Books loved by Michelle Obama

After the buzz of school holidays it may be time to sit back and relax! Not sure what to read? Below we have listed five books loved by Michelle Obama, from romance to family and discovery.

If you’ve read the books let us know what you think in the comments box down below.

Happy reading!

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

The combination of lightness, warmth and remarkable incisiveness creates a novel that is life-affirming and compulsively readable’ Sunday Times It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited and notices a heart stoppingly beautiful woman. When he kisses Beverly Keating, his host’s wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families, whose shared fate will be defined on a day seven years later. In 1988, Franny Keating, now twenty-four, is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets the famous author Leon Posen one night at the bar, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story.

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

White teeth, Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is a classic international bestseller and an unforgettable portrait of London, available as a Penguin Essential for the first timeOne of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing – among many other things – with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid

An unnervingly dystopian portrait of what might lie down the road’ Michiko Kakutani, New York TimesAn extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant FundamentalistNadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing – to fall in love – in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Terms and Conditions, comic strip competition at Totton Library

  1. The Promoter of this prize draw is Hampshire Libraries at Castle Hill, High Street, Winchester, SO23 8UH (the “Promoter”).
  2. The competition will start on 19 September 2019 and close on 3 October 2019.
  3. Entries received after 7.00pm on 3 October 2019 will not be counted.
  4. Entrants must be aged 11 – 18 and be UK residents. This promotion excludes any employees of Hampshire Libraries, their families, agencies or anyone else connected with this promotion.
  5. One (1) entry allowed per person. Incomplete or late entries will not be accepted. The Promoter reserves the right to discount or disqualify any inappropriate or offensive entries.
  6. The competition is free to enter and there is no purchase necessary.
  7. There are two (2) prizes to be won. The winning entrant will receive Weekend passes for Totton Comic Con along with some amazing goody bags. The prize will be supplied by Totton Comic Con.
  8. The prize is non-negotiable, non-refundable, non-transferable and non-exchangeable and no cash alternative offered.
  9. The Promoter reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of equal or greater value should the prize granted become unavailable for reasons beyond its control.
  10. The winner will be chosen at random on 4 October 2019 and notified the same day or as soon as practicable after this date via phone/email.
  11. If a winner does not confirm that they are able to accept the prize by 5.00pm on 4 October 2019 it may be offered to another applicable entrant chosen at random.
  12. A confirmation email with details will be sent to the contact details supplied within 12 hours of notification.
  13. Except for the purpose of carrying out the promotion and contacting the winner, the Promoter will not use entrants’ personal data. Visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/privacy for privacy notice.
  14. If you have any queries or concerns about how we are handling your information or if you would like to exercise your rights as described above, please contact Hampshire County Council’s Data Protection Officer at data.protection@hants.gov.uk.
  15. You agree to be bound by the decisions of the Promoter, which are final in all matters relating to the promotion. No correspondence will be entered into.
  16. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England.

Terms and Conditions, superhero competition at Totton Library

  1. The Promoter of this prize draw is Hampshire Libraries at Castle Hill, High Street, Winchester, SO23 8UH (the “Promoter”).
  2. The competition will start on 19 September 2019 and close on 3 October 2019.
  3. Entries received after 7.00pm on 3 October 2019 will not be counted.
  4. Entrants must be aged 4 – 11 and be UK residents. This promotion excludes any employees of Hampshire Libraries, their families, agencies or anyone else connected with this promotion.
  5. One (1) entry allowed per person. Incomplete or late entries will not be accepted. The Promoter reserves the right to discount or disqualify any inappropriate or offensive entries.
  6. The competition is free to enter and there is no purchase necessary.
  7. There are two (2) prizes to be won. The winning entrant will receive Weekend passes for Totton Comic Con along with some amazing goody bags. The prize will be supplied by Totton Comic Con.
  8. The prize is non-negotiable, non-refundable, non-transferable and non-exchangeable and no cash alternative offered.
  9. The Promoter reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of equal or greater value should the prize granted become unavailable for reasons beyond its control.
  10. The winner will be chosen at random on 4 October 2019 and notified the same day or as soon as practicable after this date via phone/email.
  11. If a winner does not confirm that they are able to accept the prize by 5.00pm on 4 October 2019 it may be offered to another applicable entrant chosen at random.
  12. A confirmation email with details will be sent to the contact details supplied within 12 hours of notification.
  13. Except for the purpose of carrying out the promotion and contacting the winner, the Promoter will not use entrants’ personal data. Visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/privacy for privacy notice.
  14. If you have any queries or concerns about how we are handling your information or if you would like to exercise your rights as described above, please contact Hampshire County Council’s Data Protection Officer at data.protection@hants.gov.uk.
  15. You agree to be bound by the decisions of the Promoter, which are final in all matters relating to the promotion. No correspondence will be entered into.
  16. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England.