Top Ten Tuesday: Memoirs Written by Women

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Okay, onto Top Ten Tuesday stuff now.

The genre topic I picked for this week’s freebie post is memoirs written by women.

I enjoyed all of these books and would recommend them to anyone who likes memoirs or who wants to learn more about the lives of these incredible women and girls.

1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou’s Autobiography, #1) by Maya Angelou

3. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

4. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

5. Educated by Tara Westover

6. Becoming by Michelle Obama

7. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

8. Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth

9. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

10. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land


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88 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Memoirs Written by Women

  1. I read the Young Reader’s Edition of I Am Malala and really enjoyed it! She has such poise for such a young woman. Great list of titles this week!

    Here is my TTT:

  2. I have read and loved all of these (except Infidel…I need to look for that one).

    Some of the books I’d include on this list are Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life; The Year of Magical Thinking; and The Glass Castle.

  3. Anne Frank’s diaries were so powerful and impactful. It’s been many years since I read them but they stayed with me.

  4. Great list! I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read any of these, but they are all amazing women and I would like to know more about them.

  5. So many good memoirs on this list 👏🏾

  6. Some I’ve read and liked, some I’ve heard of and not read, and some I’ve not heard of. Now I have to do a list, a separate post…

  7. Becoming was such a great memoir. I loved it.

  8. I’ve read a handful of these — Anne Frank’s is always the most memorable. If you are open to recommendations, Emile Carles “A Life of Her Own” was a mind-altering life-changing book for me. It’s about a French village teacher who becomes sharply critical of the government after seeing so many lives destroyed in WW1 and WW2. It got me interested in anarchism in the first place.

  9. I’ll admit, I’m not much of a non-fiction or memoir reader but there was some very strong women on this list. Great topic!

  10. I’m curious about some of these.

  11. I love this, i love biographies and memoirs, especially from women, i have a few favorites here

  12. Joanne - Portobello Book Blog

    Nice idea for a Top Ten. I’m enjoying seeing all the different topics people have chosen. I have read Anne Frank and Call the Midwife from your list. I love the Call the Midwife tv series though I know they are now not using stories from the books.

    • Thank you.

      Yeah, the first few season of Call the Midwife that were based on true stories were amazing. I like the next few seasons after that, too, although I haven’t caught up with the later ones as you can no longer legally stream Call the Midwife in Canada for some reason.

  13. I’ve seen a TV production about Anne Frank, but I’m not sure I ever read a book about her life. It’s an interesting story from a historical perspective, but I always find I have to be “ready” to read stories like that because they’re so dark and sad. Thanks so much for visiting my website today! Appreciate this.

  14. Great list! I have read several of these and can confirm that they are wonderful. I’m actually nearly done with I Am Malala and hers is quite an inspiring story. (I accidentally got the young reader version from my library, but I think I prefer that version since it feels more in line with the age Malala was at the time.)

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  15. Great list! I’ve read 1,2,5, and 6! Have been wanting to read others, especially Inheritance.

  16. What a wonderful topic! You’ve inspired me for my next freebie!

  17. A couple here that I’ve read and a few I haven’t. I may have to add a couple to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation.

  18. Great post. I have read Anne Frank, and want to read Educated. I have heard of several others as well, glad to know they are enjoyable. Have a great week!

  19. I dont read memoirs, but some of these would tempt my fancy.

  20. Becoming is on my TBR, I’ve heard nothing but good things about that one!

  21. I love this list! Adding a few to my TBR! I think my favorite female written memoir is Bossypants by Tina Fey!

  22. I read The Diary of a Young Girl in school. I wish I remembered it better, but I do recall feelings of sadness and claustrophobia. Considering that I read a fair bit of Holocaust-related fiction and non-fiction, I will most likely read it again soon.

  23. Such a great list. I’ve always been curious about the Jenny Lawson one.

    Hope you are well.

  24. Great list. I loved the Michelle Obama one. And Anne Frank’s one of course.

  25. From your list I only read the books by Anne Frank and Malala. I tried to read Becoming, but it felt like a textbook a lot and therefore it bore me.

  26. What a great TTT list! I’ve actually read the first 5 books on your list. 😀

  27. Poinsettia

    I really enjoyed The Diary of a Young Girl! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  28. I’m bookmarking this list – what a great topic.

  29. The only one on your list that I’ve read is The Diary of Anne Frank. I’ve heard of most of the others but not felt pulled to give any of them a read.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.
    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  30. Meezan

    Great topic!! I don’t read memoirs regularly, but I do sometimes. I’d like to add Being Heumann, by Judy Heumann to this list. She did so much for disability rights and her memoir is worth reading. 🙂

  31. Our local book group read Becoming by Michelle Obama. I enjoyed the first half about her youth, while the remainder of the book seemed a little bland. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of those books that you never forget.

  32. Great list! I DNF’d MAID because I found the author to be so whiny and negative that I just couldn’t handle it. I love Anne Frank’s diary and I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS. I bought a box set of the Call the Midwife books because I loved the t.v. show so much, but I haven’t read them yet. One of these days!

    Happy TTT!


  33. Great topic! I’ve enjoyed most of these!

  34. Great idea for a list! I particularly enjoy reading memoirs from my favorite historical period, the American West—some of my favorites by women are “No Life for a Lady” by Agnes Morley Cleaveland, “Land of the Burnt Thigh” by Edith Eudora Kohl, and “A Bride Goes West” by Nannie Tiffany Alderson.

  35. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of these, but wow, such a great list. There are a bunch I’d love to make time for.

  36. A great topic! I have Call The Midwife but have yet to read it!

    Have a great week!

  37. What a fantastic genre, Lydia. I have read six of them (all brilliant) and am just going through the seventh (Educated). I could add a few more, this is always a great choice. I will have to copy that idea one day. Thanks!

    And hanks for visiting my TTT about Scandinavia this week.

  38. I love that we both featured memoirs today! I’ve read a few of the books on your list — loved Becoming, Educated, and Inheritance, and I’d like to check out a bunch of the others too. Great list!

  39. Great choice this week, Lydia! I’ve read several of these and several others are on my tbr. I especially want to get to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings someday.

  40. Lydia – what a great topic idea! I love the books that you picked, and the 4 that I’ve read were incredible. Looks like I’m going to have 6 new books on my TBR now.

  41. I’m not much of a memoir reader but I do still want to read Malala’s and Jenette McMurdy’s. Some day.

  42. I loved Educated, Becoming, and Furiously Happy! I guess I need to pick up more memoirs.

  43. I definitely need to find the time to pick up more memoirs! Thanks for the recs.

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