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February 3: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From Memoir.

Memoir is a genre I should read more of, so I chose it instead of my staples of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery.


1.) That Bear Ate my Pants; Tony James Slater. One seriously under-prepared man volunteering at an Ecuadorian animal refuge.

color of water

2.) The Color of Water; James McBride. The story of one woman’s two marriages, which crossed religious and racial boundaries.

diving bell and butterfly

3.) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death; Jean-Dominique Bauby, Jeremy Leggatt (translator.) This book was written by blinking one eye, the only control the author had after a stroke.

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4.) Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight; Alexandra Fuller. A girl growing up in Africa, and the trials and joys of that childhood.

I grew my boobs

5.) I Grew my Boobs in Chinatown; Savannah Grace. First part of a four-year family backpacking trip.

I know why the caged bird sings

6.) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Maya Angelou. There’s a possibility I read this sometime in school, but if I don’t really remember it, it doesn’t count.


7.) Infidel; Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Growing up in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya.

a long way gone


8.) A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of A Boy Soldier; Ishmael Beah. The true story of a child soldier, this one will be really sad, I’m sure.

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9.) Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster; Jon Krakauer. I will never be this crazy/athletic, but it’s interesting to read about.

running with scissors

10.) Running with Scissors; Augusten Burroughs. I read Look Me in the Eye, and it made me curious about this book, too.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

10 responses »

  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is really good. So you should definitely read that one (or reread it if you read it in school. Lol). 🙂
    My TTT!

  2. Lauren says:

    I read A Long Way Gone several years ago and loved it. It was a very emotional read, and I highly recommend it. Into Thin Air (or really, any Jon Krakauer) is great, too.

  3. Precious @ Clockwork Desires says:

    A Long Way Gone was really good, yet really sad. I hope you get to it soon!

  4. moosha23 says:

    I’ve heard of three of these and I’ve got to say I’m not always partial to memoirs. I mean I do like them but I have to be in the mood for other people – and it also depends on what type of memoir it is too. There’s so many out there, but yeah those a la A Long Way Gone are the types that I like the most. Who knew the real world could be so interesting?

  5. These are some interesting books; the first one sounds hilarious and I can always use a good humor-filled read. Haven’t read a funny book in awhile but I’m almost always up for laughs. 🙂 Memoir is something I don’t really read, but I’ve read a few.

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