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The Night Diary
The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together. Told through Nisha's letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl's search for home, for her own identity...and for a hopeful future.
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Spanish_Broom
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Seventh book of maternity leave

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ChristyM
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This is a beautiful, important book. Nisha is 12 years old in 1947 and she feels the loss of her mother who died in childbirth. Nisha copes with her thoughts and feelings by writing to her mother at night in a diary. The family is then caught in the political turmoil of India‘s partition and has to deal with becoming refugees in their own country. Elegant writing and memorable characters mix with themes of family, grief, and tolerance.

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This middle grade book tells the story of the partition of India in 1947, and its effects on a family that relocated to the “New India”. It is told through Nisha who receives a journal for her twelfth birthday. Her Mama was Muslim, but she died in childbirth. Her Papa is Hindu. Nisha can‘t understand why she must leave her home and why the two groups can not live as one. She writes her feelings as letters to her mother in the journal. #booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. Sounds sad. Good job on the prompt! 2w
Cinfhen Great choice! #LiveAndLearn 2w
Reggie This sounds great! 2w
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DivineDiana
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Current read for #booked2019. Recommended by one of my Litsy friends?!? #diversemiddlegrade

Ncostell This author came to my daughter‘s school and gave a talk to the students. My daughter loved the book and enjoyed meeting the author. I‘ve been meaning to read this as well. 2w
DivineDiana @Ncostell What a fantastic experience for your daughter! 👏🏻 2w
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Such a good story! It‘s written in the form of diary entries. A 12 year old girl writes to the mother she never knew and tells her the story of her family‘s journey during India‘s partition in 1947. Powerful, gripping- it touches on differences, fear of the other, and ultimately how we are all the same. Great audio narration as well! Thanks to #thereadingwomenpodcast for bringing this book to my attention!

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One of my great uncles was a missionary in #India and therefore some of my cousins (first cousins once removed) grew up there. One of those cousins married the son of another missionary, and she told us a little about the partition. Her father-in-law, a humble Christian missionary, quietly helped several thousand Muslims and Hindus get to the right side of the border and saved their lives. This book was featured on Reading Women. #letstraveljuly

OriginalCyn620 Great story! 3w
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I‘m not saying this book made me cry. I‘m just saying my #ReadWomen book club leader owes me a box of tissues. That‘s all I‘m saying. #MiddleGrade #WNDB #AmReading The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

marleed Well, you made me laugh! 2mo
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Just finished up my IRL book club‘s June pick during lunch today - I loved it. It‘s an immensely readable middle-grade book with a diary format. The MC is a 12 year old half-Hindu, half-Muslim girl whose family is living through India‘s independence from Britain, which divided India into two countries, India and Pakistan. This was a subject I didn‘t know much about and the book was really well-done. A Newbery Honor Book.

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This middle grade historical fiction is very special. The main characters are relatable even in an unfamiliar setting. The history is terrible but clearly and safely portrayed.

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Inadvertent color coordination

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emtobiasz
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“I had never wondered about being safe before. I just thought I was.”

Nisha, 12, and her twin brother Amil are caught up with their Hindu father in newly-formed Muslim Pakistan. Like so many #middlegrade reads, this is as much a book about growing up as it is about the historical moment it portrays.

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BucklingBookshelves
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I love the image of harmony this passage evokes. That harmony and acceptance between individuals that can be so hard to achieve among larger groups. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I was very unsure about this story‘s format when I first started, but I really came to love it! Thanks for the #buddyread @smilingshelves 😊

smilingshelves Yes, the diary format did work well. It wasn't just a gimmick, but actually had a reason and played a role in the story. It was a powerful way to tell this story, I think. And I loved that part, too, with their sounds and music mingling together. It's amazing that Kazi made it all the way to them. Love and family should triumph over everything. Let's hope and pray that it does in our world, both in big ways and small. 4mo
smilingshelves This buddy read was definitely fun again! When shall we aim to read The Book of Boy? 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I loved that Kazi made it back to them so much. That was a very touching scene when he talked about them being family. Love is the only way. 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves well, we had originally said September, but then we moved this book up — so do you want to go for sometime in summer instead? June, July, or August? I‘m pretty open — and I already have a copy! 4mo
smilingshelves August will work! We can get it in before the craziness of the school year starts. 😀 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves
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What a perfect description of survivor‘s guilt. That feeling that your own pain and hardship don‘t count because you know others have been through worse. It‘s a hard place to be in, for sure.

