Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 2777 - The autobiographies I'm reading right now

I'm a sucker for an autobiography.

Technically speaking one of these isn't actually an autobiography, but I do love a good book that is biographical in nature.  Particularly if the person has been consulted and is at least partly involved in the writing process.

I just love hearing real stories from real people.  Especially from people who are making their dreams come true.  Whether it's to be the best in their field, or to overcome personal challenges, or to embark on a sea change, or to thrive in the face of adversity, or to simply chat about life, the universe and everything, I'm in.

Why? Well I guess if feels as though we're all just sitting around having a cuppa.  Shooting the breeze.  Talking about life.  Reflecting on what was and encouraging each other about what is yet to be.

I have three biographies on my bed side table right now and depending on what mood I'm in, I get to choose which person I feel like hanging out with.

If I'm feeling like climbing a few metaphorical mountains I'll pick up The Girl Who Climbed Everest about the teenager who is officially the youngest Australian to ever make it to the summit.  Learning about her passion for adventure and walking the Kokoda Track before she hit double digits.  Understanding what it takes to train for Everest and the incredible risks involved.  All of it empowers me to keep on climbing.

If I'm feeling like hanging out with that friend who makes you laugh until you snort (while cringing behind your hands at the language) I'll turn to Amy.  I was recently at a coffee shop in Balmain just hanging out alone while the model daughter did her thing with Carla Z and I was laughing so hard I was crying. Just sitting there like a mad woman.  But I knew I wasn't alone.  Amy was with me.

When I need a bit more comfort and the kind of cuppa you can only have with your bestie I'll turn to Lauren. Of course I'm not actually with Lauren - I'm actually with Lorelei Gilmore - but potato, potato (I really should have written that as Pot-eight-oh Pot-art-toe for that to have the impact I was hoping for.)  

I love to trawl the autobiography aisle at the library or bookshop and the family often gift me books for birthdays and Christmas.  Books in recent years include Celine Dion, Kris Jenner, Tori Spelling, INXS, Terri Irwin, Magda Szubanski, Charlotte Dawson, Patsy Kensit and Judy Garland.

Yep, I'm a sucker for an autobiography.

I just love peering through the window into other people's lives. 

Any other stalkers out there?


  1. I don't really read Autobiography but I just finished Left for Dead with I loved.

  2. I also love an autobiography. Not that I get the chance to read very often. I'd love to read the Magda Szubanski book after seeing her at a breakfast recently.

  3. Ooh I'd really like to read the Everest one!

  4. I am so there with you on this. I love to learn about people's lives and how different they are. All my books are bios. I'm currently reading Amy Schumer (before she cancelled her tour), John Flynn (guy on our $20 note), Dave Grohl. Recently read Mrs Woogs book - bloody hilarious! Read lots on Michael Hutchence. Very interesting reading from different authors point if view. I loved Tori Spelling book - she seems so down to earth. Nice to meet you book twin :) #teamIBOT


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