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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

Okay readathon, here I come (I think)

I wasn't planning to do the readathon this time. What with a crazy busy week at work and a list of things I would like to get done this weekend before the husband leaves to Dallas for a week of escape from the nesting wife training, it doesn't look like reading was going to be a major highlight today. But I somehow managed to re-evaluate my chores and push some off to tomorrow, because isn't that what we do anyways when a good book calls our name?

So today, I'm hoping to spend more time reading than I usually do. I still have a few phone calls to make today, crib-shopping to do, and "support" the husband with some of his more man-tasks. Still, I'm totally thrilled to be doing this. I know once the baby comes, reading is going to be a luxury, at least for a while. And I want to milk it while I can. There's no better time to go into a rut than when you actually cannot read. I probably also won't take part in any of the challenges, although I'd love to (I had so much fun with them a few years ago) but I'm hoping today will be more about reading, blogging, and visiting other participants.

Here's the stack I hope to dip in and out of. I didn't exactly plan my reading this time so I just picked whichever books on my shelves pricked my fancy. I'm hoping my reading mood will more dictate my reading choices through the day. I'm just under 100 pages from finishing The Magicians and am halfway through From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess.

I will be mostly tweeting or tumbling about my readathon progress, and will do a full-wrap up post here tomorrow once I am done.

Opening meme
What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
From Virginia, where it's rainy, dreary, and gloomy today. So that makes for a perfect reading day!

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Have to say I cannot wait to read The Walking Dead Vols 21 and 22. Now that season five is over, it's time to catch up with the books.

Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Since I'm pregnant - anything sweet! Yes, not healthy at all, but we know who to blame for that.

Tell us a little something about yourself!
I've been blogging for more than five years (!) - that five year mark snuck up on me during last Christmas. I mostly read literary fiction and listen to nonfiction. I love graphic books and can never seem to get enough of them.

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I know I have participated thrice in the past but my plan is the same as before - read more, spend less time on the internet (or the phone).


Vasilly said…
I want sweet things too right now! I love your diverse stack: middle grade, comics, and some fantasy. Enjoy your reading.
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
It's rainy here so it would be the perfect day to read all day but I have to work. I hope you get a lot of time to read today!
Gwen said…
I hope that you are getting some reading done:) I listened to Dept. of Speculation and keep meaning to get to The Magicians!
Megan said…
Looks like you've got a good well-rounded Readathon stack. Hope you've enjoyed your day of reading!
Rory O'Connor said…
I've heard nothing but wonderful things about Department of Speculation! I hope you got some good reading in!
Athira / Aths said…
Rainy days just seem to inspire a lot of reading. That's a bummer that you had to work though..
Athira / Aths said…
Glad to hear that reading can still happen even after having kids. I just need to work a routine after kiddo is here and settled.
Athira / Aths said…
I didn't really enjoy The Magicians much but I am curious to see where the series goes next. Dept. of Speculation was amazing, though I wonder how it would work on audio due to its unique format.
Gwen said…
It worked well in audio, but I agree, it was an unusual format.
Nishita said…
sounds like you had a great readathon. You're right, you won't be able to get much reading done once the baby's arrived. Enjoy the luxury of time now :)
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! I am trying to give myself the permission to read as much as I wanted before the baby comes here.