21 Inspiring Memoirs That Will Change The Way You Think

When it comes to reading, my tastes run. Fiction will forever be my ride-or-die favorite genre (I could stay up for hours diving deep into a good plot). But fortunately, the world of books is endless – and I am endlessly grateful for all the possibilities available. Do you want to experience greater happiness? There are around a million readers on the subject. Do you love a good book-turned-movie combination? Consider this is your final list. And if you’re a new parent, don’t worry: these are ours preferred guides to support your journey.

Conclusion? If there’s a topic you’re completely new to, or one you’d like to learn more about, there’s nothing you can’t read up on. After fiction, memoir is perhaps the perfect literary genre. I definitely have my favorites, but as a nonfiction junkie/lifelong learner, certain inspirational memoirs allow me to immerse myself in a rich narrative while still scratching the surface of my personal development. And what’s not to love about an intimate view of someone’s life with a fascinating true story to tell?

Selected image of Sophie Monet by Blue-green Thomsen.

21 inspiring memoirs to change your perspective and transform your worldview

To celebrate my go-to genre, I’ve rounded up my personal picks for the most impactful and inspiring memoirs. Each of them gave me a new perspective and has subtly permeated the way I think. So dive in and prepare to discover something new for you.

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This post was originally published on January 26, 2020 and has since been updated.

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