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Lazy Saturday Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman @amplecat @PenguinUKBooks #Audiobook

Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Penguin
Format reviewed: audiobook
Length: 9h 44m
Narrator: Jessica Preddy
5 stars => favourite book alert!

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

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.

From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!
Ps: My lazy reviews are more often good ones than rants, haha!

I love it when books gift me new friends. It is exactly what happened with The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Thank you so much Jonetta for your recommendation! Read her review here, it’s brilliant!

Are you a book lover?

Are you looking for something hilarious and sweet?

Do you like a tiny bit of romance?

Do you like big families?

Did I mention books?

There is so much to love in this cute novel that I just want to send you right away to the Audible page!

I am not a huge fan of romance, but goodness, Nina is so relatable and fun, and so much like me that I just melted. Her love life is quiet until she meets Tom, and Tom… Well, if I had a list of bookish crush, he’d be on it!!!

Nina’s family… Ha! I thought I had a weird one, or lack of… But wait until you discover Nina’s family… with Nina, who had no idea she was living close to so many relatives! Each member is different, which gives the reader and Nina a chance to judge, learn, and change opinion.

Did I say I enjoyed going through the motions with Nina? I felt I was living life with my BFF!

Nina… Nina is a book lover, a book seller, a cat mama. She enjoys being alone, she loves facts and is part of a trivia team (I had no idea what this was!!!) Nina is kind, has a cracking sense of humor, and Nina also has anxiety.

Is anxiety worth mentioning? Well, as a specialist in this area, I say yes! I’m always really harsh with authors who decide to add this layer in their books. I have read so many monstrosities, like how men are the best remedy against anxiety *coughs and chokes*

But the author actually did a good job in depicting how life with anxiety is like. I admit I got scared at some point with Tom… However, all was good in the end, and I can only recommend you to read this book, especially if anxiety is a friend of yours (if not just for what Tom says to Nina… Gosh!! *Swoons when she never does that!!!!! What’s happening to your beloved reviewer???*

I wish I had some fabulous quotes to share, but the audiobook had me under its spell and I just enjoyed the adventure without taking notes! The narrator is outstanding and simply perfect for this slice of uplifting L.A cake!

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is highly entertaining, filled with amazing lines, and balances the seriousness of life with the lightness and escapism we get from books. I love it, and I am sure you will too!

You can find the book here!

17 thoughts on “Lazy Saturday Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman @amplecat @PenguinUKBooks #Audiobook”

  1. When I was reading the description of this book, I had a feeling you would relate to it so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s fab when a friend recommends you a book and it turns out they were so right. It almost makes you enjoy it more I think.
    Amanda xx


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