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    Sweet and quirky romance

    There have been a recent spate of contemporary novels' predominantly romances, in which one of the protagonists is, in layman's terms, somewhere on the autism spectrum. Whilst I have enjoyed these novels I did feel like it was the latest 'thing' that authors were using to make their novels different, so while I liked the blurb for this book I was also kind of dreading that jump on the bandwagon vibe. Luckily I was wrong. Nina Hill might be more devoted to her carefully scheduled life of books, the bookshop where she works, her quiz team and her cat Phil but she has friends, it's just that as an only child she values her solitude. Okay, not everyone would schedule "nothing" as an actual activity once a week which cannot be missed, not even say for a date with a hot guy, but I think that just makes her a little eccentric. Nina's quiz team "Book 'Em Danno"'s greatest rivals are "You're A Quizzard, Harry", Nina loathes (but also fancies) the rival team's captain, a big athletic looking guy who knows more about sports than Nina's team. Tom, her quizzing nemesis, turns out to be Nina's opposite, a man who rarely makes a plan but he also has the same sense of humour, likes the same nerdy films and seems really sweet, even if he doesn't read books. Then Nina discovers that she is not an only child. Her mysterious father turns out to have been married three times (as well as having a short-lived affair with Nina's mother) and she now has half-siblings ranging in age from fifty-nine to ten, nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews. She has also inherited something from her father, who turns out to have been very wealthy, and so parts of her new family worry that she is a gold-digger. This was sweet, funny and relatable, I love books and quizzes (although I don't pretend to the sort of in-depth knowledge that Nina possesses) and my idea of heaven is scheduling reading time. If you are looking for a quirky romance I can highly recommend this novel.
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    Cute and relatable romance

    "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" is an heartwarming, relatable and funny read. But it was strange and confusing. This book is a romance, but it's also a story about family, and I recommend it if that's what you're looking for. Nonetheless, I didn't like the writing style and there were a few confusing details in Nina Hill's life and personality.
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    Good book

    Good book by an author I didn't know. On the whole, it's a good find, even though I'm going to be a bit tough: I was expecting more! There's a lot going on at the same time (family drama, love story...), the topics were interesting but some of them would have deserved to be delved into more deeply. Same thing with some characters like Peter and Lydia who bring fun to this book (we really discover Lydia a few pages before the end and that's a shame!). To be fully satisfied, I would need a book 2 because, unfortunately, I have a feeling of unfinished business... What's more, I couldn't really connect with the main character, I found Nina could sometimes be a bit of a snob and really judgy. Fortunately she evolves throughout the book but, again, a book 2 would be appreciated. Very positive point however is the author's style which I find fresh and natural.
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    Bookish Fiction

    Nina Hill works in a book shop in Los Angeles, she's big fan of using planners, post it notes and every Sunday she plans her week. Nina likes to be busy, she loves going to trivia nights, she runs book clubs at her work, she goes to the movies with her friends, she says home one evening a week to catch up with reading and has a pet cat called Phil for company. She's the only child of a busy Australian single mother Candice, she has no idea who her father is and her nanny Louise raised her. One day, her organized life is turned upside down when a solicitor visits her at work to inform her that her dad has passed away from a heart attack, she needs to be present at the reading of his will and at first she thinks he has the wrong person? Nina calls her mum Candice, she confirms that it's true, the man is her father, you almost feel like Nina is bothering her and her mum hangs up on her! Not only did she have a father, Candice told him to ever never contact Nina, she discovers he's been married many times, she has brothers, sisters, she's a aunt and a great aunt as well. Of course a couple of her siblings are not very happy about finding out about Nina, but the solicitor informs them that it's true, no doubt about it she's their sister and things get very interesting. Around the same time, Nina finds herself feeling rather flustered and rather warm when she keeps bumping into a man called Tom and he attends some of the trivia nights. She's been in romantic relationships before, but Nina is rather busy, she's not sure if she has any spare time and would Tom wait three weeks for them to go on a first date? The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill, is so funny, she's a real character, very set in her ways and not willing to change. I think all of us who love to read can related to Nina in some ways, yes people have this annoying habit of interrupting our reading plans and we can all rattle off a whole lot of facts that no one else would even remember or even care about. Just for the record I'm an Aussie and all horses in Australia share the same birthday date, it's the 1st of August and not the 1st of January like in America. See what I mean, Nina had no clue about horses birthdays, she lost a prize at one of her trivia nights by not knowing this and she was cross. I loved The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill, I can so relate to Nina, the book made me laugh out loud, it's a quick fun read and I gave it five stars.
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    Light, entertaining, and enjoyable

    Bookworm Nina Hill lives and breaths books, she even works at a bookstore and runs their book clubs. She also likes her life to run smoothly and plans her day to the second. She doesn’t like change, people she doesn’t know, nor being beat in her weekly quiz team meetings. Then she meets Tom from a rival quiz team and he makes her heart all fluttery, but he’s not bookish and she couldn’t date someone who isn’t into books, could she? She also has just found out that the father she never knew or wanted to know about has died and she is mentioned in his will. Sound okay so far, until she learns he was married three times and she has numerous siblings, nieces, nephews, and step-mums. This is not how she planned her future! The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a warm, amusing, insightful novel that I completely loved. Nina is such an amazing character, if a little different, but different is good. She lives alone, except for her cat Phil and likes being alone. She prefers the company of books to humans – I think we all know that one at some point!! She loves facts, decent wine (cheap stuff just won’t do), movies, and quizzing. Nina has a small group of friends and likes to keep it that way. She’s not one for small talk or flirting apparently, but suddenly liking the company of her arch-nemesis Tom and finding out she has a huge family is terrifying. The book is extremely well written. You can feel all of Nina’s emotions radiate off the page. You will also giggle along at her view on life, it certainly gives you that feel-good factor. It was lovely to see Nina blossom as the book progressed and for her character to evolve along with her current situation. She felt very realistic which is a credit to author Abbi Waxman’s writing skills. This is a must-read for anyone who is bookish. It was great to see an introvert take centre stage of a storyline and not be there to make up the numbers. It is also filled with plenty of facts that I kept on sharing with my husband who I think switched off after a while! Light, entertaining, and enjoyable the whole way through. This was a book I didn’t want to end. I will miss quirky, sarcastic Nina.
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