The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451491879
0451491874
Branch Call Number: F WAXMA-A
Characteristics: 332 pages ; 21 cm

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

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 smiled...with 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 meet...her (many) relatives (shudder). Strangers. Dangers. And all that.

Annnnd, all this turmoil continues to spiral.

TSCPL_Miranda May 19, 2020

I loved this book! Funny, heart warming, and uplifting, with lots of literary references sprinkled throughout. Nina believes that there are five perfect things in the world--reading, cats, dogs, honeycrisp apples, and coffee. She's a trivia queen, works in a bookstore, she's in two book groups, and she needs an evening dedicated to reading and alone time, of course. Her life is fun, organized, and balanced, even if it is so busy that she literally pulls out her planner to schedule in a date at one point. Nina has never known her dad, so she's surprised to hear from a lawyer that he has died, and left her something in his will. Suddenly her quiet life is connected to family that she never knew she had, right in her home of Los Angeles, and she finds herself thinking hard about the people in her life, and what she might be missing.

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

Nina Hill is alone, and she likes it that way. She's a bookworm who works at a bookstore, a trivia master, a perpetual organizer whose life always goes according to schedule. But two things happen in Nina's life at once: she discovers a long-lost family through the father she didn't know she had, and she develops a crush on a rival trivia player, Tom. Nina is forced to decide whether being alone is actually all it's cracked up to be, or whether, if she opens her heart, she may find that people aren't all as bad as she thinks.

This one hits home for me in many ways, and I relate really hard with Nina. I suffer from what can be pretty intense anxiety, I love to plan, I'd rather read with my dog at home than go meet friends on a Thursday night. I've had people who make me think that maybe I could include them in my alone time, and most of the time, it falls apart, because I prioritize my me time, and that's just the end of that.

For Nina, this changes (spoilers, I guess, but also...you saw it coming), and it's pretty great to experience that change along with her as her new family and her relationship bring her out of her shell. Overall, this one is just a lot of fun - there are some interesting, hilarious scenes, including but not limited to: a wedding with a camel; some cannabis-infused baked goods as well as a food fight; and a K.I.T.T. Knight Rider car (not all at once, don't worry). It's all unexpected and funny while also being very lighthearted and predictable in ways that contemporary fic usually is.

A highlight of this one for me were the planner pages at the start of most of the chapters. I LOVE PLANNING. And being able to see Nina plan her days and then read about them unfolding, either in the ways she planned them or not, was so satisfying.

Ultimately, I guess, this is good for readers who like fluffy fic that conforms to expectations but also involves them deeply in the MC's life. As a bookworm, I saw a lot of myself in Nina, and I really enjoyed experiencing her days with her. Keeping the hope alive that one day someone will come along who is as good to be with as being alone is a daily struggle, and I think I read this one at the right time, because I often don't enjoy being presented with these ideal situations that never happen in real life. I don't know if I believe they exist, or that those people exist. But for now, for today, I can live in this fun dream world with Tom and Nina.

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Ren_M
Jan 29, 2020

Cute book. Too many magical coincidences to take seriously. Likely destined to be a movie on the Hallmark Channel. Not sure why it has been chosen for many book clubs (unless they're secretly wine clubs with a literary excuse), as there is basically no depth or subtext to it. Recommend it for reading on a plane or while on vacation.

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Adw555
Jan 27, 2020

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A book about an introvert who loves to read - sign me up!!

PLOT SUMMARY: Nina loves her job at the bookstore, her weekly book club meetings , her trivia team, her cat and most especially her alone time. In order to keep her anxiety in check, Nina loves to plan, plan and plan some more. So when she finds out the father she never knew existed is now dead, and she has a large extended family who is quite interested in meeting her, well it’s quite a lot to take in.

Added to the mix is Tom, the handsome member of a rival trivia team, who is very appealing to Nina and actually seems quite smitten with her. If only she could get over herself, she just might have a chance at real happiness. But the more we get to know Nina, the more we realize that’s a very big “if”.

PROS: Lovely, heartwarming and just easy!

CONS: Requires absolutely no thought and I was totally in the mood for it! Not much in the way of a plot, but fun characters and situations made it difficult to put down.

YES or NO: Definitely a YES - this book is filled with light hearted, sweet characters and I laughed out loud more than a couple of times. Delightful!

5 Stars

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squirrelee
Dec 20, 2019

I really wanted to like this book, but I think it lacked depth. I am all about a fluffy book now and then, but this one was cringeworthy at times for me.

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theojones41
Nov 22, 2019

Kinda cute. Anxiety ridden young woman meets young man, forms bad opinion, changes mind three or four times, inherits a fortune and a new family, and presumably will now live happily ever after.

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msf_grpl
Nov 20, 2019

This was a quick, mostly entertaining read. The dialog and narrator comments were quick witted, humorous, irreverent-- but overdone, so that it soon wore thin and I found it annoying at times. Quirky characters and coincidences can get too quirky and unbelievable... But overall enjoyed the read.

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kvanmooresma
Nov 19, 2019

I wasn't a fan of the last couple of pages, but other than that, the book was delightful. I've seen comments from other people that didn't like her personality, and I will admit that she's got some quirks, but I loved the absolute introvertedness of her. So many of her character traits are completely in line with myself or with introverted friends, and it's fabulous to have a main character who is so relatable to people like me. And as a bonus, I literally laughed out loud multiple times.

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sloanelCPL
Oct 19, 2019

chick lit, lit lit, chick lit lit -- sounds like a flavour instead of a genre -- a chick lit lit rom com. Very satisfying. Some nice descriptions of the adaptations we make to manage anxiety, and some nice explorations of complementarity -- the grounding effect of someone who is not anxious on someone with a vulnerability to anxiety. It was fun to read about a protagonist who, although prone to anxiety, is so completely comfortable in her sexuality. The embracing of a new family member might be a teeny bit idealized, but not too much for a chick lit lit rom com.

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Jul 20, 2019

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

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Jul 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Liberal use of F***

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