Big thank you to Rachel Suddart for reviewing “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. Don’t forget that if you would like to read one of the books in the picture at the bottom of the page, let us know via Facebook messages or comment below and we’ll get a copy to you as soon as we can. It will really help us to know what books to recommend to our wonderful women out west here in Cumbria 🧡
“I LOVED this book! It took me a few goes to get started as I’m not a fan of hardback books – I don’t know why but they can feel a bit daunting at first. Maybe it’s the size and weight, maybe it’s because I usually read at bedtime and I’m not good at balancing them – who knows?!
Anyway, once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I’ve always admired Michelle Obama from a distance – but didn’t know too much about her. This book has made me fall in love with her completely. She’s smart, she’s funny and she tells her story with an unexpected sense of self awareness and grace. There’s no bragging, no self-pity, no sense of entitlement. She is one of the most influential women in the world and our backgrounds couldn’t be more different – and yet, somehow you feel this weird sense of connection. Often in autobiographies you get a feeling that the person has rewritten their story a little to fit in with a particular image or viewpoint of how they see themselves now, but she writes with a certain honesty and genuineness that you can’t help but like.
If you are not into politics – don’t let this put you off. She writes clearly and eloquently about the campaign trail and about Barack’s career and time as president but the true magic of the book for me was the way she writes about her family. The joy, love and pride literally jumps from every page. Again, not in a sickening, showy way, but in a passionate, genuine, deep ‘this is me’ and ‘these are my values’ sort of way. And these are the parts that you can really connect to.
Her CV is vast and she does talk about her achievements, but it is her drive, ambition, heart and determination that leaves a lasting impression. She acknowledges her mistakes and struggles and what she has done to overcome them (without lecturing or moralising), she talks about her worries and fears (without self-pity) and she pays tribute to all the people in her life who have inspired her, encouraged her, loved her and valued her – enabling her to become the person that she is today. With lots of biographies and autobiographies you can be left questioning what you’ve done with your own life, comparing the protagonist’s achievements to your own and coming up short – but with ‘Becoming’, every page I turned left me feeling inspired. It made me look at what I had achieved and think, ‘I’m doing OK’. It screamed at me that whether you are the First Lady of America or a working mum in Cumbria, you can fight for what you believe in and be the best you can be. It left me feeling joyful and hopeful – and let’s face it, we all need some of that right now.
Please, please try this book and I hope that you love it as much as I do!