For Reading Addicts Reading Challenge 2020 – April

This year’s challenge is proving more popular than ever, thank you all for joining in, We hope you’re all finding it helpful at this difficult time. We’ve had lots of posts on the reading group page and many members have managed 3 or more books. Thank you all for sharing.

April’s categories are:-


Read a book by an author whose name begins with D or V. Here are just a few examples;

Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Anthony Doerr, Emma Donaghue, Kiran Desai

Kurt Vonnegut, Jules Verne, Salley Vickers, Penny Vincenzi, Barbara Vine


Read a Biography (includes autobiography and memoirs) – here are a few suggestions from Cwts Club Discussion Group

Maya Angelou – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Sarah Millican – How to be a Champion

Part autobiography, part self help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican’s debut book delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life’s blips – like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom post divorce.

How to be a Champion

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Alan Cumming – Not My Father’s Son

A beloved star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming’s life and career have been shaped by a complex and dark family past – full of troubled memories, kept buried away. But then an unexpected phone call from his long-estranged father brought the pain of the past hurtling back into the present, and unravelled everything he thought he knew about himself.

Not My Father’s Son

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Michelle Obama – Becoming

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.


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Caitlin Moran – How to be a Woman

It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain…Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

How to Be a Woman

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Other suggestions include Tan France, Elton John, Jonathan Van Ness, Peter Kaye, Roger Moore, Elise Hooper, Agatha Christie, Lucy Mangan … the list went on and on.

From For Reading Addicts see also:

10 Memoirs by Women with Mental Health Issues

The Best Memoirs of the Decade (2010-2019)

Ocasio-Cortez stars in a butt-kicking graphic novel!

10 Millennial Memoirs Written by Women

10 Memoirs by Men with Mental Health Issues

20 of Your Favourite Memoirs, Written by Women

15 of Your Favourite Memoirs, Written by Men

Medical Memoirs from Dedicated Doctors and Nurses


Read a book by an author whose name begins with D or V and read a biography.

Pick a book from our list, mail order from your local bookstore, download on an e-reader or pick something that’s already in your TBR pile.

We hope you enjoy this year’s challenge. Don’t forget to share what you are reading in our Cwts Club Discussion Group.

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