#buddyread @smilingshelves

smilingshelves Yes. Counting blessings is important, but it doesn't invalidate the sufferings you experienced. 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves
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When you get your car inspection done and they drive it back around for you and you realize the audiobook you listened to on the way over automatically connected to the Bluetooth 🙄🙊 I don‘t think they run the car for long, but I hope the mechanics enjoyed the snippet that played because they didn‘t even turn the sound down! 🎧📚🎧🤷🏼‍♀️

#buddyread @smilingshelves I might finish tonight while doing household stuff after big boy is in bed!

smilingshelves That's funny! 😄 I should be able to finish tonight after bedtime, too. I've got about twenty pages left to read. Let's do it! 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves As much of a crier as I usually am with books, audiobooks don‘t usually get me teary for some reason. This was still so heartbreaking how hard she is on herself 😞 Along with the passage where she calls herself a useless girl — “Then they wouldn‘t have to worry about another body, my useless body, to fill with water and food anymore” — that just kills me because SO MANY girls feel this way, in all different circumstances. 😞 4mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Yes, that passage was awful as well! I feel like so much of this could have been avoided if their father had just explained to them what was going on. They actually hid the newspapers so Nisha and Amil couldn't read them! If they had known what was going on and knew why it was so important to not talk to anyone, they might not have tried to talk to the neighbor girl. 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves
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Audio was definitely the right choice for me for this book! Now I might be reading too fast for our #buddyread! 😬 There were a few really great lines in the section I listened to today — I‘m going to have to go find them in the print copy now for my reading journal. 📖 How are you liking it so far @smilingshelves?

smilingshelves Don't worry, I'll catch up! It makes a good excuse to read instead of washing dishes. (I guess that's where the audio would come in handy, wouldn't it? 😄) 4mo
smilingshelves I like it so far, but I have a feeling this is another book that's going to make me cry! 4mo
smilingshelves And it is incredible and awful to think that this really happened to real people! 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m all for good excuses to not wash dishes LOL But, yes, the audio was super handy and actually a good excuse to get more done around the house than usual because I wanted to listen more! 4mo
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Blaire
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In this middle grade book, the conflict between Muslims and Hindus and the large migrations at the time of India‘s independence is told through 12 yo Nisha‘s family‘s flight from their town in the newly formed Pakistan to India. Nisha and her twin Amil are compelling characters and their relationships with their dad, Muslim cook Kazi and their uncle Rashid are moving. The story has complexity not always seen in novels for younger readers.

Blaire This is my pick for #booked2019 #nightorientedtitle 4mo
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I see some parallels with Merci Suarez Changes Gears. In my opinion, twelve is plenty old enough to know what's really going on!

@BucklingBookshelves #buddyread I haven't much time to read over the past couple days, but the next few should be better. How are you doing?

BucklingBookshelves Same here — it‘s been a crazy week here! I did decide to do the audio though and signed up for a Scribd trial, so I think that should help me get back into it. And YES that‘s a definite parallel to Merci. As a parent, it‘s soooo hard I think to walk that line between telling kids too much and too little and knowing what age they are ready to know different things. 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m sorry I got so behind! I should be able to get back to the book on Sunday — my parents are visiting and unfortunately my husband‘s aunt passed away earlier in the week. 😞 I have a feeling though once I do get a chance to get back to the audio, I‘m going to fly through it! 4mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Oh, no! I'm sorry to hear about your husband's aunt. No problem. I've got other books I can read in the meantime. Just let me know when to start reading again. ☺️ Enjoy your time with your family. 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves
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Finally starting The Night Diary #buddyread!

I‘m only a couple pages in and already struggling a bit with the format. As an epistolary novel, the letters are written by a 12-year main character. I am an adult reader and clearly not the book‘s intended audience, but I‘m still not so sure about an entire middle novel written at an actual middle grade writing level. What do you think so far @smilingshelves ? I‘m thinking about switching to audio! 🤔

smilingshelves I always have a hard time starting epistolary novels because it's so difficult to figure out who everyone is and what's going on. This one is no exception! If you do go with audio, I'd be curious to know how your reading experience is different. It would be interesting to listen a kid-narrated audiobook! 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves you‘re so right about the different characters — glad it‘s not just me! FYI I did realize there is a glossary in the back — so for example Dadi is a term for paternal grandmother — I had a feeling at least some of my confusion was not knowing too much about this culture. I have so much to learn, I must admit! Also, I read the author‘s note at back first because I read in a review it was helpful for context 📚 4mo
smilingshelves Why do they put things like the glossary in the back?? I'm so glad you told me that. I'll definitely start referring to it! I'll probably read the author's note, too. My grasp of history in this area of the world is most definitely fuzzier than it should be. Good thing we have books to counteract that! 4mo
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smilingshelves
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Well, this may make this book a little difficult to read...

Thankfully it only happens a few times, as far as I can tell from flipping through. 🤷

@BucklingBookshelves Is your copy like this?

