The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a quirky
read that takes into consideration most of the things we book lovers enjoy, we
get the books, the trivia, the cozy beverages, the interesting characters, the
intrigue, the romance, the cats, and many others. Everything about this book is
carefully crafted for the enjoyment of bookworms, nerds and even meme
aficionados; from the name of the chapters “In which Nina…”, an ode
to the TV series Friends and their episode naming “The one where/with…”,
to the meme references highlighting the famous Homer into the hedge.
Nina Hill is a loner, surrounded by her books and minimal interaction, she has it all under control. A tight schedule, with close to no room for surprises, is her guide through her many activities and lack thereof; yes, some people even plan the blanks on their planners, sometimes those blanks have more meaning than words.
And why is it that changes and bombshells always fall upon the ones that less desire them? Is it just perceived that way when people are a bit more inflexible? Well, Nina is going to get her fare share of disturbances and we will be the witnesses on how she manages them.
Waxman gave life to a wonderful set of
characters in this book. Besides Nina, I really loved Clare and Peter. I don’t
share the dreamy story of those who found reading at an early age, as a kid I
knew I loved reading but to me books where these unattainable precious gems I’d
just get as presents from family friends once in a blue moon. So I really
enjoyed the characters’ affinity and easiness towards books, how smarter and
more creative kids can be when their minds are further nurtured by reading.
On Page 121: About life and plans.
“You know, You can’t always be ready. Life tends toward chaos, sadly. I thought I had my life all planned out nicely, and then… It’s all very well to have a plan—it’s a good idea— but you have to be able to walk away from it if you need to.”The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman.
No doubt an enjoyable book, one that will feel like a cozy blanket wrapped around your bookish soul.