10 October 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Hour 20 #readathon – ooh, a memoir meme…

I am now pacing my kitchen because my rear is asleep. Well, I was. Now, like right this minute, I’m sitting back down staring into space trying to do a blog. Or something. I’ve been reading for 19 hours. We’re at the top of hour 20. So far, I’m not completely falling over, so I’m still hanging in here… not sure if I’ll make it to 24. I should have taken a nap this afternoon (note for next year to myself!)

Okay, challenges! This time it’s from Rainy Day Reviews and she has a meme for us about memoirs (ooh, my fave genre!)

1. Have you ever read a memoir/true story (Or book ‘based on true events’?)
-Absolutely! I read a good number of them.
2. If so, what was the title/author?
-I don’t want to list them all, but my fave is Frank McCourt‘s books. One of my biggest regrets in life was not following an opportunity I had to have a book signed by Mr. McCourt before he died. He is truly an amazing person. My most recent was Learn Me Good by John Pearson.
3. What what it about?
-McCourt actually has a few books, they start out about his life of extreme poverty in Ireland, moving on to his life as he immigrates to the US and later he was a teacher. Reading them is really an experience and he has such an amazing heart and humor in the face of what he lived with. Truly, start with Angela’s Ashes and just read them. He also does his own reading in audio, I’ve read an listened to his stuff multiple times. He’s was a true genius of the memoir in my opinion. Learn Me Good is an independent author who… well, you’ll just have to read my review. It’s really very good and I wish I had read it sooner. So funny!
4. Did you like it? Would you recommend it?
-Very very very much. They are both “must reads” for me.
5. How many have you read?
-Gosh, more than 100, easily.
6. Why or what made you want to read it?
-I actually didn’t think I’d be interested in McCourt, all my friends were talking about it and it seemed too “mainstream”. I fell in love, while they didn’t move forward through his other memoirs, I did. Again, simply amazing… his life. What a life it was.
7. What was the saddest/scariest one you read?
-The saddest was probably My Horizontal Life. It was also the scariest. It was sad that she valued herself so little (and must still) and it was scary that people allow themselves to live that way. Sorry, I absolutely hated that book. I want those 4 hours of my life back.
8. Did it have a ‘happy ending’?
-Yes, I think both books I recommended above had happy endings. But I mean… what is a happy ending? Especially in McCourt’s life. Oh, yes, he had a wonderful family later and a great job and was highly respected, so yes, I think it was a happy ending, but… part of me feels like it’s almost a cleansing experience for those that write memoirs. Even the funny ones, like Learn Me Good was, which I think also had a happy ending… don’t want to spoil anything with either of these, but yes.
9. When choosing a memoir/true story, do you look for a certain kind? ( i.e. historical diary, inspirational like The Freedom Writer’s Diary, Christian, non Christian)
-I typically like funny ones, I also like those with people need to find their way. My other faves include A Girl Named Zippy and Beautiful Boy (which every parent should read, in my not so humble opinion – besides, it has beautiful writing – it still makes me get a catch in my chest when I think about it – his writing is amazing).
10. Bonus question(s-it’s in parts:) for my giveaway: Have you read 3 or more memoirs/true stories? Title/Author, would you recommend them?If you were to win the giveaway prize, would you want the book, (Sizzling 16 by Janet Evanovich) and would you prefer the coffee or tea? or both?
-Yes. See above. I’d want you to surprise me, actually 🙂 I’d be happy with any of those, this was fun for me!

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Title of book(s) current reading: Waiter, There’s a Clue in My Soup by Camille LaGuire
Title of book(s) finished so far: Let’s Do Lunch by KA Jordan, Candy Wars by RG Cordiner, Calico Pennants by David Ross, October Breezes by Maria Hooley
Number of books read since you started: 4
Kindle locations read since last update: 564
Kindle locations read so far this challenge: 12,163
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 30 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 12 hours 15 minutes
Mini-challenges completed: 14
Other participants you’ve visited: whoever I happened to click on
Prizes I’ve won: Amazing Commenter

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One Response to “Hour 20 #readathon – ooh, a memoir meme…”

  1. bekkah 10 October 2010 at 3:11 am Permalink

    I read Angela’s Ashes a while back and loved it…

    I’ve been nodding on and off for hoooours now! Hang in there 🙂
    bekkah´s last blog post ..Read-A-Thon Book 1- Dead in the Family


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