If you are an avid reader like me, then you have most likely read a lot of books over the course of your life. I work in a library and am always looking for new books to read. I want something that stands out, and separates itself from the rest. In this search, I have discovered a newfound love for memoirs. It can be eye-opening to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and hear about their experiences. Here are the four memoirs that I think everyone must read!
1—Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. For starters, you may know Lena Dunham as the star and director of the hit HBO series Girls, or as an outspoken feminist during the election. In Not That Kind of Girl, she becomes much more than the labels she already adheres to. Dunham shares stories about her childhood, body image, and relationships. Written in the same witty satire as her controversial show, Dunham’s memoir will have you both laughing and crying.
2—My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach. In this tearjerker, Mark Lukach highlights the struggles he endured during his marriage. Out of nowhere, his wife Giulia’s anxiety spirals beyond normal. Being deemed schizophrenic and then bipolar, Giulia’s life moves into a psych ward after sporadic psychotic episodes. After recovering and returning home, Giulia returns to the terrifying instability she endured years prior. Lukach’s devotion to his wife and strength through the struggle that tests their marriage forms a book that tugs at your heart strings.
3—It by Alexa Chung. Style icon and It Girl Alexa Chung’s novel is a must read for all fashion lovers. More than just a book on what to wear, Chung shares personal writings on various topics alongside her own photographs and drawings. It provides an insight into the life of a model, television presenter, and fashion designer. For anyone who is a fan of the fashion world, this memoir is a perfect fit.
4—A Work in Progress by Connor Franta. Before Connor Franta was a YouTuber with millions of followers, an entrepreneur, and founder of his brand Common Culture, he was just an ordinary teen. Growing up in Minnesota, Franta struggled with his sexuality. After coming out as homosexual, Franta became the person he was keeping under wraps. His creativity is depicted through his writing as well as in his beautiful photography that lines the pages. Franta’s decision to showcase his artistic passions and private struggles will resonate with each and every reader.
I hope you all are ready to jump into your coziest pajamas, grab a blanket, and open up one of my book suggestions! Whether it’s a rainy day or a relaxing vacation, there is always space for a good book.
If you read one of these, or find a page turner of your own, be sure to tell me in the comments below!