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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

What a time to get busy | Weekly Snapshot

I did not mean to take the last two weeks off from blogging but somewhat unexpectedly, work got very busy again.

First off, thank you to all for your wishes and anecdotes shared on my previous post, where I mentioned that my son had hurt his face near his eye and needed stitches. He is fully recovered and well on his way for more crazy adventures, so I know he has already forgotten that nasty incident. Sigh. But he's good, thankfully!  

Busy again

I started a new project at work two weeks back. I was expecting a gradual introduction to the project, because, work is usually slow in December. But instead, it was more of a deep dive. It was honestly, very challenging because my kids are still home and their routine hasn't changed - so it was very hard being in meetings all morning when usually that has been a quieter time for me - perfect to be with the kids while they were active. 

I'm fully expecting the pace to pick up further from January, but that should be okay because we have decided to send both my kids to in-person school from January. I know we are oh-so-close to getting that vaccine - the thing with being remote all these months is that you feel guilty that now, when we are almost at "the end", we are setting aside some of the protections we've imposed on ourselves. I know that guilt will eat at me if I let it so I'm constantly reminding myself that her school has had almost no case (they had their first right after the Thanksgiving holidays), plus our kids have not had any exposure when we had sent them to a daycare a few times. 

On the plus side, my daughter is in Kindergarten and although she started this Fall, she will be an in-person Kindergartener next month. That has got to be a milestone, right? My son is not yet three - he loves going to his daycare so I know he will love going to his preschool. Happy kids, relieved parents - something to cautiously celebrate about.


Okay, tell me what your reading goals or challenges for the new year will be. I have a personal project that I've sort of started and am hoping to take it to full steam next year but I'm trying not to commit to anything yet. Sadly, nothing kills my reading goals faster that saying "I do", lol. I haven't seen a lot of 2021 reading posts yet and I hope I just missed them these past few weeks. Are there any challenges that have caught your eye?


This suffered heavily, of course. Even when I had some downtime, I mostly felt unable to decide what to do with that time. I couldn't read, I couldn't knit, I couldn't blog. I literally just wanted to do nothing, but watch some TV. I did, however finish A Will to Kill - I enjoyed the mystery though the writing could be better.

Currently, I am reading 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'm only about a quarter way through and the ebook is due back at the library in two days. I know I won't finish by then, so I'll be forced into a reading break while I get back into the waiting line. 

After that, I am not sure what to read. I may start Barack Obama's A Promised Land (or save it for my first read of the new year). I had recently purchased Ready Player Two - I've missed all the reviews and feedback on this book and maybe I'll try to keep it that way, so it feels new. I also picked up Leave the World Behind from the library - they had couple of copies stacked up on their 'Lucky Day' shelf. I was so shocked at seeing the book there (the waiting list is very long right now) that I almost asked someone if I could take the book. Even when I was checking out the book, I half-expected someone to tell me that I had made a mistake. 


Not much other than Star Trek's TNG - my daughter has been watching with me and is well on her way to be a Trekkie - I think she has an idea what she wants to be next Halloween. We are now on the last season and I'm going to miss this crew. In all likelihood, we'll be moving on to Star Trek Discovery next.

On the blog

I'm going to be mostly quiet this week as well and just try to get some posts scheduled for next week. I will be working Monday and Tuesday and then be off until next Monday. But I'll probably spend much of that time trying to get ahead on my work so that maybe next week can be quieter. We'll see how it goes.

What are your holiday plans?

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.