{book review} becoming by michelle obama

 

Becoming_by Michelle Obama 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

 

“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”

I loved this memoir. I read it and then bought the audiobook and listened to it as well. I guess I can say I “read” it twice in a month. I highly recommend the audio version, it’s like Michelle is talking to you.

I love her authenticity and compassion, whether she was sharing her story or calling on us to do better. This was an engaging and moving read, especially the part where she talked about her dad’s passing.

I was inspired by her determination. I was particularly interested on how she handled being a working parent when Barack was just starting in politics. You don’t realize how much you miss the Obamas until you hear her comforting voice.  I highly recommend and worth the read.

Memorable Quotes:

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

“Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”

“Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”

“The choice, as he saw it, was this: You give up or you work for change. “What’s better for us?” Barack called to the people gathered in the room. “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”

“When it came to the home-for-dinner dilemma, I installed new boundaries, ones that worked better for me and the girls. We made our schedule and stuck to it. …It went back to my wishes for them to grow up strong and centered and also unaccommodating to any form of old-school patriarchy: I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.”

“This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path—the my-isn’t-that-impressive path—and keep you there for a long time.”

 

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

{book report} something like happy

SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY BY EVA WOODS

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods (4/5)

 

This book is about Polly, who is 35 years old and is terminally ill. Her doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. She is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness every day. She soon befriends Annie who is tending to her mother at the hospital. Polly is enthusiastic and bubbly, while Annie is introverted and cautious.

The two former strangers learn from life’s imperfections and gain strength from each other. This story which should be sad develops into a moving adventure.

The themes discussed here are heavy….you have loss, grief, pain, heartache and much more. But this isn’t a depressing read, it’s truly uplifting and inspiring without being cheesy. Friendship is so important to this story and the relationship that blossoms between Annie and Polly is honest and beautiful. Polly just oozes positivity but she’s not fake, she’s just making the most of the time she has left and it was a truly gorgeous thing to witness. Grab your tissues!

“With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment”

Memorable Quotes:

“I think we should all live as if we are dying too – because we are, make no mistake. We should live as if we’re dying at some unspecified but possibly quite soon time. We can’t expect every day to be happy, and there’ll always be sickness and heartache and sadness, but we should never put up with a sad or a boring or a depressing day, just for the sake of it. None of us have time for that, whether we have a hundred days left or a hundred thousand.”

“Life isn’t about avoiding the storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Where’s your sense of adventure?”

“How about a hundred days of doing our best to be alive– even if it’s sad, or ordinary, and we want to cry most of the time? That’s what living is, I think. Letting it all in. The happy days, the sad days, the angry days. Being awake to it.”

 

 

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