Giveaway: Help ShootingStarsMag Celebrate her 12th Blogoversary & Enter for your Chance to Win a Free Book!

 

Today I am all about helping one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren from ShootingStarsMag celebrate a major milestone.  Lauren has been blogging since August 2007, which means she is celebrating her 12th Blogoversary this year! As someone who has recently celebrated her third year blogging, I am truly in awe of how long Lauren has been running her blog.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, definitely pay her a visit.  She blogs about books, movies, local events in her city, and much more.

To celebrate her 12 years, Lauren has organized 12 giveaways for her fellow bloggers.  She has always been very supportive of my blog, so I jumped at the chance to help her celebrate and host a giveaway.  My giveaway is for a book of your choice up to $20 in value from The Book Depository. It runs from August 1st – August 16th, and is open internationally as long as TBD ships to you.  No giveaway accounts, please.

 

Congrats on reaching such a major milestone, Lauren! I look forward to reading your blog for many years to come. 🙂

 

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Book Review & Giveaway – THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

Book Review & Giveaway – THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi WaxmanThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
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Published by Berkley Books on July 9, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley
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FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

 

 

 

 

Today I am taking part in the blog tour to promote Abbi Waxman’s new novel The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.  Thanks so much to Lauren Horvoth at Berkley Publishing for the invitation.  I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this gem of a book with my visitors!

 

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL Review

 

Abbi Waxman’s The Bookish Life of Nina Hill was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and I’m thrilled to tell you that it’s everything I hoped it would be and more!  As a booklover and an introvert, it’s by far one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read and the protagonist Nina Hill is a treasure.  I could easily fangirl about my love for this book all day, but instead let me just share some highlights.  If you like what you hear, be sure to scroll down and enter my giveaway for a finished copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill:

Nina Hill is of course my absolute favorite part of the book.  She’s a huge book lover as well as extremely introverted.  I mean, this girl is unapologetically books over people all day long and I love her for it.  Almost as strong as her love of books though is her love of organization and planning.  She likes to be in firm control of every aspect of her life and is the queen of planners.  She also freely admits that fellow control freak, Monica Gellar from the sitcom Friends, is one of her personal heroines.  She’s also incredibly socially awkward and is most comfortable with just a few treasured friends in her life.  Growing up an only child, it was very easy for Nina to keep her world small and cozy, with plenty of time to keep her nose happily stuck in books.

Waxman does a fantastic job creating the character of Nina, that so many book lovers and introverts will find immensely relatable.  I know I wanted to be friends with Nina from the opening pages of the story.  She’s adorably quirky and sounds like my kind of person.   I also felt tremendous sympathy for Nina when she learns that the father she never knew has died, not so much because of the death itself, but because he apparently had several ex-wives, a whole slew of children, grandchildren, etc. and all of them want a piece of Nina.  Couple her new extended family with a cute guy from trivia night who wants to ask her out, and it’s suddenly a very uncomfortable environment for Nina to find herself in.  After all, this is a girl who pencils in Nothing on her calendar and once Nothing is penciled in, that’s exactly what Nina wants to do.

In addition to Nina, Waxman has also filled The Bookish Life of Nina Hill with a fantastic cast of secondary characters.  Her coworkers at the bookstore where she works, her trivia teammates, her nephew Peter and her siblings Archie and Millie are all just so much fun to read about, especially as Nina awkwardly interacts with each of them.  The thoughts that go through her head sometimes are truly just laugh out loud, as are many of the things she actually says.  I also adored her budding relationship with rival trivia player, Tom.  They’re so cute and awkward together and every interaction just had me grinning from ear to ear, especially as their teammates try to not so subtly play matchmaker.  Oh and I can’t forget Phil, Nina’s cat.  I swear that cat has some of the best lines in the entire book (all in Nina’s head of course).

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill just really captured my heart on so many levels.  I loved that Nina was so easy to relate to and that I could see so much of myself in her, and I also loved that the book had so many layers to it.  It’s a book about the importance of family and friends, and it’s a book about finding love even when you don’t think you have room for it in your life.  If you’re looking for a book that will leave you with a smile on your face, I highly recommend The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

 

SYNOPSIS:

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 likesher 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.

 

GIVEAWAY!

 

U.S. only, no giveaway accounts, Giveaway ends on 7/15/2019, and I will contact the winner via email to get their mailing address to forward to the publisher.

 

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About Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a highly successful career writing crime fiction. She encouraged Abbi and her sister Emily to read anything and everything they could pull down from the shelves, and they did. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Clients ranged from big and traditional, (AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, American Express, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz) to big and morally corrupt (R. J. Reynolds) to big and larcenous (Enron). Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, TV shows and screenplays, largely in order to get a moment’s peace.

Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.

The Bookish Libra Turns 3 Today & I’m Celebrating with a Giveaway!

 

Happy Blogoversary to me! I honestly can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 3 years now! I still feel like such a newbie, lol, I love celebrating blogging milestones, so I’m hosting a giveaway as a way to say thanks to everyone who follows and reads my blog.  Thanks so much to all of you for your friendship and your support!

At first I was going to come up with a specific list of books for you to choose from, but there’s so many amazing books out there right now that I didn’t want to limit your choices. So, instead, I’m just setting a $20 value on my giveaway and letting the winner select a book (including preorders) of their choice (up to that $20 value) from either Amazon or The Book Depository.  The giveaway is also open internationally as long as TBD ships to you, so be sure to check their list before entering: (Countries The Book Depository Ships To)

No giveaway accounts please

The giveaway runs from now until April 1st, so be sure to get your entries in by then.  I’ll be contacting the winner via Twitter DM.  Thanks again for all of your support!

