2020 Memoir Reading Challenge


An autobiography focuses on the chronology of the writer’s entire life while a memoir covers one specific aspect of the writer’s life.

This is a challenge all about reading memoirs and autobiographies the fit into various categories. This challenge lists 32 categories – I have reduced it to 25 books, but who knows how many I will actually read. Five books is the minimum.

Completed Readings

Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA

Music Memoir

Animal Memoir

Written by a woman

Planned Readings

Mental Illness Memoir

  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Other Illness Memoir

  • Lucky Man by Michael J Fox

Political Memoir

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

Food Memoir

  • Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom

Travel Memoir

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Written by a person of color

  • A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

Written by an actor or a comedian

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Written by an author or journalist

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Written by any other celebrity

  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Written by someone from a different country

  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Written by someone under 40

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Written by someone over 40

  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Made into a movie

  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Bestselling memoir

  • Educated by Tara Westover

Humorous memoir

  • Naked by David Sedaris

Graphic Novel memoir

  • Stitches by David Small

Published in 2020

  • The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice – Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O’Brady

Published in 2019 or earlier

  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Under 300 pages

  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Over 300 pages

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Author of your choice

  • More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys
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