A Closer Look at former President Obama

Books, reading challenge 2019

This morning, without much deliberation or thought, I set a goal to read 50 books in 2019! I have no real measure of my normal reading habits or speed, so I am looking forward to crushing this goal and finally reading so many of the books I have been eager to find time for! First up is Barack Obama’s 1995 book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

I was, as so many were, utterly captivated by former President Barack Obama as a freshman in college in 2008, the year America elected its first black president. I had never voted before and believed deeply in his message and what his presidency might mean for all Americans.

I became interested in reading this after having read a review of Michelle Obama’s new book Becoming and wanting to read it. As a devoted local library reader, her new book was only available to be reserved for some undetermined future date. However, as my search continued it dawned on me that I had never read a single book by or about her husband and former president, THE Barack Obama. I knew then that I had a new book to start off the new year right.

As I work my way through it, I will be taking notes and will post my thoughts on the book and what surprised, interested, or bored me. I am really enjoying the book so far and am shocked by how little I knew about this very important man!

I look forward to sharing more soon!

Happy New Year!