Becoming by Michelle Obama – Audio Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

Today my post is going to be a special one. This would be my first ever review, of an audio book.

Let’s head into the review.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Synopsis

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

My Review

“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.”
Michelle Obama, Becoming

As I mentioned before, this is my very first audio book. Normally I find audio books very hard to grasp because of the voice of the narrator. But Becoming is exceptional. Since the book is being narrated by Michelle by herself, it was like having a friendly chat with her. After reading the book I felt that, I have been knowing this wonderful woman for a long time.

Special characteristics of this audio book;

  • It was really great to listen to the story from the voice of Michelle herself.
  • The book is divided into three parts as Becoming me, Becoming us and Becoming more, which is a great way to share about her life to the reader with out any confusions.

It can be described as the story of Michelle Robinson becoming Michelle Obama. Michelle is a strong, humble and dedicated woman. From the very beginning we see that, she fights for what she thinks is, correct.

Born and raised in the south side of Chicago, she does not come from a wealthy family, but her family is supporting and loving, where I feel that it helped her to become who she is today. Being a straight A student, she graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After meeting Barack Obama her life starts to change. It is amazing to hear it from her own  voice. After their marriage Michelle becomes a working wife, where she is supported by a strong man, Barack Obama. I loved the part where they met for the first time and I was laughing to hear the way, Barack proposed to her.

Their two girls were born, she becomes a working mom. I simply loved how she cared for her family. Her husband running for the Presidential Candidacy, changes their lives into a different path. But her strong will helps Barack to face the upcoming challenges, and Michelle steps down from a bright career to take care of the family.

After Barack Obama being elected as the 44th President of United States, Michelle becomes the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

The part of the story after they moved to the white House, is what I most enjoyed listening to. The Obama family was so humble and the staff of the White House loved them. Michelle never forgot her humble beginning and treated their staff as family. Together Mr. & Mrs. Obama served the country and Michelle was the pillar of strength to Barack and their lovely daughters. They had ups and downs in their family, but together they reached the pinnacle of the world.

I adore this strong, ambitious and courages woman. My only hope is that I will be able to meet her one day!  (Missing them already, even though I am not from the USA!!! I just adore the Obama family!)

My Rating

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Such an inspirational book, that every woman should listen to. Highly recommend it!

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”
Michelle Obama, Becoming

Ladies out there, let us become the best version of ourselves and reach for the stars. Empower each other and support each other, and move forward for a better tomorrow.

Until next post,

XOXOX

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McSexy by Sianah Nalika DeShield – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

I am back with another book review. Thanking the author, Sianah Nalika DeShield for sending me a free copy of the ebook, in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis

Name: Michael Abeiku Frimpong Aka Mike Frimpong
Age: 27
Nationality: Ghanaian
Net worth: $250 million United States Dollars.
About him: Yale University Graduate, MBA. Masters of Business Administration BBA. Bachelors of Business Administration. Millionaire at age twenty-one, CEO of Frimpong Insurance Corp. Voted number one most eligible bachelor by the women of Ghana for five consecutive years. Grand Master of the female orgasm, and serial playboy until his manhood was questioned, leaving him no choice but to accept the wager of getting a woman pregnant or pay $200,000 USD. Well, it’s on!

Name: Lilian Akosua Annah Aka Lily Annah
Age: 24
Nationality: Ghanaian
Net worth: The last time she checked, there were 300 Ghana cedis, the equivalent of $60.00 USD in her account.
About her: Shy, nerdy, insecure, and likes to think she is an average woman since she seems invisible to men and the last time she had a boyfriend was three years ago, but is she really that average? University of Cape Coast Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Psychology, Masters of Philosophy, Educational Psychology, M.Phil. University of Ghana, Legon, Bachelor of Arts, English BA, author of Affong’s Wishes, the newest children’s book set for the next academic year curriculum for the students in Ghana, beautiful dark skin, perfect hips, tiny waist, a good pair of perky tits, eyes that are absolutely beautiful, adorable, and innocent, they could make you do anything she wants, a voice that is so hypnotic it would make you go wild and submit to her, and a brain that is so sharp that it makes Mike Frimpong’s four-point zero grade point average at Yale seem less achievable.

One visit to her book launch leaves the playboy’s heart pumping and manhood twitching, not just from thinking of claiming her, but also making her the perfect woman to carry his child. Oops… she’s off limits and could cost him everything.

Is the playboy bold enough to chase her, risking everything he’s worked for in the process, or is he willing to let the one woman who stops his heartbeat for the first time walk out of his life?

My Review

Mike Frimpong, a successful, educated and handsome young Ghanaian, who can also be called as a womanizer, falls in love with young, educated and beautiful Lily Annah, who is an author  and a lecturer. Their story of finding true love is the basis of this wonderful book.

These are some key facts that I identified in this story;

  1. My favorite character in the story is Lily Annah, who is young and educated. Her character reminded me of Hermione Granger of Harry Potter, at certain situations.
  2. She is a humble young woman, and that can be called as her best quality.
  3. The aspect of Lily being a family person, her commitment, dedication towards her family is heart touching. This dedication leads her to become a surrogate mother, since she was in the verge of losing her family home.
  4. Mike being a successful man, is desperate to find a woman to carry his baby. He also being a womanizer, was not ready to settle down with one woman.
  5. Mike and Lily are two opposite characters. But, when you move to the latter part of the story, you see that these disparities are sorted and they are moving into common grounds.
  6. The way the love grows between Mike and Lily is wonderfully romantic.
  7. The story is rich in the Ghanaian culture. It spices up the story. We are quite familiar in reading books in the American or British setting. I felt that it is a new and exciting experience for the reader to be exposed to this new culture.
  8. The story, culture, characters and their qualities are well connected and keeps the reader interested until the very last page of the book.
  9. Interesting and wonderfully written by the author, loved her writing style and the plot.

Pretty much enjoyed everything about this book.

My Rating

four-stars-copy (4/5 Stars)   Exceptional

 

I hope you enjoyed and do not forget to leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until next post,

XOXOX

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Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

I am back with another book review. Thanking the author, Isobel Blackthorn for sending me a free copy of the eBook, in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis

 

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura – the island of her dreams – her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.

Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.

Someone or something doesn’t want her there. But what is really behind the events?

(from Goodreads)

My Review

I did not have the slightest idea about the book, when I first started to read it. But, once I started, I could not stop reading it. Me being a slow reader, never bothered me in reading this book. It took me only 4 days to complete this wonderful book.

The story is part paranormal and part mystery. The story flows within 6 months after Claire, a middle-aged woman bought an age-old decaying mansion in an Island.

It was such an enjoyable read and there were two aspects that made me really interested in reading.

  1. The history of the past owners of the house
  2. How Claire started to re-build the mansion.

The story plot was crafted in such a way, that it obviously attracts the attention of the reader. It arouses the curiosity of the reader, and keeps them hooked on until the end.

The story also highlights the protagonist, Clair’s complex connections with her parents and her aunt, which ultimately leads to the latter part of the story, where she takes a giant step in solving the problems that she faces.

Strong qualities of a woman is brought into the attention of the reader through the protagonist, Clair, because she definitely is a fighter. Her strong will-power to face life no matter how hard it becomes, shows the power of a woman. Claire’s intention to protect the old mansion and her love for history is yet another aspect that proves her strength and courage.

The book unquestionably has the wow factor that thrills the reader. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading mystery books.

My Rating

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I hope you enjoyed todays post. Do not forget to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi