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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (edição 2019)

por Abbi Waxman

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The only child of a single mother, Nina Hill 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 and are excited to meet her! 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 to make her turn her own fresh page.… (mais)
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Título:The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Autores:Abbi Waxman
Informação:Berkley, Kindle Edition, 351 pages
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In general, she wasn't the kind of woman who turned casual heads; her looks were an acquired taste, and her resting expression suggested you weren't going to be given much chance to acquire it.

Nina Hill loves her life. She loves her studio apartment in a quiet neighborhood of Los Angeles, and she loves her cat, Phil, who shares it with her. She loves making lists and planning her days down to the hour. She loves her job at a nearby independent bookstore, and she loves the book clubs she leads at the bookstore, especially the one for kids. When she isn’t leading a book club in the evening, she loves spending time with friends at weekly movie nights and pub trivia games. She doesn’t have a boyfriend, but frankly, she doesn’t have time for one, anyway.

At least, that’s what she thinks at the start of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (2019) by Abbi Waxman. There is that cute guy on the trivia team that is the fiercest rival for Nina and her friends, but c’mon. He mostly answers the science questions and never the literature questions, so clearly they have nothing in common — no matter what her friends and his friends think. Or do they? She also doesn’t have time for the extended family she suddenly discovers she has, when the father she never knew dies and names her in his will. Trying to incorporate complicated family relationships into a life that is already planned down to the hour was very much not in her plans.

Oh my God, she thought, it's hard to be human sometimes, with the pressure to be civilized lying only very thinly over the brain of a nervous little mammal.

I enjoyed this novel for what it is, a light-hearted romance with appealing characters and just enough conflict to keep it from being boring. Nina is described early on as someone who was diagnosed with ADD as a child, and the only person who could calm her down was the school librarian, who “simply clicked her tongue and told her she was imaginative and creative and couldn’t be expected to wait for everyone else to catch up.” The librarian let Nina check out extra books above her grade level, instilling a love of reading and the belief that books are “medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing had yet proven her wrong.”

Being surrounded by books was the closest she'd ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang. The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary.

The only fault to pick with the book is the way the narrative too often veers off into long digressive mental soliloquies or dialogues that do little to advance the story or provide further insight into Nina’s character. On the other hand, the inventive team names for the various pub quiz contestants were a delight, from Menace to Sobriety to You’re a Quizzard, Harry to Olivia Neutron Bomb and Spanish In-quiz-ition. Any veteran of pub quiz nights knows having the right name is the key to having a winning team.

Thanks to Katie for putting this one on my radar. I’m encouraged to seek out other books by Waxman.

Coming out of a book was always painful. She was surprised to see things had remained in place while she herself had been roaming other towns, other times. ( )
  rosalita | Aug 17, 2021 |
Light and lovely ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
Having just come off a SuperNanny (UK) binge via HBO Max, I found myself reading this book with a British accent, so my jaw was on the ground for a minute when I found out the author was born in England! That means she wrote it with a British accent!!!!

As a rule, I'm not one who has the patience for light fiction and I don't get most humor, but the banter between the characters in this book reminds me of how the characters in Friends speak to each other. I loved that TV series and I also loved this book. So, if that style of humor has a name, please let me know so I can look for more books like that.

Fellow Friends fans will smile at the style of the chapter titles as well. ;-)

I loved everything about Nina because I see myself in her. Not only do we both have red hair and wear glasses, but we are happiest at home with our cats, reading books and making lists in our planners. I don't have a visualization corner but I do have some color-coordinated folders. I like reading about her book club, trivia, and movie nights.

I hope the author is planning a series of books for this character because I didn't get enough of any of the characters.

I also loved that this book takes place in MY city, Los Angeles! Specifically, Larchmont Village, which I have not spent nearly enough time in. I'm still laughing, picturing a food fight on Larchmont Blvd with protesters flinging artisanal ice cream at each other...a scoop of cayenne & lemon hits one character in the face. "My eyes!!" Other ice cream victim, stamping foot, "I. Am. Lactose. Intolerant!" Hahahahahahaha.

Random thoughts and quotes

I want to work in a an old bookstore with Nina, Polly and Liz. They have such a great camaraderie.

Love little sister Millie and her Malibu bedroom with a glass wall, ocean & canyon view and bookshelf wall.

Trivia Quiz Bowl announcer "Ladies, Gentlemen, and the great Undecided..."

Can totally relate to this chain of events: Bookclub and then home to read until bedtime with fluffy PJs & socks...thinking about popcorn and cocoa...adds mini marshmallows to shopping list...also need to get milk...starts looking at interesting cocoa mugs on Ebay.

Pretends she's in a movie while walking. I've done that.

Love how each chapters is divided with a page from her planner! Would be worth it to get a hardcover just for the planner pages. Bonus! -- The author provides the source for Nina's planner templates so you can download your own! Love that!

"Nina wasn't a wine snob or anything but she was a millennial."

"The cat, who was back-and-forthing on the floor, waiting to be fed..."

"Most commonplace things started out as strange: Electric light! Running water! Watching ALL the episodes one after the other!

"She left high school without ever truly getting the point of dads. They were a nice bonus, like a pool, or a cute dog, or a natural predisposition to clear skin."

She wasn't mean she was painfully accurate.

"Don't mock; you only wish you were as organized as Nina."

Regarding anxiety "At least she had Xanax. The Hulk only had Thor."

"...grab a gluten-free, low-fat bran muffin. Just kidding, it was a chocolate croissant."

I love how her mind goes down rabbit holes, such as when a random Bill Murray quote pops into her head so she makes a note to schedule a Bill Murray marathon.

"See? Even in the most organized life there is room for whimsy. It just needs scheduling. Her friend Monica Geller said 'Rules help control the fun!'."

I need more story about Mr. Meffo and all the new brother and sisters. And Nina's mother.

Even the Dominos pizza guy had a great line. "We have vegan pizza!!"

People walked by with the joie de vivre all Angelenos have.

Los Angeles runs on youthful optimism, endorphins, and Capital Letters.

Her favorite sound was no sound at all.

The first thing you should always do is nothing. Life needs space, just like you.

Don't bother trouble from tomorrow.

This book also mentions lots of authors and titles so be prepared to add to your TBR shelf.

Why this book? It's a highly popular book, reviewed by many bloggers that I follow, but it was after reading Shay's review that I finally threw up my hands, said "Fine" and borrowed it from the library. https://mixandmatchmama.com/2021/03/march-2021-book-review/ ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
So delightful. Loved it! ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
This book was light and fun. Many readers may see themselves in Nina. I know I do. Introvert. Reader. Anxiety attacks. And even a little family genealogy mystery, so to speak. And then we have the warm and fuzzy ending. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Jul 7, 2021 |
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The only child of a single mother, Nina Hill 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 and are excited to meet her! 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 to make her turn her own fresh page.

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