Books are safer than other people Neil Gaiman Waxman writes a gloriously funny novel with a raft of fantastic characters that lit up my life as I read it Nina is endearing, a sharp cookie who can wax lyrical on the most obscure of subjects, her brain is a veritable encylopaedia of facts and knowledge, it s just her emotional side that is a challenge and which she needs to work on This is for all those book worms out there, especially for those for whom books are one of the most perfect elements in an imperfect world, and for anyone else who enjoys well written contemporary fiction with oodles of warmth Many thanks to Headline for an ARC. How could I resist a book about a bookworm Not just a bookworm, but an only child bookworm that finds solace and peace in books, a child whose mother is absent and father is unknown Well, until a lawyer appears informing Nina her father had died and she has half siblings.I love the writing style that Waxman uses Reminiscent of a 19th century novel, complete with witty glimpses of what is to transpire at the start of each chapter There s a dry sense of humor to this book He didn t remind her of herself, but, to be fair, she was a slender 29 year old woman with dark red shirted and freckles, and he had been a rounded old man with white hair and wrinkles, so it wasn t exactly apples to apples More like grapes to raisins And that s a quote from the book I can include One of the funnier ones would probably be banned by GR This book is just plain fun But it also makes some wonderful points I just adored how they all discover their similarity, as the weird things that seem to be genetic enthrall me I found it a delight to read and wanted to spend every waking minute with Nina, her friends and her new found family Make sure you actually read the daily planner pages that precede each chapter My thanks to netgalley and Berkley Publishing for an advance copy of this book. Delightful, amusing, full of heart THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by ABBI WAXMAN is an engaging, fun, charming, and lighthearted tale that totally captures the beauty and life of a bookworm perfectly I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of how relatable, thoughtful and fantastic this story was I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.ABBI WAXMAN delivers an interesting, witty, endearing, and beautifully written read here with lovable and quirky characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me I think reading a book about a bookworm is probably one of the most satisfying, pleasurable, gratifying and validating experiences out there and so relatable to all of us book lovers I was totally taken and fascinated with Nina Hill s character and she fully captured my heart There were so many times I felt a strong kinship to Nina and nodding in agreement to pretty much every aspect of her character and to plenty of scenarios in this book I loved reading Nina s day planner pages and how they were used as chapter breaks which definitely added a little extra flare to the novel for me Norma s Stats Cover Pretty, intriguing, whimsical, eye catching and a fitting representation to storyline I absolutely love everything about this cover especially the color schemes Title Appealing, intriguing and absolutely love how perfect the title is to the storyline The title of this book definitely enticed me to read it Anything book related in the title I m in Writing Prose Well written, beautiful, witty, fluid, fun, engaging, and captivating I totally connected with and absolutely loved ABBI WAXMAN S writing style Plot Fun, humorous, touching, memorable, perfectly paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining Ending The last line of this book was perfection Absolutely loved it Overall I absolutely adored this book and didn t want it to end It definitely gave me that huggable, warm and fuzzy feeling Would highly recommend Traveling Sisters Friends Read I d like to thank Elisha at Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book It was an absolute delight reading this book Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog Five bold, big, underlined, shining, intellectual, quirky, weird, nuts, but so so so much entertaining, perfectly crafted, how can I resist to love it stars How any ordinary human being could resist the charm of Nina Hill s characteristic attributes Not me, this was love at first sight I loved her She is not a regular smart, nerdy, introvert book worn, she s so busy, social with her scheduled book club events, trivia competitions with her straightforward comments, standing up against the unfairness, cheating or any other miscalculation of their earned points, her friends and she are banned from most of the competition places , movie nights at Arc Light theatres mostly her date is greasy popcorn She reads a lot, she drinks wine a lot My God this is definition of me She may suffer from ADD, OCD, anxiety and panic attacks OMG this is still me She has great sense of humor, sensitive observation skills, quite creative imagination I don t want to look like pretentious but it s still me Oh boy Did I know the author from somewhere She has a long distance relationship with her mother since she was a little baby She was left with a nanny and only communication way to her mother were postcards and no relationship with her father because she doesn t know who he is Mother part is close but I love my father Okay, the author is not BB or stalker That means there are millions of people like me Good to know not to be alone Didn t I mention, she s so busy with her impeccably detailed and organized schedule, so WHO NEEDS A FAMILY WHO NEEDS A BOYFRIEND RIGHT ERRRRRRR Wrong answer Nina So sorry, you may answer all the trivia question without blinking or breathing at least she didn t suffocate but she has a crush on Tom who is a member of rival team competing against them at the trivia quizzes And she learns that she has a father who has watched her from a distance, married too many times, lived a joyful life, put her into his will before dying from a sudden heart attack Now she learns that she has brother, sisters, nephews