Top Ten Tuesday – November 1, 2016

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[Top 10 Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish because who doesn’t love top 10 lists!]

It’s time for another Top Ten (ok, actually nine this week)! This week’s topic is Top Ten Books to Read if Your Bookclub Likes Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs.

There is a lot of mistrust and skepticism in the world these days, but the following authors (some of whom are also activists, teachers, journalists, and inspirational speakers) are needed to make the world a better place. Many of these real life stories are inspirational and make me feel grateful that I live in a country where I feel safe. All of them have educated me on the importance of living life to the fullest:

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I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Despite being shot in the head just for strongly supporting girls’ education in the middle east, she stands by her convictions. This is a young women I can get behind. 💪💪💪

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The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Reading about the harsh living conditions in North Korea is heartbreaking. Hyeonseo’s story will make you think about the impact of dictatorships, the right and cost of freedom, and the determination needed to build a new life.

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Recently, a good friend of mine told me that her and most of her friends have suffered from depression (at some point in their lives). I was surprised at author Allie Brosh’s light-hearted yet sensitive take on the subject as she suffered from this illness as well. She also touches on important or interesting experiences, life with her two dogs (one of which is completely useless), and how she deals with life.

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A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

One of the most dramatic memoirs I’ve ever read. I highly recommend reading about how Amanda survived 460 days of capture in Somalia.

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Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman

In high school, you learn about Anne Frank and WWII generally. The cat and mouse is a very interesting metaphor for the Jewish people and Nazi dictatorship.

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Teach with Your Heart by Erin Gruwell

I loved reading how Erin put her heart and soul into getting to know her less fortunate students and ensuring that they received the education they deserved.

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Lucky by Alice Sebold

What happened to Alice on her college campus was really disturbing. She is a matter of fact writer, yet it was well-written and moving.

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The Lovers by Rod Nordland

Zakia and Ali’s story highlights the need for women’s rights and education.

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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

This is Bechdel’s memoir examining her dysfunctional childhood and her relationship with her father.

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?

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