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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 Peoples 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 allor mostly allexcited 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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kim.guernsey
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I've heard good things about this book so now that my library hold came through, I'm basically ignoring the rest of my books in progress. Excited to read this one!

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emmaturi
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Day 17 - #fallisbooked, the theme is ghost story. This is not quite a story but an episode of Sherlock Hlomes, with maybe a ghost!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

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emmaturi
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These are my latest library reads. I am really enjoyed the last Riley Sager book Last Time I Lied. So I think I will start his new one next! Have you read any if these ones? #libraryreads #tbr

marleed I‘m #1 on my lib loan of Lock Every Door. But I swear, there must be 20 of us at that #1 wait! 1d
emmaturi Oh I was lucky, it was sitting there waiting for me! @marleed 1d
marleed I just counted and I have 5 holds in the available soon bin. And they‘ve been like that for days. I‘m afraid they‘ll all drop at once. I‘d put a suspend hold on a couple but my luck I‘d pick the wrong ones! (edited) 1d
suzie.reads I've read Lock Every Door and thought it was really good! 1d
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emmaturi
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Day 16 - wicked is the theme, my breakfast this morning chocolate crossiant! #fallisbooked

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

JulietBooks Ohh I need a croissant right now... 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks delicious 😋 1d
OriginalCyn620 Yummy! 😋 1d
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Fall is my favorite time of year... 🧡

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Cortg
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Pickpick

I loved listening to this one on audio! Nina is a great character; book loving, stick to the routine, trivia nerd, raised as an only child only to find out the father she never knew lived nearby, included her in his will and opened her up to a large, unconventional family of sorts after he passed away. Throw in book store drama and a new beau, this made for a light, fun read.

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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 I‘m on the fence. Without the Tom subplot I would have LOVED this book, LOVED IT! It‘s similar to Eleanore Oliphant. The story was amazing until the anxious unable to cope with people/reality book nerd attracts a good looking man who falls immediately in love with her. Nina goes from bumbling anxious idiot to confident sex diva overnight 🤨🙄 With Tom ⭐️⭐️3/4 ... without Tom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ... final ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4. I‘m annoyed cuz I mostly loved it❣️

marleed I liked this one but I do get what you‘re saying. I have some pet peeve plot lines, and when I hit them the dangling points of stars start following off my ratings. 2w
Twainy @marleed I was afraid it would be an unfavorable opinion. I really liked the book just would have preferred more story about her mom, family, her friends & the bookstore. 2w
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Purrfectpages
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I went back and forth on this, maybe because the story itself was a bit all over the place. At first I thought I was reading about a book loving trivia nerd, but then it morphed into a story of a long lost family. Somewhere in the middle it all melds together, but a bit awkwardly. Our heroine, Nina, is supposed to be the quirky type, but I don‘t think they made her all that quirky, minus a few moments. Bonus points for a Rick Astley nod, however.

riversong153 I loved this book because it was just pure delight. Nice light read. 2w
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for this review. I‘ve been on the fence about trying this one, and it sounds missable. 2w
Purrfectpages @LiteraryinLititz it wasn‘t miserable, just a little bit all over the place. Some people loved it though like @riversong153 . Just like the book itself, I see very mixed reviews. 2w
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janeycanuck
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Is it wrong to be jealous of a fictional character‘s bookshelves?

This was delightful. I expected a little more snark based on Waxman‘s Other People‘s Houses but wasn‘t disappointed when that didn‘t happen.

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relocatedyank
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I loved this book. As a book news and library worker i appreciated everything about Nina hill. Light read. Fairly clean. I was sad to see the book end.

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relocatedyank
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A new month. A new display. #ilovemyjob #librarydisplay

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Cortg
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A plus to working the closing shift is morning audio walks with Angus! I‘m loving Nina Hill!

Graciouswarriorprincess I saw the author at the Winston-Salem book festival a couple of weeks ago. On my TBR pile to read. Happy reading! 2w
Cortg @Graciouswarriorprincess It‘s super cute! I love books w/ quirky characters! 2w
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relocatedyank
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I have so much to do. But i need a little time with nina hill. Started last night and as a library worker i am already in love with her. 😂😂😂

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Purrfectpages
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I can‘t help but wonder if Abbi Waxman and Kelly Harms knew they‘d be releasing seemingly similar novels, both with bookish librarians as reluctant heroines, more or less simultaneously. I haven‘t read this one yet, but I‘m about to. Let the compare and contrast begin!

mcipher I liked Kelly Harms‘ just a wee bit better, but both were great 3w
Purrfectpages @mcipher I‘ll take a close contest if both are winners! 😉 3w
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Purplerosiepage
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This book didn‘t have much substance, but I really love how much I identified with the main character. It also made me laugh out loud, and that doesn‘t happen often.

