Skip to main content

Featured Post

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: May and June in review (and a look at July/August)

The Sunday

May and June were probably my slowest reading months this year, which I expected them to be. There were a lot of things to take care of these past few months plus a book wasn't always the respite I was looking forward to at the end of the day. Luckily, I enjoyed all the books I did read these past two months, which doesn't happen often.

My favorite read was Lean In, which had never been on my radar until I picked it up impulsively and decided to give it a try. A Visit from the Goon Squad comes a close second - another book I may not have read this year if not for a readalong.

Even though my reading was somewhat patchy, I did blog quite a bit. All the reading I did during the first half of the year built up a huge review backlog that I wanted to take care of. I still have three reviews pending, so the hope is to write them this week and schedule them.

Blog highlights from March and April

Plans for July and August
One commitment I know I am going to have for sure the next couple of months is baby care. So, reading is probably (definitely?) going to take a hit. Besides, lately, I have been less inclined to read and have been knitting most of the time, so I'm taking advantage of the break. Still, I do have some books on my nightstand that I plan to read when I'm looking for a read. They are mostly books I believe will be quick reads or easy listens. Whether I will actually get to them remains to be seen.
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: This one has a pretty good beginning, so I feel reasonably hopeful that it is way better than Dark Places, which was just meh.
  • A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan: A review book. This isn't my usual kind of book but it sounds super appealing now.
  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie: I have been looking forward to reading this one ever since I first heard about it months ago.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Probably not a light read so I won't be reading it when I'm looking for only a couple of minutes of reading time, but I love Mandel's writing and want to read this one as soon as possible.
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: I have read only two Agatha Christie books to date, so this is me wanting to change that... if this one works in my favor.
  • The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua: Ooh, some geeky love to read about!! Plus, it's a graphic book!
  • Armada by Ernest Cline: Yay for a new book by the Ready Player One author.
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella: I've always loved Kinsella's books in the past but lately, her trite formulaic novels about a silly girl who gets rescued or rescues herself in the end has been wearing me thin, so I'm not very sure this one will work out.
And then for audiobooks,
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer: Love Krakauer's books - must-listens for any day.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: I'm not decided yet whether I want to listen to or read this book but it's on the list.
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson: This is yet another author that I always have success with.


bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
All that knitting probably has something to do with nesting. Reading quality over quantity is definitely a good thing.
JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing said…
I wouldn't give the quantity of books a second thought, especially as the quality was so good! You will probably develop a new "normal" over the next few months anyway.

Missoula and Dead Wake are both on my audio wish list
iliana said…
That's great that you've been able to keep up with all of your reviews. I get so behind and so I just move on. You've had two great reading months and here's hoping there are more good books ahead!
Lisa Sheppard said…
The Girl On The Train will be a quick read or listen but I'd definitely not plan on that for Station Eleven and it's not one you can read little bits of at a time or you'll lose track of things down the road.
Diane D said…
I am impressed that you are still making reading plans for the next 2 months LOL - good luck with that.
Bryan G. Robinson said…
You might not have read that much, but you sure as heck reviewed a lot. Good job, and at least with the books you did read, you enjoyed all of them, so there's that. :) I like how you are honest about the books you might read that might not work out and that you're willing to give authors a second chance. I am like that too, sometimes to my detriment, but sometimes it works out and the author returns to form. Here's hoping that's the case for you.
Ti Reed said…
I had plenty of time to read when I had my kids. All those early morning feedings and waiting around in the car while the kid naps, not wanting to remove a sleeping baby and all that. LOL.
Is the Salman Rushdie book out already? For some reason I had it in my head that it wasn't going to be coming out until October or something!
Belle Wong said…
Your reading time probably will take a hit, but it's lovely to have some books you might want to read on hand for just in case you're in the reading mood. You might find the audiobooks quite handy, though! I just got my notice that my pre-order of Armada is now in - I'm really looking forward to that one.
literaryfeline said…
A friend of mine is going to be induced tomorrow and will soon have twins. It seems to be that time of year. :-) I hope everything goes well for you, Athira! I will be thinking of you.

Lean In isn't a book on my radar, but I know it's out there. We'll see if that changes after I read your review.
Care said…
How's it going? HOPE ALL IS SUPER DOOPER WONDERFUL! Thinking of you...