April 1st – May 1st
I’m still trying to read more non-fiction. Becoming has been getting rave reviews, and several of the blogs and reviews that I’ve read and watched have been talking about this. I ended up getting the audiobook as a part of a promotion, and decided to listen my way through this.
I really like Michelle Obama. She’s an amazing person, an incredible mother, and a hard-working human being. I’m interested in her life, where she came from, and how she became who she became, so this seemed like the logical place to start. There was a lot I didn’t know about her. I didn’t know where she went to school, where she grew up, what her career was prior to being First Lady. I was ignorant about a lot of her life, and I’m really glad that I read this book.
The writing is real and down to Earth. I loved the natural flow of her story, from the pain of watching her father’s disability take over his life slowly, to watching her mother stay strong and resilient, even during her stay at the White House. I loved reading about her relationship with President Obama, and how at times their relationship took compromise and tending to. Relationships take work, and this didn’t gloss over the difficulty of that, especially as he made the transition into office.
The part that I had the most difficulty with in this book was the last third. Listening to the political discourse, and especially the parts about Sandy Hook felt very close to the heart and were difficult to get through. The overall message was positive: a call to stay resilient and keep fighting against those who think that racism and fear are a path to success. I’m not a political person, or a news person, so I recognize that I’m not the demographic for this part of the book.
What I especially loved was hearing about the strong women that helped her along the way, how she had mentors help her become who she was. I liked hearing how she could pass this along to her daughters and help them be just as resilient.
I would definitely give this book a read (or a listen, as Michelle Obama reads the audiobook herself) if you’re at all interested in her as a person.