older than her , grand nephews, a crowded, crazy, dysfunctional, big family Okay this part is close to me For the first time in my life I have so much common with a character Now she wants TO RUN, HIDE, DISAPPEAR Anything she can do not to connect with those people who fight too much, who resent each other so much, who have so many differences but still they manage to stay together Isn t this a classical definition of a regular family I loved the parts about Nina s worldview changing As soon as she starts to connect with each member of her family and open her heart to Tom by letting him in, she realizes she still likes to be alone but in the meantime she also enjoys to be with the people she loved deep in her heart This book is about resistance to change but learning to adapt and be brave to share your feelings, be openminded to enjoy different and challenging experiences of life, take risks, embrace your differences, quirks, antics and finally learn to love yourself and share your love without putting any restriction or limitation Yaaaayyyy I found my fiction twin Of course it was easy to give five stars I loved the author s way of thinking, writing, creating characters that so easy to be resonated I mostly agree with her comments and observations about LA life I really laughed so much at those parts, my cheeks still hurt So as soon as it s released on July 9th , go and get this book and devour every word of it Laugh without thinking people giving you weird faces They gave me but I handled it maturely I stuck my tongue Special thanks to Berkley Books to send me ARC copy via NetGalley also special thanks to them, too for exchanging my honest review This part always reminds me of Academy Award speeches but at least this is short one. 5 Embrace Your Bookish Life stars Abbi Waxman you have left me absolutely smitten This story has sassy wit, laugh out loud humor and so much heart. Not only did I unabashedly adore Nina and wholeheartedly fall in love with Tom he definitely made it onto my Top 3 Book Boyfriends List but I was also completely enad with the book s entire cast of zany and unique characters This bookish girl read the entire book with a smile on my face Each book nerdism, pop culture reference and mention of an introvert s view on life was so relatable As Nina s quiet, organized life is upset by the possibility of love, new family and work issues we watch her grow and adapt to the changes in her life in such a hopeful manner that it left me feeling so content Book lovers this is a must read you will recognize yourself in the characters, delight in the book and pop culture references, laugh with the wit and humor of the characters and fall in love with the budding romance Nina Hill I LOVED your bookish life 4 stars The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a story I think all bookworms can relate to in some form or another I really enjoyed the story, Nina s character, the family dynamic, and I am 100% obsessed with this amazing cover Nina is in her late 20 s and is a self proclaimed bookworm She has a calendar filled up with things like trivia dates and free time ie reading and works at a book store She s introverted and is happiest when around books When Nina finds out her father, who she never knew, passed away and left her something, shes s shocked She s also shocked when she finds out he comes from a huge family and she has a brother, sisters, nephews, and nieces It was always just Nina and her mom like Nina and her beloved nanny and she doesn t know how to feel about all this Among everything going on in the family, the bookstore she works at is having trouble financially and one of her trivia rivals who she s been interested in for the longest time asks her out There is a lot on Nina s plate and she feels extremely overwhelmed I loved Nina and Tom s relationship and rooted for them I also liked watching Nina interact with this new family she was a part of and seeing how she fit in with them Even though Nina is near 30, this is very much a story about self discovery Watching Nina grow and come into her own was a wonderful thing This book is part romance, part chick lit, and part cont fiction I truly enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone who wants to read about someone who loves books as much as they do I want to be with you the way you are, the way you re going to be, and the way you end up Every way you are is beautiful to me What a charming book about books I m so happy authors are bringing us these types of reads, and Abbi Waxman has done an exceptional job with Nina s story Nina has it all in her mind a job at bookstore I d love that , a winning trivia team I love trivia , the best planner I ve got multiple planners , and a treasured cat I have three Oh, and did I mention Nina loves to read So much so, it s her only pastime.Nina s father, who she has never met, dies and leaves her with previously unknown relatives out the yin yang, all living near her, and they want to be part of her life, which quickly overwhelms her Nina was perfectly content with her quiet reading life before.Nina s going to have to grow, and we are on the sidelines watching her transformation There may even be love in her near future.The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a delightful read It s funny, at times relatable as only bookish people would get, and it s smoothly written There s so much to love about Nina and infinitely to love about this story It s definitely a huggable, feel good read, for when you need your spirits lifted A huge thanks to Abbi Waxman for this endearing character and story.I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own.My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com The part of the review in which we meet Nina Lee Hill and discuss her personalityNina Hill s life is perfect She has a job in an old bookstore in the middle of a quaint part of Los Angeles lives in a lovely apartment with a slightly judgemental cat Philip her wonderful friends with freakishly good memories help her rock the competitive trivia quiz world her wonderfully direct photographer mother is on a working assignment