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2010 Memorable Memoirs Challenge


January 1 – December 31, 2010

Melissa at The Betty and Boo Chronicles is hosting The Memorable Memoir Reading Challenge for 2010. I have a few memoirs on my TBR pile, and so what better way than to motivate me to read them? The rules are pretty straight forward:

  • Memoirs, letters, diaries, and autobiographies count as reads for this challenge. (Basically, if you think it is the stuff of memoir, it counts.)
  • Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
  • Audiobooks and e-books are also allowed.
  • Participants are encouraged to read at least 4 books

That’s it…easy, right?

I’ve started a list of possibilities and will update as I go:

  1. Keeping the Feast, by Paula Butturini – COMPLETED January 29, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  2. Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell – COMPLETED February 15, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  3. Just Don’t Fall by Josh Sundquist – COMPLETED February 21, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  4. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt – COMPLETED February 28, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  5. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz – COMPLETED July 17, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  6. Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, by Grace Marchiano – COMPLETED September 16, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  7. Hiroshima in the Morning, by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto – COMPLETED October 5, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.


  1. January 3, 2010    

    I’m doing this one too. Good luck with all of your challenges!

  2. January 3, 2010    

    Ooohhh…another one that I am really interested in participating. I hope they are offered again in 2011.

    I look forward to reading your reviews – and adding even more books to my every growing TBR pile 🙂

  3. January 4, 2010    

    I’m reading “Crazy for the Storm” this year too … I can’t wait!

  4. January 4, 2010    

    I’m really excited to see what you think of these books. I like reading great memoirs, but I get frustrated with them easily if they are a little short of great – this is definitely an area where I love having recommendations.

  5. January 9, 2010    

    Oh. Interesting challenge. I have not heard of it before now.

  6. Liz Liz
    January 15, 2010    

    Here’s another for your list: “(bipolar bare)” about living with bipolar disorder. Very frank and very out there, in terms of detailing sexual deviation and drug use (both of which are particular to bipolar disorder. I have a friend who used to be a psych nurse and the stories she would tell … Unbelievable — I’m passing this one on to her, too). I think you’ll find it one of the best memoirs on bipolar disorder you’ve come across.

  7. January 27, 2010    

    Kathy: I’ll look forward to seeing the books you read for this challenge.

    Molly: I probably should resist signing up for all of these, but I just can’t! *laughs*

    Jenners: I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on that one!

    Allie: Memoirs are one type of non fiction I usually enjoy – but I know what you mean about getting frustrated by some of them. I hope these are all good!

    Kailana: Hope you’ll join!

    Liz: Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll have to check it out.

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