Author Publishing Tips

Why we like reading Memoirs

What makes a memoir so alluring? After all, they are not generally stuffed full with action, suspense, romance or mystery, which provide the highs and lows or other literature. Neither do they proactively coach us in better ways to exist, or expand our minds with a plethora of interesting facts. So what is it that draws us in?

To be brutally honest, for some, part of the reason is nosiness. Now you may not think you are nosy-but who of us on occasion does not wonder whether that couple sitting across the way in the café are friends or lovers; are comfortable or awkward in each other’s presence, or are meeting for the first, or indeed the last time? We watch body language, guess emotions- hell, I sometimes have their whole life mapped out by the time they leave!-and then feel guilty that maybe I was staring!

A memoir provides a delicious self-indulgent journey where we are not left to wonder, where we can peer into emotions and motivations, where another individual bares all, and connects with us as a fellow member of the human family. This kinship is both illuminating and comforting. Our own emotions can be reflected back to us- an affinity of heartache, love, grief, despair, shame, longing, ambition, or joy-and through this connection we see ourselves as both individual and alike.

Through this connection we can then be inspired and motivated. Can take the gift of confidence with which to experiment; to be more adventurous in our own life-as we see that despite the struggles and the victories, the sometimes euphoric and often despairing episodes of life-the writer is still standing. Not only standing, but able to share their life experiences and insightful reflections through the pages of the book you hold in your hands. To give a little of themselves to others.

The best memoirs may in fact not be those of the modern celebrity, the media idols who churn out book upon book that has been quite possibly been written by a ghost writer, but those in which the author works hard at examining their experiences, and shows personality in unique writing style and a distinctive literary voice. Those where you become saturated with their thoughts and drawn into their world, living their experiences through their eyes, but with the understanding of a kindred spirit.

Memoirs Blog site post banner
Self-Help & Counselling

Self-Help & Counselling

An engaging and thought-provoking mindfulness journal penned by Santosh Nambiar, ‘The Art of Conscious Balance: Breaking Free From your Conditioned Self’ is an enlightening foray into the world beyond that constructed by society and its expectations.

Read More »

Trusted Book Reviews

We work with both traditionally published and “indie” authors who have self or independently published books and our mission is simple. It’s to discover new and talented authors and help them give their work the attention and awareness it deserves. We do this by providing professional and credible reviews which are respected by our readers. Our primary focus is on fiction across all genres, non – fiction with broad appeal and selected poetry.

  • Over 16000 Book Reviews And Counting
  • All Book Genres Reviewed
  • Books Reviewed In As Little As 16 Days 
  • The Only Book Review Site To Offer A Book Review Guarantee

Publishing Tips For Authors & Recommended Book Reviews

LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction
Book Reviews
Editorial Team

LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction

Treyton Templeton makes a welcome return to his nefarious ways with a crime yarn that turns the air so blue you can swim in it in Anderson’s latest release Who Scares Wins!

Read More »
Native American Literature
Apocalyptic
Editorial Team

Native American Literature

Readers looking for a genuine nerve shredder need look no further than The Genesis 6 Project! A novel that makes it readers feel like active participants in its unfolding horror as Ferguson keeps them on the edge of their seats throughout.

Read More »
Exploring Agnosticism, Atheism & Spirituality
Book Reviews
Editorial Team

Exploring Agnosticism, Atheism & Spirituality

Both scientific and philosophical, ‘Self Actualisation in the Age of Crisis’ really is a deep-dive into the fabric of humanity and how woefully it has managed itself but offers a silver lining if we should be brave enough to listen and change.

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.