For the Thursday Blog Project this week, Sara asked us to write on the following topic: Talk about a book or movie ( if you have more than one, that's OK too) which you feel has changed your life, either for the better (or for the worse).
This year, I became a book blogger. It all started innocently when I wrote a review of the book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson for a book called Chick Lit Central. It was never my intent to do more than one review for the blog, but after a series of e-mails between myself and the blog's founder I signed on to be the resident "memoir junkie". I would get first shot at reviewing any memoirs the blogs received pitch letters about.
Not too long after, I agreed to review a book called, Making Piece by Beth Howard. Aside from being about something I could related to, I was also drawn to the memoir because it involved one of my favorite desserts - pie.
Not too long after I began reading the book I realized there were pie recipes in the back of the book. I had wanted to learn how to make pie from scratch since I was in college so I took finding these recipes as a sign that it was time for me to attempt pie making. I rationalized this idea by saying it would be irresponsible of me as a reviewer not attempt at least one of the recipes. I had to report back to readers about how easy it was (or wasn't) to make these recipes. (All I will say about my pie making experience is that it was successful and was the start of a pie making obsession of sorts.)
It's been approximately 9 months since I got my first memoir to review. Since then I've reviewed 9 different memoirs, amongst 15 reviews I've written this year. Once when I told someone I review memoirs they responded me in shock. They asked how I did it. They couldn't understand how I read about people's problems.
"Isn't it depressing? Reading and reviewing memoirs is truly a niche that not many people venture into." this person said with a tone of disbelief.
Sure. It can be sad and depressing, in the beginning. However, what I believe this person who asked me the question failed to acknowledge is that these people have overcome whatever obstacle was holding them back and they want to serve as inspiration for others. In other cases I have found the memoirs I've read to be a testament to the power/importance of laughing at life, and oneself.
Reading about the various journeys of others has had an impact on my life. (So, has joining Chick Lit Central ... but that's a whole different blog post all together.) I have learned a variety of lessons from the stories of others and been shown that even the most "put together" and successful people have struggled through bad times.
Now that I've shared with you why memoirs have changed my life, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say:
• Mom of Many (Susanna)
• Momarock (Sara)
• Merryland Girl (Melissa)