somewhere in China thousands and thousands of books with their marvellous fictional world are waiting to be discovered and read Nina is quiet, reserved, observant after all, human interactions can be fascinating, it s just not something she finds easy to engage in Take mystery buffs, they are so different from other types of readers eternally optimistic, they believe in the triumph of good over evil and in their own form of happy ever after.You might describe Nina as an introvert In her own words, being alone helps her replenish energy she loses interacting with others and little islands of silence help her navigate the long distance swim of life Another thing that Nina enjoys is planning, setting goals, organising How else would she be able to fit in all her Book Clubs Book Bitches for Contemporary fiction, Sneaky Spinsters for golden age mysteries, District Zero for YA, and Electric Sheep Grazing Club you guessed it for Sci Fi There s also a lethal gym class combination of Spoga Spin and yoga and Nina s competitive trivia team Nina has always had a very active imagination and curious, ready to learn and explore mind which needed its food If not properly fed Thank God for school librarians , she d go into a frenzy of anxiety and focussing on useless tidbits Of course, anxiety is the real reason why Nina needs to plan and organise everything so obsessively.Nina is also attentive, thoughtful, smiley, able to stand her ground but not unwilling to recognise and correct her mistakes She is the kind of girl anybody would be happy to have as a friend The part in which we meet Nina s family, friends and other characters in the book Nina s mother never told her who her father was She preferred being labelled a party girl with total disregard to her own reputation to letting Nina know that her father was a much older Hollywood lawyer with a pregnant wife As Nina s mother herself had to travel to war zones and other less than wholesome places to raise a child, she found a wonderful substitute in the form of Louise, Nina s Nanny, who gave the little girl her unconditional love and support I found extremely poignant what Louise did, faced with Nina s longing for a father figure in her life When Nina gets a call from a family lawyer who informs her that her father died and that she actually has a large and unusually complicated family, her first reaction is to shut down and say No, thank you, I love my life as it is However, she does meet her new relations and discovers her own answer to the question of how much their shared genetics contributes to their extraordinary range of personalities and quirks Everybody remembers her father differently and Nina herself might be the only person able to piece the true portrait of this mysterious man Nina is surrounded by people who love and care about her her trivia team mates, her boss and her colleagues, kids from her book clubs You have to work on your banter, sis , her half siblings, nephews and nieces, and of course, Tom, who has a wonderfully complementary personalityto Nina s With great difficulty I am trying to restrain myself and not give away either Tom s job, or Nina s response to the final question of the quiz championship final Suffice it to say, they are both super romantic and will make you go Aah The part in which we look at a photo of the place where the book is set Los Angeles of Nina Hill is a wonderful place full of unexpected treasures and quiet green neighbourhoods tucked in between touristy corners One of Nina s hobbies is photography, so we get a rare privilege to see Los Angeles the way she does I grew up here Traffic is the rumble of the ocean to me The part in which the reviewer finally gives in and professes her ardent feelings towards the book I fell in love with this book from the first pages, it took me just a few chapters to recognise how irresistibly drawn I was to Nina s humour and bookish references The hours I spent in the company of Nina Hill filled me with joy and quiet happiness that only a well written fictional world can bring Nina s journey to discovering her real purpose in life we knew it all along, but she didn t was fun and touching and full of laugh out loud moments.To tell the truth, if you haven t read the book, I envy you a bit, you re about to discover something wonderful.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.Image of Larchmont Boulevard By Arspickles17, CC BY SA 3.0, Nina works at a bookstore and she has a full schedule of reading, taking care of her cat and work She really is happy doing just those things Nina resisted the impulse to pull out her imaginary blaster and blow the woman s head off, and got a microflash of the bit in Terminator 2 where his silvery head splits in the middle and waves about Liz was always telling her to be warmer to the customers.An introvert and pop culture references.yes, please forwarned that I m breaking the rules and posting some quotes from this one because I do as I please Anyways, as I was rambling about Nina loves her life She evens gets out occasionally to do a team competition of quiz nights That s exciting Plus, there is a cute guy there.Then Nina gets a visit at work and finds out that she does in fact have a dad Her mom had always said she didn t He is dead but still.Nina had grown up thinking she had just her nanny and her absentee mothernow she finds out she has lots and lots of relatives.Nina had a lot of sympathy for Bruce Banner, particularly the version played by Mark Ruffalo, and at least she had Xanax He only had Thor So now she must wade into the whole having a family thing Being surrounded by books was the closest she d ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary.This book is just pure fun I LOVED Nina I related to her book nerdiness and it s fun and fluffy So much goodness Reading isn t the only thing in the world, Nina It s one of the only five perfect things in the world And the other four are Cats, dogs, Honeycrisp apples and coffee Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review.
- 333 pages
- The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
- Abbi Waxman
- 23 September 2017 Abbi Waxman