This year I read two memoirs I really liked. Both Wild and I am Malala were inspiring books. Next year I want to read more memoirs. To keep this resolution I am going to participate in the Memoir Reading Challenge 2018. This challenge is hosted by Jamie Ghione on jannghi. The rules are:
- Books must be labelled as memoirs to count.
- Read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed.
- One book can only count for one category.
- Re-reads are acceptable.
- The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.
I have chosen five books I want to read:
In the category Written by someone under 40 I am going to read The Diary of Young Girl by Anne Frank. This diary is written by a Dutch Girl while hiding for the Germans in the Second World War. Since I am Dutch myself, I am kind of ashamed to admit that I haven’t read this book yet. I already have a copy waiting on my shelves. So no excuses!
In the category Written by a person of colour I want to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this book Maya Angelou describes what it is to grow up in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. It is said to be a poetic and powerful story.
In the category Written by an author (or journalist) I am going to read Paula by Isabel Allende. I read and loved The House of the Spirits as well as the Eagle and Jaguar trilogy. Isabel Allende has a beautiful writing style. I am looking forward to reading her memoir.
In the category Political memoir I want to read Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting against the racial oppression in South Africa. I think he is a true hero. I already saw the movie based on this book. I hope to love the book just as much!
In the category Animal memoir I like to read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. Since cats and books are two of my favourite things, there’s a big chance I am going to love this book!
What is your favourite memoir? Tell me 🙂