Reading out of my comfort zone

My usual reads

My bookcase.

My usual reading list consists of young adult fiction. If it has sexy romance with that tall dark and handsome I am all in. Of magic and exciting adventures. Basically young adult fiction is my joy. As I said in the last post, my favourite for this year was Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. Another series I have fallen in love with, although I really wish the author would be nicer to her characters… Please!… Sabaa Tahir – An Ember in the Ashes. Fantastic fantasy world. I guess it may count as dystopian in a way because there is suffering and evil and the characters are trying to find peace and freedom. But the world is not apocalyptic. Desert sands, oasis paradises, armed military training facility with oppressive nation built and thriving on war, (SPOILERS!!) possibly controlled by an evil Djinn lord. There is a little bit of a romance in there and a unrequited love. But these are underlining the bigger story so it isn’t too in your face if that isn’t something you are interested in.

These are my usual reads. This isn’t going to change, no matter how old I get I love these stories and I will continue to read them probably until the day I die. However, I have been thinking a little bit about checking books out of my usual comfort zone.

The first book I am testing.

The first book that I am going to be trying to branch out to is…

A Promised Land – Barack Obama

Ta-da! Barack Obama’s new book, A Promised Land. I am not a political person. I always vote, don’t get me wrong, I always vote and I always look at the policies or the arguments that I am voting for. I’m just not actively involved with it publicly. A good example of this is animal testing. I love animals. I believe that we should be testing on animals. But I don’t go out crashing into testing labs to stop it. My point of view for that is that you just look like the bad guy afterwards. People are not going to stop doing something as long as it keeps making money. Sad fact. Governments are not giving up oil, why? because it makes them money. They won’t stop until it is no longer profitable. Same goes with animal testing. With these thoughts in mind I keep my protests a little more closer to home. All of my bathroom products are cruelty free. All of them, down to the deodorant.

Getting back to the point, I am not a political person. However, I took the interest to listen to Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, on audible. It was a fantastic listen, and I’m planning on getting that book in the future as well just to read it myself. (I know, weird it is the same words but I don’t care). Anyway, I was really impressed with this book, it gave me an insight into the thoughts and devious tactics of the political world that we have today. It also made me realise how nice the Obamas are as people. Which has lead me to take an interest into Barrack’s book. I didn’t actually know anything about it, apart from Barrack had wrote it.

Wow, well, I just realised that I have been spelling his name wrong all this time.

How cute is that?

One R in Barack… wow, truly stupidity is me. Anyway, I have read the synopsis of his book and it sounds so interesting. I am not in America, but the politics still work the same. In the UK everyone did everything to slate Jeremy Corbyn not because he had bad policies but purely because they just wanted to see him fail. And unfortunately, the UK public allowed the other MP’s to do that. Good job, UK. Thumbs up UK we now have an imbecile like Boris Johnson in charge.

See the brilliance of my gif choice?

Now, because I am getting getting the Obamas books I would like to note that if people like Trump or Boris released a book I would never even consider reading them. We all know that Trump’s book would be called something arrogant like – I know all the best words – and I don’t fancy reading a book in which it is literally just him kissing his own ass. And then Boris would just be… Gibberish. No thanks. At least the Obamas were genuinely nice people. That is what makes them so much more interesting.

I have the best words.

Synopsis

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

When I get around to reading it, I will let you know my thoughts, but I am certain it will be a fantastic read.

Thank you so much for reading. Write again soon! Bye!