Do you read biographies or autobiographies?

Autobiographies and Biographies - Here are a few of my favourites.
Ireland
April 16, 2007 7:14am CST
I love reading about history and the people who made it happen. They don't have to be important people, as I will just as happily read diaries of victims of those same important people. Some of my favourites and books about Henry the VIII, Elizabeth I, all of the Boleyns, and Eleanor of Auquitaine. I also like reading about who Jack the Ripper might have been, who really wrote Shakespear's plays, and other such stories. Do you like to read bigraphies or autobiographies? Which do you like best? What are some of your favourite titles?
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@ackars (1942)
• India
16 Apr 07
I like to read both of them.Im someone who reads those kinds of books.I used to read lots of them when I was in my school.But after comig to college,I really dont get any time in reading them.But I have a huge collection of biographies and autobiographies at home.My sister too have a small collection of them.
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
I know what you mean bout not having the time. I just got through a book about Grace O'MAlley, and it took me ages!
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@lightningMD (5931)
• United States
16 Apr 07
My husband loves books on history. He is a non-fiction reader. I love fiction so we rarely read the same books. He loves biographies right now he is reading a Ollie North book. He loves books about Jimmy Hoffa and the mob.
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• Ireland
16 Apr 07
I bet the book about Oliver NOrth is fascinating! Is there some serious dirty laundry aired in there?
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@xbrendax (2667)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I like to read about women like: Laura Ingells, Helen Keller, Betsy Ross and women in prison, prosstitutes, dance hall girls of the old west, slave women etc. etc.. (Only true stories)!
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I LOVE reading Biographies and Autobiographies. There is something so thrilling about reading about another person's life. I will read about mostly anything lol, apart from politics and history, but reading about people's lives and upbringings is so personal and most times I feel I can relate to things that happened as they grew up. That makes it a lot more "real" to me. I usually read about people who are alive now or more recent figures such as Diana: Princess of Wales, Gordon Ramsey: a scottish chef known for his volatile temper and foul language, and The Hardy Boyz: WWE Superstars. Those three are my favorite titles so far, but I'm planning on adding more to the selection, I just have to find one that looks intriguing to me.
@bmodina (241)
• Philippines
17 Apr 07
both, but i also like history, you know history of the world, famous people from the past their story and their biographies.
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• United States
16 Apr 07
I wish I had more time to read for me! With a 3 year old I find myself reading a lot of 3-5 minute bedtime stories though.
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I love reading biographies and autobiographies too. I've just finished reading Mrs Thatcher's autobiography, "The Downing Street Years", and it's just fascinating seeing things from inside her head. You get a very different impression than you would from reading the press or other reports.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
not usually because i easily get bored, haha. but i really like the one written by frank mccourt. i was hooked from page 1 to the last page. it was in the way he wrote his autobiography that kept me interested and turning page after page until the end.
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
Are you menaning Angela's Ashes? I have read that and its sequel. I liked the first one best.
• United States
16 Apr 07
I have read Angela's Ashes, and the sequel which I enjoyed; very interesting books. what got to me was the hunger those folks suffered when they went back to Ireland. that is so sad.
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@usama46 (862)
• Pakistan
16 Apr 07
i don't read both of them and i am not interested in both of them.
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• Ireland
16 Apr 07
What are you interested in?
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• Portugal
24 Apr 07
I usually don't read biographies or autobiographies, but I think I losing good reading time because of this. I usually read more technical books.
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• India
18 Apr 07
yes i use to read autobiographies and biographies in which i liked most is Mahtma Gandhi's The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I love to read memoirs. Those are great! I read them for fun and mostly to learn cause I am learning to write my own. Here is the difference incase you are wondering. Biographies written about someone by someone else, autobiographies written by that person about their life, memoir is a book written by that person about a certain TIME in their life not their whole life. For example you could write a memoir about your 4 yrs of college life. That would be a memoir. Not if you wrote about your whole life. Thats an autobiography. But yeah I like to learn about people from the past. Or sometimes present its fun!
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• Philippines
16 Apr 07
i love reading life history of the famous people that lived becuase from thier stories it gives me inspiration. i took some good lesson from them and apply it to myself. i love to read story of queen og england or member of royal family. i also lve to read story of great american president. i find it amusing reading them.
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• India
16 Apr 07
till now ive just read 1 n thats of hitler real goo d1 evry1 must read it
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@Savvynlady (3685)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I enjoy reading about folk's lives; I believe the last biography I have read was Tavis Smiley's latest. It was eye opening and insightful; I have also read about the lives of Fantasia, Dorothy Height, Mickey Rooney(which I found quite interesting), Dorothy Dandridge, Bill Clinton, etc.
• Ireland
16 Apr 07
I have to read something about Bill Clinton. hey dynamic between him and Hilary fascinates me.
@AmbiePam (56894)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I do like to read autobiographies and biographies. Probably autobiographies more because the person is writing about themselves, and it isn't just someone researching them. Currently, I'm reading "It's Only a Movie" by Charlotte Chandler. It's a biography about Alfred Hitchcock. I went through a phase where all I read were about people's lives and how they made a difference despite their circumstances. Some looked like they woould have been boring, like Patricia Heaton's autobiogrpahy, but it was very interesting. Of course, reading about Amelia Earhart and Shoeless Joe was really engrossing. Next up for me to buy when I have the money is the autobiogrpahy Rue Mclanahan just came out with. She's not my favorite 'Golden Girl', but she hails from Oklahoma where I live, so that puts her on even par with Estelle Getty. : )
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
17 Apr 07
I am subjective person,i like to know details,and if i love a book i will want know all about the author. I remember that when i was child and my teacher put me to read biographies it was annoying,and i hate all time.lol.but know,i want read all if something is so interesting to catch my atention... as about autobioraphies i can say depend...if that person is in my atention,yes,but i have to admit i read it very rarely...
@18101989 (700)
• India
17 Apr 07
i don't like reading both biographies or autobiographies why i don't know but it was not in my habit to read this kind of books yes i like reading other thing but not this i like even to read history but i hate reading biographies or autobiographies
@neerajm (111)
• India
17 Apr 07
both,however biographies seem to be more obvious and close to reality for the mere fact that an individual can account his own life better than any body elses.