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Infinite Country by Patricia Engel | Thoughts

   Published : 2021   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Colombia ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   What was it about the country that kept everyone hostage to its fantasy? The previous month, on its own soil, an American man went to his job at a plant and gunned down fourteen coworkers, and last spring alone there were four different school shootings. A nation at war with itself, yet people still spoke of it as some kind of paradise.. Thoughts : Infinite Country follows two characters - young Talia, who at the beginning of this book, escapes a girl’s reform school in North Colombia so that she can make her previously booked flight to the US. Before she can do that, she needs to travel many miles to reach her father and get her ticket to the rest of her family. As we follow Talia’s treacherous journey south, we learn about how she ended up in the reform school in the first place and why half her family resides in the US. Infinite Country tells the story of her family through the other protagonist, El
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March '22 Reading Plans

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And there goes February | Weekly Snapshot

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin | Thoughts

Published : 2015   ||    Format : ebook   ||    Location : A different Earth One line summary : When the world is ending, what is more important - survival or revenge? If you are Essun, your answer may be revenge, but in her search for it, she has to figure out how to survive as well. ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind. Thoughts : I must have had this book on my Kindle ever since it was released. There was a lot of hype then and although I always enjoy epic fantasy series, I don’t read them often enough due to having to wait for the next book (in the case of ongoing series) or not being sure if the series is for me (even though I know I don't need to read the rest of the series, it still feels like a commitment). This quarter, one of my online book clubs is reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy . I decided it was finally time to read the books.  First of all, trigger warnings - there is a lot about child abuse, endangerment, and murder i

Who Dey! | Weekly Snapshot

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February '22 Reading Plans

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Down with the sniffles | Weekly Snapshot

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