Now that it’s September, I feel like it’s time to read a good biography. (I don’t know quite why September does this to me, but it does.)
So, that’s my topic for discussion for today: Biographies. (And I’m secretly hoping for some good recommendations in the comments below.)
I like a whole range of biographies:
- kings and queens
- film stars and Hollywood directors
- scientists and astronauts
- authors and playwrights
- people I’ve never even heard of!
What I’m looking for is a good life story, something interesting.
But before you start giving me your recommendations (see my secret hope above), here are my thoughts on biographies in general…
Note about the photo: These encyclopedias are FULL of mini-biographies!
The Upside of Biographies
I love stories and I also love history. And I also love getting a sneak peek at behind the scenes. Biographies blend these things beautifully! I love learning about the struggles… and especially how they overcame those struggles.
And it’s all true! While I love fiction, there’s something about reading true stories. To know this actually happened to a person. This can be encouraging. It can also act as a warning.
In a sense, reading a biography is like a leisurely visit to a museum about that person’s life. (Did I say how much I love museums?)
The Downside of Biographies
The person always dies at the end. That’s it. I always come out of a biography feeling really sad. Like I’ve just been to somebody’s funeral. (Which is not far from the truth if you think about it.)
Now, I’m talking about true biographies here. Not memoirs, or even autobiographies, because those are written (supposedly) by the author, who (by definition of the thing) cannot have died yet. And yes, I do like reading memoirs for this reason alone… that I know the main character will not die in the end.
What about you? Do you read biographies? What draws you to these books? Any good biographies or memoirs you’ve read recently? Let me know in the comments!