BucklingBookshelves Nope! The ARC doesn‘t have that issue. Finally starting now — never managed it last night. Though I had such a hard time falling asleep, I should have just gotten back up and read! 🙊🤷🏼‍♀️📚 (edited) 4mo
mrp27 Oh no! 4mo
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smilingshelves
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I didn't get reading time this afternoon like I thought I would, so I'm settling in now to start our #buddyread!

@BucklingBookshelves

BucklingBookshelves Same here! Planning to read at least a chapter or two before bed. 4mo
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@BucklingBookshelves My hold came in early! When do you want to start? 😁

BucklingBookshelves Woo hoo! That was quick! I‘ll let you pick — I‘m pretty open and don‘t have a due date 🙂 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves How about Sunday? My son's birthday party is Saturday, and I've been spending every spare moment cleaning the house for the past two weeks. I'm looking forward to crashing on Sunday with a good book! 5mo
mrp27 I really want to read this one. The author is doing a reading and signing at my local indie store on Independent Book Store later this month. 5mo
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smilingshelves @mrp27 That's awesome! Do you have a copy? You could buddy read it with us! ☺️ 5mo
mrp27 I don't currently have a copy. I hope to get one at her signing. Thanks for the buddy read invite! 5mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves sounds good to me! Happy birthday to your son! He‘s turning 3, right? 5mo
smilingshelves @mrp27 Anytime! Have fun meeting the author! 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Thanks! Yup, he'll be three. We're having the mandatory Thomas the Tank Engine party tomorrow. 😄 And happy birthday to your son! He has an April birthday, too, right? How's he adjusting to life as a big brother? 5mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves yup! Turning 4 during the week after Easter so we have no clue what we are doing for it yet 🤣 He‘s adjusting pretty well — doesn‘t always love when he can‘t have our attention as much, but that‘s to be expected. And he‘s a little overenthusiastic and rough at times, but he seems to like her, so I‘ll take it! 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves That's plenty of time to plan a party! 😄 I'm glad he's doing well. We've had a whole new period of adjustment recently now that she's crawling and can reach his toys whenever she wants! It's fun to watch them watch over their little sisters, isn't it? 🥰 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves it is fun! My son LOVES when she smiles at him and it‘s the most adorable thing ever. I think we are in what is sure to be a brief phase where she‘s soooo easy — sleeping great, stays put, snuggles, etc. and not into his stuff yet. He‘s been really good about sharing his old “baby” toys but we will see how it goes when she can get into his current toys! 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves
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Gearing up for another Newbery #buddyread in April! I won this free ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and never got around to reading it 🙊 but since it was named a 2019 Newbery Honor, it‘s been bumped up my TBR list. When should we start Julie? @smilingshelves

smilingshelves I'm so excited! However, I'm on my library's hold list, and it looks like it won't be available until the middle of the month. 😟 I'll let you know as soon as I have it in my hands! 5mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves no problem! Just looking ahead a bit! It looks like it will be a quick read too, so we will have plenty of time once your hold comes in 🙂 5mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A child‘s view of 1940s India as it and Pakistan divide.

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Lindy
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12-yr-old Nisha & her twin never knew their Muslim mother; she died when they were born. They live with their grandmother & Hindu father in newly-formed Pakistan. It‘s 1947, so they are forced to flee across the border with other nonMuslims. Nisha & her family witness horrific things along the way, yet the story remains gentle. The diary format is perfect in #audiobook & narrator Priya Ayyar has an appropriately youthful voice. Age 8-up

RaimeyGallant Sounds like a great read. 8mo
Lindy @RaimeyGallant I was impressed with how successfully the author broached a difficult topic for young readers. 8mo
RealLifeReading I loved this one 8mo
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Lindy @RealLifeReading 😊👍 8mo
Blaire About to start this one...may read it a second time with my son. 4mo
Lindy @Blaire 👍 4mo
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Lindy
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Jodhpur is a big hot city. The only thing I like about it is that nobody is trying to kill us here.

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RealLifeReading
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I‘m gonna go ahead and say that this is a good reason to be staying in, turning on a Pokémon movie for the kids, and for me, settling down with a book

kgriffith Oof :/ 12mo
Reagan-reads By any chance are you in Alberta? It‘s 162 where I am 😑 12mo
sprainedbrain Oh my. 😞 12mo
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Quirkybookworm That how bad it was where I live for the past month. It‘s slowly clearing up....hopefully soon depending on those fires around us. 12mo
brilliantglow I can't believe how bad the fires are this year. It's so upsetting 12mo
Sungirl79 We are dealing with the same thing up Washington State too 😢 12mo
billythegreat Lol. This is damn normal in China... 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Breakfast and a new ebook. I‘m really enjoying this book, written in letters to a young girl‘s mother, who died in childbirth. The story takes place during Partition, when Pakistan was established and millions of Hindus and Muslims were displaced.

