With so many incredible books in the world, it can be hard to decide on what to read next. If you’re someone who is fascinated by the lives of others, below is a list of 5 (auto)biographies that I’d recommend reading. I have personally read each of these books. I found each one to be inspirational, insightful and full of wisdom.
#1: More Myself – Alicia Keys.
I found this autobiography hard to put down. It was captivating, well written and provided an insight into Keys’ journey from beginning to present. It goes beyond her music and the meaning behind each album and touches on her childhood, relationship with her biological father, her mother and the life she is leading with her children and soulmate.
Keys’ explains how she didn’t let the industry shape her and while she may have gained more success if she had followed their rules, she wouldn’t have been happy. She explains how she came back to herself by learning to say no and to stop bending to accommodate others.
There are many beautiful quotes throughout the book about womanhood, the importance of self-development and awareness and being true to the person you are.
#2 My Life In France – Julia Child.
Whether you’ve watched the movie Julie and Julia or not, this biography will have you smiling, laughing and perhaps a little tearful at times. You can hear Child’s personality and zest for life come alive through each page. Child’s biography touches on her life in France, her relationship with Paul and how she discovered her passion for cooking.
More than that, it is a reminder that one is never too old to find their calling or purpose in life as Julia didn’t discover her love of cooking until she was an American living in France and she fought her way through the iconic, Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.
#3 The Awakened Woman – Dr Tererai Trent.
Trent’s autobiography is inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. Trent has endured many hardships and overcome adversities to become the woman she is and it began with a thirst for education. Over more than a decade, Trent obtained her high school diploma and completed a master’s degree.
Following the guidance of her mother, Trent buried a tin under a tree which was filled with her dreams. After she obtained her degree, she returned to her homeland and dug up the tin. Her mother suggested that she create a fifth dream and make it bigger than herself. Trent’s journey shows the power of dreaming, manifesting and chasing your dreams to find your purpose.
#4 Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson
This autobiography is well worth the read whether you’re an entrepreneur or not. Branson takes us back to his youth and explains how from a young age he was making moves, creating businesses and taking (sometimes) calculated risks.
He talks about how Virgin Airlines almost went under and shows us how to be resilient in the face of a crisis. His charisma, zest for life and roaring spirit shine through the pages.
#5 Chanel – Edmonde Charles-Roux
This biography offers an insight into the life of none other than Coco Chanel, the famous fashion icon. This book inspired the movie Coco Before Chanel and provides the reader with a look into Chanel’s childhood and rise to success in the fashion world.
It dives into her romantic affairs, her eye for fashion and taking bold risks. Whether you’re a lover of haute couture or not, this biography is well worth the read.
I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these (auto)biographies or which ones you’ve enjoyed reading.