Bait for Bibliophiles and Abbi Waxman’s The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
I’m in the middle of one of those books that feels just right for all of us book nerds out there. Nina Hill is a shy, list-loving bookshop worker who loves her introverted life. She’s got her trivia team and book clubs and everything scheduled just right, including Thursday nights, which are for reading and cozy pajamas and snacks (yes, please). The story is about what happens when she discovers a family she never knew she had and what happens to her scheduled life when she needs to figure out how to possibly let some love in. The voice of the story is so funny and quirky and not in that I’m trying to be the next Eleanor Oliphant way. I can’t think of any other voice I’ve read like it and I really enjoy how refreshing it is. I’m also thrilled about all of the pop culture and literary references strewn through this, although I’m sure I’m missing many of them because they’re often quite subtle. Oh, and Nina’s trivia obsession? I love a good fun fact. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, charming, and absorbing summer read, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill has been an absolute delight so far. It’s already in paperback, too, which is both nice for your budget and light for your travels. (The link is affiliate, so thank you very much for using it. If you’re looking to support an independent, my Powells link is at the bottom of the blog, too. I received my review copy from Berkley Books.)
This book feels like bibliophile bait in the best way, which got me thinking about…
Ten of My Favorite Books That Are Bibliophile Bait
- 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die
- The amount of information in this is insanely wonderful. I kind of like the idea of just flipping it open when you’re looking for what to read next.
- Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
- This is a must-have for all book nerds to have on their coffee table. Beautiful illustrations and so many fun facts and so many books to add to your TBR.
- Gosh, this girl’s love of reading is the best. Also, the movie scene with her wagon full of books…bless it.
- Fahrenheit 451
- Why we need books.
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
- Anne Fadiman’s devotion to books makes me question if I’m a real book lover.
- I’d Rather Be Reading
- I found Anne Bogel’s essays on reading positively delightful.
- My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
- This is a book about books that I don’t see mentioned as much, but that I adore and wish more people would read!
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
- Honestly, I can’t say I remember much about this one except that it charmed me and there was a lot of book talk because Fikry owns a bookstore.
- 84, Charing Cross Road
- A favorite of mine in my favorite edition of it. If you haven’t read this one, do yourself a favor and sink into this real life story of a New Yorker’s correspondence with British bookshop workers who become her friends.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- You’ve probably already read this? If not, doooo it. Juliet’s love for books is probably half of why we love her so much.
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