RadicalReader @RealLifeReading breakfast looks divine! What are you having? 12mo
RealLifeReading @RadicalReader thanks! Homemade raisin scones with some butter 😀 12mo
julesG How do you manage to keep your scones fresh for a few days? Fridge? Plastic bag? 12mo
Mc_cart_ny Book sounds so good! 12mo
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My best friend & I went #swimming this afternoon. This was my poolside read as we sunbathed. #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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This story is loosely inspired by the experiences of the author‘s father, & his family, & boy is it a good one. British rule is ending & India is to be divided into Pakistan & India. Born to a Hindu father & Muslim mother (who is dead), twins Nisha & Amil & their family are forced to leave their home, now in Pakistan, & travel to safety in India. Nisha records their harrowing journey in a journal. Great MG read about India, refugees & more.

Crazeedi Sounds very intriguing! Adding! 1y
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Another book I‘m excited to preview. This one is the story of 12 year old Nisha. She and her father flee the only home she‘s over known, forced to leave as India is being divided into India and Pakistan after the end of British rule in 1947. It‘s told through letters and I‘m expecting a very interesting read.

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Just picked this one up, and it looks like one that will tear me up. Anxious to read it.

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Why are people not obsessing over this brilliant YA historical fiction?! It‘s set in 1947, the historic year that saw the India and Pakistan partition. We see the horrific and brutal divide through the diary entries that Nisha (12y) writes for her dead mother. I loved her exploration of home, displacement and identity. This historic event is underrepresented in children‘s literature and TND does it incredible justice. So jarring & beautiful.

bnp Sounds interesting. 1y
sumaiyya.books @bnp I definitely recommend! 1y
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Told through the letters 12-year old Nisha writes to her deceased mother, this is the story of what her family undergoes through Partition. So many moving moments in this story- raw, heartfelt. The only thing is that I think the epistolary format ended up distancing me from the characters and what they were going through. Despite the tragedy and pain, there's still a sliver of hope at the end of it all. Definitely recommend. #25infive #MountTBR

Andrew65 😊 1y
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For some reason I've largely only been able to engage with books in the audiobook format. So I'm just sitting around taking in giant chunks of books on audio. If anybody is on Scribd, hit me up with some suggestions of audiobooks on there!

8little_paws I hear you. I'm deep down the audio rabbit hole these days. I do still read print, but it's certainly less than half of my reading now. 1y
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theshrinkette @8little_paws Right? It's not for lack of options- I have so many print books sitting on my dresser, mocking me. What have you listened to recently? 1y
8little_paws @theshrinkette this was pretty damn riveting. I'm also listening to Trevor Noah's born a crime for the second time and still loving it. Later today I'm starting The King is Always Above the People. 1y
8little_paws Oh also, have you tried poetry on audio?? Give it a shot if you haven't!! 1y
theshrinkette @8little_paws I listened to The Poet X on audio, but nothing else. Will do! 1y
WhatDeeReads Same! This is why we‘re soulmates. I‘m considering listening to this one soon. 1y
theshrinkette @WhatDeeReads Oh its so good! 1y
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Very powerful older middle grade historical fiction about the Partition of India and Pakistan.

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Twelve-year-old Nisha is half Hindu and half Muslim, a dangerous thing to be during the 1947 Partition dividing a newly free India into two countries. She writes letters to her dead mother about her family‘s perilous journey from their home in the new Pakistan to the new India and how she dreams of “A place where...nobody would mind that you [Mama] were Muslim and Papa was Hindu.” Yet Nisha finds courage to hold onto both sides of her family. ❤️

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Starting a new book before bed—to add to the pile of 3-4 books I‘m currently reading. 😳

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alysonwrites
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Finally starting the third book in my #NewReleaseMadness TBR, Veera Hiranandani‘s The Night Diary (released March 6, 2018). I‘m super excited about this one, as I love epistolary novels, and even more because as a half Asian I‘m intentionally seeking out books by Asian authors this year. Also, I am interested in learning about the 1947 Partition of India. So this book hits a lot of great notes for me!

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“Everything is different now, even though it‘s exactly the same. I can see it all around us, but I don‘t know what to call it. It‘s like a new sound I can hear in the air.”

Just started this story about a family caught between the formation of Pakistan and the newly independent India, and their journey as refugees from their home to something new.

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Bounced around with a couple of books that didn‘t keep my attention this morning, but this one‘s sticking! #24in48 #readathon