GIFTED / Today I decided to talk about one book that I read recently, that was, in my opinion, written for book lovers all over the world. It is a comedy about girl who is a true lover of books, and who discovers she has a big family she didn’t know about, and her struggles to bond with the guy she likes.
I want to thank the team from Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).
The book was released on July 9th 2019 by Berkley Publishing Group, and it has 352 pages.
About the book:
FROM GOODREADS / 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.
I feel like The Bookish Life of Nina Hill took the bookish community by the storm, and it looks like with time it’s getting more and more fans.
I completely understand why’s that: it has the main character Nina who is completely in love with books so it makes her relatable to so many book lovers all over the world.
With her geekiness and particular sense of humour it’s no wonder she got under the skin of so many readers.
So when it comes to objective side of me, as I already stated, I understand why this book is so big (and trust me when I say, I wish it becomes only bigger with time, and I hope it will be translated to many languages so people all over the world could read about Nina).
However, when it comes to subjective side of me, I have to admit that I did not click with Nina’s sense of humour, didn’t understand reasons behind her behaviour at time, and I also am not a fan of pub quizzes so therefore this novel wasn’t my favourite.
What immediately won me, when it comes to the story, is it’s interesting narration. It was the highlight of the book.
It reminds me of old movies and I could hear the narrator’s voice in my head while I was reading, imagining it’s movie adaptation.
I think this book should have it’s adaptation one day, and I bet the movie will be better then the book itself (yes, I know how rare that happens, but sometimes it does).
I liked the family aspect of the story the best. I enjoyed reading about Nina’s new family and how she got to know everyone, her ups and downs when it comes to certain family members and overall how she found her place in this new to her world.
Of course, everything book related was a pleasure to read, as one would assume would be to a hardcore book lover.
However, as I already stated, I didn’t click with Nina nor did I care about pub quizzes and that (big) aspect of her life, which made me like this book less.
I understand it is 100% “It’s not you, it’s me” case here, but it is what it is.
I also didn’t swoon over her love interest (who’s name I already forgot even though I finished this book recently, which speaks for itself (and also tells you that my memory suck)).
Overall, this book was enjoyable ride that I would recommend to book lovers and readers who like to read about geeky characters.