May Favorites: Book Edition

Just like many other little kids, I read books all the time. And when I mean all the time, I meant ALL the time. Reading at the dinner table, reading during recess, reading after playing outside with my friends was not uncommon for me when I was younger. Even though I lost this interest with reading somewhere along the lines, I became inspired to read again after Michelle Obama came out with her memoir, Becoming. Here is a list of three books that I highly recommend. If you lost touch with reading like I did, you might find it hard to sit down and concentrate on whatever you are reading. The best thing to do is create an atmosphere for yourself in which you can lose yourself in your book. Eliminate all distractions (no cell phones, laptops, etc.), relax, and immerse yourself in reading. Enjoy.

  1. Becoming, by Michelle Obama: The entire life story of Michelle Obama told to us through her own words. She brings us along in her journey from her humble childhood in the Southside of Chicago, all the way to her time as First Lady of the United States. Her story is incredibly inspiring, hilarious, and emotional all at the same time. It’s not surprising that her memoir was the best-selling book of 2018.
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini: Quite easily the best book I ever read. A chronicle of 30 years of Afghan history told through the experiences of two brave women, Mariam and Laila. It’s an incredibly moving story of friendship, faith, and family, teaching us that hope and love can be found even in the most unfathomable situations. *warning: many tears may be shed whilst reading
  3. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand: An extensive biography illustrating the astonishing journey of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini. His experiences were harrowing, intense, and arduous to say the least. But his story teaches everyone that the human spirit is extraordinarily strong and that strength can be obtained through hope. Louis, we learn, is completely unbreakable.


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