Books to entertain, inspire, reassure, teach, and become the launchpad for our own aspirations.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I would say Michelle for 2020, if not for the fact that Michelle herself would intensely dislike any suggestion of her going back into politics. (I will hereby continue calling her Michelle as I would like to imagine us to be on a first name basis). After reading this book I’m of the opinion that Michelle deserves all the ‘most supportive wife’ trophies one could give. A trailblazer in her own right as a lawyer and first-generation college graduate, Michelle never saw a future in politics and frankly was not initially keen on her husband embarking on that journey either. This autobiography details the ups and downs of a life in politics and gives readers a fresh insight into both the Obama White House and the hurdles that had to be overcome to get there. As someone who does not often delve into biographies this one kept me engaged throughout, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Educated by Tara Westover
This book was incredibly difficult to read, but I struggled to put it down. The beliefs held by Tara’s family – about women, about education, about the world at large – frustrated me in their irrationality, and made me incredibly angry at times, but reading this book was worth the struggle; Tara’s eventual liberation from her family and her outstanding educational triumphs in a world where the odds were stacked against her was incredibly rewarding to read. I certainly won’t take my education – or the very fact of my identity – for granted anymore.