I cannot believe I haven’t done a book post since May !! Crazy. Where did the time go. Here’s September’s book reviews .xx
Becoming – Michelle Obama
What can I say. If I wasn’t already in awe of this lady then I’ve no idea what I am now. What. A. Woman. She writes so incredibly well (not like I was expecting anything less) but the way she tells a story is captivating – after reading only the first few introductory pages I was excited because I could already tell how much I was going to love it, and I was right. What an amazing, amazing woman. So educated, thoughtful, mindful, strong, inspiring, powerful – everything. This auto-biography inspired me a ridiculous amount, to create and work hard and study and become everything I want to be. I had this mindset anyway but reading this just pushed me even further. It was so nice to delve into her life and listen as she told the story of firstly herself, then Barack, then her life as The First Lady, her own children etc. Often when you see these public figures you just see them as exactly that – figures. It’s easy to forget that these are actually real people with real lives and thoughts behind the scenes, they had a life before they were thrown into the limelight and they will have a life after they’re taken out of it. It was so nice to read about her life and experiences through her own words and hear the stories directly from her own mouth, especially the story of herself and Barack as I had no idea about any of it beforehand, so it was lovely to read. The pages of pictures and captions in the middle were also such a nice touch (definitely one of my favourite parts). Michelle is so normal, so down to Earth and so human, I’m just in awe. If the Obamas could adopt me I’d be hugely grateful (Universe please answer my calls).
I didn’t know much about Michelle Obama, or her husband, or politics, before reading this. I just knew that the Obamas were extremely good people and that I wanted to learn more, and I’m so glad I did. This was so informative, enlightening and uplifting. Everyone should read this book in their lifetime, everyone.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
I read this in a day and it was a really nice read! Very cute and very easy to get through. I was reluctant to read this initially because I don’t really like reading books that have been so over-hyped but I can see why this one was. An enjoyable read!
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is a mini book (transcript) of a TED Talk about feminism given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it is brilliant. So many incredible points and she spoke on the topic in such an amazing way – it wasn’t accusational or ‘preachy’ for lack of better wording, it was explanatory and impactful. After I’d read the transcript I went over and watched the TED Talk itself and she delivered it incredibly well, there was literally nothing you could disagree with. Not even the most misogynistic, white, middle aged man would have a leg to stand on. There was no denying a word she said. Amazing, 5/5 stars.
All my love,
Goodreads – ChloLuna