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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

The Sunday Salon: Scary Conjuring

The Sunday

Happy Sunday, everyone! I'm not sure about you but I am done with these very hot days. Summer was never my favorite season but I like the liveliness that characterizes this season. Except when it's too hot. Like most of the past few days.

We spent this past week checking out some furniture stores. We've been slowly browsing through furniture collections and just made a master bedroom purchase that I'm so excited about. Blame the lack of show around here this past week on that. Plus, the husband had been traveling for the past three weeks - this rarely translates into more reading time for me.

Yesterday, I sold one of the shorter bookshelves that I've had for a couple of years. We had placed it in the office room along with a taller bookshelf, which I'm also trying to sell off. Right now, a big stack of books are on the floor and I imagine they're going to be that way for a while. I've been browsing around for ideas for a single larger bookshelf in the office room and right now, a cube organizer is the one that sounds the most versatile to me. Still, I've been bookmarking some photos and may post them someday.

Friday night, the husband, my brother and I went for the 11pm show of The Conjuring. As if a late night show wasn't a bad enough idea, we had to go for a horror movie itself. I usually stay away from this genre - most of the horror stuff seem very contrived and manipulative to me. The Conjuring was very genuine though. I shamelessly yelped a few times in the theater and occasionally rambled off prayers for the characters. I was surprised to learn that Ed and Lorraine Warren (the demonologists or "ghostbusters" in the movie) had a real-life career of dealing with the ghosts. Right after the movie, I spent a good chunk of time (at 2 am in the night) researching the Warrens and apparently, a lot of people thought they were just liars, since they didn't have any evidence. And that's what surprised me more - where's all the evidence (photos, videos, audios) that they were shown taking in this particular case at least. The on-screen Warrens were such a nice couple - it's a shame, really, that they're not able to provide more concrete evidence about the existence of ghosts. I may even give the concept of ghosts a chance, if I could see some of that.

Any how, the movie was really well-done and well-worth your time in the theater, if you can manage to sit through the horror of it all. At least, I've realized two things after the movie: 1. If I moved to a house where ominous things happened, I'll fly out of there first thing. But, most importantly, 2. I'll take our dog to our potential homes in the future and see if she enters. If she won't, so won't I.

What else is happening on this hot Sunday?


I haven't watched a good scary movie in FOREVER. I'm glad to hear that you liked The Conjuring. I don't know if I'm brave enough to watch in a theater but I'll definitely be checking it out when it's released on DVD.

Enjoy your new furniture, that's always fun!
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
Yikes, I think that movie would keep me awake at night!
Lisa Sheppard said…
I'm with you - if someone showed me proof then I'd be more inclined to believe in ghosts. On the other hand, I'll never say that I definitely don't believe in them which is what makes those kinds of movies so scary for me!
bellezza said…
I think you are very, very brave to go that movie. I am in fear just watching the trailer on television! I guess I don't need to believe in ghosts to know that the presence of evil is real, and that's why I have to stay away from horror films in general, and horror novels in particular. I need the ability to compartmentalise things, I think.
Vasilly said…
My sisters have been begging me to take them to this movie. I'll pass! I usually stay away from horror flicks too!
Helen Murdoch said…
Horror movies... I can't do them since I scare myself too much. My daughter and I have become obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and can't even watch it when it's dark out !
Kim Ukura said…
I can't wait to live in a place with a wall big enough for one of those big, cube bookshelves. I hope you get one so I can live vicariously through you :)
Care said…
Love the idea you would invite the dog to check out a house. Great idea. (and NO WAY I would have watched this and certainly not late at night.)
readingtheend said…
Hahaha, who would ever go into a house that your dog refused to enter? Rookie mistake. I saw this movie and it reminded me why I don't see horror movies. It's not because they're too scary and I can't handle it, so much as they just require an output of energy I don't have. :p