Sometimes I read a book that makes me feel something; it could be profound and beautiful prose, or just a good story, or great characters, but there's something there. To say nothing about a book like that feels just as wrong as criticizing another writer's work. (Can't do it. Writing is hard, and I can't say bad things about other writers.) So, here I am, in what I hope will be a continuing series, saying something about, but not criticizing, a book that made me feel something.
"The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" by Abbi Waxman.
I really (x5) loved this book. It was like getting to see your best friend whom you haven't seen or spoken to in years, but when you do get together, you pick up exactly where you left off. That's how I felt the entire time I was reading.
It was the same way I felt oh so many years ago when I read "Bridget Jones's Diary" (Helen Fielding) or "Good in Bed" (Jennifer Weiner). "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" made me feel seen and comforted. It made me laugh. It did not make me cry. (Thank you very much!) I loved all of the characters and wanted to spend more time with them.
This is the kind of book that makes me want to write books. The tone, the intelligent and likable characters, and, of course, a little bit of romance, that's where it's at for me!
I was sad to finish this book because I had to say goodbye to my friend again, but I'm happy to see Abbi Waxman has other novels, and those are on my TBR now!
And if Abbi Waxman ever sees this post, Ms. Waxman -- Thank you for this book. It brought a lot of happiness to this reader.