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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 post where I catch up to the present | The Sunday Salon

None of the posts I wanted to write this week actually happened. Except for maybe the one review I posted. But I had other stuff I wanted to share that never got written about. So this is going to be the list of all those things and more, if I can remember what all that was.

The birthday weekend

Last Tuesday was my husband's birthday. However, the party had started during the previous weekend. His brother and wife arrived on Friday night, followed by his best friend, wife, and daughter the following morning. We had a blast last weekend. Games, cooking, outings at the park, cake, and just plain fun. The husband didn't know of these visits until the day before - the surprise was totally worth it.

I gave him a telescope for his birthday, since he had been talking about getting one for a long time but been reluctant to actually commit to it. An aside: The husband and I have very different interests generally - Introvert me loves home-bound hobbies like reading, knitting, writing - pretty much anything that doesn't require me to get out of the house. The husband loves games, movies, hanging out with people - anything that involves being outside. (It's amazing how well we get along.) But with the telescope, we may have finally found a common interest besides Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. The first thing we did as soon as the behemoth was assembled was to point it at Jupiter. Did you know that Jupiter is very close to the Earth right now? It will be at its closest on March 8th. Last week, I started learning how to read the skies, so Terence Dickinson's Nightwatch has been a close companion lately.

Infomagical podcast

Last week, I heard many of you talk about the Infomagical podcast. The productivity maniac that I am, I decided to listen to this one and actually quite enjoyed it. While I didn't exactly succeed in curbing infomania, it has made me realize that I could possibly be a little less stressed and a lot happier if I wasn't always trying to catch up with something, whether it's Feedly or my review backlog or even the books I want to read. For a long time, I have wanted to be more mindful about the way I spend my time and with a kiddo, it's a little difficult to find free time. Listening to this podcast has helped change my focus a bit and I have already been doing things to combat all the information I consume on a daily basis. Marie Kondō's book will probably be a nice companion to this podcast.


This past week, I finished The Beautiful Bureaucrat and with each passing day, have been liking it a little less. It's definitely an experimental novel with big ideas but I can't say that I liked the execution. I'll probably want to think about this one for a few more days before I can articulate my thoughts about it.

Next, I am hoping to pick Toni Morrison's A Mercy - mainly because I want to start each month with a book from my shelves. I have never read a Toni Morrison book before so I am not sure if I should be intimidated or excited or both. I am still reading my first book from February (from my own shelf) - 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Occasionally, I have been considering bailing out but I realized later that this book is best read in small installments. Following these, I have Eleanor by Jason Gurley, Before The Fall by Noah Hawley, and The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj.


Shreya caught some respiratory virus by end of the week. She has been absolutely miserable with the scary coughs resulting in some flying projectiles once in a while. Both she and I have been going through multiple outfits each day. She had a temperature for two days until finally it broke last night. Today, she has been much cheerful after a rough morning that started at 4am. We did take her to the doctor yesterday, more out of fear than anything, but it didn't sound like it was something to worry about. Still, this is terrifying for us, seeing her struggle so much.

Oh, and she turned seven months last week! #timeisflyingwhenitshouldnot


Work has been insane the past week and will continue to be insane this week. We have a release this weekend and so I am not expecting to get much free time. I am considering taking this week off blogging but we'll see.

How has your week been shaping up?