Schools are out, temperatures are rising, pools are opening for the season, and summer reading is in full swing! To me, the best part about summer is being able to kick back and crack open a new book. While this season is typically known for lighthearted romances and young adult comedies, my favorite way to spend a scorching day is with an autobiography.
Autobiographies are the perfect way to learn more about your favorite influential figures, and immerse yourself in a different life for roughly 300 pages. Whether you want to hike a mountain or star in a hit tv show, an autobiography will take you on an incredible journey in a personable, insightful way.
This summer, opt for one of these eight autobiographies, and unleash an adventure unlike any other.
Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls
In his debut novel, adventurer Bear Grylls takes you through his days of intense training, ascent up Mount Everest, and forage into mainstream television.
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
Even if the Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls left you as disappointed as I was, Lauren Graham’s writing will bring you back to Stars Hollow, and even the world of Parenthood, in a way that will leave you painfully nostalgic for your favorite fast talking characters.
Sully: My Search for What Really Matters by Chelsey B. Sullenberger
The hero of the Miracle on the Hudson tells you of his life’s journey, including a look into that fateful day, and why being a hero is far from the most important thing in his life.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Telling the uncomfortable yet cathartic story of how she ended up thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed captures readers with her honesty.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
The couple may be famous for shiplap, but the Gaines’ book takes a deeper dive into how they got involved in the remodeling industry, and how their faith has kept them grounded throughout the HGTV chaos.
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short
Perfect for fans of old-school Saturday Night Life, Martin Short recounts his days growing up and into the world of comedy.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
A follow up to her first autobiography, Mindy Kaling gives readers advice on how to live their best lives, and not be afraid to go for their (seemingly impossible) dreams.
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles
A songwriter by nature, Sara Bareilles puts pen to paper in this book to tell readers how her music career came to be, and the stories (and rumors) behind her hit songs.
What autobiographies will you be reading this summer?