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I challenged myself to read 100 books in 2017 and just finished book 89!
You can read my first update (first 50 books listed, reviewed) here.
In February I only read books that were written by people of color (or about people of color) and it enlightened me, challenged me, and all-around made me a more empathetic and mindful person.
You can check out my full Black History Month reading list here.
Those books shifted my perspective on a range of topics, sometimes making me question viewpoints and attitudes I've held for years. For example, The New Jim Crow shook apart every thought and belief I had on racism, crime, prison, drugs and our legal system in America.
Realizing it was the memoirs and biographies—the real-life stories—that had the most impact on me, I decided to challenge myself again in May, reading only memoirs and biographies... "May-moirs" month.
Here's what this challenge taught me:
Here's my 2017 "May-moirs" list (Memoirs & Biographies) in order of best to worst.
My TOP pick (and I'm calling it early, best memoir read of 2017...)
Memoirs and Biographies I read before May:
UPDATE- memoirs and bios read AFTER May:
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (5 STARS) THANK YOU ROXANNE! This was the most healing book I've ever read. I read several chapters 3 and 4 times. Her truth was they key that unlocked me from several of my prisons. I also found it beautifully educational. Earlier this year a friend opened up to me about the reality of living in a very large body. Hearing her stories were painful but they changed my perceptions, my attitudes, and my beliefs. If you are not obese, you have to read those chapters and if you are obese, you need to read these chapters. If you have tattoos, have experienced any kind of trauma (any event where you felt powerless), struggle with duet/weight/food, feeling like you don't belong, are unsatisfied in anyway about your life, are a woman, love a woman (platonically, romantically, other) or WANT TO BE A BETTER HUMAN ... read this book immediately. Please!