MsBennet Agreed! 3w
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TheWordJar
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A cute epigraph to start what is hopefully a fun read.

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Purplerosiepage
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I love sentences like this that tell you all you need to know about a character.

Eggs ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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Bookzombie
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If you are looking for a book to brighten your day, then this would be a good pick. It‘s a cute and happy read. I felt like Nina‘s life was already rich but new found family and possible love show Nina that there is even more out there. #blameitonlitsy

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kspenmoll
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#catsoflitsy #Emcat #booksandkitties

Em is reading with me. 📚😻

Laura317 Em looks passed out. 😂 3w
kspenmoll @Laura317 Totally zonked! 3w
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jackilynn
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kspenmoll
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#gardentomatoes #booksandpizza
Last week for fresh tomato pie at Pepe‘s Pizza. Yum.

sprainedbrain That looks delicious. 😋 3w
Amiable Unpopular opinion alert: I prefer Bar pizza to Pepe‘s, Sally‘s or Modern. 😬😀 3w
kspenmoll @Amiable That‘s ok!!! Where is Bar pizza? 3w
Amiable @kspenmoll New Haven! On Crown Street, across from Louis‘ Lunch. 3w
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kspenmoll
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Reading while Robert is in class.Very relaxing. Sky tonight beautiful. #Storrs #sunset #bookhaul

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Lexicon1982
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I LOVED this book! Nina Hill was the most relatable character I have had the pleasure of spending time with in a long time! It was like reading about my soul sister.. bookworm (check)..social anxiety (check)...meeting a man that balances you (check)... what a cute, fun, easy read.. and I loved all her crazy family she never knew she had! Recommend when you just want to read something that puts a smile on your face! 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Stars!

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Melissa_J
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Bailedbailed

I‘m going against the grain with this one. I‘ve been picking this one up before bed for the last week and a bit. But I never feel like reading more than a few pages. Nothing about the book holds my attention. The book feels like it‘s trying too hard, and rather than find things amusing I‘m rolling my eyes. Lots of people love this one, so I think my bailing is simply a reflection that I don‘t do ‘cute‘ books. They just aren‘t my thing 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Not mine either! 3w
Melissa_J @TrishB I‘m glad to hear that. I like the idea of ‘cutesy‘ books, but I find they rarely resonate with me. I can almost never relate to the characters, and found this to be true even when I was in my early 20s and starting out in my career. 3w
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #shelbournefallscoffee #sundaymorning

Stopped in at our favorite coffee shop in Easthampton on way home from Northampton. Love their french roast.This red mug called to me. ☕️📚

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Amie
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I loved this, even though contemporary rom coms are not my thing. I liked that it didn't feel like the story was about the quirky loner main character needing fixed, which is a problem I have with some books with similar characters. She is portrayed as someone who likes being alone, but still has a full life, including friends. In the end everything came together in a way that allowed her to still be herself.

kspenmoll This book was a fun read for me too! 3w
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Owlizabeth
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Obviously. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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jackilynn
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This always irked me because Peeves was one of my favorite book characters. I feel like they really missed out on a fun character. So many people don't even know he exists. 😫👻

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Owlizabeth
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Oh my, this book is a hoot! I am loving it, exactly what I was in the mood to read right now.

daena Yep. Same here! Reading it right now as well. 4w
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Redwritinghood
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Bailedbailed

Light and breezy read, but also kind of vapid. Moving on to other things.

mcipher Her first book was my favorite but I did enjoy this one too. 4w
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jackilynn
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Nina is so relatable 🤔

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Devyn
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Now I love Abbi Waxman so it comes as no surprise that I loved this one as well! I love anything that makes me feel like less of a weirdo for planning out most minutes of my life and Waxman did so with care, love, and lots of good humor.

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AmyK1
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I love getting #bookmail. The 3 Magnolia/Joanna Gaines books are for my son‘s girlfriend, who‘s birthday is today. The top 3 are for me 😁

marleed I just read and loved loved loved Bear Town. Nina, too, is wonderful to meet! 4w
AmyK1 @Marleed I‘ve heard good things about both of them. And I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read so far by Fredrik Backman 👍🏼 4w
marleed Oh me too. If I were to pick my top five currently writing authors he would be on that list. So would Taylor Jenkins Reid. ...Dang now I‘m sitting here think of my next three! Berne Brown. Now I can only have 2 more! 4w
AmyK1 @marleed lol yeah. He‘d be up there for me too. Not sure of the other 4-there are too many choices! 4w
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daena
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In need of a read that is light and a bit of a palate cleanser. Hoping Nina Hill fits 🤞#dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #dobby

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Devyn
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Abbi Waxman is one of those authors where I‘ll read literally anything she writes. Small Beginnings and Other People‘s Houses are up there with some of my favorite books of all time so very excited to dig into this new one!

