I Made Becoming Quote Postcards

Possibly one of the best things I did for myself last year was finally finishing Becoming by Michelle Obama. (I would highly recommend the audiobook, by the way — she narrates it herself, and it is incredible.)

She is truly a modern icon, with so many words of wisdom. So I figured, what better way to pay tribute to a book that found me at the perfect time than with some pastel quote postcards?

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These Are A Few of My Favorite Reads: Wondrous Women

For a long time I was resistant to reading nonfiction because I thought it was “dry” and “boring” — but then my mom suggested I try starting with biographies and memoirs, because they’re stories about people and (in some cases) can read like fiction. So I followed her advice, for once in my life, and to no one’s surprise she was right! Maybe I should listen to my mother more often.

And since March is Women’s History Month, what better way to honor some amazing, inspirational women than by sharing their stories, as told by themselves?

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REVIEW: Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker

I received a review copy of this book through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest.

Summary: What happens when you leave city life and move to five acres on a hunch, with a husband who’s an aspiring alpaca-whisperer, and a feral cockerel for company? Can you eat the cockerel for dinner? Or has it got rigour mortise?

In search of a good life and a slower pace, Fiona Stocker upped-sticks and moved to Tasmania, a land of promise, wilderness, and family homes of uncertain build quality. It was the lifestyle change that many dream of and most are too sensible to attempt.

Wife, mother and now reluctant alpaca owner, Fiona jumped in at the deep end. Gradually Tasmania got under her skin as she learned to stack wood, round up the kids with a retired lady sheepdog, and stand on a scorpion without getting stung.

This charming tale captures the tussles and euphoria of living on the land in a place of untrammelled beauty, raising your family where you want to and seeing your husband in a whole new light. Not just a memoir but an everywoman’s story, and a paean to a new, slower age.

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