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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill | Abbi Waxman
“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin 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). 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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Rachel.Rencher
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Ahhh! I won a sweepstakes on Instagram for these 3 books from Read It Forward and @BerkleyPub 😍😍 I'm so excited. I've had my eye on The Bookish life since @Liberty posted about it! 🤓📚❤

wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 That‘s awesome! 22h
BookishTrish Congratulations 👍 21h
Jas16 🙌🏽 21h
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Crazeedi Congrats!! 21h
allthingskayla Congrats! Other People‘s Houses is hilarious and a good, light read. 21h
BooknerdsLife Congratulations!!! That‘s awesome! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 20h
Megabooks I love her books! Enjoy! 16h
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atla
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I love that the #24in48readathon has me picking up books outside of my wheelhouse - just cause I‘m not up to a marathon of “literary fiction.” I was dubious about this one for the first few chapters, but it ended up being so much fun! I finally picked up City of Girls from the library... maybe that‘s next up? #24in48

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BritanyA
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: I loved this book. It was snarky, and had a good plot. I was interested and as a reader how could I not relate? 📚📖

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atla
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“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.”

14:55:14 #24in48

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atla
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Today I had to do all the things I put off yesterday, so I‘m behind with no chance of making 24 hours - but that‘s okay, I just wanted a good excuse to hunker down with books for the weekend. Now that adulting is done, I‘m back to it! #24in48

24in48 It's a great excuse to hunker down with the books! 2d
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janeycanuck
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Audio walk to return my library books and get some fresh air before the unbearable humidity returns #24in48

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akaGingerK
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An old friend visited today, and we went to the bookstore. She bought several books, including this one. I bought this copy for me... as cover to buy & gift her Space Opera and Record of a Spaceborn Few.

When you sell books for a living, you give books to chosen family.

akaGingerK She mentioned that she likes Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy- this is the contemporary equivalent with a secret soft heart. Plus, Eurovision in space! 3d
akaGingerK She only glanced at this on a display, but it‘s probably my favorite book I read last year, so a glance was enough! 3d
SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy 😊 #LitsyWelcomeWagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2d
akaGingerK @SW-T Thank you! I‘m enjoying it here! 2d
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charminggoats
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I‘m only part of the way through this book but I love it so far! I totally identify with the heroine Nina. She‘s an introverted, bookish, socially awkward woman who finds out she has the boisterous family she never knew and now wants to be a part of her life. Apparently there‘s a romantic plot as well, though I‘m not quite to that point as well. So far it‘s hilarious - and v relatable.

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atla
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“Nina worries she liked being alone too much( it was the only time she ever fully relaxed. People were . . . exhausting. They made her anxious. Leaving her apartment every morning was the turning over a giant hourglass, the mental energy she‘d stored up overnight eroding grain by grain.”

Will I finish this one? I don‘t know - it‘s not really my wheelhouse. But this quote (even as a social worker) is oh so #relatable

#24in48 #24in48readthon

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CherylRussell
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As much as I wanted to like this book, I just can‘t finish it. The main character doesn‘t hold my interest and the point of view isn‘t working for me. 😕🙁 #DNF #backtothelibraryitgoes #cantfinishwontfinish

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Pam.Kokomo
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Sweet...and funny! I love books with socially awkward characters who also love books. #relatable

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Mowen036
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Pickpick

Nina Hill is my spirit animal!

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Apinlibraryland
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Very cute.

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Readswithcoffee
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I‘m only five chapters in and I‘m lovin‘ it! I also loved Abbi Waxman‘s, The Garden of Small Beginnings, so I‘m pleased that this is shaping up to be another fun read.

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Cailey_Mac
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Can‘t wait to get this one started on one of my #audiowalks 📖🎧 it sounds like the sweet, cute summer contemporary that will feel relatable all at once! #audible #tbr #contemporarykick

Crazeedi I just saw this book elsewhere, curious if it's worth reading, looks intriguing !! 1w
Cailey_Mac @Crazeedi the synopsis definitely sucked me in, so I went for it since I seem to be on a contemporary kick! 1w
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charl08
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Lovely light read.

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scripturient
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Starting this beauty today. I‘ve heard lots of good things. 😊

marleed Your tattoo is awesome! 2w
Bell_Queen So want to read this one. 1w
Bell_Queen @marleed isn‘t it though?! It‘s beautiful 😍 1w
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beyondbookish
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New favorite read!

britt_brooke Sounds good! #stacked 2w
beyondbookish It‘s amazing! 🙌🙌 2w
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BookishClaire
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Episode 47 of the Brit Lit Podcast features Abbi Waxman, author of the delightful novel THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL, which is out now. She talks about the booksellers that inspired the novel, the joys and challenges of being a Brit in the US, and more. https://buff.ly/2LdOcKw

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erista
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Today‘s #bookmail . I‘m really looking forward to both of these. So many great reviews for both. Adding them to this month‘s TBR pile.

