I love bookstores. If I’m lucky enough to a have a morning, afternoon or evening free you’ll find me in a bookstore. I’ve tried reading e-books, audio books, but my favorite are the glossy hardcover variety found in the shelves of a bookstore.
If I have to choose, biographies/autobiographies are my favorite books to read. I’ve literally read hundreds of real life tales written by, or about . . . real life movie stars, dancers, artists, athletes, religious leaders, politicians, historical figures and ordinary folk alike. I prefer reading a story that has really happened. The adventures, twists, turns and lessons learned by others inspire me.
My love of autobiographies started at the age 16, I picked up a book for 99 cents in a bargain bin at my hometown drugstore. That 99 cent autobiography was Be my baby, by Ronnie Spector. Ronnie was in the 60’s famed girl group, the Ronettes. I didn’t know her, but I loved the song ‘Be My Baby’ and the cover of the book with her bouffant hair-do, false lashes and thick black eye-liner intrigue me. I decided at 99 cents I had nothing to lose. I got the book home, opened it up, started reading and, in 2 days, had read it cover-to-cover. Then and there, I was hooked on real life stories.
I read about a book a month. I love learning from the lives lived by others.
One of my favorite quotes sums up my love of autobiographies: “Your life has purpose. Your story is important. Your dreams count. Your voice matters. You were born to make an impact.”
Life is crazy, beautiful, amazing and unpredictable, and every person has their own story to tell . . . and, to me, these are the most interesting stories of all.
Do you like autobiographies as much as I do? Please let me know!
If not, what do you like to read? I’d love to know that too. Please share 🙂