Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Beginning: Educated by Tara Westover



I'm standing on the red railway car that sits abandoned next to the barn. The wind soars, whipping my hair across my face and pushing a chill down the open neck of my shirt.

-- Educated by Tara Westover. This is my book club's pick for our January meeting, so it is time I got around to one of the most popular books of last year.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. I still haven't read EDUCATED!!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Great cover. Hope it's a good one for ya.

  3. EDUCATED is one of my top ten books read in 2018. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. I’ve heard some great things about Educated. I’m definitely going to be adding it to my TBR

  5. I have this on my audio listen list this year and am really looking forward to it!

  6. I haven't heard of this one before, but it looks interesting. Hope you're enjoying it.

  7. Happy New Year!

    I've seen this book doing its rounds and I must say I am interested. Everyone seems to love it.

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  9. Christina Koliander1/5/19, 4:57 AM

    Is this where we join in? After I got this blog post, I went to the book I'm reading, "Benediction," by Kent Haruf.

    "When the test came back the nurse called them into the examination room and when the doctor entered the room he just looked at them and asked them to sit down. They could tell by the look on his face where matters stood."

    Oooph. By page ten I was already in tears. I have spent the past two Januarys reading "Plainsong" and "Eventide," the three previous books in this trilogy about Holt, Colorado, so I'm now on the last one. Haruf has a quiet way of telling a story; you might think that nothing happens, but it does, just at a slower and quieter pace. I think he deserves a spot on the Great American Writers shelf; of the contemporary writers out there (although he passed away a couple of years ago), he is head and shoulders above almost all of them. In my opinion, of course! ;-)


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