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I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.  

Educated:

Educated - Tara Westover
I did not want this novel to end. I really enjoyed this novel, much more than I had anticipated. I knew that this novel was very popular but other than that, I went blindly into this novel and I’m glad I did.
 
This novel is a memoir about a family, living in Idaho, that is sure to capture your attention. A survivalist, the father rejects the government and anything to do with any one of its organized branches. No doctors, no schools, and no documentation. As I listened to this audio, I could feel the anger and the frustration that the father had for the world around him. I could feel the superiority that he felt, as he stockpiled his supplies and he talked about his neighbors. He felt untouchable.
 
Mother was a midwife and later, she became a healer as she began mixing potions of herbs and other natural ingredients together at home. I was amazed how often this family was injured as I listened to this novel. These injuries were not minor either, these injuries were serious and for mother to be a healer, I was glad that at least her skills were utilized. I liked seeing how this family lived and how their life was over the years.
 
This was a powerful novel. I recommend the audio of this novel, for I feel that Julia Whelan did an excellent job.