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There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?

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44 responses

  1. Unless you count stuff like Dewey and Marley & Me (which are more autobiographical/memoirish/biography-of-a-pet), I’m not a biography reader. My post is here: http://comicreviewsbywalt.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/booking-through-thursday-biographies/

    And speaking of those, I missed last week’s prompt, but caught up this week: http://comicreviewsbywalt.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/booking-through-thursday-catch-up-dog-days/

  2. Great question! Made me think.

    Here’s my response:

    Cindy’s Book Club

  3. I rarely read biographies, but I don’t think I could stand a badly written one, even if the story was amazing: http://florestadelivros.blogspot.com/2011/07/booking-through-thursday-biografias.html

  4. […] BTT asked: There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life? […]

  5. First, I looked at the words — biography, autobiography, and memoir. Then giving my answer was a snap: http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/07/btt-biographies.html

  6. Well-written biography of a small life.
    My full answer is posted.

  7. The Nerdy Reader

    I could kind of go either way… here’s my response: http://thenerdyreader.com/2011/07/14/booking-through-thursday-biographies/

  8. I’ve read two memoirs this week. They were pleasant reads for different reason (sorry I don’t know how to link my post addy).
    http://snapthatpenny.blogspot.com/2011/07/rush-toward-reading-challenge.html

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  10. The closest I get to reading biographies are Chelsea Handler’s books – and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t really qualify. I don’t usually like to read about other people’s lives unless they are really funny. I prefer novels that allow me to take a break from reality and exercise my imagination. Novels are my thing.

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka
    http://www.pedanticphooka.com

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