As a writer, one of the things I enjoy doing most is reading the English language and my favourite format, of course, is a book. I love the feel of a book in my hands; the satisfaction of turning each page and, of course, that new book smell, but I also love learning, discovering new words and being immersed in a world far different to my own.
Over the past few months, I’ve made a conscious effort to read most nights before bed and my book of choice has been Becoming by Michelle Obama.
My Favourite 3 Books To Read
Becoming – Michelle Obama
This book had been on my wish list for quite a few months. The Obamas have always fascinated me and I was keen to learn more about Michelle in particular, who always seemed more reserved. I remember reading somewhere that Becoming gives an insight into life at the White House and, being a bit of a history buff, I was eager to learn more about the American political system and what exactly happens behind closed doors.
I am 241 pages in and every time I pick it up, I struggle to stop at just one chapter. Michelle is an excellent storyteller. Her writing is both accessible and sophisticated. She recounts her childhood in impressive detail, introducing us to her mother, father and brother, all of whom have played an integral role in her life. Michelle wittingly introduces Barack to us and tells of their happy life before his presidency. She makes sure to deliberate over her expansive career, and the difference she has made in the world wherever she has gone – Michelle can be humble but she gives credit where credit is due. And she talks of her role as a mother and how challenging it has been, especially juggling her career and her husband’s absence to politics.
Through this book I have learnt so much about Michelle; in particular her strong willed nature and stubbornness – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I don’t think. Reading her words, I was surprised at how completely open and unashamedly honest she was. Though I was most surprised by her distaste for American politics and just how unsupportive she was of Obama’s choice in career, especially in the early days; fearing that it would be detrimental to their family. I learnt that she has spent many years feeling lonely, and that above all she has a lot to offer.
As soon as I finish reading this book you can bet I will be watching the Netflix documentary.
FIND IT, HERE.
You Do You – Sarah Knight
This book is the third in its series. It follows on from the very well known The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck and Get Your Sh*T Together. Sarah Knight is an author I have come to love. Her conversational tone makes her books an easy and entertaining read – even though her words are loaded with serious messages.
As is described by Sarah, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck ‘taught readers how to say no, set boundaries, and stop wasting time, energy, and money on things that don’t bring them joy’ and was a valuable lesson for me. She describes her second book, Get Your Sh*T Together, as weaponising; teaching people how to set goals and achieve them, which I found affirming. But her third book is empowering; it opens by stating “there is nothing wrong with you” and after all the self reflection, self care and improvement that has come with 2020, I feel this will be the perfect book to read during such an uncertain stage of our lives.
I am planning to start this as soon as I finish Becoming – so I’ll have to report back on how I find it (beyond the first few pages)!
FIND IT, HERE.
The Global Vegan – Ellie Bullen
I learnt about Ellie’s cookbooks after discovering her YouTube channel Elsa’s Wholesome Life and binge-watching her videos in a week.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I am currently following a diet set out by my naturopath. It excludes things like: dairy, wheat, sugar, eggs, oats and a bunch of vegetables and fruits. So I have found it quite challenging to discover new recipes to keep meals interesting. Half the challenge is that I don’t know where to start – what exactly do I type into Google? So, a cookbook tailored to a large portion of my diet is far easier.
This book includes more than 100 simple, plant-based recipes inspired by Ellie’s travels around the world to places like Vietnam, Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Greece and the Middle East. I love the variety this adds to my diet, and I’m constantly discovering new recipes that I have never tried before. Ellie is great at writing recipes that allow for other dietary requirements such as gluten-free options; in quite a few of her videos she has stated to simply swap wheat flour for a gluten-free alternative and it’s worked every time!
Some of my favourite recipes include: Jackfruit Nachos, Mushroom Quesadillas, Pecan-Maple Banana Bread and Fluffy Maple Bakon Pancakes.
Ellie is a qualified dietician and nutritionist, and has also included a section in the book about plant-based nutrition; key nutrients and how to ensure you’re getting enough of them in your diet.
FIND IT, HERE.
What are your favourite books at the moment?
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