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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

What's Reading this Week! (Sep 16, 2013)

Last week was a good one in books. I finished How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman, which was enjoyable, but not quite as good as I hoped it would be. I also finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane and that was a very amazing read. I'm looking forward to reading more of Gaiman's books - I can now see his appeal.

I spent a day not reading at all but mostly catching up on some chores, doing some shopping, catching up on Supernatural. I'm still not sure what my next read will be but this past week, I've been listening to The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. It has a whopping 19 discs, which is more than my max disc count so far of 12. I know I'm curious to see how this one will go. So far, content-wise, it is very informative. I don't quite like it when the author gets a bit preachy, but that can be forgiven considering the subject she has written about.

Next in the list
I am waiting on two good books from the library. One of them is Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park. I loved her Attachments, which I read only after Eleanor and Park started popping up everywhere. Some have liked Eleanor and Park better so I'm hoping to have a rollicking time with this book. The other one, I requested only because of its very strange looking cover - Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff. Strange title too, huh?

Review Backlog (Any that you want to see first?)
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
2. How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman
3. Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
5. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
6. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
7. The Baby-Sitters Club graphic series by Raina Telgemeier
8. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


You're brave to list your review backlog. I think I'd be depressed if I saw mine, ha! ;) I hope you end up enjoying The Warmth of Other Suns. I thought it was such a great book. I recently read How To Be a Good Wife as well. I enjoyed it...creepy little tale.
I really loved The Warmth of Other Suns, too, but never realized it was quite that long! (I read the e-book)
Tanya Patrice said…
I want to see #1 first - I'm waiting for that book from the library and am just too excited to read it! I've only read 1 book by David Rakoff, and liked his writing but wasn't a fan of the book itself. Still, I love the cover and can't wait to see what you think of his latest.

Tanya Patrice
Delia (Postcards from Asia) said…
The Ocean at the End of the Lane! I look forward to reading the review. I fell in love with the book and was sooooo disappointed it was so short!
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I think you'll love Eleanor and Park!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm listing my review backlog hoping that I will get better about posting more reviews. Last week, I had 7 in the backlog, and this week, I had 8. That's how good I am, haha.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, it is quite big, I only get 40-50 minutes of audio time a day, so it will take some time to get through the discs.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm glad that you think David Rakoff's writing is good. I hope I will be able to read this one. It's pretty short.
Athira / Aths said…
Exactly my thoughts. It is such a delightful read.
Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to start it!
readingtheend said…
I want to read the Rakoff book -- Dan Savage has been plugging it relentlessly on his podcast. He very charmingly reads the title as a proper little poem: "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die / Cherish, Perish, a Novel by", David Rakoff. I like it better when it's read that way.
Vasilly said…
I'm glad to hear you're enjoying The Warmth of Other Suns. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is such a good book. What did you think of the BSC graphic novel?
Athira / Aths said…
I started this last night and even though it's my first verse book, it is amazing!
Athira / Aths said…
The BSC graphic books were so much fun! I never read the original books but I loved these graphic books. Very well done.
Aarti said…
I have Eleanor & Park on my phone to start listening to tomorrow! I am quite excited :-) I also have The Warmth of Other Suns on my wish list but have not read it yet - just saw it on my friend's bookshelf last weekend, though, so perhaps that will be remedied. I have Sundown Towns to read, too, which really sounds interesting.