Memoirs and biographies are probably my favourite genres of books to read. I especially love an autobiography! This genre made up a ton of my reads last year – read on for part one of three!
Bossypants – Tina Fey (3/5 Stars)
Tina Fey is hilarious and I love everything she does. This book gave great insight in to her past and really showed how hard she worked to get to where she is today. I found this book to be legitimately funny (no surprise there!), but I wish she told more of her story, as the focus here was mostly on her career.
Before her rise to fame, Tina Fey had big dreams about being on TV as a comedian. This book details her rise to fame, from her early years, through college, and finally her years on Saturday Night Live.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance (4/5 Stars)
Wow – I have always known that Elon Musk is a genius but I didn’t actually know how incredible his thinking is. I really enjoyed this look at Elon’s life and appreciated the attention to his upbringing and early years and how that really impacted him and his professional development.
In this book, Musks life is detailed, from his birth in South Africa to his journey to become the entrepreneur being SpaceX, Tesla, and even PayPal. Vance provides insight into Musk’s personal and professional decisions and where the innovator plans to take us next (hint: Mars).
Becoming – Michelle Obama (5/5 Stars)
Okay, I’ll be honest, I LOVE the Obamas. Michelle’s story is incredible and so inspiring. This book really put into perspective how she was just a regular girl from Chicago who grew up to be the First Lady. I really enjoyed reading about her and Barack’s “normal years” before they were thrust into the public eye, as well as how hard she worked to develop herself professionally before settling down to start a family.
As First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama was a part of the creation of a welcoming and inclusive White House, standing with her husband as he lead the country for eight years. She also established herself as an advocate for women and girls across the country and around the world and pushed families to changing their lifestyle and pursue healthier habits. In this memoir, Michelle chronicles these stories as well as all of the experiences that shaped her.
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai (5/5 Stars)
This had to be the most inspiring book I read last year. Malala and her family are all such incredible role models, not only for young girls to pursue education, but also for parents to stand up for their children and their rights to a better life. Malala is so incredibly brave and her father is so supportive, not only of her but of all girls being silenced around the world.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.At fifteen years old, she was shot in the head while riding a bus home from school and many believed she would not survive. She lived to have miraculous recovery and has gone on to become a symbol of peaceful protest.