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Reecaspieces
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Pickpick

🍭🍭🍭🍭 this book is perfect for us book nerds! Review is up on my blog. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/07/10/the-bookish-life-of-nina-hill-by-abbi-waxman...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 2w
KatieDid927 It really is, I loved it. 2w
Reecaspieces @KatieDid927 👏👏👏 2w
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oddandbookish
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Omg this book was so amazing! If you're a bookworm read this book! It's funny, relatable, and heartfelt.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/review-the-bookish-life-of-nina-h...

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CoffeeK8
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One week left before my next Grad Class... how much of my #libraryhaul will I get through?

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scripturient
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Today‘s #bookhaul - the books I had ordered at my local indie came in so I picked them up today. 😊

Crazeedi The tagged book sounds great!! 2w
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IrresponsibleReader
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I've read 122 books so far in 2019. I'd easily say this is better than 120 of them, and might tie the other. Your mileage may vary, but I can't imagine a world where anyone on this site not enjoying this novel & protagonist. It's charming, witty, funny, touching, heart-string-tugging, and generally entertaining. I don't know what else to say other than: Go, go read this, go buy it, expect it as a gift from me (if you receive gifts from me).

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Smangela
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Guys it‘s fine, my son is taking the worlds latest nap (okay maybe an exaggeration) but it was so needed I don‘t really want to wake him and we can just sit here in the garage (don‘t worry, door‘s open) and I can read.... The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is SO good too. Books about people who love books are always in my wheelhouse and this author‘s writing is so witty and engaging.

Ashley_Nicoletto Oh my gosh. I miss my kindle keyboard. 3w
Smangela @Ashley_Nicoletto so I got this when it came out... maybe 2007? And RARELY used it and within the past year I have fallen in love with it and never want to get a new kindle because this one is perfect. 3w
Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣 YES! I always gets so attached. I was SUPER in love with my kindle voyage and I‘ve tried two kindles since it quit working and I‘m unhappy with both. (They‘re both great I just want my old one back). They are just so convenient. 3w
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Ashley_Nicoletto Also, I‘m incredibly impressed that it‘s lasted since 2007! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 3w
Smangela @Ashley_Nicoletto I am too! I almost feel like older electronics were better made? Now they‘re like built to quit on you in two years. Also if you‘re in the market for a new one, check eBay! I saw some kindle keyboards on there for like $25 a bit ago when I was looking for a friend! 3w
Bookzombie @Ashley_Nicoletto @Smangela I still have a Kindle keyboard. I got it in 2011. I‘m seriously afraid of it dying. I‘m going to keep eBay in mind for the future! 3w
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BookishClaire
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I‘ve had my best reading month in a very long time. All of these books, which I read one after the other, were unputdownable, 4.5/5 star (and, bonus, quick!) reads. Whole-heartedly recommend each of them. #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookish #beachreads #summerreads #newbooks2019

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Hope_a
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Mehso-so

Who doesn't like a book about books, bookworm, and love? Right, nobody! Meet Nina Hill and her bookish life:

https://theantagonistdiaries.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/the-bookish-life-of-nina-h...

Ruthiella Books about books are my kryptonite. 4w
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gradcat
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#WanderingJune

(Day 24 - #SummerNightCity)

*It‘s that time again—when all the magazines & bloggers suggest books to fulfill one‘s desires when the weather heats up—time for the summer beach read!! I‘ve not read the tagged one, but it is on several lists. Hope you all have hot summer reading bliss! 📚 ☀️ 🏖 👏🏻 ♥️

BarbaraBB I love those lists. But sometimes I avoid them to protect myself. And my tbr 😂 1mo
Cinfhen This tagged book looks fun!! And I love those lists!!! 1mo
gradcat @BarbaraBB & @Cinfhen I, too, love these lists—but alas, I‘m never at the beach! I think the tagged book might be really good—the plot synopsis is interesting. Thanks for commenting, you guys—I always love that!! 🥰 1mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve read a different book by Abbi Waxman and I really liked it ~ it made me want to be her friend IRL 1mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Thanks for the tip. That‘s always a great recommendation, when you‘d actually like to meet the author, imho. 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I get what you mean re Abbi Waxman. A nee novel by het is definitely worth checking out! 💕. Also @gradcat of course we comment. You post great things and participate in our challenge. I love that!! 1mo
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BookishClaire
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I am LOVING this!

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PatriciaU
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Pickpick

A friend recently raved about Abbi Waxman so I picked up this ARC from #Netglley. The writing is chatty and witty, so I get the appeal. The story is a cute modern fairy tale where shy girl born to outgoing single Mom discovers family she never knew she had at the same time her trivia team loses, her bookstore is bought out, she finds love and, you guys! IT'S ALL TOO MUCH FOR HER! Snark aside, this is a fun, quick read. Out July 9.

Peddler410 This sounds adorable 😊 1mo
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BillieBook

I should stop reading books set in and around bookstores because I always end up frustrated and disappointed no matter how good the book may be otherwise. I have a librarian friend who says the same is true for librarians and libraries and it's likely true no matter which profession you're in.

