The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, Emily Rankin (Narrator)

Published July 9th 2019 by Penguin Audio, Berkley

5 Stars: 

I had been hearing great things about this book, so I put my name on the list for the audiobook at my library and I finally got a hold of this one. I listened to it in one day. I loved it. What a perfect book for booklovers. Nina Hill was a wonderful character. She has a small circle of friends and she has her books. She works in a bookstore, that appears to be having some financial difficulty, but she is not worried. She is the captain of her trivia team that plays around the city in local bars but she has realized that she can’t or shouldn’t drink. When she does, that is when the humour comes in. She runs a book club for 11 year old girls and she is quite happy with her life. That is until she finds out that her father has just died and she has family, lots of family living nearby. She also realizes that she has feelings towards the captain of another trivia team. This wreaks havoc with her quiet, sheltered life.

The characters in this book are wonderful. They are people I can relate to easily and want to be friends with, especially Nina. I loved the book references and that Nina does so well at trivia because “she reads books”. There is humour, sentiment, loyalty, some anxiety, friendship and romance. I enjoyed getting to know her new family along with Nina. She has a lot to gain and a lot to lose and had to make some big decisions. I was rooting for her to make the right ones. Abbi Waxman did a wonderful job developing the characters, using humour and sentiment to take us on a journey with Nina Hill. Her journey to get to know her new family and to discover romance all while keeping true to her bookworm self. I loved how much she grew and changed during this story. The chances she was willing to take to grab what she didn’t even know she needed. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Emily Rankin. She did a wonderful job with this story. Her voice was Nina, and the voices she used for the other characters were great. She handled age, sex and personalities well. I was able to recognize who was speaking based on the voices. Her pacing, expression and inflection were right on and added much to my enjoyment of this story.


42379022. sy475 About the Book: 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.