Booking Through Thursday

This week’s BTT.

Which do you prefer? Biographies written about someone? Or Autobiographies written by the actual person (and/or ghost-writer)?

I’d much prefer autobiographies written by the actual person. Ghost writing is usually out of the question since I prefer autobiographies of writers! I know they aren’t the most objective insight into an author’s life but I find it much more fascinating. A writer writing about another writing is also pretty interesting. If I’m really interested in an person, I’ll try to read both if they are available.


  1. It was really hard for me to choose, and though there are a few autobios I love–for their over the top qualities–I had to go with biographies as my favorites.

  2. Oh good point, I’d much rather read a biography of someone interesting written by another interesting person.

  3. Too much objectivity can be dull. Author autobiographies are always interesting especially when they talk about developing ideas and their writing habits. I don’t think one should ever pick up an autobiography and expect “the truth,” but I do think to see through another person’s eyes–even through their lies–can be fascinating.

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