So I just read Becoming by Michelle Obama and I can safely say it was my favourite book of 2019. I’ve always been really interested in American politics and I went in expecting a lot about Barack Obama and his time in office but what I got was an inspiration book about a wonderful woman that is not stained with my tears because I cried a lot at this book.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Honestly, I had never been interested in this book myself, as I said I have a big interest in American politics but more so what’s currently happening, but I got this book for Christmas from my mum and none of the books on my bookshelf right now interested me so I thought I would give it a go and it was amazing! Very well written and honest, allowing you to look into Michelle’s life without it feeling like shes holding something back from you.
The book is split into 3 chapters and 24 sub chapters, becoming me, becoming us and becoming more. Each chapter explores part of her life and allows you to see how she grew into the woman she is now. As I said, it’s beautifully written and was really easy to read, allowing you to feel like she’s really speaking to you. This is also the first time I’ve ever dabbled into audiobooks and having Michelle read to you herself made it feel even more personal, while doing the dishes, it was nice to feel like she was sitting in the corner of my kitchen telling me about her life.
Throughout the book she mentions a lot about her husband as is expected but she spoke of him as just that, a husband. Speaking about how they spent some time in marriage counselling and how they discussed together about him entering politics. On top of this she talks about her own issues throughout life, how she struggled with her own career and what she wanted to do. This is why I think this book connected with me so much, as someone who’s in that position right now and is struggling with what they want to do with her life this really spoke to me. Helped me understand that it’s ok to struggle this.
Her honestly, I imagine, will also help families understand that their flaws are normal and that one of the most famous families also suffer with these issues sometimes.
I would really recommend this book, it’s so inspirational and as I said, it’s most definitely my book of 2019. (so far) It’ll speak to so many people in so many ways, really offering support as well as just bring a funny and entertaining read.
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