Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Memoir Reading Challenge 2023

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. All book formats count. 

Other Rules:

  • Books must be read on or after January 1, 2023 to count.
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2023.
  • 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. Sign up below in the comments.

If you need reading ideas, here are some links to get started:

Goodreads: Best Memoir/Autobiography

Goodreads: Memoirs by Women 

Amazon Best Seller Memoirs

B&N: 50 Essential Memoirs

Here are the categories:

  1. Mental Illness Memoir: Memoirs of an Addicted Brain--Marc Lewis
  2. Other Illness Memoir: Sitting Pretty--Rebekah Taussig
  3. Political Memoir: Peril--Bob Woodward
  4. Food Memoir: Taste: My Life Through Food--Stanley Tucci
  5. Animal Memoir: The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog--Dave Barry
  6. Music Memoir: Famous Father Daughter--Jamie Bernstein
  7. Travel Memoir: The Jew in the Lotus--Rodger Kamenetz
  8. Written by a person of color: A Long Way Gone--Ishmael Beah
  9. Written by a woman: The Pretty One--Keah Brown
  10. Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA: Lust & Wonder--Augusten Burroughs
  11. Written by an actor or a comedian: The Office BFFs--Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey
  12. Written by an author or journalist: I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool--Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  13. Written by any other celebrity: Open Book--Jessica Simpson
  14. Written by someone under 40: Gender Queer--Maia Kababe
  15. Written by someone over 40: Wow, No Thanks You--Samantha Irby
  16. Written by someone from a country different from your own: The House at Sugar Beach--Helene Cooper
  17.  One you find thought-provoking: The Pale-Faced Lie--David Crow
  18.  Made into a movie: Maid--Stephanie Land
  19.  Graphic Novel memoir: Almost American Girl--Robin Ha
  20.  Bestselling memoir: Committed--Elizabeth Gilbert
  21.  Humorous memoir: The Tryout--Christina Soontornvat
  22.  Fictional memoir: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman--Ernest J. Gaines
  23.  In translation: Whereabouts--Jhumpa Lahiri
  24.  Won an award: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life--William Finnegan
  25.  Published in 2023: Spare--Prince Harry
  26.  Published in 2022 or earlier: All Boys Aren't Blue--George M. Johnson
  27.  Under 300 pages: The Peddler's Grandson--Edward Cohen
  28.  Over 300 pages: How to Murder Your Life--Cat Marnell
  29.  One you want to re-read: 
  30.  On a favorite topic: So-Called Normal--Mark Henick
  31.  By a favorite celebrity: 
  32.  Free choice: When They Call You a Terrorist--Patrisse Kahn-Cullors
  33.  Free choice: Solito--Javier Zamora
  34.  Free choice: Bad Fat Black Girl--Sesali Bowen
Calling challenge complete on December 8


Elephant's Child said...

Memoirs are among my favourite reads. Have fun.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Adding to my 2023 challenge shortlist!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I have a couple of memoirs sitting and waiting to be read in my Kindle library. We'll see if I get to them, LOL!

Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest said...

Yay! Probably my favourite reading challenge :-)

scraptraci said...

Planning to do a better job at prioritizing memoirs this coming year. I will be tracking on my blog https://titlesurfingwithtraci.blogspot.com/2022/12/blog-post.html

thanks for hosting again

Jinjer-The Intrepid Angeleno said...

I love memoirs! Count me in.