I’ve been reading a lot during the past few weeks. If you have any good recommendations, please pop them in the comments. I’ve just finished Becoming by Michelle Obama. I enjoyed the memoir but there were a few things that jarred with me. She emerges through the book as iconic and compelling but seems to have sailed through life. Obviously bright and accomplished at school, she meets the brilliant Obama, juggles motherhood and work with ease and eventually chronicles her experiences of political life with Obama.
I enjoyed reading about her early life and meeting Obama who is clearly brilliant and an eloquent orator. Learning about just how clever the man is and his altruistic accomplishments are engrossing.
However, I found the her constant ease of passage throughout her perfect life and constant referrals to race rather irritating. Her writing wasn’t emotive but full of anecdotes and memories plus lacking in analysis. For example, when she spoke about the death of her 26 year old friend, I felt she was rather distant. More ‘when’ rather than ‘why’. All a little too perfect without much vulnerability.
On the plus side, they both clearly care deeply for their country and are very driven. Overall, it is a fascinating read and I can recommend it. Most people love the book too and I’ve never seen so many 5* reviews on Goodreads. I gave it 3 which I may increase to 4. Unfortunately, you can’t do half stars on Goodreads.
Recently, I’ve enjoyed a couple of books after reading several mediocre ones. This has encouraged me to spend more time reading and I decided to blog about them…
Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
This is a gripping psychological thriller and I was hooked immediately. This was handy because I was enduring a cramped, long haul flight and it kept me occupied.
It’s about a couple, Daniel and Laura, who are on a back packing trip around Europe. When they fall asleep their passports and money are stolen. They are then put in an unbelievably difficult situation when thrown off the train in the middle of a Romanian forest area and the action develops from there.
This creepy, unusual tale keeps you guessing with plenty of twists and atrocities in Romania that continue to haunt them when they return home. Quite a unique, frightening tale and I can recommend the book. In fact, I shall now read more of Edwards’ books.
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
This is a very unusual book and quite different from anything else I’ve read. It is about the life of two young lads and their lives as children but it also weaves a present day tale. It is all about connections and the nuances of personality and what is reality and what is imagined. It embodies the feeling of how people can influence each other by innocuous stories and actions. Again, I enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything else I have read.
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