Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

Title: Educated 
By: Tara Westover
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 334
Release Date: February 20th, 2018
Publisher: Random House
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: Tara Westover was 17 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 in her father's junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important 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. 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 with severing the closest of 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.

Review: This was a wonderful look into another way of living and the hard life for a woman that just wants to follow her heart, but has to live with a paranoid and violent family. I really felt for the main character as she tries to escape her past, but everything keeps bringing her back home to a life that insists on beating her down. The struggle was real. I was fascinated with this story. 

Movie Review: Aladdin

Title: Disney's Aladdin
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: May 24th, 2019
My Rating: ★★★★☆
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Summary from IMDB: A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Review: I was a little leery to watch this new version of Aladdin. I love Will Smith, but I also love Robin Williams and the original Aladdin was an iconic performance by Mr. Williams. Nobody can replace him. I was worried that Will Smith would try to replicate the original and fail. I was amazingly surprised. 

The roll of Genie was completely redone to match Will Smith's personality. He had a more hip hop element, and it really worked well with the vibe of the movie. It was Genie, but then again it wasn't. 

The music was great, the dancing was amazing and the whole movie really sat well with me. Even my husband who hates musicals, love this movie. This is a must for anyone who loved the original Aladdin.  

Weekly Menu #322 And The Book Of The Week

Monday... Again... Last week was the longest week ever. The whole family was sick at one point or another. I stayed home from work for many days trying to get them all well and that makes me behind on my work. I'm a little stressed.

On another note, I've been looking into my autoimmune disorder and there are certain things that can possible bother my stomach if I eat them. So, I've cut out sugar, gluten (Which I've been off of for years) and most dairy, to try and see how I feel. Something is happening because I've lost six lbs in the last week. Not sure if its because its helping my stomach or just because I'm not eating sugar. Probably a bit of both.

This weeks book is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. My mom recommended this read to me and so far, its really good. Lets dive into it together.

Alright, here is this weeks menu. Enjoy!







Leftovers Night

Sunday Confessions # 14

I almost forgot to post my weekly confessions. That was a close one. It has been a long week, even though I didn't really do anything. The boys have been sick and I missed a lot of work because of it. I spent most of the week reading on my couch. I know it doesn't sound too terrible, but there is only so much seclusion I can take.  


Weekly Menu #322 And The Book Of The Week
Movie Review: Aladdin
Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover
Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Sunday Confessions # 15

Lets hope this coming week will be back to normal. Thanks for stopping by my confessions. 

Book Review: Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

Title: Now Entering Addamsville
By: Francesca Zappia
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 368
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

Review: This book gave me all the angry feels. Everyone in town is out to get Zora and she is only trying to keep them safe. There was a wonderful air around the town and its ghosts. I loved how the author used the fun aspects of tv ghost hunters. It made the story feel current. The ending felt like they left it open for a sequel, so I will be keeping my eyes out for another book by this author.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: Wild Girls by Rory Power

Title: Wilder Girls
By: Rory Power
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 353
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads: It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Review: This story was excellent. I found myself in a strange world where people are turning into something else. They have to fight for themselves, and try and survive a strange island where everything is deadly. The book was dark and moody, and I loved it. 

TV Review: Stumptown

Title: Stumptown
Genre: Cop show
Release Date: September 25th, 2019
My Rating: ★★★★☆
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Summary from IMDB: A sharp-witted army veteran becomes a private investigator in Portland, Oregon, where she takes care of her brother.

Review: Not only is this show based in my second home town of Portland Oregon, but its awesome. I'm not biased or anything, lol. We follow a pretty messed up army vet with PTSD who can't seem to get along in life. She gets pulled into a world of private investigating and all hell breaks loose. I loved the wit and dialogue in this show and the characters are amazing. The show is based of a comic book with the same name. Now I know what I want to read next.