Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman.  I have to admit that the bright, bookish cover is what made me first notice this book.  Then I realized the book was written by Abbi Waxman and knew it had to go on my TBR.  It just sounds like one of those books that’s going to be so relatable.



Publication Date: July 9, 2019


From Goodreads:

The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

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); or 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.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

38 replies
  1. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    You had me at bookish. This sounds absolutely delightful Suzanne, I haven’t heard of the author before though I don’t think. I love how relatable NIna is, I prefer to curl up with a great read above all else too and avoid being social where possible. So many new family members who are virtually strangers, living nearby, popping in unexpectedly, this is my type of book. It sounds really hilarious. Thanks for putting this on my radar Suzanne!

  2. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    I just learned about this one the other day and it sounds wonderful! I think a lot of can relate to Nina and that is what makes me so interesting in it. Great pick!

  3. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    I really enjoyed Waxman’s last book. Nina sounds like someone I would love, and the idea of this introvert getting thrust into this huge family sounds fun.

  4. verushka
    verushka says:

    This cover! You’re right, it’s so striking – and honestly, I feel like Nina is my spirit animal some days lol This sounds like such a gorgeous read!

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