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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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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) yes! Definitely for bookish and #LitsyLove things!
2) yes! The fabulous Nina Hill 💛📚

#Two4Tuesday on Wednesday 🫣

TheSpineView 💜 Book Lists! 4d
KadaGul @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed reading 📖 this book📚 for #AULDLANGSPINE2024. 3d
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs 🍊🧡🍑📙🧡 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Nina 💛 5d
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Kar2b
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I really love Abbi Waxman‘s writing style. It‘s quirky and unique and so are her characters. Nina Hill is a very likeable woman who has anxiety and loves books more than people. She surrounded by supportive friends and newly found family. The planner entries in each chapter add a fun touch to the story.

KadaGul @Kar2bI read this book for #AuldLangSpine from the list of contemporary and romantic comedy books recommended by @Read4life. While I enjoyed reading the book, it didn't captivate me as much as the other books on the list. #AuldLangSpine 3mo
Kar2b @KadaGul her writing style is very different than other contemporary fiction/romance writers. I actually read these out of order and started with Adult Assembly Required. 3mo
Read4life @Kar2b & @KadaGul I enjoyed Adult Assembly Required. 🤓 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is o r of my favorites 💛 3mo
Kar2b @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too! It‘s so sweet, but I also love the quirkiness. 3mo
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Airykah13
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This was a fun read. I have to say Nina was tad unlikeable during some parts because she‘s kind of a snob towards non-readers 😆

#ReadAway2024
#BookSpin

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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I knew I would like this book, but I enjoyed it even more than I anticipated! My # is #LoveMyBookishLife so, how could I not love it! I love Nina's humor, her lists made me LOL, & her commitment to her lists and her schedule is quite on par with mine. A book about a book worm who works in a bookstore and loves nothing more than going home to hang out with her cat and read. Sub my dog for her cat & it's me 😅 Quiet, calm, (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy and order. And then, chaos! Discovering the father that she never met had just died, that she'd been written into his will, and now had new found siblings, nieces, nephew's & more family that she never knew about plus learning that the bookstore she works for is in danger of going under all coincides with discovering she may have acquired a boyfriend (that she doesn't think she has time for and didn't really even like. At first) who was on a trivia team competing against them. It's all a bit much. And it's an absolutely charming story! 6mo
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BookMaven9
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I felt like I was reading my own life story! The similarities from book selling, trivia buff, anxiety, serial reader to finding your lost family after being an only child made my heart swell. What a delight!

marleed I loved this too. Did you know she wrote a later book that is not so much a sequel but characters from this story are supporting characters in the next. Geez, I‘d have to look up the title because my brain isn‘t working tonight! 9mo
BookMaven9 I didn‘t realize that! I‘ll go look it up. Thank you 😊 9mo
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CaramelLunacy
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Nina Hill has always been quite happy being alone and working at a bookstore, stomping other teams in the local trivia league. But she steps a bit out of her comfort zone when she is informed her father (who has never contacted her) has left her something in his will, she has quite a sizeable quirky family. She also begins sort of dating her trivia nemesis (with a lot of engineering from their teams). Pleasant enough but not deeply memorable.

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peanutnine
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This was a really fun book, full of awkward yet lovable characters. Nina is adorably an anxious mess #relatable
I loved watching her connect with her newly discovered family and learning to embrace change and put her trust in others. I hate that I waited so long to read this but definitely looking forward to the next book set in this bookish community!

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mrp27
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August #wrapup

I didn‘t realize how slow a reading month August was! I‘m thinking Lady Chatterly took all my reading energy. Best of the month was Nina Hill and I was a little disappointed with Chain Gang as I really couldn‘t connect with the story.

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Bookwormjillk
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I enjoyed this light and fun read. I want to join her trivia team and I felt her adherence to her schedule in my soul.

