It’s official. I am in a reading rut (and I have no idea how to get out of it). I can’t seem to focus on books right now (much to my dismay).
I only finished one book this month (again), and I started a second (which I haven’t finished yet). At least, the book I finished was a good one.
Becoming by Michelle Obama (★★★★★)
I am not the only one among my friends who gave this memoir five well-deserved stars. I didn’t think that I needed to read this memoir to like Michelle Obama more than I already did. I already liked her well enough from what I had seen of her as First Lady, but this book absolutely humanized her (and also her husband) and emphasized once more how much they care about others and this country.
I loved reading about her childhood on the Southside of Chicago and how she met Barack (although I will admit it was a little slower for me than the rest of the book), because it really set the tone what was to come afterwards, when I really didn’t want to put the book down, when she talked about Barack’s running for president and their time in the White House. It was fascinating to read some of the private in and outs of being the First Family and living in that big house on Pennsylvania Avenue, but I especially loved her candor and vulnerability when she talked about her feelings surrounding Barack’s presidency (who knew she wasn’t so thrilled about the idea?), her role as a mother and First Lady, and the backlash she had to endure. It’s amazing to me how she handled all this with so much strength and grace.
Everybody must read this book. Obviously.
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