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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill: 10/05/22
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and Emily Rankin (Narrator) (2019). I originally read this book in print form in 2020. Somehow in the chaos of shelter in place for COVID, I neglected to review the novel even though I had sent my copy to someone else via Paperback Swap. This time around I chose to listen to it as an audio figuring it's cozy vibe would translate well; I was correct.
Nina Hill lives in Los Angeles in a neighborhood about halfway between downtown and UCLA. She walks to work and practices bullet journaling. She has anxiety and is a bit of a misanthrope. Her social interactions are what she gets at the perpetually failing book store where she works, the quiz tournaments she participates in, and her book club.
Nina's life, though, is turned upside down when a lawyer tells her she has been included in a will. The father she never knew had lived close by and fathered a huge family. She now has half siblings and nibblings. They're not sure they want her and she's not sure she wants them. What they all can't deny is that they're a lot alike.
Besides' Nina's newfound family, she has a new potential boyfriend — a rival from another quiz team. He smells like sawdust and is somehow interesting to her despite not being much of a reader.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill really and truly reminds me of so many of the cozy mysteries I love to listen to. The only difference is that there's no murder to solve. Now if Nina's father had been killed and she had ended up identifying the murderer, it would be a quintessential cozy mystery.
The sequel is Adult Assembly Required (2022).