Author: Michelle Obama
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What this book is about:
From her early childhood in South Side Chicago, to her life after leaving the White House, Michelle Obama retraces her journey, and explains how she became who she is today. She gets through all the steps, from kindergarten to law school to her first job to meeting Barrack, all the election days, the campaigns, the life in the White House, to the woman she is now today. I personally listened to the audiobook narrated by Michelle Obama herself and I really loved it.
[Something I would occasionally think about while reading this book. Source: New Girl season 6 episode 11.]
I’d been meaning to pick up this book ever since I learnt that it was a thing, and I’m so glad I just did. The narration by the author — and ex first lady — herself was definitely a bonus. Overall, it was clever and enjoyable. It’s so easy to really get into the story and the narration, and that definitely made it an interesting read. This book was both moving and inspiring, and I would recommend it one hundred percent.
Even if I pretty much knew what was going to happen next, every time Michelle Obama recalled holding her breath before an election result I couldn’t help but feel the suspense with her, which made me enjoy the book so much more!
Overall, Becoming was a truly inspiring book. I couldn’t help but admire Michelle Obama — even more than I did before — because of the amazing journey she went through. She switched careers three times before becoming the first lady, and that is so reassuring as a 23 years old. She truly gave me hope for my life, and made me want to be a better person. It was also interesting to get an insight into the life at the White House. This book made me want to pick up more of what she’d written! It’s impossible to even fathom what her life is right now / has been like as a first lady, but it was definitely nice to get a glimpse of it through Becoming.
I am a huge fan of memoirs and autobiographies in general, and this has become an instant favourite — possibly even more so than I would have imagined. Quite a few times, when people would ask me what I was reading in January, I would get really excited and start talking about Becoming and how great it is. Anyway, I guess my point is that this book is brilliant, and I loved it. If you still need me to write it down for you: go pick up Becoming 👏
After reading Can We All Be Feminists? it made so much sense to read something by an influential woman such as Michelle Obama, who had to fight her way through everything, and especially prejudice, day after day. Yet again, this is something that I can hardly fathom, but I’m trying my best to educate myself, and open my eyes in a better way. Reading this book was just one of the many things that contributed!
Thanks for reading up until now, and I hope you will pick up Becoming!