There are so many interesting people in this world. Whether it’s what they’ve gone through, what they’ve accomplished, or what they’ve spoken about, there’s always something to learn from those people. Personal memoirs are a great way to understand how a person thinks, feels, experiences, and more. If you have the opportunity to read a few personal memoirs, the 8 books below should be on your list!

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Our former First Lady has done amazing things before, during and after her time at the White House. In Becoming, Michelle Obama talks through the experiences that have shaped her life and led her to where she is today.

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

You may recall Why Not Me from our list of 6 books every girl should read, but it’s so good it’s made another list! In her memoir, Mindy opens up about her life, growing up in an industry where people didn’t look like her, and so much more.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

In Wildflower, actress Drew Barrymore takes readers through important experiences of her earlier years. As a child star in Hollywood, Drew had to grow up faster and do things most young people wouldn’t do. This is the first book Drew has written about her life since age 14.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Writer, activist, organizer, and inspirational leader Gloria Steinem recounts her time on the road. In My Life on the Road, Gloria shares her personal growth story on the way to promoting growth and equality for women everywhere.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

One of our first book recommendations from a man is Born a Crime! Trevor Noah shares stories of growing up as a South African. This book is filled with a flurry of emotions, as he shares his story, as well as the points of view from his family, friends and more.

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

Hollywood veteran Busy Philipps opens up about her life from start to where she is now. In This Will Only Hurt a Little, Busy shares what life was like as a teen star, what motherhood means to her today and what it means to have a famous best friend.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler walks readers through a collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus. This incredibly funny woman shares her thoughts on just about everything you can think of, offering laughs and insightful questions along the way.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

With over 25 million copies sold, The Diary of a Young Girl tells the story of Anne Frank and her time as a Jew in the Nazi-filled setting of World War II. This book gives light to one of the most tragic times in our history and opens the minds and hearts of those who read.

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All of the books listed above will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate what others have gone through. Let these reads inspire you to live each day to the fullest! Have you read any of the memoirs listed above? What memoirs would you recommend to others? Post a comment below to share!

-The CGS Team