Anyone who really knows me is aware of my love for 70s pop rock music. And no one can dethrone the place Elton John holds in my heart. I grew up listening to his music and I've always admired and enjoyed his honesty, humour and kindness. So, when the book version of his autobiography came out, I just knew I had to read it.
At first, I wasn't sure if I should review Life Will Be the Death of Me... And You Too! because I didn't exactly "read" it. I listened to it. Chelsea Handler's newest book is, in fact, the first audiobook I ever listened to.
I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter is a short book, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. With this book, David Chariandy shares with the readers a letter he wrote his 13-year-old daughter after a racist comment was made to them by a woman in a restaurant. As he tries to explain to his daughter why the colour of their skins triggered such a strong (and unwarranted) reaction from this woman, Chariandy explains his Trinidadian heritage and broaches subjects like tolerance, equality and acceptance.
2018 has truly been the year of memoirs for me. I don't think I'd ever read so many of them in a year before. And what better memoir to end the year on than Becoming by the 44th First Lady of the United States, Michelle Robinson Obama. I've been waiting for this book for many months, since March 2018 to be exact. Of course, I pre-ordered it when it was announced and, even if a post strike kept us apart for longer than we should have, we were finally reunited. The end of term and exams have forced me to put it down more often than I wanted to, but I've finished it in a week and can't stop thinking about it since.
Beautiful Boy is a true story, written by the journalist David Scheff. It's the story of his son, Nic, and of his addiction to crystal meth. Nic Scheff has also published his side of the story, but I thought reading the point of view of a father was a unique way of looking at this reality.