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mrp27
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#weekendreads

Hope to complete these two books before the end of the month.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Nina 💜 11mo
mrp27 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m not very far in but so far I‘m enjoying it! 11mo
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Eggbeater
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I related a lot to the main character, who is a loner-type obsessed with books and has anxiety. The book is humorous, but it could have used a sensitivity reader, as the jokes referencing children in Africa were not cool. If I overlook those, it was good, nerdy fun, especially with the trivia questions peppered throughout the book.

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peanutnine
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Aiming to read these two #Roll100 picks in August ☺️
@PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“She enjoyed people—she really did—she just needed to take them in homeopathic doses; a little of the poison was the cure.”

#NatlSmileDay
#MayMontage

Nina makes me smile 😊 💛 and flowers 💐

Eggs Well chosen👍🏼👌🏼👏🏻 14mo
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ncsufoxes
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Listed to this one on audio. I liked the story of Nina & how her simple life gets turned upside down after her biological father she never knew dies. Nina is included in his will & learns of an entire extended family within close proximity. I liked also how anxiety was addressed in a story. It‘s important for mental health to be addressed as something that people can struggle with. Wasn‘t a fan of how her boyfriend dealt with her anxiety but it‘s

ncsufoxes It‘s also the reality that some people have a hard time when people with anxiety shut down or have specific coping mechanisms. The end wrapped up quickly & everything worked out (which is satisfying in some ways but also frustrating that there is the ending where everything worked out just fine). 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Happy Monday! We have several appointments today but first I wanted to share one of my favorite books with a #YellowCover 💛📚💛

#MayMontage

dabbe Looking lovely! 🤩 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dabbe thank you!! 😍 1y
marleed Love love this book! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @marleed yes!!! 💛🫶🏻 1y
TheBookgeekFrau Love this book! 💛💛 1y
Garabrandtreviews Loved that one! Did you also read Adult Assembly Required? 1y
Eggs You and your hair and your heart are so beautiful 😘😘 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs awwww 🫶🏻 thank you ❤️ 1y
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suvata
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#StoryGraph: fiction contemporary romance funny lighthearted • 352 pages

3.5 stars, rounded up

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.

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Tamra 😂 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Just to name a few!! 💛🧡💚❤️

#MarchMagic
#Bookyouoftenrecommend

AmyG Ooooooooo that‘s nice. 1y
gossamerchild That is so cool! Where did you get it? 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @gossamerchild I ordered it from a girl on Facebook! I‘ll get you the link! 1y
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Eggs Ahh too cool—those are your faves alright! 1y
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Picking_Books
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“Imagine you‘re a bird.”

#firstlinefridays @shybookowl

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Read4life
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Finished book 1 so now I‘m ready to jump into Adult Assembly Required for #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD 🤓
I loved Nina and her quirky family & friends.
#MarchMadness #BookSpinBingo

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Nina 💛💛 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 She is a great character. 1y
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Adult Assembly Required is the #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD for March. When I put it on hold at the library, I saw that book 1 was available on audio. I‘m currently listening to Nina Hill and enjoying it.

Thanks, Misty, for introducing me to Abbi Waxman‘s Instagram 💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome! She had said she would zoom with us, but it didn‘t get set up… maybe for another book 📚 1y
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“It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong.”

I planted these buttercups in 2016 and this is the first time they have bloomed 💛

If you‘re not following Abbi Waxman on instagram you should!! One of my favorite books 📚 💛

#LitsyLoveReads

Read4life I just started listening to this one tonight. 🤓 1y
IndoorDame Omg her instagram really is fabulous! Thank you!!! How was I not listening to this before??? 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @IndoorDame ikr!!!! I love her!! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m totally swooning right now! Abbi Waxman offered to zoom with us for a buddy read!! I may not be able to sleep tonight! She is so amazingly nice!!

