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Review: Becoming

Becoming

Becoming
By Michelle Obama
Crown, 9781524763138, November 2018, 448pp.

The Short of It:

I wanted to end the year on a positive note so it’s no coincidence that I ended it with Becoming.

The Rest of It:

In Becoming, Michelle Obama invites us into her life. From Chicago’s South Side, where she grew up, all the way to the White House until now. Her storytelling, her positivity and hopefulness take center stage. As Americas’s first African-American First Lady, she was in a position to advocate for young women, which she absolutely did, while raising her own two girls and supporting her husband in a job that put both of them under the media’s microscope.

It seems as if everyone received this book for Christmas or felt it was an important enough read to buy it for themselves, which I did. What I admire the most about this memoir is the storytelling. It’s engaging and straight-forward, much as I expected it to be based on how she’s carried herself throughout her eight years in the White House.

It’s been a rough, rough year. The end if the year has come and I am totally wiped out. However, ending the year with this book has given me a little spark of hope. If she can stand back and look at our current administration and still feel hopeful, perhaps I can too.

Source: Purchased
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Review: Force of Nature

Force of Nature

Force of Nature
By Jane Harper
Flatiron Books, 9781250105639, February 2018, 336pp.

The Short of It:

A corporate retreat goes wrong, leaving a missing woman behind.

The Rest of It:

In theory this should have been a real page-turner but in reality it was a story that I really just wanted to give up on. However, because it’s gotten plenty of good reviews from bloggers I respect, I pushed myself to finish it. Me, pushing to get through it didn’t pay off.

A group of catty women head into the wilderness on a corporate retreat. None of them are properly equipped for the elements and when they get lost, they cannot for the life of them pull together as a team and figure a way out. Plus, they aren’t being honest with one another so when one of them goes missing, a woman no one likes, no one really cares about her disappearance. In my opinion, having this unlikable character be the missing woman was a big mistake because I didn’t care if she was found or not.

The added background story of what was going on with the woman at the time of her disappearance really didn’t add anything to the story so I’m not even sure why it was included.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this one.

Source: Borrowed
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