Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill” as Want to Read:
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

by
3.86  ·  Rating details ·  29,184 ratings  ·  5,691 reviews
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,
...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Berkley
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.86  · 
Rating details
 ·  29,184 ratings  ·  5,691 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Miranda Reads
description
I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year (video) .

Now you know that this one made the cut, check out my video review to see the others!
description

"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).
...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Yaaayy!!! Good news my friends! Nina is back for holiday!
Click this amazing author’s website: abbiwaxman.com
to get your story and boost your holiday spirit!

And of course here’s my review for this smart, entertaining, one of the best books of 2019!

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
...more
Paromjit
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 ...more
Liz
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Buddy read badge from For Love Of A Book



I wasn’t sure about this book but one of my groups is doing a buddy read so I got it from the library. I’m going to buy this book now. This book made me laugh, love and cry! Favorites list peeps!



Mel
...more
Angela M
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (I have to round up since I love making lists and of course, I’m bookish.)

The truth is that many of us are like Nina Hill and live bookish lives. We might not be as quirky and maybe not as smart (I know I’m not), but there’s so much about the bookish part that’s relatable and that’s what made this made light and lovely and even though predictable read, so much fun. Oh, I rolled my eyes a few time when it was a bit too cute. But overall, even knowing that I could tell you how it was
...more
Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
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
...more
Julie
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is a 2019 Berkley publication.

Sweet, witty, clever and whimsical- my kind of people- in my kind of book!

By some standards, Nina may seem a bit eccentric. But, truly, she just likes her job and her books and a solid routine. She may be a classic introvert, but she hangs out with her friends and competes in trivia competitions.

However, her quiet, ordered life turns topsy-turvy when she is informed that her father, a man she never knew, has passed
...more
Warda
This is a book that was written for me, where I saw myself in the character completely (bar the fact that she loves cats and is a complete trivia nerd!) which in turn just made me feel hopeful.
It was adorable, heartfelt, genuine and it made me laugh out loud. Several times.
I love witnessing the growth of characters I can relate to and seeing them come out of their shell and reading about how they handle what life throws at them. Fiction is always a great thing to turn to for answers and
...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was the perfect book at the perfect time and I loved it SO MUCH! It was so charming and nerdy and got Los Angeles RIGHT and I just really, really, really enjoyed this. 10/10 do recommend reading this one when you're in need of a pick me up because it was just so good!!!
*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The subject matter of this book seemed like a perfect fit to my tastes, seeing as how I identify so closely with the main character, Nina Hill. Just like Nina, I would much rather sit in a comfy chair with a beloved pet nearby curled up with a book and some coffee, than doing most anything else. I would much rather be in these same circumstances than have to make small talk with people. Like Nina, the bubble of my home is my happiness, with my kindles and thousands of book files (in her case, ...more
Debra
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
This was a delight from start to finish. Books, reading, Larchmont. What’s not to love. Not only was I able to identify with Nina to some degree, I was able to imagine everything she did in the book, having lived in Los Angeles for so long and spending numerous hours on Larchmont Blvd. (Village Pizza, anyone? Sam's bagels! oh, the memories)

Nina is a bookworm who manages her life down to the second. She can pencil you in, if you are willing to wait a week, or two or three! She is an active
...more
Tucker

Many thanks to Elisha at Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review




Thank you, Abbi Waxman for all the goodies!!!!!!1

------------------
”Tomorrow would be better. At the very least, tomorrow would be different.”

(note: I read this a couple weeks ago and I just started school so my brain is all over the place and I can’t guarantee that this review will have any worthwhile content.) There is nothing more fun than reading a book about a book lover. It’s both enjoyable and a
...more
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
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 enamored 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
...more
Lola
This book, to me, was perfection. Beautiful story, astoundingly-relatable and charming characters that I could not get enough of, lovely fairytale-esque atmosphere and elegant writing style. Sometimes authors just mention that a character is a bookworm, hoping that the reader instantly connects, but instead of simply telling us about Nina Hill’s whole life revolving around books, she actually proved it to us, thus making her ten times more real and worth befriending to me.

This is not a story
...more
emma
The best part of this book is: the bookish stuff.

The worst part of this book is: a tie between everything else.

I know that making protagonists bookworms and setting books in bookstores et cetera is a major marketing ploy, but I don’t care. If every book I read was about characters who loved to read in places to devoted to books, I’d be fine with that. More than fine. Overjoyed, even.

But alas, it is not to be.

Romantic comedies always sound really good to me, because I like comedy and I read a lot
...more
Susanne  Strong
4 Fabulous Stars.

A Novel for the Book Lover in All of Us!


Yes, it’s true, I loved Nina Hill. Perhaps it’s because I identified with her so much (no shock there!). Truthfully, I think most of us who like to read will (Hello, fellow book friends). I am single, I live alone and I spend almost every evening sitting in a comfy chair reading with my cat beside me. I see friends occasionally but not all that often. I am not a planner at all (although my book buddy Kaceey would beg to differ ...
...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Kaceey
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute! Cute! Cute! And a tasty dash of fun!

