Top Ten Tuesday: CAT edition…Trust me, it’s not what you’re thinking!

Top Ten Tuesday #27

Happy Tuesday, book nerds!

I apologize in advance for the clickbait, but I want to squash this misconception as soon as possible. Yes, this post is about CATs, but not about the kind you’re envisioning. You see the CATs I’m referring to aren’t felines at all, but rather the books found on my Celebrity Autobiography TBR. You know, CATs…*looks around for understanding and agreement*…shush, I’m sure other people call them that. Anyways, this post was sparked by two things:

  1. I wasn’t really feeling this week’s TTT prompt and
  2. Over the weekend I saw the new Whitney documentary with my bestie and was BLOWN away by the emotions it evoked and by the things I NEVER knew about her life.

This is one of the only documentaries out there that had access to the family (and the assumed truth). Seeing this movie made me think about the autobiographies sitting on my shelf that have some of my icon’s stories just waiting to be read — in their (or their secret ghostwriter’s) words. So for this week’s  round of TOP TEN TUESDAY hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirlI’m listing the TOP TEN CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHIES on my TBR!

bc11) Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Notable quote: “Comfort can be dangerous. Comfort provides a floor but also a ceiling.”

2) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Notable quote: “…write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths really are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.” 

*I discovered via searching quotes that her sophomore novel is more quotable, but this is one is more entertaining.*

3) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Notable quote: “Just remember that Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was in him.” 

*You could quote this ENTIRE book* Picking one line was simply unfair.

4) The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Notable quote: “That’s why I think my life turned out as good as it has. Because all the time, I’m just trying to have fun.” 

5) Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Notable quote: “There is no “right” way to be. I am flawed and imperfect, but am uniquely me. I don’t fit in and probably never will. And I don’t have to try to anymore. That other person was a lie. And let’s face it, normal is boring. We all have something to offer the world in some way, but by not being our authentic selves, we are robbing the world of something different, something special.” 

bc26) Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews Edwards

Notable quote: “Remember: the amateur works until he can get it right. The professional works until he cannot go wrong.” 

7) Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun And Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Notable quote: “I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.” 

8) Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis & Larry Sloman (Collaborator) 

Notable quote: “When you start putting pen to paper, you see a side of your personal truth that doesn’t otherwise reveal itself in conversation or thought.” 

9) Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick 

Notable quote: “I gave up on being Nice. I started putting more value on other qualities instead: passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity. Those last three might seem like they are covered by “nice,” but make no mistake, they are not. A person who smiles a lot and remembers everyone’s birthday can turn out to be undercover crazy, a compulsive thief, and boring to boot. I don’t put a lot of stock in nice. I’d prefer to be around people who have any of the above qualities over “niceness,” and I’d prefer it if that applied to me, too.”

10) Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr. 

Notable quote: “The work you put in when no one is watching will matter far more than the work you do when the cameras are rolling.” 

So I definitely veered far from the path this week with my TTT selections, but I hope you enjoyed the post nonetheless! Have you read any of these celebrity autobiographies? Did any MUST READS miss my list?? Let me know below! 

And, as always: Happy Reading!






27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: CAT edition…Trust me, it’s not what you’re thinking!

    • Nerd Narration says:

      Aw, you’re too sweet! I’m glad people are supporting the CAT thing and not calling me out for being a cornball! lol

      If you’re looking for a funny read go book 1 of Mindy’s. If you’re looking for more of an inspirational read book 2.

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  1. Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

    What a freaking cool spin on the topic! 😀 I cracked up over the “CATs” explanation. I’ve only read the Trevor Noah one from this list, but I can’t recommend it highly enough. He narrates the audiobook himself and it takes it to the next level. Another one that I loved was Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

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  2. Catherine says:

    I’m just discovering biographies and loving them – I’ve had my eye on that Stephen King writing one for a while, it sounds so good! Just read a great one about John Lennon by his first wife, Cynthia (which you’d think would be be really biased but was actually dead interesting) and when Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr which I loved, although it’s a kid’s book really 🙂

    My TTT:


  3. pennma05 says:

    What a fun idea for a list! I don’t often read celebrity autobiographies but a few of these would probably be super interesting reads! I actually have read the Mindy Kaling one and really enjoyed it so I hope you do as well 🙂 Happy reading!

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  4. J.W. Martin says:

    On Writing is an INCREDIBLE book, but it’s only half biographical. The other is all about the art of writing. That half is filled with priceless advice for aspiring writers. If you’re interesting in the man AND writing, this is one of the best books on the planet.

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