Another Monday

I’m back from vacation, even if I wish I wasn’t. We had a nice week with gorgeous weather. I’ll share a few pictures later this week.

First, a reminder. I’m holding a giveaway for Breaking Up with God a personal memoir about a woman’s struggle with her faith. It’s open to the US and Canada and you can enter through July 4 at this post: Giveaway: Breaking up with God by Sarah Sentilles.

I had my mail held last week, but I did get one book delivered by my UPS man.

Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy

(From the publisher)

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.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Brooke of The Bluestocking Guide. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report.

Last week’s review:

Guest post:

  • Ryan at Wordsmithonia was kind enough to ask me to guest post while he was on vacation. I talked about one of my favorite summer outings, Pirates games.

Finished Last Week:

  • Breaking Up with God by Sarah Sentilles
  • What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw by Agatha Christie
  • Have Gun, Will Play by Camille LaGuire
  • The Curse of Scattershale Gulch by Camille LaGuire
  • “Trail of the Lonesome Stickpin” by Camille LaGuire
  • Steam and Sorcery by Cindy Spenser Pape
  • “Paul Bunyan” by Adrien Stoutenburg
  • The Honey Month by Amal El-Mohtar

Currently Reading (still):

  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Listening to:

  • Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

Up Next:

  • Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

What have you been reading?


  1. Kay

    Welcome back Carol! Glad you had a nice vacation, but it’s hard to come back to the usual things isn’t it? I’ve read some mixed review about the MISS TIMMONS book. Not sure I’ll try it but you never know. You read a bunch of books while you were gone. That’s the sign of good vacation to me!

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