Weekend Reading – Educated by Tara Westover

This was one of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. Past favorites include The Glass Castle, Angela’s Ashes, North of Normal, Chanel Bonfire, and I will be adding Educated by Tara Westover to that list. I’ve heard from other book-loving friends that they enjoyed this too, its really an incredible story.
Tara grew up in the mountains of Idaho where her parents forbid her to attend school. Instead, she helped her dada haul scrap metal and gave her mother a hand with herbs and oils. Her parents didn’t believe in hospitals or doctors so Tara never stepped into either until she was an adult. Her mother treated event the most serious wounds with her herbs. It was stunning to read about the accidents Tara lived through and how she made it out alive, I do not know.
As a young adult, Tara wanted to attend school but it was forbidden by her strict  Mormon father. Tara taught herself and learned so much on her own that she was accepted to Brigham Young University. From there she went on to learn everything she could and her world opened up in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
I cannot recommend this book enough. From a dysfunctional family and growing up without a formal education- she didn’t know what the Holocaust was- to getting an advanced degree, Tara’s story is gripping and triumphant.

A gripping thriller? I’m in! White Lies by Lucy Dawson is a must read. If you are looking for a heart-stopping, roller coaster of a book, look no further!

Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur… well, she’s only human.
But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family too.
Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life, as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control…

Seriously friends, is there anything better than a good book? I really don’t think so.



I am so looking forward to Calypso by David Sedaris. Its no secret that I enjoy a memoir and David Sedaris has a great track record with incredible books.
I’m eager to sit down and get into this one. I always think that I need a “sick day” just an excuse to lay around and do nothing but read under the guise of feeling too sick to do anything else, know what I mean?
Here are the details:

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.
With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

With this one line, “it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself” I knew exactly what he means and I think this book will resonate with me, I mean..middle age and mortality? Its like he wrote it for me!
So many good books, so little time! I’m trying to figure out how to carve an extra hour or two out of my day for reading. This is another novel to add to your must-read list. The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick sounds amazing, his first novel A Reliable Wife was excellent and this one promises to be equally as good.

Diana Cooke was “born with the century” and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crème of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations.
The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he’s determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love.
Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins.

A historical novel steeped in secrets and plunged into gothic drama sounds like a winner to me.

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