I’m so excited for this month’s challenge! I love reading memoirs. Growing up, whenever I’d spend the night at my Grandma’s house we’d always watch Biography, so I think my love for hearing people’s stories started way back then. It was terribly hard for me to settle on one book for this month. There are so many great options.
First, let’s discuss what a memoir is exactly. A memoir is a book written by the subject, it tends to focuses on a particular time in the author’s life (rather than their entire life) and has more of an emotional aspect to it. Overall, it is less factual and formal than an autobiography.
My favorite memoir is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! You can read more of my thoughts on it here. This list on Goodreads ranked The Glass Castle at #2, just behind The Diary of Young Girl by Anne Frank. There are several other great ideas on that list as well.
If you’re looking for a lighter, feel-good memoir, I recommend Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. It’s like a slumber party with a good friend. She’s so sweet, genuine and funny as she relates a wide variety of stories from her life.
Decisions, Decisions: My Final Pick
Thankfully I didn’t have to choose which memoir to read this month because my book club choose this book for our pick this month (completely unrelated to this challenge!). I love the BBC TV series based on this book, so I’m really looking forward to reading it!
If my book club hadn’t made the choice for me, I had my choice narrowed down to these two options:
(I’m hoping I can still get to them soon because they both sound super interesting!)
Let’s hear it, what’s your memoir pick for this month?