I’ve liked this song (originally by Tears For Fears, and covered to great popularity by Gary Jules) for years. I discovered through Timeless, and it’s just as good, if not better than, the original.
I’m teetering between three and three and a half stars for this book. I think that when I picked it up I expected more light, witty commentary and humorous anecdotes about life in the White House. There are some humorous stories, but there are also a lot of amazing, frustrating, and sad stories. It’s less of a humorous book and more of a general memoir/self-help tome, which I discovered partway through (and which reminded me to read book jackets more carefully whilst still at the library to avoid false expectations!).
I’m trying to sprinkle more nonfiction books into my reading list, and Who Thought…? was a pretty good addition. Covering the author’s years working in the Obama administration, it’s a mixture of stories about her White House life and honest advice to young women looking to navigate the professional world, whether in government or the private sector. The book is divided into chapters focusing on the traits she feels are required for success, such as being prepared and showing kindness, and I felt like she had a lot of very down-to-earth experience packed into those chapters to back them up. It’s also a lot less condescending than a lot of the “self-help” books I’ve picked up in the past.
Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s already 2019; it seems like 2018 flew by way too fast. With the New Year in mind, I thought this week for my #30before30 post I’d dip into the topic of New Year’s resolutions—what hasn’t worked for me in the past, and how I plan to get it right this year.