The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill
Publisher: W F Howes, Clipper Audiobooks
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Jessica Preddy
Length: 9 Hours
Publication Date: 1st June 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
This was another one of those audiobooks that kept coming up as a recommendation from my library so I thought I would give it a go. I was both excited and anxious about starting this one. I loved the idea of reading a book about a bookworm, but at the same time I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it as it’s described as a romance, and as you know romance books are a bit of a hit and miss for me. However, I’m happy to say this was a fun read.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill follows the main character Nina, an introvert, who spends her days making lists and with her head in a books, when she’s not working at her local bookstore. That is until one day she finds out that her absent father has died and she is not an only child but in fact has some half siblining’s.
I really enjoyed this writing style it made the book essay to read. The plot was fresh and amusing, which had me laughing out loud in places. As I mentioned at the beginning I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy this one as much based on the fact that it was a romance, but I’m glad to report back that I didn’t need to worry as there is only a small part that concentrated on the romance which suited me just fine.In fact, the story is more about friendship and personal growth. While working my way through the audiobook this book reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which I also enjoyed.
All the characters were well done, and developed just the way I expected them to as the book progressed. The side characters were also great and they really helped to bring Nina’s character to life. I loved Nina’s character the most (obviously) there were so many aspect of her life that I found relatable. Like her I too love making list (although never quite manage to stick to them) and I’m always looking forward to the moments when I can just get changed into my comfy pj’s and curl up and a cosy blanket with a book.
Now although I adored this book, I couldn’t give this a full 5 out of 5 and the main reason for that was the simple fact that the ending left me with a few unanswered questions, which I was hoping would be tied up before the book ended.
I really found this book to be an enjoyable read. I definitely recommend this one to all bookworms. Bookworms definitely will find something relatable in this book.
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