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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! (Oct 14, 2013)

It feels good to summarize my reading after doing a readathon. I had a couple of so-so reading weeks and then finished two books on Saturday. 

I finished Maus couple of weeks back, for the second time and loved it more than I did, the first time, if that's even possible. I read it slower the second time and discovered a lot of new things. Soon after, I picked up the "Maus encyclopedia", MetaMaus, which was a treasure to read! If any of you are Maus fans, you should read this one too. In addition, I finished Quarantine (quite good) by Rahul Mehta and The House on Mango Street (just okay) by Sandra Cisneros.

Next in the list
I'm a quarter of my way through Monsters of Men, which I'm enjoying. The Chaos Walking series has been a lot of fun to read, even though it's taken me awhile to get to it. I'm waiting to pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower next. This is another book that's got a lot of positive vote.

Reviews posted
1. Night by Elie Wiesel (Very moving!)

Review Backlog (Yikes!)
1. Quarantine by Rahul Mehta
2. MetaMaus by Art Speigelman
3. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
4. Maus by Art Speigelman
5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
6. Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
7. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
8. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
9. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
11. The Dinner by Herman Koch


bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
My sister loved the Chaos Walking trilogy. I hope Perks is as good as the movie was.
Jenny @ Reading the End said…
I seriously teared up right now just thinking about Monsters of Men. I hope you're loving it!
I have to buy MetaMaus! HAVE TO.

My backlog is nuts as well ;) I suggest mini-reviews, for both of us!
Helen Murdoch said…
I've heard such good things about the Patrick Ness series, but haven't read any of them. Are they super violent?
Athira / Aths said…
I hope so too. I'm still waiting for my copy from the library and hope to watch the movie after reading the book.
Athira / Aths said…
Oh no ... does something bad happen in it? Nah, don't tell me .. I'm at the halfway point.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I need to do mini-reviews. There's no other way I can get through them.
Athira / Aths said…
Hm... I would put them with other YA novels - there is just about as much death in them as those. They aren't violent though - but Ness does write about death frankly, so some favorite characters do bid adieu. Much as that disappointed me, I liked that he wasn't playing safe. Give it a try - I'm sure you will like the books - they are very enjoyable. But they aren't middle grade books.
Kim Ukura said…
I'm really curious about the Patrick Ness books. I think they sound really interesting, I just haven't gotten them from the library yet. I also want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Aarti said…
I have The Perks of Being a Wallflower on my shelf to read, too, though I haven't yet. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts!

Are you planning to participate in #diversiverse this year? :-)
Erin Kurup said…
LOVE the Chaos Walking trilogy. It could not possibly have taken me a long time to read it because I basically couldn't put it down! So intense, though. I needed a change of reading pace after I finished it. Perks has been on my list for an embarrassingly long time. Maus too, actually.