🧡💛💙❤️

#LitsyLove

Cinfhen Wait, what??? I LOVE HER!!! That‘s amazing 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I know!!! I only asked her to answer some questions! She responded, Fiona Davis, Freida McFadden, Parini Shroff, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Elle Cosimano all responded!! 1y
Cinfhen Wow, Misty!!! That‘s so cool 😎 and such an awesome experience! I love that all of those authors were responsive and interactive!!! Abbi feels like the type of person I‘d hang out with in real life!!! Will @TheBookHippie include Abbi for next months #SundayBuddyRead - that would be BEYOND AMAZING 🤩 How awesome to actually chat with the author !???!! Also Fiona Davis is a HUGE author!!! Wow!!! Good for you 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen she is so awesome! Do you follow her on instagram? She posts cool videos! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen it would be amazing!! 1y
Garabrandtreviews Sounds amazing! 1y
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“Being surrounded by books was the closest she'd ever gotten to feeling like the member of a gang. The books had her back, and the nonfiction, at least, was ready to fight if necessary.”

#BookShop
#JanuaryJazz

One of my all time favorites 💛

Freespirit I need to read this one!! 2y
charl08 Great quote! 2y
IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️this book! 2y
MyNamesParadise I love that book so much!! And nice bookshelf!! 2y
Eggs Great quote 📚📚 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This book made me laugh 😂 that is worth mentioning cos most of the time I choose hardcore emotional books which are tearjerker. So I loved this one . This book has its own fan base mostly because in one or the other way bookish people can relate with Nina. Though I felt it‘s little dramatic, Perfect for a light read.4.5⭐️#bookspinbingo

oddandbookish I loved this book too! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Panpan

I couldn‘t focus on this one. There were a lot of characters and it just took me forever to get through it and it felt like not a lot was going on. Disclaimer - I have been sick with Covid and think maybe that could have made it more difficult for me to get through this one. Maybe I will revisit another time when I feel better!

Bette Feel better soon. 2y
Victoriahoperose @Bette thank you!! 2y
Lreads I hope you feel better soon! 💕 2y
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NikkiCureton
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Loved this absolutely adorable book. Didn‘t hurt that I read it while relaxing in Horseshoe Bay Bermuda! 🏝

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong.” 💯

I LOVE Nina Hill! Can‘t wait to read all of this author‘s backlist!!

#ArtfulAugust
#TitleWithPersonsName

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Mustlovebooks1088 Ooooo I have this on my bookshelf! 2y
LeslieO I ❤️ Nina! One of the few books I read in one sitting! 2y
TheBookbabeblog84 This book has been on my TBR forever 2y
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Eggs Great book 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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📚tagged!!
📚Beatriz Williams
📚Big Bang Theory
📚Billie Eilish
📚Broken by Amy Lee and Seether 🎶

#ManicMonday
#LetterB

CBee Yay! Thanks for playing ♥️♥️ 2y
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DebinHawaii
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#ArtfulAugust

These books all have #QuirkyCharacters in them.
💛💙💚💜🧡

Eggs Well played! 2y
Dragon Loved the first four so obviously I must read The Verifiers and 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Nina 💛 2y
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brittanythebookdragon
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Never have I ever related to a character more than Nina Hill. I just loved this book and everything about it. Yes to all of it.

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kimmypete1
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Been meaning to read this one for a long while. Happy to say it did not disappoint!

britt_brooke I love Abbi Waxman! 2y
kimmypete1 @britt_brooke it was my first book by her, but it won‘t be my last! 2y
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vlwelser
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@TheBookHippie Goodreads seems to think this is a series. Just fyr....

