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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: Book Sale!

The Sunday

Good morning, Sunday Saloners! It's been cold this weekend, more so than usual, and that's messed with the routine a bit. The weather is perfect for relaxing by the fire pit in our backyard, and reading on the iPad, as we did last night.

Yesterday, we visited a farm about a half hour from here and did a nice farm tour to see the animals they had. Despite living in Central-Southwest Virginia for five years now, I had never been to a farm in the US. It was quite nice to see a non-commercialized animal farm and trust that there are places that breed and rear animals in a much humane way. Of course, as the husband pointed out to me, they all go to the slaughterhouse eventually, so it's not much consolation. It was sad though when we passed by their turkey enclosures, knowing that they're going to be in the store's poultry section in a month.

On Friday, we had a Friends of the Library book sale. The husband, brother and I bought home quite a good pile. Even before I had browsed through the first rack, the husband had already picked up his books and was ready to bill. (What!!) Anyways, here's what we picked.

1. I Don't Know How She Does it by Allison Pearson
2. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (even though I already have an ebook version of this one)
4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
5. The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly
6. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

8. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
9. Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub
10. War Stories II by Oliver North (The husband digs war and military stories...)
11. The Healthy Kitchen by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley
12. The Science Fiction Bestiary by Robert Silverberg (...and science fiction)
13. The Year's Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois

Of the lot, I'm most excited about Gillian Flynn's book. I can't wait to browse through the Andrew Weil cookbook as well. More than his recipes, I like to read about his thoughts behind the recipes. His cookbooks tend to be very thought-provoking and inspiring.

I'm still reading through Monsters of Men which is leaving me with very little incentive to log onto my PC. It's a huge book, and I'm only halfway through it, but it does feel like a good read so far.

How's your day shaping up?


FUN! Any farm pics you want to share? :)
Book sale books, yahooo! :D Aren't those the most fun! Dangerous too ;)
Lisa Sheppard said…
Oh how I love library book sales! You got some good books.
Kim Ukura said…
Good picks! I haven't read Dark Places, but I'm excited to try it at some point. I love book sales.
What a great selection! That sounds exactly like what happens when my husband and I go to book sales :)
Vasilly said…
Oh! The Book of Lost Things!! It's a great book for Halloween. My day isn't shaping up so well. I'm doing everything but reading.
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
Our weather is cool one day and hot the next - I never know how to dress in the morning.
Diane D said…
Its starting to get cooler here finally - 60s today but 50s this coming week,

You got some great books at the booksale. I've read all except the first 2 - enjoy
Shweta said…
Hi! I found your blog via Kathy's and such a great find it has been! You have picked up some great books here. Sarah Addison Allen and John Connolly are among my favorites.Happy reading
techeditor said…
The best book sales are Friends of the Library book sales, best choice, best price.
By the way, in my opinion, DARK PLACES is better than GONE GIRL.
Ti Reed said…
I didn't go to any book sales but I snagged Dark Places and Sharp Objects from the library. I am not sure it's the right time for me to read them but I have 'em. Maybe I will start one this weekend.
Helen Murdoch said…
No Country for Old Men would be my first choice from your purchases. I have it on my iPad but keep forgetting to read it
Athira / Aths said…
I took a few pictures, but nothing major. I really struggled getting a picture that gave a proper feel to the place.
Athira / Aths said…
Dangerous definitely! Thank goodness these books are sold for a dollar or two only.
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I'm excited to read them.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm eager to get started with Dark Places. I hope to get to it this month.
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! They are so much fun.
Athira / Aths said…
That sounds like my day yesterday. I hope to make up for it today.
Athira / Aths said…
Oh yeah. Plus it can be cold in the morning and really hot in the evening.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! I can't wait to get to them.
Athira / Aths said…
Glad to hear that you enjoy Allen's and Connolly's books! I have been hearing plenty about Allen's books. I hope to read this one soon.
Athira / Aths said…
Glad to hear that you enjoyed Dark Places more!
Athira / Aths said…
Oh yay! I'll be curious to hear what you think of Dark Places. Maybe I should try reading it soon too.
Athira / Aths said…
I've heard plenty about that book but never really went to get hold of it. Now I hope I will read it.
bellezza said…
What a wonderful haul! Often, used book sales don't offer up such a lovely suggestion. In my experience, anyway. The Book of Lost Things is one from your stack that I read and really enjoyed.
Silver's Reviews said…
First of all....BEAUTIFUL BLOG. Love it. I followed by GFC a while ago, but am now following via e-mail.

Lots of good books in your list.

ENJOY your books. I am going to look around some more.

Have a great day!!

Silver's Reviews
My It's Monday, What Are You Reading
Athira / Aths said…
I did have a hard job finding some good ones in the pile. I felt at first that maybe I'll go home with only one book. I'm picky about the books I buy too. But eventually, it worked out fine. Phew.
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you so much for dropping by! Thanks for the compliment also. :)
Silver's Reviews said…
THANKS for stopping back to my blog.

Have a great day.