Hey! Thanks for stopping by my little piece of the internet; I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Abby – a 20-something working professional living, loving, and enjoying a cocktail (or five) in Houston, Texas. Here, you’ll find my thoughts on the many books I read – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I can’t promise that my reviews will be perfect or as eloquent as I would always like, but I can promise that they will always be thoughtful, honest, and filled with compassion for you – the reader – and for the authors and publishers who work so hard to put books out into the world. So, welcome; let’s get to readin’ some great books!

If you’re on Instagram, follow me there @bookmarkedbya for even more book talk, peeks into my day-to-day life, + pictures of my fluffy child, Murphy. + you can always stay up to date with what I’m currently reading on Goodreads!

As I’m sure has become quite clear to you, I love to read. I always think to myself that I will never truly be bored again because I have books – isn’t that so cool?! No? Just me? That’s cool. I enjoy reading almost every genre – fiction and nonfiction – and love to branch out and read a variety of books by a diverse array of authors. My favorite kinds of books, broadly, are those that elicit strong emotions – heartbreak, anger, stress, etc. – or that introduce me to a new perspective or help me better understand lives and cultures unlike my own.

Fun Facts

You’ll get to know more of my reading taste as you spend time here and at @bookmarkedbya, but I wanted to share some random, not necessarily reading-related facts with you about myself to kick our relationship off on a fun note!

  • I live with my high school sweetheart, Matt, and our rescue pup, Murphy. We have fun.
  • Murphy is a mutt and I don’t know his breed mix, but here’s my best guess – chow, golden retriever or Irish setter, squirrel, small bear, fox, human baby?
  • I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2016 (go blue!), where I majored in Communications and minored in Digital Studies.
  • In 2019, I read 100+ books, whereas in 2018, I read 21. When I commit to something, I go all in, apparently!
  • I’m a technical writer (kind of) by profession. I work at a small tech company and I love my coworkers.
  • I’ve lived in Texas (other than when I went to Michigan for college) since I was four. I do not have a southern accent and I hate how hot it is.
  • Like my grandfather, father, and sister, I can sing and whistle exceptionally well (humble brag). It runs in the family, and the whistling in particular is a very fun party trick.
  • I don’t care much for music – I’d much prefer to have TV or an audio book on in the background – but my favorite artists are John Mayer, Kasey Musgraves, Harry Styles (solo, not One Direction), John Legend, and Taylor Swift.
  • I have a troubling obsession with house plants – only troubling because they’re $$ and taking over our apartment.
  • I recently found yoga, and it has become my favorite activity – after reading, of course. My favorite poses are half moon and sphinx and my least favorite is high crescent.
  • Having grown up just outside of Houston, I live close to my family and spend a lot of time with my mom and extended family.

I hope that Bookmarked by A can be your go-to space for book recommendations, a reliable resource for content warnings (I have them for every book), and a source of inspiration to pick up a book – whether you read every day, are an exclusively airplane reader, or haven’t picked up a book since grade school. And please feel free to reach out via Contact or Instagram – I’d love to chat all things books and life with you!