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.
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 (more 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.”