Book Review Club: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Bookish Life of Nina Hill coverThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
Berkley, 2019
Goodreads Best of 2019, Humor Category

Nina Hill is a bookish millennial living in the Larchmont section of Los Angeles. She has a job in a bookstore and a cat named Phil, runs numerous book clubs, and competes in a top trivia team. For a shy only child, it’s the perfect life. Almost. There is the cute guy on the opposing trivia team she’s too bashful to speak to.

Then the father she never knew dies and names her in the will. Suddenly she has a brother and sisters and nieces and nephews, and it’s all so overwhelming. It takes a village to coax Nina out of her over-organized, over-scheduled shell, but the journey is so much fun.

I found this to be a delightful book. Nina is smart, awkward and endearing. Her slow-burning romance with Tom is sweet, and her new-found relatives are a hoot, as is Waxman’s depiction of Larchmont. The artisanal ice cream fight over whether the bookstore should close was a riot.

Recommended for anyone looking to escape reality for a few hours.

Linda McLaughlin

As always, click on the link below for more great reviews in Barrie Summy’s Book Review Club!

Click icon for more
book review blogs
@Barrie Summy

Linda’s LOL Funny #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog Challenge

mfrw blog challenge badge

It’s Week 18 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog Challenge and the prompt is “What makes me laugh out loud?”

Where shall I start? I do love to laugh, sometimes inappropriately. I frequently find irony and satire quite amusing, which means I sometimes laugh out loud when politicians spew some nonsense I know they don’t mean or is incorrect. But I won’t go there today, though I will admit to being an avid fan of The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Real Time with Bill Maher. I still miss Jon Stewart.

I don’t watch a lot of the current sit coms, but love The Big Bang Theory. The show never fails to make me laugh out loud, even the repeats. I like that the show is so smart as well as funny with quality writing and acting. My husband was a physicist, and I sometimes see glimpses of him in the characters, particularly Leonard, and before I met him I briefly hung out with a bunch of guys who remind me even more of our geeky foursome, complete with Ren Faire costumes.

12 clues of ChristmasI also enjoy humorous novels, esp. the fluffier mysteries or Regency romances. No matter how many times I read Georgette Heyer, I find myself laughing out loud. My current favorite mystery series is the Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. The books are just hilarious, and I found The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be particularly clever as well as funny.

Funny quotes make me laugh, also. The other day I started talking about the series Dallas with the receptionist at the dentist’s office and she quoted J. R. Ewing:

“Once you get rid of integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.”

Though I laughed, I was aware how true that quote seems to be nowadays.

What makes you laugh?


Click on the linky list below to see what makes other MFRW authors laugh.