Being Your Own Hero: Top Ten Tuesday

February 24, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 20

Hi Ho Bookworms!

Oh Tuesday, my Tuesday. It is the most glorious day to make a list. This week the folks at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list our Top Ten Heroines. I’ve played this game before, with fictional ladies, so this time, I’m going to list ladies who are heroes of their own lives and talk about memoir-istas. I just made that a thing. You can thank me later.


1. Amy Poehler- I recently listened to Yes Please (I highly recommend the audio.) I love Amy more now than I did before. “Good for you, not for me” is my new personal mantra.

2. Tina Fey- Uh, Bossypants (review) pretty much rocked my world. Tina for president!

3. Mindy Kaling- Mindy’s memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) makes me feel less alone in my neuroses. (review)

4. Cheryl Strayed- Deciding to take on the Pacific Crest Trail wouldn’t be MY first choice of activity if I were feeling lost, but I’m not Wild like Cheryl Strayed (review). I like living vicariously.

5. Jenny Lawson- The great and powerful Bloggess opens up even more than usual in her delicious memoir Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (review). The woman makes me furiously happy.


6. Jeanette Walls- Holy crap on a cracker, The Glass Castle (review) KILLED ME. The fact that she emerged from her childhood (mostly) unscathed is a miracle.

7. Susanna Kaysen- I read Girl, Interrupted in high school and I was blown away. In fairness I’ve not read it with “grown up” eyes, but I think it holds up. Mental illness is an important topic, y’all.

8. Rachel Dratch- I might have a weakness for the ladies of SNL but Dratch’s memoir Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle was awesome. (review)

9. Sloane Crosley- I recommend you read I Was Told There’d Be Cake. SOMEBODY needs to talk about the mysterious turd on the carpet, you guys. (review)

Talk to me Bookworms! Who are some of your favorite female memoir-istas?

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20 Responses to “Being Your Own Hero: Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. Megan M.

    I love Amy Poehler something fierce! I hate that I haven’t read Jenny Lawson’s book yet because I adore her and I know her book will be fabulous. It’s been on my list forever.

  2. Dana

    Just Kids by Patti Smith was one of my favorite memoirs ever. I have an odd fascination with the Chelsea Hotel, and after reading her tales of life there, I felt like I’d been a resident. I loved it.

  3. Amy @ Read a Latte

    YAS to so many of these! There’s actually a shirt that says “If I die tell Mindy Kaling I loved her” which I think can be collectively worn by the internet as a whole. Also Cheryl Strayed is just…lifespiration.

    • Words For Worms

      I NEED THAT SHIRT! It’s basically a medic alert bracelet for the important things. Sign up to be an organ donor and wear that shirt. Pre-reqs to obtaining a driver’s license I should think.

  4. Lost in Literature 108

    I’ve only read one on your list, Wild, but I really want to read Girl, Interrupted.

    I have read are A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s not your typical memoir, it is a bit cerebral, kind of slow, but I liked it. And Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. It’s a memoir heavily focused on food. Loved it.

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