Becoming - Michelle Obama ✨
It took me roughly 3 weeks to finish Becoming by Michelle Obama, I just couldn't put it down but I had to get work done! The first half of the book is absolutely mesmerizing - she explains her life with meticulous detail that all add up to the decisions she makes today with her children. From focusing on her career to having a mother who speaks up about bad teachers were all very empowering experiences to read because I can relate to them.
The second half of the book where Barack Obama takes the office and Michelle transitioned into her life with being in the office slowed down the pace of the book quite a bit. Personally I enjoyed reading the first half more simply because it was evident how growing up in the 70's was different than my own life. There were some parts I enjoyed though. I enjoyed her point of view about figuring out her space in the political world and eventually starting a garden at the White House. Truly, the most memorable moments were about Michelle herself from her point of view as a third person looking back at everything.
I would recommend this book to everyone. This is one that will stick with you for a long time.
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 🔥
To be honest, this took me a month and a half to finish. I had to push myself through it. The syntax is so absurd that it took me a while to get used to. Essentially, the plot is about a firefighter who burns houses that have books. He doesn't realize what he's destroying until he happens to steal a book himself, gets caught, and has to run for his life.
The ending truly makes up for the slow plot. Guy wants to save books from being burnt but he doesn't know how. I don't want to spoil the ending but he learns that there are many people around the world who read and have the knowledge a book provides. Those people end up being a representatives of the book and basically "walking books".
It's a wholesome plot. Would recommend if you're up for the challenge.
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho 🌄
I've heard so many people recommend or reference this book, that when I finally got around to reading it - I understood why. It's about the journey of life, the hard work needed to get through tough situations in life, to work for things, and always trust your gut instinct. This was such a wholesome read because there were no indications of the twists and turns in the plot. The protagonist - a Shepard just wants to explores the world and many people can relate to that and the journey to find who they are.
My favourite part is when the Shepard works for a merchant, grows his business threefold just by performing the simple task of marketing and finds his niché only to leave it and go find something new to do after a year. This is a reality with millennials today as the employee retention rate at many established companies is so small. Everyone is trying to find their nowadays and this book really tells you to enjoy the journey.
I'd recommend this to people of all ages because there are such intricate details that many audiences will connect with.