Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Title: Becoming

Author: Michelle Obama

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Number of Pages: 426

Publisher: Books On Tape

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Politics, Feminism

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.

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Book Review: Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart

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Title: Swimming Lessons: Poems

Author: Lili Reinhart

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Number of Pages: 240

Publisher: Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Poetry, Non-fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

The debut collection of poetry from Lili Reinhart, the actress and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity.

Swimming Lessons explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting, bite-sized yet profound, Lili’s poems reflect her trademark honesty and unique perspective. Accompanied by striking and evocative illustrations, Swimming Lessons reveals the depths of female experience, and is the work of a storyteller who is coming into her own.

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2021 Most Anticipated Releases

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Today’s post is about my most anticipated releases for this year. I am so excited to talk about all these, but before we dive into the books themselves, take note that this list will only contain either standalones, non-fictions, or new series. I didn’t include sequels as I’d like to focus on new stories and worlds I’d like to into this year. Also, most of these are releases for the first half of the year, so I’ll probably do another anticipated post in June-ish. So here they are: Continue reading

Book Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Title: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke (anthology with other authors)

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Number of Pages: 389

Publisher: Dial Books

Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal, Thriller

Synopsis:

Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters


A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.

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2021 Reading Resolution & Plans

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I know this is a week too late, but I’ve been trying to write this ever since January 1st and I just can’t seem to find the right words to write this blog post. I have a couple of resolutions in mind and have probably told a couple of my bookish friends about it. A couple of days ago, my friend Angele @ Angele Reads Books tagged me to do The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge! Just like her, it’s my first book tag here on my blog and I’ve decided to do it along with my personal bookish resolutions. Continue reading