 

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Blogoversary Giveaway: The Bookish Libra is Turning 2 Years Old & I’m Celebrating with a Giveaway!

 

Happy Blogoversary to me! I honestly can’t believe I’ve actually been blogging for two years now! I guess time flies when you’re having a great time, lol.  My technical blogoversary is March 22, so I’m actually a little late celebrating this year just because life has been so hectic lately.  But I’m ready to celebrate now!, I honestly love to celebrate blogging milestones, so I’m hosting a bookish giveaway as a way to say thanks to everyone who follows and reads my blog.  You’re the best!

At first I was going to come up with a specific list of books for you to choose from, but there’s so many amazing books out there right now that I didn’t want to limit your choices. So, instead, I’m just setting a $20 value on my giveaway and letting the winner select a book of their choice (up to that $20 value) from The Book Depository.  The giveaway is also open internationally as long as TBD ships to you, so be sure to check their list before entering: (Countries The Book Depository Ships To)

The giveaway runs from now until April 8th, so be sure to get your entries in by then.  I’ll be contacting the winner via DM.  Thanks again for all of your support!

 

 
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1,000 Twitter Follower Giveaway – Enter to Win a Book of Your Choice (Up to $20 Value) – Open Intl.

 

I’m so thrilled to announce that I have finally reached the 1,000 follower mark on twitter. Yay!  I love to celebrate blogging milestones, so I’m hosting a bookish giveaway as a way to say thanks to everyone who follows and reads my blog.  You’re the best!

At first I was going to come up with a specific list of books for you to choose from, but there’s so many amazing books out there right now that I couldn’t choose just a few and didn’t want to limit your choices either. So, instead, I’m just setting a $20 value on my giveaway and letting the winner select a book of their choice (up to that $20 value) from The Book Depository.  The giveaway is also open internationally as long as TBD ships to you, so be sure to check their list before entering: (Countries The Book Depository Ships To)

The giveaway runs from now until October 30, so be sure to get your entries in by then.  I’ll be contacting the winner via DM.  Thanks again for all of your support!

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Blogiversary Giveaway #2: Enter to Win a 2017 YA New Release Preorder (8 titles to choose from)

As promised, here is the second giveaway that I am hosting in celebrating of my blog reaching the one-year milestone.  Thanks again to everyone for all of their support.  I’m very grateful to have such a wonderful community to share my love of books with.

For this giveaway, I’m offering the chance to win a preorder of ONE hardcover copy of an upcoming hot YA release.  The winner will be able to choose from the 8 books pictured above.  (Each title is linked to its Goodreads synopsis below in case you’re not familiar with any of them.).  Use the Rafflecopter form below to submit your entries.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Publication Date: May 16, 2017)

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (Publication Date:  May 24, 2017)

Get It Together, Delilah by Erin Gough (Publication Date: April 4, 2017)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Publication Date: May 30, 2017)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Publication Date: April 11, 2017)

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (Publication Date:  June 1, 2017)

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (Publication Date:  July 18, 2017)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Publication Date:  May 2, 2017)

 

This giveaway will run until April 3, 2017 at midnight, and is international (as long as The Book Depository ships to you. (List of countries TBD ships to).  The winner will be selected at random and will be contacted via DM on twitter to get his or her book of choice as well as shipping information.

Good luck to all who enter!

 

 

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Blogiversary Giveaway # 1: Hardcover Copy of The Hate U Give

It’s hard to believe this much time has gone by already, but The Bookish Libra turns one year old this week! I guess time flies when you’re doing something you love, right?  And I do love sharing my love of books!

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who has visited my blog during this first year.  Your support and friendship has been so important to me and I very much look forward to continuing to get to know the book community.

As a token of my appreciation and of course to celebrate my blog’s milestone, I’m doing a couple of giveaways.  One will start today and the other will start on Friday, so be sure to check back then to see the second one.

Up first, I’m giving away a hardcover copy of the 2017 release, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. This is such an important book that I think everyone should read so I want to do my part to make sure it gets into as many hands as possible.  I started reading it a couple of days ago and the cover does not exaggerate:  It is absolutely riveting.

In case there is anyone out there who isn’t familiar with this book, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

This giveaway will run for 10 days, ending at midnight on April 1st, and is international (as long as The Book Depository ships to you. (List of countries TBD ships to).  The winner will be selected at random and will be contacted via DM on twitter to get shipping information for the prize.

Good luck to all who enter!

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HC “Heartless” Giveaway to Celebrate 500 followers on Twitter!

I don’t know about others but I’ve been in a funk ever since Election night and haven’t felt much like reading or blogging.  In an effort to get myself into a more positive frame of mind and because I really want to celebrate finally making it to the 500 follower mark on twitter (YAY!), I’ve decided to host my first-ever giveaway here on The Bookish Libra because if sharing book love doesn’t get me out of my funk, then nothing will, haha! 🙂

Heartless by Melissa Meyer is a book that I’ve been dying to read ever since I first heard about it months ago.  It finally came out on November 8th, and I immediately ordered myself a copy as a belated birthday gift.  I’ve already read several glowing reviews about it so I want to give away a copy to a fellow reader.

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Here’s the Goodreads blurb for anyone who may be unfamiliar with the book:  

“Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.


Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

 

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Is the giveaway U.S. only or International?

Well, I’ll be ordering the giveaway copy from Book Depository and will have it shipped directly to the winner.  International entries are welcome as long as Book Depository ships to your country, so please be sure to check prior to entering: Where Does Book Depository Ship to?

The giveaway will run from now until November 30th.  Be sure to follow me on twitter at @thebookishlibra as I’ll be contacting the winner via DM to get a shipping address.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

 

 

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