Mar 29, 2019

March Book Club: Becoming

Happy end of March friends! I can't believe how quickly this month has flown by and now how excited I am to share about this month's book! So many of you have already been sharing how inspired you were by Becoming and so let's dive in to the book itself and my own thoughts!

Synopsis: You've all hard of Michelle Obama but no one has heard of the story of the beginning of the first lady of the United States of America. The first African American to serve in that role, Michelle 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 United States and around the world. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling,  Mrs. Obama invited us as her listeners into a world, chronicling the experiences that shaped her including 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. She describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her story as she lived it. It's a personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance  who has defied expectations and whose story inspires us all to do the same.

My Thoughts: As I said before, I eagerly anticipated for this book because obviously I don't know the Obamas personally but felt as if I did as I was reading this book. Michelle shares a lot of personal stories including growing up in the lower middle class south short neighborhood of Chicago and her father being a boiler operator. Obama grew up in a staple household where her parents had high expectations clear, through family life had its challenges, especially her father's falling ill with multiple sclerosis. Still, she managed to get into Princeton, then Harvard Law and then work at the ultra prestigious Chicago law first of Sidley & Austin where she met Barack. In contrast, Michelle Obama made it clear in the book that she's the organizer,r path following one unlike her husband.

The second part of the novel, "Becoming Us", I loved hearing the struggles that Barack faces with his political ambition, becoming husband and wife and Michelle talks about even couples counseling. I appreciated her honesty of working through marriage together and having it's challenges as well as career challenges.

My favorite part of the book was the last third of the book "Becoming More" where Michelle talks about the stress but also the opportunity offer her vision being in the spotlight. At the end she still remains optimistic about whats to come for the future.

I found it fascinating how driven Michelle is and how she stops at nothing to beat the odds not only for herself but for her girls as well. It's a great eye opener into her life and I appreciate her being so open about her fears, her goals and her dreams.

I can't wait to hear what you thought about the book too! Don't forget to vote on my Facebook page for our April Book Club! I'll be sharing which book we will be reading next week!

What are your thoughts about the novel?

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18 comments:

  1. I love to read and I've read several new books this month. I recently hosted my first book club party and it was so much fun. I'm glad you enjoyed your new read.

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  2. I enjoy reading and have read thousands of books. This one is not at the top of my reading list. I don't support political members with money in any form. Getting it from the library would be a free choice.

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  3. I've heard about this book. I will probably read it down the line. I've always liked Michelle.

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  4. I wish I had more time to read! It's a hobby I certainly miss. That's great you found a book you enjoy.

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  5. I better Get listening. I still have 11 hours left in the book! Haha

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  6. Such a nice review of a book and the person behind it. I am behind on my reading but this seems like a story we all would love.

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  7. I've heard quite a bit about this book over the past couple of months. It sounds like it is a really good read and one I need to find time to enjoy myself.

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  8. I have Becoming on my bookshelf, but haven't read it yet. I hope to start it soon.

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  9. This was definitely one of the best books I read in 2019. Such a powerful read, and so inspiring!
    Caitlin
    LemonadePressBlog.com

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  10. I read the book and it got a lot of great reviews but it was kind of slow for me. It had some great parts in it though
    Kita Bryant

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  11. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I spent 13.5 hours on a drive home ftom NYC to London Ontario and listened to this book.

    We were riveted to the book.

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  12. I never read this book but I have heard great things about it. I'd love to learn more about Michelle!!

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  13. My book club picked this for April and one of my other book clubs picked this for February, so I will be lucky to talk about this one again!

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  14. I haven't read this book yet, but I have heard many great things. I am definitely going to add this one to my reading list.

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  15. I've heard great things about this books. I've been wanting to secure a copy but I haven't seen this yet. ugh

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  16. Becoming is already on my waiting reading list. I can't wait to read it. I hope it will be soon!

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  17. That Michelle Obama book has been on my "to read" list for forever!! I need to suck it up and buy it!!

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  18. I love to read and I remember a friend sharing that she is currently reading this before. I guess, I will borrow it so I can read too.

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