Once again I am linking up with Heather @ Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club!
This week I read to pretty diverse books and both of the were just ... "meh".
First up Miss Timmins' School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy:
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads.com: "A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime.
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock ‘n' roll, and freedoms she never knew existed.
Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder—a case three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu's real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins' School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India."
My thoughts - I don't get the blot - how does it change!?! (if you read the book you'll know what this means). And the whole story is covered in the synopsis, you just get more detail. For some reason this book was just hard for me to get through, the pace of the book was just to slow, and I feel like too many stories were trying to be told.
Next up Tethered by Amy MacKinnon
The synopsis from Goodreads.com: "Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend.
It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one’s life to another."
My thoughts: The synopsis is a bit misleading, it really doesn't matter if Clara believes in God or not. It should just say "Clara, an emotionally fragile, anti-social, Trichotillomaniac has to start dealing with life when a series of crisis happen." Again, I just couldn't connect with the story, it felt forced. And the description of her and the cover picture confuses me, and I am one of those people that likes the cover of the book to give me some link to the story.
So it wasn't a great reading week but I just started "The Painted Girls" and its very good so far.
Also very good would be if you wanted to link up with me & Ember @Budget, Splurge Beauty next week for Inner Beauty Friday! If you write a post on Friday that could be considered Inner Beauty Related - link it up here next Friday for everyone to enjoy!
See you next week!