Goodreads Monday – Educated by Tara Westover

It’s the first Goodreads Monday of 2020, friends! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s book is Educated by Tara Westover. This book was all over bookstagram and the book community has hyped it up extremely. Plus I absolutely love this cover (another illustrated cover but it’s also the small details that I love)! 😍 It has a very high 4.48 average with 535k+ ratings and 52k+ reviews.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Why do I want to read it?

This is something that I’ve said multiple times on my blog by now… But every year my goal is to read more non-fiction titles. I did manage a few more than usual in 2019 but it wasn’t a record breaking year 😂 I heard about Educated for the first time early last year and I don’t know why but I never really paid that much attention to it until mid-year? I’ve heard some pretty amazing reviews about this memoir, although there are a few who’ve said that the book didn’t live up to the hype for them. It sounds very empowering though and I’m keen to give it a try (sooner rather than later)! I’m just sincerely hoping that the book lives up to all the hype otherwise that’ll be pretty disappointing… 😅

Have you read Educated or is it on your TBR too?

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