My top 5 memoirs

So I love memoirs and Diary style books, one of them being the reason for this blog. I’ve read a couple over the years and have loved all of them. So in today’s blog post I thought it would be nice to suggest some. So here is my My top 5 memoirs.

The Secret Teacher: Dispatches from the Classroom

by Anonymous

So what’s it about?

I will teach them literature, poetry, culture. I will teach them The Waste Land! I will be the Best Teacher Who Has Ever Lived! Or so the Secret Teacher thinks. On his first day at an inner-city state school things don’t quite go to plan . . .This is a vivid account of the Secret Teacher’s first few years in the classroom. Here he celebrates the extraordinary teachers he has worked with, and the kids: bolshie, bright, funny and absolutely eclectic.

And why I like it.

I read this book at the beginning of this year after being drawn to it by the front cover and I’m so glad I did get it, it’s so funny and gives you a good look at the educational system while also focusing mainly on the kids and teachers. They all feel real and I really related to this story. I’ve already posted a blog post about this so check it out.

Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A memoir

by Jessica A. Fox

So what is it about? 

involving Scottish Hanukkah, a swoon-worthy love story, yoga on Galloway’s West Coast, and a waxing that Jessica will never forget—would both break and mend her heart. It would also teach her that before we can write our own stories, we must have the courage to travel the path less taken. If you’ve ever wondered how you could change the course of your life, Jessica’s charming story will entertain, enlighten, and inspire you to begin your own journey of self-discovery.

And why I like it.

So if you’ve been part of this blog for 5 seconds you’ll know I love Wigtown, I got to go last year and fell in love instantly. This book is about a woman who did exactly the same thing, falling in love with the town and the man. This book has got a lot of mixed reviews and I can understand why, it is in no way the perfect book, but it’s a book I love and I would love for you to give it a chance too. Though sometimes it is easy to forget that this is a true story. I also wrote a review about this book too

The Diary of a Bookseller

by Shaun Bythell

So what’s it about?

In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

And why I like it. 

This is another one sent in Wigtown and it’s connected to Fox’s book, Bythell is actually the man the Fox fell in love with. This is also the book that got me into worshipping independent bookstores and started this blog. It’s such a good book, full of dry humour and witty banter. I fell in love with the people, the town and the bookshop. Bythell also wrote a second book, Confessions of a bookseller and he has a book coming out in 2020 which I am so excited about! I also wrote about this book tooooo!!!!!

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

by Adam Kay

So what’s it about?

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.

And why I like it.

So I read this book after it was suggested to me by someone at work and it’s not a book I’ve recommended time and time again. It’s a funny book with a sobering undertone that made me appreciate the NHS on a whole new level. I think everyone should have to read this book by law, especially in the UK. Kay is a really likable man and is unbelievably honest, giving you a new view on everything. You feel like you’re going through his career and personal life right by his side. He also wrote Twas the Night Shift Before Christmas and has a book coming out later this year that he edited called Dear NHS for charity. 

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

So what’s it about?

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

And why I like this. 

I loved this book so much because I read it just at the right time, when I needed an inspirational boost from a strong, powerful woman. This book feels very personal, the whole thing feeling like sitting down with a friend. This feeling is especially powerful when listening to the audio book. This memoir also holds so many moments that I think about almost every day. I was listening to the audio book while doing the dishes and I remember crying into the water listening to her describe meeting war veterans. I recommend everyone read this book. 

So that was My top 5 memoirs. If you have a favourit drop it in the comments, I’m always looking for recommendations.

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