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If I Tell You The Truth by Jasmin Kaur | Thoughts

     Published on : 2021   ||    Format : ebook   ||    Location : Canada One line review : When Kiran runs away from home to another country, to escape her rapist, she doesn't realize how long it is going to take her to feel like herself again.  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   “Passports and boarding passes, please,” drawls the blond, goateed man, towering a foot above us both. I pass him both my and Mom’s documents and attempt the smile that every person of color has mastered. The one that reads, I’m thoroughly nonthreatening. Please don’t pull me aside and racially profile me. Thoughts : I can't remember how I found this book or why I chose to read it. It was available on my library's Overdrive catalog and I'm glad I made the time to read it. If I Tell You the Truth tells the story of Kiran's arrival in Canada as a pregnant graduate student, though in reality, she was also running away from her rapist back home in India. When she makes the decision to have the child, her parents aban

A look back at February | Month in Review

I tend of think of February as a short unplanned stop in a year's journey. It's the month that takes everything for a toss, the month when you stop following your resolutions or your best-laid plans but then halfway through you want to fix it but it's too late, so now you just wait for March and do a reset. Happens year after year. Even with the leap day this year, or especially because of it, this month felt as if it ran longer than it should have, like when you plan that long vacation expecting every minute to be enjoyed but then the last day comes along and you just want to go home.




It's the month my reading always fails and from all the posts I've read so far, it was no different for many of you. Funnily though, this year around, I read a lot more this February than in any month over the part four years. In a way, February turned out to be a break from normal routine. Or at least it made it possible to squeeze in more reading than I am usually able to.

Read of the month


I still need to post my thoughts on this book, but I've loved it and turns out many of you did too.

The Girl's Favorite


If I got paid for every single time I read this book last month, I'd be pretty rich now. The girl loved this book so much that we were reading it almost every day for a week.

Books finished


Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
Colored by Emilie Plateau
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Read with my kids


Cycle City by Alison Farrell
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Maybe Tomorrow by Charlotte Agell (a really good book about grief)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. (a favorite reread for a few years now)
Shhh! I'm Sleeping by Dorothée de Monfreid (another favorite reread)

Planning for March

Despite how much I read in February, it was a very busy month. A few things changed at work that has increased my workload some and it's going to be some time before that changes. I don't expect March to be any different in that regard, except that I've now gotten into the swing of things. I'm still reading without any major plan to go by, and that works just fine for now. Occasionally, that's a cause for a mild reading rut but beyond that, I'm cool with not knowing what my reading stack looks like. I plan to continue that for March. However, I do have a blogging goal - I'm trying to see how much ahead of the schedule I can get so I'm not always writing the night before. I may not solve this - right now, this is all happening at late night once the kids are in bed but it's not my favorite time to do this because I'm usually way too exhausted. Something sure needs to give, but I'm still thinking through this.

When do you blog and how far in advance are you scheduling your posts? What's your favorite blogging tip with regards to planning or time management?

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