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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

Indulging in lots of different things | Weekly Snapshot

For whatever reason, it's been somewhat busy the past couple of weeks. I'm actually not sure where the past two weeks went but judging from the blank my memory is drawing, they were either boring or routine. 


Along with the majority of the country, the case count in my area is going up. It does feel as if everyone is now in fatigue and letting their guard down. It's not easy to live like this even for a few months and here we are at the end of the year and things are getting out of control. We're continuing to try to stay mostly indoors and socially distance when with company. I'm encouraged that the schools in the area have been able to keep the case trend at extremely low levels. My daughter's school has not had any cases so I'm considering sending her and my son to school/daycare during Spring. But with the rising cases, it feels difficult to take that step.

Not looking forward to

We're getting to the point where all my appointments are due soon. I don't know why I pick the busiest time of the year to do these but it's all my fault for waiting until the deadline. I have my blood test, physicals, and eye appointments coming up. And on top of that, flu shot for the kids. It's honestly not easy planning for any of these. The husband has work calls for much of the day, I'm usually busy with work in the morning, and use the afternoons for my daughter's school lessons. Of course, everything is closed in the evenings. It's hard enough trying to get out on weekdays even to go to the library.

Nonfiction November

It's been years since I took part in Nonfiction November. I'm considering taking part this year though we'll see how much I'll actually post. Still, it's an event I've enjoying following in the past.


I've been spending a lot of time knitting. I'm halfway through a scarf and have begun planning for a hat each for the husband, the girl, and the boy. Hopefully, I'll have these ready by next month. 


Only one book in progress right now and more than halfway through now. I kind of want to start a new book soon so I have another book to escape into once this is over, and so on. But I'm not sure what type of book I want to read next. Maybe in light of Nonfiction November, a narrative nonfiction would do? It's the type of nonfiction I've loved for years but haven't read recently.

In Five Years started off interesting, hit some slow parts, and is now picking up again. I'm almost nervous to find out what happens and am hoping none of my guesses will turn out to be true.


Couple of weeks back, I watched Never Have I Ever and loved it. The characters were so much fun, the show was hilarious and yet, had enough serious themes to not be considered fluff. I liked that the Indian culture was well-displayed and also celebrated. It's something I see in my everyday life but not enough on TV so that was nice. Yes, couple of things about the show turned me off (Kamala's dreadful accent and the whole arranged marriage nonsense) but that was but a small price to pay. 

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Are you ready for November? What's the biggest thing you are looking forward to?

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