Book Review – Becoming

Becoming
by Michele Obama

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Becoming by Michele Obama

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Book Description:

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

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.

My Take:

This is a review I’ve procrastinated for a long time. I finished the book and just thought, “What can I say that hasn’t already been said?”

I don’t know that there is anything groundbreaking to say because this book is just amazing.

It took me a long time to read this book. Not because of the length; not because of lack of interest; not because of anything in the book. I read this book slowly so as not to miss anything. There is so many excellent stories, anecdotes, and lessons throughout the book, I wanted to make sure I took it all in.

Admittedly, this book is right up my alley – I love learning the behind the scenes of everything.

Film producer Robert Evans said,
“There are three sides to every story –
yours, mine, and the truth.”

This book shows us the other side to things we think we already know about the former First Lady. Having been in the public eye for over a decade, I’m sure we all think we know Mrs. Obama, but this book shares more of those things that made her the woman she became and help us understand even more her ideas and goals.

Divided into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More, my favorite section was Becoming Me. I loved learning about Mrs. Obama’s childhood – the amazing figures of her mother and father, the impact her neighborhood had on her development, and the friends she made along the way. Don’t get me wrong – learning about a young Barak Obama and her first impression of him was great, too.

Overall, I LOVED reading this book!

Favorite Lines

If you could lay your hands on middle C, everything else falls place.
The balance of my life was elegant only from a distance, and only if you squinted, but there was at least something there that resembled balance.
I felt my patience slipping away until finally, at some point, it just fell off a cliff.
Even if you don’t know the context, context exists.

The Final Verdict

SK Book Rating Scale

My rating: 5 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

Extras

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama
Becoming: Adapted for Younger Readers by Michelle Obama
The Michelle Obama Podcast

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Book Review – The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

The Thief of
Blackfriars Lane
by Michelle Griep

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The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep

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Book Description:

Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

My Take:

I received a digital copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

An overly eager police rookie makes some major mistakes and faces termination from the one job they’ve always dreamed of having. Presented with one last chance – to solve an unsolvable case in 48 hours – they must work with an unlikely ally from the streets.
Will they solve the case or will they lose their dream?

Synopsis from Zootopia or The Thief of Blackfriars Lane?

Whichever you picked; you were right.
They are nearly identical.

The first third of the book had me rolling my eyes at all the similarities. I stuck with the book, though, because I wanted to see if the author was just starting out this way and then would pull out a plot twist to make it all different. No such luck.

This story was cute and it was a good read, but it was just like Zootopia.

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The Final Verdict

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My rating: 3 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

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