Hello, Friend! Am back with another book review and this day; the focus is on The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill
DETAILS Title:The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman Published By: Berkley Published Date: July 9th 2019
Synopsis 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. - Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) - Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). - 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.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a book writing more for the book worms everywhere.
Most readers would find it relatable cause Nina Hill works in a bookshop, is a master of trivia, cannot imagine being with someone who doesn’t read.
But it would seem, although there is an interested party except it’s Tom, her main competition on Trivia Nights and we all know that reading will definitely be on her top list of favourite things of all time and the romance in this story did crack me up, only because it was so awkward as they try to figure each other out.
And of course, they both made stupid mistakes, but that’s life right!! There are plenty of POV shifts and quick switches.
However those are quite easy to figure out, and there was a wedding ( rugs and a camel plus picnic food ) scene in the book that was fantastic not Nina’s though, there was a lot of difference between Nina and Tom but they did learn to accept their differences.
“People were… exhausting. They made her anxious. Leaving her apartment every morning was the turning over of a giant hourglass, the mental energy she’d stored up overnight eroding grain by grain.
She refueled during the day by grabbing moments of solitude and sometimes felt her life was a long-distance swim between islands of silence.”
I really need to say this but it look like the meaning of an introvert is being used loosely in this book, I feel like Nina Hill is ambivert cause she has so many friends and so many activities that it’s sometimes hard to believe her. maybe it’s just a highly structured life she’s created for herself, with her time carved out and scheduled down to the second/minute, with the rest of her time devoted to forcing herself out of her comfort zone.
But not too far out, since she genuinely seems to enjoy the activities with which she has over-scheduled herself and one more thing not all reader is introvert and not all introvert is a reader which is one thing I like this book show a perspective on and also how the bookstores are struggling every day to make end means but the spirit of book goddess is what keeps them motivated.
Nina Hill is the kind of person that is equally smart, capable, beautiful, comfortable extroverted on her terms so I guess that is why I said she is an ambivert.
One more thing I like is that Nina’s journal entries/calendar at the beginning of each chapter.
They were clever in that what she wrote, but they were stressful because the handwriting font used was so difficult to read.
This is a book for anyone who has ever felt closer to a fictional character, than those around them.
But it’s also for those who are super organized, planning their life, and the fear of not being prepared for the surprises of life.
Yes while the author writing style is really cool, witty and interesting, I was still a bit disappointed as I expected much more from the reviews I had read before reading.
Perhaps I expected something more from it and got my hopes up based on the love for it I’ve witnessed since its publication.
Which, of course, would be my own fault. Regardless, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill just didn’t click with me.
- Do you think the term introvert is loosely used to describe those who love indoor ?
- Have you ever been consider an ambirvert even thought you know personally you are an introvert?
- Read The Bookish Life Of Nana Hill?