Saturday, October 3, 2020

Memoir Reading Challenge 2021

It's back, once again using a checklist. Some categories have been changed, however. To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category. Re-reads are acceptable. You do not need a blog to participate. All book formats count. 

Other Rules:

  • Books must be read on or after January 1, 2021 to count.
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating. 
  • Books must be labeled as memoirs to count. 
  • You do not need a blog to sign up.  You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge.  Or sign up on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter.

Here are the categories:

  1. X Mental Illness Memoir: Furiously Happy--Jenny Lawson
  2. X Other Illness Memoir: The End of Your Life Book Club--Will Schwalbe
  3. X Political Memoir: The Truths We Hold--Kamala Harris
  4. X Food Memoir: From Scratch--Tembi Locke
  5. X Animal Memoir: A Street Cat Named Bob--James Bowen
  6. X Music Memoir: Waging Heavy Peace--Neil Young
  7. X Travel Memoir: The Hare With Amber Eyes--Edmund De Waal
  8. X Written by a person of color: Assata: An Autobiography--Assata Shakur
  9. X Written by a woman: To Love and Let Go--Rachel Brathen
  10. X Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA: Untamed--Glennon Doyle
  11. X Written by an actor or a comedian: If You Ask Me--Betty White
  12. X Written by an author or journalist: Thirteen Senses--Victor Villaseñor
  13. X Written by any other celebrity: All In--Billie Jean King
  14. X Written by someone under 40: Hillbilly Elegy--J.D. Vance
  15. X Written by someone over 40: Touched by the Sun--Carly Simon
  16. X Written by someone from a country different from your own: Geisha, a Life--Mineko Iwasaki
  17. X One you find thought-provoking: Miracles and Grace in an Unlikely Place--Charisse Tyson (reread)
  18. X Made into a movie: Beautiful Boy--David Sheff 
  19. X Graphic Novel memoir: Lost Soul, Be At Peace--Maggie Thrash
  20. X Bestselling memoir: The World According to Bob--James Bowen
  21. X Humorous memoir: Let's Pretend This Never Happened--Jenny Lawson
  22. X Fictional memoir: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend--Matthew Dicks
  23. X Won an Award: Lab Girl--Hope Jahren
  24. X Published in 2021: Crying in H Mart--Michelle Zauner
  25. X Published in 2020 or earlier: Men We Reaped--Jesmyn Ward
  26. X Under 300 pages: Girls Like Us--Rachel Lloyd
  27. _ Over 300 pages: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry--Jeffrey A. Lieberman
  28. X One you want to re-read:Bitch--Elizabeth Wurtzel 
  29. X On a favorite subject: A Gift From Bob--James Bowen
  30. _ By a favorite celebrity
  31. X Free choice: Sister Outsider--Audre Lorde
  32. X Free choice: Girl Walks Out of a Bar--Lisa F. Smith
  33. X Free choice: The Poetry of Strangers--Brian Sonia-Wallace
Calling challenge complete on December 22


Beverley Baird said...

I completed this year's so will definitely take part in next year's

Elephant's Child said...

I adore memoirs and read them often.

Laura said...

I signed up for this in 2019 but didn't read anything. The books I selected last year are still sitting on my bookshelf so I plan on trying the challenge next year.

scraptraci said...

looking forward to reading even more memoirs in 2021 didn't quite make goal in 2020 but still have lots of new choices for 21

Vicki said...

I'm joining, here's my link