Nina feels life is just how it should be. Organized, clutter free and filled with everything she enjoys! She works at a bookshop, plays trivia on a team with her friends. And comes home to her faithful cat Phil who brings her presents in the form of dead worms!(Ick!!)

When a lawyer comes knocking on her door to tell her that her father has passed and she is in his will, Nina is stunned! She never knew her father! Not even his name! It was a secret her
...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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
...more
Brenda -Traveling Sister
This is the perfect book for all us bookworms out there who love anything bookish and like our main character would rather read over anything else. We highly recommend grabbing this one as soon as you can and spending some time with our fun, imaginative and very entertaining bookish introverted millennial heroine Nina Hill!

Abbi Waxman nails it here with everything about this story and our main character Nina Hill. I loved everything about this story and Nina. Nina is a character that I am sure
...more
Jilly
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Everyone is talking about how much they relate to Nina Hill and I didn't at all. Am I the weirdo here?


His cat is named Mom? Now that's weird.

To me, it was just too much. It's like, okay you can wear the unicorn t-shirt, but when you pair it with the cat leggings, the orange Converse, the rainbow hair, AND the cat-ears head band you are no longer being original - you are a walking stereotype.

That was Nina Hill to me. She worked in a bookstore, had hundreds of books at home, lived alone with a
...more
Toni
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The part of the review in which we meet Nina Lee Hill and discuss her personality
Nina 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 marvellous 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
...more
Larry H
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or follows me on any of my social media feeds that reading is one of the most immense joys of my life. Whenever I am asked by someone how I read so many books, I explain in part that reading helps me decompress—days when I don't get the chance to read even for a few moments leave me feeling out-of-sorts and much more tense.

Perhaps that love for reading is one of the many reasons I was utterly charmed by Nina Hill, the title character
...more
marilyn
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this book and that's a rarity for me. Nina Hill really has most of her life put together so tightly that there is no room for dating or any other deviation from her very organized schedule. Even her one free evening that has "nothing" on her calendar, is reserved for four hours of reading. In some ways, I'm not sure there is anything wrong with Nina's life, not sure anything needs to be "fixed". We are all different and I admire the ...more
Beverly
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is very cute, inside and out, I love the cover art! It reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary; although, not nearly as good. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this, because it is the literary equivalent of hunger being resolved by having a chocolate milkshake. The super sweet confection leaves you full, but unsatisfied and wishing you had made a wiser choice.

When I first began reading I was delighted with the bookish Nina and her introvert's anxiety and nerdish behavior, but
...more
JanB
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming! Nina Hill is a delightful bookish introvert who I’d love to have for a friend. Engaging and sweet, with wit and humor, this was a comfort read for me.

I loved Nina’s daily planner at the start of each chapter. She works in a bookstore, has a cat named Phil, and has a rigidly scheduled life with various activities like trivia night, book club, and movie night. Her night of “nothing” is actually a night of reading (I love that!). Although there is a looming love interest that threatens to
...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: https://www.goodreads.com/

HAPPY PUB DAY TO THIS LITTLE BIT OF WONDERFUL! Now if my library hold for The Garden of Small Beginnings would magically come up today would be alright ; )

After reading Other People’s Houses I knew Abbi Waxman was going to be a go-to gal for me and I was all over trying to obtain an early copy of her new release. But alas the gods at the Galley of the Net declined me quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. Lucky for me I have a homey at Berkley
...more
Katie B
Some parts of the story I liked, some parts I didn't. There were quite a few things about Nina I could relate to though which is always nice when you are able to feel a connection to the character.

Nina Hill is an only child and was raised mostly by her nanny as her single mother was hardly ever around. Nina works in a bookstore and loves to play trivia with her friends. She likes structure and is thrown for a loop when things don't go according to plan. When she receives news that the father
...more
✨ A ✨
Nina Hill's whole life revolves around her love for books. She works in a book store, is hostess to many book clubs. Has her own huge collection of books. She dreams and breaths books.

Nina is happy with her quiet life. She likes it that way. So when she receives the unexpected news of her father's death, a father she had never met and knew nothing about, the big family she suddenly inherited and all the ensuing drama that comes with that — shakes up Nina's life.


What I liked:
I loved everything
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Evvie Drake Starts Over
  • Well Met (Well Met, #1)
  • The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks (Waiting for Tom Hanks, #1)
  • Twice in a Blue Moon
  • Things You Save in a Fire
  • The Flatshare
  • The Friend Zone
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4)
  • Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)
  • The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)
  • Would Like to Meet
  • The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)
  • The Lager Queen of Minnesota
  • The Giver of Stars
  • Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered, #1)
See similar books…
1,626 followers
Hi there. I'm a chocolate loving, dog loving writer living in Los Angeles. I sit down if I can, and lie down whenever possible. If you enjoy my book and would like a personalized, signed bookplate to go in it, email me your name and address and I'll send you one! abbi@amplecat.com
“Being with you is as good as being alone.” 50 likes
“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.” 44 likes
More quotes…