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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

Hello from Cincinnati!

Hello, all you lovely blog readers! I've missed you.

Sorry for the long absence but things have certainly been busy and very different since the last time I posted. We are in Cincinnati now (or rather in one of its suburbs - Mason). We moved exactly a month ago - but somehow, I also feel as if I have lost all my usual free time. Of course, life is bound to be crazy for a while after a move, but we did finish our unpacking within a week after moving (save for two boxes that are full of toys that nobody seems to be missing, which probably means we don't really need them anymore) and we did spend the next couple of weeks house-hunting but have been mostly free since. So I'm not sure why reading and blogging are not happening yet - I just think I'm not entirely in the mood to do them.

So this is going to be THAT "I'm back" blog post. The one where I say I'm back but may not really be back, or maybe I will surprise everyone and schedule a flurry of posts. I just don't want to promise anything yet but I'm working on adding blogging and reading back into my routine, if only because I reaaaaaaaaally need this in my life.

So what's new at my end? We moved (this was very uneventful). I've been working at my new job for almost a month now. My office commute is just a 2-3 minute drive. Even the husband's office is just a couple of minutes from mine, so we've been carpooling most days and coming home for lunch! The toddler has settled in very well but the dog is still very jumpy - barking at every person walking by our apartment. It doesn't help her that Walmart is literally in our backyard - many folks in our community just walk from their apartment to Walmart and back. Of course, we've taken advantage of this as well when we've started cooking some evenings only to find that we are missing an ingredient or two.

However, as I mentioned casually above, we have been house-hunting so this convenience is going to be short-lived. Still, I'd rather have my own place with plenty of living space.

Cincinnati is definitely a much bigger city than where we moved from so we've been visiting a new place (restaurant or amusement) every weekend. The weather is warming up as well and we're taking advantage of that. So far we love it here. I haven't yet personally run into any big city problems and I'd like to keep it that way for now. So, with all that we've been doing, I haven't read much. I did finish Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (didn't like it as much as I did the prequel) and have also started reading Saga Vol. 7. That's about it.

What has been happening with you? Please let me know the one (or more) big thing I missed about you or your blog!