03/26/2014 at 03:00 PM EDT
She wowed at The Oscars
and now Bette Midler, 68, is reminding fans of her wit with the reissue of her 1980 memoir, A View From A Broad
"I read it again about six months ago and it's really charming to revisit [that time]," she tells PEOPLE. "In a funny way, it's the diary that I would have written if I had lived in wonderland."
Midler's memoir reads like a scrap book chock-full of fun and raw anecdotes from her life on the road during her first world tour. It was eight years before she released the Blockbuster Beaches
, and she was ready to make her mark.
"It was like a maiden voyage into the world," she says. "It's almost a person I don't recognize anymore. It was before I was married and before I had my daughter. I was a completely different person."
Midler, an avid reader who loves biographies, says it's unlikely she'd ever pen another memoir.
"People's picture of me is so extraordinary and it's so far from reality. It's not as flamboyant as it is in their imagination and I don't want anyone to know that because I really like what I created," she explains.
" I think I didn't have enough celebrity sex to make it really the book that people mostly want to read these days," Midler quips.
A View From a Broad
will be reissued with a new intro on April 1.
For more on Midler and a list of some of her favorite books, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday