20 Books Abbi Jacobson Recommends on Instagram

The Broad City co-creator and star is a reading machine, and we can't get enough of her picks.

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Abbi Jacobson (@abbijacobson) may have risen to fame by playing the (mostly) levelheaded friend on the comedic show Broad City, but she’s also a writer with credits ranging from Broad City episodes to writing and illustrating the bestselling Carry This Book. With her passion for writing, it comes as no surprise that she also loves to read. While her television alter-ego Abbi Abrams is too busy working on her art and finding a job to pick up a book, Abbi Jacobson frequently posts pictures of what she’s reading. Here’s a look at some of the books Abbi’s shared with her followers.

It should come as no surprise that Abbi was super excited about her book coming out, and who better to celebrate with than her Broad City co-star/co-creator Ilana Glazer? We’re sure their conversation about the book was hysterical.

I had almost forgotten, I saved this last story for today.

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There’s nothing like saving a great short story for the perfect moment. Abbi read the titular story in Tenth of December by George Saunders’ on the actual tenth of December. Well done.

I’m an amazing procrastinator. Best of the best.

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What better way to procrastinate than by reading a book? (Trick question—there is none.) Here, Abbi’s indulging in a little procrastination by reading Patti Smith’s Devotion.

Reading a great book outside on a nice day is always fun, especially when you stumble upon an inspiring quote. Here, Abbi highlights a passage from Against Interpretation by the incomparable Susan Sontag.

What’s happening right now.

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Just like us, sometimes Abbi can’t choose just one book to read at a time. We can’t blame her—it’s a tough pick between these three: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby, Salad for President by Julia Sherman, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.

Put yourself in good company…. and facts about flags.

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Putting yourself in good company is great advice. Abbi put Carry This Book among other artful selections, including The Art of Richard Diebenkorn by Jane Livingston, Maiea Kalman by Ingrid Shaffner, How Music Works by David Byrne, New Wave: Facts About Flags, and POTS, a catalogue for the Jonas Wood exhibition at the London Gagosian Gallery.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Solnit. Sigh.

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We love that Abbi highlights her favorite quotes for future reference (because, well, so do we). In this picture, she shares a favorite passage from A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.

Abbi was so excited to be December’s guest judge for Book of the Month Club. Her pick, of course, was fantastic: Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins.

Queue. @bitchesgottaeat always on queue.

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Devoted readers like Abbi always have their next read queued up and ready to go. Next in her TBR stack were A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, and Meaty by Samantha Irby.

We all need a good laugh sometimes. When Abbi needed more comedy in her life, she turned to Jessi Klein’s hilarious collection, You’ll Grow Out of It.

Even when Abbi’s creeping on other people’s dog-like purses, she has a book in hand. Here, she’s reading A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman.

Before she authored her illustrated book, Abbi was on top of the coloring book craze with her own series. A tiny fan is as excited about Color This Book: San Francisco as we are.

Checking off an item from your bucket list is always a thrill. Abbi spotted her own Color This Book: New York City at Powerhouse Books among other children’s favorites such as Eloise by Kay Thompson, How Little Lori Visited Times Square by Amos Vogel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Where should I go?

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We love that Abbi looked to the travel section of a bookstore to find her next destination. I’m free if she needs a travel buddy!

This is where you should buy your books. Three Lives.

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A throwback from the bygone era of 2012, Abbi shares a picture of one of her favorite bookstores, Three Lives & Company, located in Greenwich Village, New York.


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About Stella Spiegel

Stella Spiegel

STELLA SPIEGEL is the email marketer for Read It Forward. When she is not busy reading her favorite celebrities’ memoirs, she works on creating enough memories for her future memoir.