Titles are hard y'all. This post was originally going to be called Biography Book Club. But here's the thing: technically a biography is the story of someone's life written by another person. An autobiography is written by the person themselves, but it tends to cover their entire life. A memoir is a more focused, personal, and intimate story, often around a compelling and specific time period. But Biography Book Club sounds so good and has such nice alliteration...alas, I'm still struggling with what to call this endeavor. Maybe you can help.
Here's the plan. I read a fantastic book this year called Creating Your Best Life.
I'm not going to dive too deep into this book in this blog post because I'm planning a post about it for the new year. It's about goal-setting and goal-getting. But I do want to mention one of its specific recommendations: reading the stories of successful people who we'd like to emulate in our own lives.
As soon as I read that, I set that as a goal for myself. In 2018, I want to read at least one memoir or autobiography each month. I want to read stories written by women in their own words. I want to explore diverse authors and read about people who've overcome hardships to live their best lives in service of the greater good.
I read a ton, as you probably know, but I don't read a lot of memoirs. I think this will be good for me to step outside of my comfort zone and to learn from amazing women about how they set goals, achieved their dreams, and dealt with the inevitable difficulties in life.
I had big plans, as I always do, for creating this online book club. These plans have become simplified over the past couple of months. This isn't going to be anything formal. I'm going to post about these books on Instagram and share what I learned from reading them.
If you'd like to join along by reading the same books, awesome. If you'd like to choose different memoirs to read, that's great too. If you just want to read my reviews and learning experiences, perfect. Simplify, simplify, simplify!
Without further ado, here are some of my selections for "A Memoir Each Month" also known as "Biography Book Club" also known as something else that might come to me one night over the next couple of weeks. Seriously, I need a good hashtag. Any ideas?
I bet you can count. Yes, there are only eleven books in this picture. I still need one more to get to twelve, so I'm also seeking recommendations for another memoir.
I love pictures of books so much.
So this is it, I'm throwing this out there in case you want to ask for a memoir as a gift this holiday season or spend your gift cards on one of these babies. I hope you'll consider joining me in this endeavor in January.
You can find me @KarenRayCosta on Instagram.
I'm excited about this. I've realized over the past few years that a lot of women struggle to find their voice and speak their truth. When I see or hear women discovering that courage and putting their stories out into the world, whether it's on a grand scale or not, I'm truly moved. It's a beautiful thing. I think that every time a woman speaks her truth, an angel gets its wings.