Announcing the Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge, 2011 Edition

We’re back again for the second year!  I’m delighted to be your host of the Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge for 2011, complete with a spiffed-up perpetual button made by the wonderful Florinda of The 3Rs (Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness).  A round of applause for Florinda ….

About the Challenge: If you enjoy reading memoirs or really haven’t explored them as much as you’d like to, then this is the challenge for you.  Anything that in your mind qualifies as a memoir will meet the challenge requirements. Letters, diaries, autobiographies, books on writing memoirs … in my book, they all count as Memorable Memoirs.  Books, e-books, audiobooks are all fine. 

Dates: January 1 – December 31, 2011.   You can sign up anytime from now and throughout 2011, but don’t start reading until January 1, 2011. 

Requirements:  It’s up to you!  I want this to be a fun and low-key challenge, yet one that will be worthwhile of your valuable reading time. If that means reading one memoir, that’s great.  If that means reading three dozen, even better.  You decide what works for you.  Overlaps with other challenges are more than fine … even encouraged. 🙂

Write a post (or include your intention to participate in this along with other challenges) on your blog (if you don’t have a blog, you can just leave a comment). Tell us how many Memorable Memoirs you’re planning on reading.  You don’t need to list your books in advance, but if you want to, we’d love to see which ones you’re thinking about.  You can always change them later.  (I’ll create a list of possibilities based on some of my own memoir reading and that which participants did last year.)

On January 1 (or thereabouts), I’ll have a link up for reviews. 

The challenge is open to anyone, even if you don’t have a blog.  You can sign up in the comments, or in the Linky below.  (I haven’t had good luck with linkies this year … if it ever goes down, check back later or leave your link in the comments.) 

Sign up with your name and url to your blog post about the challenge.  Example:  Melissa (The Betty and Boo Chronicles)

Most importantly, have fun with this challenge. Happy Memorable Memoir Reading!

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43 thoughts on “Announcing the Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge, 2011 Edition

  1. Laurie

    Pardon my cluelessness, I’m a little unclear where I’m supposed to post my reviews. The “post reviews here” doesn’t actually link for me. Should I put them in the comments? Thanks!

  2. BJ

    I found “A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean by Melinda and Robert Blanchard on a list on the Goodreads site. Reviews were mixed, but it sounded good to me, so I checked it out of the library and I’m glad I did. This book tells the story of a couple from Vermont who go to the island of Anguilla on vacation and fall in love with the island and its people. Later, after selling their business, Blanchard and Blanchard, a popular specialty food company, they decide to open a beach bar on their favorite caribbean island, Anguilla. They go to the island to check out the possibilities and somehow instead of a beach bar, they end up with an all out fancy restaurant. This is the story of what it takes for an outsider to open a business on this island and the people there who become the Blanchard’s extended family and friends. It is also the story of the resilience of the human spirit to come back from disaster when a hurricane complelely decimates the island and the restaurant. One of the Goodreads member reviews stated that the reviewer found the authors to have a “condescending attitude toward the locals and their culture.” I certainly DID NOT find this to be so. I found that the authors spoke of the locals and the island culture with great affection. Several reviewers said this book was rather poorly written, that may be so, it certainly was not written with the poetry of “Under the Tuscan Sun” but I loved this book. I found it to be a very easy enjoyable read. It also includes several of the Blanchards recipes which makes it an excellent choice for “foodie readers.” I gave it 4-1/2 stars.

  3. BJ

    For my second memoir, I read “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes. This was actually a re-read. I read it about 10 years ago but never got around to reading the sequels. So having decided to read the sequels this year, I went back and re-read this one to start. I actually read this for my Italy in Books Challenge, but it is also a memoir, perfect for this challenge also. I am attracted to books about people who buy homes in countries other than their own, particularly Italy and France, and tell the stories of restoration of those homes, the highs and lows of it, their travels about their adopted country, the foods they eat, the people they meet, so I really liked this book! I love words and Frances Mayes truly has a way with them. Her descriptions make you see, feel, taste what she is describing. I’ve never been to Italy, but through her words, I am transported there, seeing the colors and feeling the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. Through her words, I taste the food, the wine, the olive oil and yearn for simple, healthful, fresh Tuscan foods with simple preparation. Through her words, I have been to Bramasole (her house) and can’t wait to go there again. If you’ve seen the movie, it is really nothing like the book and the book is so much better. I am now looking forward to reading the other books following this one. I have no way of knowing if Italy and its people are really the way she describes, but she makes me want to go there. She makes me want to cook simple style Tuscan food and drink the wine of Italy.

  4. Alexa

    I’ve read a few so far this year, so I’d better get cracking and post them. Here’s #1, The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes.
    I really do recommend it, but it’s very tough subject matter – not a frothy fun memoir, quite the opposite. Time to read a memoir about someone who collects shoes or something….

  5. Louise

    I always enjoy a well written memoir, but rarely read that many for some reason. By random chance I’ve already read two memoirs this year! So I’m going to join the challenge to help me get to blogging them. Hopefully I’ll get to reading some more during the year, but I’m in for at least two.

  6. BJ

    My first book for this challege was With Love and Laughter, John Ritter by Amy Yasbeck. Like much of the rest of the world, I was a huge fan of John Ritter and very saddened when he died unexpectedly, much too young. His wife, Amy Yasbeck writes a very heartfelt and surprisingly readable memoir of their life together with their daughter, Stella. The only real complaint I have is that I felt like it left out of lot of his life. He had three children prior to Stella and Ms. Yasbeck only mentions them in passing, so it is not a biography of his entire life, just the life that he shared with the author. Although I feel this was intentional on her part, it left me feeling like the book was incomplete. Still, it was an interesting worthwhile read and I gave it 3 stars out of 5.

  7. Alexa

    I just stumbled across your blog, which is serendipitous because my favorite thing to read is memoirs. I’m even thinking of starting a blog devoted to memoirs. This Challenge should kick me in the rear to do it. I’m in for a memoir a month. Looking forward to it!

  8. Alyce

    This challenge looks like a lot of fun, and is a natural fit since I like reading memoirs. I signed up to read four, but might read more.

  9. BJ

    I’ve got my first 3 books for this one already checked out from the library: With Love and Laughter, John Ritter by Amy Yasbeck; Late, Late at Night: A Memoir by Rick Springfield; and Growing Up Laughing by Marlo Thomas. Looking forward to this one.

  10. Laura

    I’m so excited to find this challenge, since I love reading memoirs! I’ll post again in a few days with a link, but right now I’m thinking I’ll have a goal of 5.

  11. Reno

    Newbie to challenges here; this one sounds good for me as I’ve only read a few memoirs and I am interested in reading more. 🙂 I’ll start with three, I think.

  12. K A B L O O E Y

    I read so many memoirs, but have always shied away from reading challenges because I am notoriously bad at keeping track of what I read. (Have been ever since 4th grade.) But since I read four memoirs during a week’s vacation this year, I’m going to do as Florinda did (I figure, that’s always smart, right?) and sign on.

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