LiteraryinLititz I feel the same way!! It has happened to me with AJ Fikry, The Readers of Broken Wheel, Little Paris Bookshop, etc... 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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1. A trip to Boston for my birthday and a trip to Orlando for my daughter‘s birthday. We‘re going to swim with dolphins in FL! 🐬
2. Tagged. It sounds like a good summer read! 📚
3. I love fresh blackberries, and I also make killer homemade cookies and cream popsicles! 😛
4. 105 😎
5. If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 👋🏻
#thursdaysurvey

saguarosally Boston is super fun! Orlando was neat too, but swimming with anything would terrify me. 2mo
laurenslibrary Kiss a dolphin for me! 🧡🐬 2mo
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Sills
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Nina Hill enjoys a perfectly scheduled life working at a bookstore, competing on a local trivia team, and catering to Phil-her cat. Nina, an anxious introvert‘s world is turned upside down when her deceased father, who she never knew, includes her in his eccentric will. Suddenly she has a crazy new family intertwined with complications at her bookstore job and hopeful new romance. An absolutely delightful, laugh out loud novel to warm your heart!

mrozzz Lucky you with the advance copy!! Can't wait for this one. 2mo
KatieDid927 Ah I loved this book. Enjoy! 2mo
Sills @mrozzz it will be released July 19🙂 delightful read! 2mo
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nitalibrarian
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My next ARC. The character's first and last names are each one letter off from mine. I wear glasses too and am very bookish. But I don't have red hair. #currentlyreading

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Freddie4473

This arc copy is from #netgalley. Okay question for all my bookish people. Have you ever read a book where a character annoyed you? But in a good way? Nina hill you are vexing but I want to keep reading 📚🤓

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KatieDid927
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I loved this. I MAY have found the introverted book nerd with anxiety and daddy issues who has trouble dating and lives alone with a cat in a major metropolis protagonist a tad relatable, but the story was also really fun. I loved the humor and references. Some parts were a little cheesetacular but it was worth it. Definitely right up my alley. #ARC

cobwebmoth Hi! I hate to blow my cover, but I just wanted to make sure you received your myths and legends box today. It said it was left at your front door, so I hope you found it there.❤ 3mo
KatieDid927 @cobwebmoth Hey! Sorry, I went to a play after work so I literally just got home. Package arrived safe and sound! Thank you!!! 🤗 3mo
cobwebmoth Oh good! Thanks for letting me know! Hope you enjoyed the play.☺ 3mo
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KatieDid927
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1. Done! 💁🏻‍♀️
2. Hadestown on Broadway! 🎭
3. Yes! 🥚
4. I‘ve always liked the name Bella.
5. 👍🏼

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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KatieDid927
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Jumping on the #catsoflitsy bandwagon today with my little furry mush ball Ginger face. 🐱

tracey38 So cute! 3mo
TheSpineView Awwwwww 💜🐾 3mo
AmyG What a sweet face. 3mo
wanderinglynn Love gingers! What a cutie! 🧡🐱 3mo
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MelissaSue81
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This was cute, and funny.. I loved all the book references and Nina is an extremely relatable character. It was pretty predictable, however. I used Abbi Waxman‘s books as my #mmdchallenge 3 books by the same author. This one ranked in between the other two for me.

KatieDid927 Sweet! I have an ARC I haven‘t gotten to yet. 4mo
BookishClaire I really want to read this! 4mo
CouronneDhiver are you the inspiration for this cover @Liberty ? 🖤👩🏼‍🦰 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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This is cracking me up.. she goes on to describe how she imagines this woman... but I actually had a patron call me recently about finding the original bullet journal book, and I think it was authored by a man, actually!

tournevis It was written by a guy. And his system is so basic, it has almost nothing to do with how bullet journaling has become. 4mo
MelissaSue81 @tournevis - yes, that‘s the one I was asked about! 4mo
Crazeedi @MelissaSue81 @tournevis very interesting! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Huh??? It‘s not like Ryder Carroll is some mysterious secret! He created the method years ago and only recently wrote a book! 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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This is just like my daughter and her school librarian. Her teacher tells me the school librarian makes special trips to bring her books.

tammysue 💛😊 4mo
BibliOphelia “Medication, sanctuary, and the source of all good things...” Yes! 😍 4mo
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Rhondareads
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Great bookmail two books wonderful authors gloomy outside but book mail made it 🌞 inside thx @BerkleyPub you made me dance a happy dance💃😍

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Luv2readbookz
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Pickpick

What a great feel-good book! Books, trivia, planners, cats - yes, please! I‘ve never related more to an introverted bookish character. ❤️❤️❤️ #Netgalley #arc

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Schlinkles
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Any book that starts with a dedication to booksellers and librarians is right up my alley.

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LauraBeth
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This looks cute. I didn‘t read her last one but I did like In The Garden Of Small Beginnings:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/572648/the-bookish-life-of-nina-hill-by...

Lissa00 This looks good!! 9mo
LizzieChantree Lovely book cover. 9mo
TNbookworm The cover is awesome! 9mo
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