I always preface these posts by saying that even though this is a “Best of” list, it’s a list of my personal favorites and may not be recently released books or even books released in 2018. I often read new books along with older ones I’ve been meaning to get to. That said, here is what I read and loved this year:
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Becoming by Michelle Obama
My list is pretty short this year as my reading was down overall, but I think this is a pretty solid bunch.
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.
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