It‘s made particularly better that I‘m currently outside in the sunshine with my pup. Loving the last few days of summer, but very ready for fall!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Nina finds out she has family she never knew about. She tries to get out more and meet people. She has always been shy and feels much more comfortable with books.

Nute I can't wait to read this! 4w
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Mrsbennettsbooks
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Amazing! One of my faves of this year. It was hilarious and relatable. While still leaving you feeling like there was meaning to it. A quick, light, feel good read.

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Maria514626
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Predictable. I don‘t think I would have continued if I was reading.
I‘m coming off some very good books. Thus, my patience for all but 4+⭐️ books is just not there.

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Jemgirl2014
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What a delightful novel! I had a real fun time getting to know Nina and her eclectic group of family and friends. Even better, the story is set in my hometown of Los Angeles and I really appreciated the sense of familiarity. I loved the sweet romance between Nina and Tom. I hope to read more by this author! ❤

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Librariana
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When in Tacoma... a stop at Half Price Books is a must. Found a lovely (and coveted!) edition of I Capture the Castle for a phenomenal price and couldn't pass up The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

#itsahaulyall #bookhaul #halfpricebooks

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WanderingBookaneer
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Here‘s Chipi being a nosy neighbor.

Bookzombie 💕🐱 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am putting together my books for the Bookmarks Book Festival in Winston-Salem on Saturday. I can‘t wait to see these authors and meet other Littens there! I am so excited!!! (Inland, Lilac Girls and the Lost Roses on the top).

MallenNC Have fun! This weekend doesn‘t work for me to be able to go, but one day I‘m going to make it to that festival. 1mo
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Shadowfat
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I enjoyed this book. Winry enjoyed destroying my library book too, so I made her take a picture with it 😆. I enjoyed the trivia aspect of it since I've been doing trivia for years. Nina was an entertaining character, if not a little one note.

JulietBooks 🤗 1mo
wanderinglynn Winry does look a bit ashamed. 😂 1mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Books, trivia, and planners! This book was meant for me.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This was cute! It's definitely a book for people who spend most of their nights reading or thinking about reading. I definitely related to Nina. The idea of working at an indie bookstore and being super organized/planner is very me. I'm just missing a long lost family and inheritance. I think the romance was cute but it needed more time and development. I loved their banter and I definitely sensed an attraction but it seemed a bit rushed through.

PurpleyPumpkin This is the second time I‘ve come across this book today! A friend saw it on Insta and recommended it to me. Stacked!📚 2mo
OnlyYoo I‘ve definitely dreamt about owning my own bookstore and getting first access to different books 😍 2mo
emmaturi I just ordered this from BD, it sounds really good! 1mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Slipping one non TBR book into the start of September before tackling all the fantasies I have scheduled for the month.

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mcipher
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Thanks to starting this book, this is the first time in years that my TBR has dipped below 600.... I‘m so weirdly excited about it. Why does 599 seem so much more manageable?! August was a great reading month: 13 books finished with a couple being way back on said TBR — and every book is just better if you read on vacation.

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riversong153
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This book is delightful. It‘s a light easy read that any bookish introvert could relate to in some way or another. Some times I just need to read a happy book or “up lit” as I‘ve heard it called. This fit the bill perfectly!

Readergrrl I hear you! Sometimes I just need some light in my reading as I spend so much time reading the heavies!! 2mo
riversong153 @Readergrrl Yes...I found myself feeling a little down and thought...nope! True crime and mysteries are NOT going to help here! 2mo
squirrelbrain I have a different Abbi Waxman on my TBR shelf, good to know when I need some ‘up-lit‘! 2mo
JSW I love the term up-lit! Never heard it before, and it‘s perfect. 👍🏼 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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The holds keep rolling in and I am much excite!! I have so many books to read and no time, #booknerdproblems.

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MyNamesParadise
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Attention all Littens: you must read this book! It was so good and I didn‘t want to put it down. This helped me with a difficult time I‘ve been having recently and I can‘t recommend this book enough! It makes me want to read Abbi Waxman‘s other novels. Finished reading it, cozy-ing up with my blanket that‘s made to look like a bookshelf. Perfect for the themed of this book!

Liatrek I just ordered this book 😊 Can‘t wait to read it! 2mo
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