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Work-In-Progress: Becoming by Michelle Obama #audiobook

I am not used to audiobooks! Writing reviews feels so much complicated when you’ve listened to a story! So bear with me while I tell you about my meeting with Michelle Obama…

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Author: Michelle Obama
Narrator: Michelle Obama
Publisher: Random House audio
Year: 2018
Length: 19h3min
Rating: 5 ⭐️

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Posted in Wrap-up

June (or the biggest month of the year) Wrap-up and a Vacation!

I am now absolutely sure someone is stealing time! It’s impossible we’re in July already. I usually post my wrap-ups on the last day of the month but… I forgot! Well, I had little motivation to write it because I knew it would be a long one, and then I forgot :p

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Donna’s Quickies: Pirates, stop Scaring the Slave! @RachelAmphlett @Lfrannyfran

Here comes my second try at mini reviews! I find them very useful and fun, even if I do feel a bit guilty about not reviewing the books properly! Try to decipher the title of the post to know what you’ll find inside this post!

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The Pub Corner: The Art of Reviewing (discussion post)

Hello! It turns out the Orenda Month had a bigger impact on me than I thought and I did not feel like writing… Until today! Instead of a review, I wanted to grab a glass and chat about what I call the Art of Reviewing, or how we blogger put our hearts and souls into a demanding exercise!

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March Wrap-up + #OrendaMonth Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Dear March, you have been magical and exhausting, a challenge and a blessing, with your ups and your downs. You stole my hours of sleep but gave me my best blogging time since I started Chocolate’n’Waffles. I am sad to see you leave, but I’m happy we worked well together, even if you tried to freeze me to death and make me choke with the heat. You really couldn’t decide on your own weather, could you?

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August Wrap-up!

Summer is gone. And with it, the lazy days spent trying to not melt, the cruel heatwaves that won’t let you sleep correctly, the mosquitoes (a girl can hope!), and the little amount of free time you can get when you don’t have to work. Let’s go back to business!

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What’s new?

Hair. My hair is new. No, I did not buy a wig, although it would be fun. Instead, I fulfilled one of the goals I had set for 2016: take the jump and find a good hairdresser that would accept my radical color change.

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I had forgotten how good and happy finally having the hair you want makes you feel. Netflix knows how difficult it was to find a hairdresser, I feel I’ve been on a terrible quest for a year. Wait, it’s not a feeling, it’s reality. You would not believe the number of hairdressers who don’t want to take risks. When risks means do more than a few highlights.

Other than this, nothing really happened. It is not necessarily a bad thing, I like my routine. I haven’t been able to find a psychologist. Apparently, everyone in France needs one. I should not be surprised with everything going on… But I’m not losing hope, and until I get better, I study, read and have TV shows marathons to keep busy.

I’m always eagerly waiting for September, as it means classes are going to begin and I’ll be buried in work.

Now off to the interesting stuff!

Books I read in August

(Clicking on the title will take you to the review if it available)

Blog Tour: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry 3* and a half

What Happens When The Lawyers Are The Bad Guys? Vincent Scarsella 2*

Are you happy? I mean, Furiously Happy? Jenny Lawson 1000*

If You Were Here, Alafair Burke, 4*

Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard (review to come)

Can You Feel The Magic? Harry Potter and The Cursed Child 3*

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln 4*

1984, George Orwell (audio book reread) 5*

Miller’s Valley, Anna Quindlen (audio book)

Books read previously but reviewed in August

Portmanteau, Paul T. Beardow 4*

Happy Families: Give me Mrs King, The Unlucky Stepmother 3*

Books I purchased

There’s a slight improvement here, I only bought 9 books in August! Well, September might be wilder as I won a giveaway over @ Sci-fi and Scary (thank you Lilyn!) and it’s my birthday month, so I’m hoping for a nice book haul!

Books I received for review

Remember when I said I was cutting back on ARCs? Yeah, me neither! But look at those covers!

Book I won / received as gifts

I was lucky enough to win two giveaways in August, one from the lovely Holly @ Bookaholic Confessions and an Amazon gift card from Lilyn that I intend to spend mostly on books she recommends. I also received 13 Minutes as a gift from Beth @ Reading Every Night for our Souvenirs From Across The World package.

Book of The Month Award

Okay, this one is easy. If you were lucky enough to avoid my waves of love for Furiously Happy before, you’re stuck now! Give this book a chance and adopt a Rory!

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Blogging Life

I am pretty happy with my blogging activity this month. I postponed a few posts because I was too lazy of the holidays and the disappearance of many fellow bloggers, so I have some new things coming soon!

This Week In Books

SunTags

Life

And that’s a wrap! What did you do in August? Let me know!