TheBookHippie There was a Christmas story that she put out on email that continued this story I think I linked it at one time...... otherwise.....maybe more?! WE had fun reading this one. 2y
vlwelser @TheBookHippie I love Nina. I would read another one. Thanks for resending the story. 2y
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser I would too. I‘ve not read her other books have you? 2y
vlwelser @TheBookHippie not yet. None of the descriptions have blown me away. But they are all probably good. But Nina is extra imo. 2y
TheBookHippie @vlwelser that‘s been my thoughts too 😅 2y
Sparklemn Nina is a character in this new book by Abbi Waxman. I haven't read it yet. 2y
Sweettartlaura @Sparklemn thank you for this!!! 2y
Sparklemn @Sweettartlaura You're welcome! And I'll thank @marleed who first brought it to my attention. 2y
TheBookHippie @Sparklemn oooo thx! Might have to add this to our 2023 list! 2y
Sparklemn @TheBookHippie That would be awesome! 2y
vlwelser @TheBookHippie Yes, please! And I promise not to read it in the meantime. I may have failed with Other Birds. Oops. 2y
Sparklemn @vlwelser I can't wait to read Other Birds! 2y
vlwelser @Sparklemn it's so good. I got an ARC. No way was I able to wait on that despite knowing it was on the potential list for next year. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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#BigJuneReadathon #BigJuneReadathonPhotoChallenge

For today‘s #NameInTheTitle prompt, I went with the theory that two is better than one & picked six books from my stacks where both the first & last name are in the title.

Clwojick This one is on my list for this week! 2y
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marie3blue
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I am of two minds on this book. On one side, I enjoyed the writing, I liked Nina, I enjoyed the small townish setting and the quirkiness that implies. On the other hand, conflict seemed resolved too easily and while I liked the love interest, he got on my nerves with his total lack of understanding even in the face of a full blown panic attack.

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Deifio
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My reading buddy for a chapter. Then it's work time.

shanaqui The best kind of workday, with handy pet cuddles in between while you read. 💙 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I love Nina!

“It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong.”

#LaughOutLoud
#BookMoods

thereadingpal I so want to read this book 2y
booksandsympathy I really enjoyed this book! 2y
UwannaPublishme Beautiful photo! 2y
Eggs Beautiful! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I loved Nina and I just bought all of this authors books! This list looks fun!!

#TBR

https://pin.it/1krZEIe

Caroline2 This sounds like a great list. 😃 2y
Desha This is a great list! Thank you for sharing it! 🧡👍🏻 9mo
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LiteraryLona
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I love this book! ❤️📚

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Eggs
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Day 7: finished 2 more audiobooks. Watsons go to Birmingham, and Bookish Life of Nina Hill-loved both!
Total books: 10 so far for #AwesomeApril #Readathon

Clwojick You‘re crushing it! 🔥🔥 2y
Eggs @Clwojick Thank you Cassandra 🧡 ☺️💗 2y
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 I loved 2y
Eggs @Andrew65 Thank you💕Andrew! 2y
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Sleepswithbooks

“It didn‘t matter what hit the fan; as long as there were unread books in the world, she would be fine.”
- Nina Hill👩🏼‍🦰📖📚📚

AmyG Such a lovely book. 2y
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Sleepswithbooks
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Sunday‘s are for starting new books. This was a gift from @BennettBookworm 💛📖

BookBosomed1 I loved this book. 2y
KathyWheeler I loved this book. Even though Nina is quite a bit younger than me, I related to her. I also liked the author‘s casual writing style. It was perfect for this book. 2y
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Andrew65
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Nina!! 💛 2y
Eggs I still need to read this💕 2y
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peanutnine
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 and great cover❣️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites 💛 2y
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Bookishlie
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My current bookstore haul with Peaches oblivious to my photo taking ways….

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CaitlinByTheBook
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This was such a great book!! 🧡💙 I‘ve been reading several books about books and publishing so I finally picked this one up. I had borrowed it from my mom over a year ago. I read it in two days. It made me laugh out loud a few times and had a lot of depth as well. 5⭐️ and one I could see myself re-reading (and I‘m not much of a re-reader).

britt_brooke I love Abbi Waxman! 2y
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Dragon
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Nina Hill is an almost orphan working in a bookstore in a trendy neighbourhood in LA. She has a crush on the rival quiz team captain but can‘t seem to do anything about it. The unexpected appearance of her previously unknown multigenerational family throws her quiet life into relative chaos. A gentle romcom - well worth the time - I‘m very envious of her privilege and lifestyle .