Becoming by Michelle Obama is a bit of a departure from my usual reading material. I rarely read biographies and when I do they are usually written by female comedians and are full of laughs. But Becoming hooked me from page one. It was written with so much warmth, personality and wisdom. I loved learning more about Michelle Obama’s life and getting a peek into what it was like living in the White House and being the First Lady of the United States.
I remember watching President Barack Obama’s first inauguration on TV. I was living in the UK at the time and it was one of those moments that I knew I’d remember forever. Even though I am Australian, it was just such an historic moment to see America elect their first African-American president. Since that time, I have always been fascinated by the Obamas.
This isn’t my usual review post because a) it’s a non-fiction book and b) it’s a diet book. But don’t let that turn you off. I do say in my blog tagline that “I read, here, there and everywhere.” Usually about once a year I get motivated to eat healthier and shift some winter weight and I buy a book to help this happen. This usually corresponds with the Australian summer coming with a vengeance and swimsuit season once again rearing its ugly head.
For some strange reason, I always choose to start these things before Christmas at a time when it’s just countless social events, eating and drinking and being merry. Sometimes I wish I lived in the Northern Hemisphere so that this time of excessive eating could be hidden under coats and bulky jumpers.
Anyway, back to the book review. This year I picked up The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet by a UK doctor named Dr Michael Mosley. You may recognise his name from The 5:2 Fast Diet series which was another book of his that I followed which helped me to lose six kilos in 10 weeks through fasting (eating what I wanted 5 days a week–within reason–and fasting for two days a week by eating only 500 calories). Continue reading →
The stories of prolific author Stephen King are popping up everywhere at the moment as many of his books are being adapted into movies and TV series. This year alone there’s been the new IT movie, The Dark Tower movie, Gerard’s Game and 1922 on Netflix, the Mr Mercedes TV series and Castle Rock is coming soon.
My husband loves reading Stephen King and is currently working his way through The Dark Tower series and we’re enjoying all the TV and movie adaptions as they come out. While I’ve read quite a few Stephen King books over the years, my husband is definitely the biggest fan in our household. My favourite Stephen King book is not one of his fiction books, it’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I read it many years ago and, searching for inspiration, have just read it again. Its advice remains useful, relevant and practical. Plus, it’s inspiring to read about Stephen King’s personal writing journey. His books may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he certainly knows how to craft a story for his audience and knows who he is as a writer.
Here are my favourite tips from On Writing by Stephen King
1. On coming up with story ideas… “There is no Idea Dump, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky…Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.” Continue reading →
I’ve read a lot of books lately but none that made me want to blog a review. There were books that were mildly entertaining and books that were a real struggle to get through. That’s until I picked up Wildby Cheryl Strayed. This book was thrust into my hands by a colleague with the command, “You must read this!” When the colleague is your boss that’s even more of an incentive to read something.
Then I heard that Wild has been made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon – out early next year. There’s nothing I love more than reading a book before seeing the movie!
So I started this on a Friday night and finished it on a Sunday. It was the kind of book you start and don’t want to stop reading until the very end. Continue reading →
I love actress, writer and comedian Tina Fey, so naturally I loved reading this book. There are many things I admire about Tina: her talent as a comedian and writer; her nerdiness; and her ability to poke fun of herself. I used to love watching her on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and have watched all the seasons of ’30 Rock’. I’m just surprised it took me so long to read this book.
I wanted to read Bossypants to find out more about how Tina Fey became a comedy writer and to read behind-the-scene stories about her TV shows. (She didn’t go into as much detail about this as I would have liked). But what I did learn is that she can make any story from her past totally hilarious to read. From her dorky growing-up phase to creating and starring in her own hit TV show, to becoming a mum, this book is hilarious.
There’s also a theme running through this book – girl/woman power. Tina writes about making it in a male-dominated part of show biz. She doesn’t do this in a ‘bra burning way’, more of a determined way where at times she had to fight for the sisterhood to be heard.
“My dream for the future is that sketch comedy shows become a gender-blind meritocracy of whoever is really the funniest. You might see four women and two men. You might see five men and a YouTube video of a kitten sneezing. Once we know we’re really open to all the options, we can proceed with Whatever’s the Funniest… which will probably involve farts.”
I really hope that Tina writes another book again soon. This was fantastic! And can’t wait to see her co-host The Golden Globes.