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   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

The Sunday Salon (A long due visit to the library) -- October 24, 2010

The Sunday

This post was supposed to go up much earlier, but I just couldn't tear myself away from Room by Emma Donoghue, organize my thoughts, write this up and then go back to the book. So I decided to do it today morning, as early as possible. And yeah, before you get judgmental, my early is 11.45 am. On Sundays. The shorter Sunday is, the better for me. I don't have very much planned for the day, except read and shop. I really need a late Fall / early winter wardrobe for the office, and purchase a trench coat that I've had an eye on for ages!

This week has been like any other week - a bit of work, a bit of reading. But most of my TV shows took a break this week, which meant more reading time. I did read more than I've read in the recent weeks - finished a couple of books, and managed to start 6 other books (Yikes!) But the increased reading is making me feel great, after going weeks without being able to read much.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling real excited and jittery. Happy-excited, that is, waiting to do something wonderful. After three months, I was finally going to a library to take books, rather than to return them! Soon after I moved to Lynchburg, I went to the library to get a card, but I didn't take any books, because I was going through a mild rut at the time, plus I had a humongous stack of ARCs to get through before I could make myself think of any other book. When I finally felt that I could see over the top of the stack (only when I stand up though), I decided to finally take a few titles home.

I felt this library is bigger than the one in Blacksburg - that brought a smile to my face instantly. I already had a hold to pick up (Great House by Nicole Krauss). In addition, I picked a five-star recommendation in one of my goodreads groups (Someone Knows my Name by Lawrence Hill). I spent the next half to one hour just glancing at the stacks, picking up books at random, looking them up on goodreads (Gotta love smartphones), and reading the first few pages of books that look interesting. But when I got to the New books section, I saw a book that I just had to take home (Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross). I read the first few pages standing in front of the stack, and then figured it was best to just take it home. Can you imagine a man who keeps dreaming up different ways in which his wife gets killed? Spooky! First time, I read the caption, I thought he really wanted her dead, but apparently, the thoughts come unbidden into his head - just like similar thoughts come to your head, when you, say, walk along a cliff, or walk towards a tiger in a safari, etc. I can't wait to start these books, but for now, let me just go back and finish Room - I don't know how I put it down to sleep!


bermudaonion said…
I don't know how you keep up with so many books at one time!!
Hi Aths...sounds like all is going well for you, and clothes shopping is just as much fun as book browsing for me, so have fun!!
Anonymous said…
I am also reading room and while you can't tear yourself away I am finding I need to take small breaks. She is so into Jack's head that I really feel a precocious five year old is narrating.

I have read Someone Knows My Name and found it interesting. I just finished Long Song and I think I like the Hill book better. Perhaps if I hadn't read it so recently, the Levy book would have resonated more with me.

Happy Shopping.

Tales of Whimsy said…
Library love is a tentative hopeful love. I haven't gotten to know my new library very well yet.
Ash said…
Interested to hear what you think of Great House, some of my friends are really obsessed with it.
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I put in the wrong link before!

I will be watching for your review of Great House, which I've been hearing about.

Hope you have a good reading week.

Here's my salon:
Sounds like a successful visit to your local library! How fun! Have a great week.
Athira said…
Kathy, I didn't realize that I had that many books started. I just pick one, and read it a while if I find it interesting - before long, I'm some way into it.

Diane, yeah, clothes shopping is so much fun!

pburt, I did feel that - like Jack is too prodigious. It felt weird honestly. I really want to read an Andrea levy book - been hearing so much about it.

Juju, I had been itching to go to the library, so I'm glad I finally did.

Ash, I can't wait to start it either. I've been hearing so much about it.

Laurel-Rain, I can't wait to read it either.

Helen, yeah, I am so glad I finally went to the library!