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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

Book hopping | Weekly Snapshot

This week, I've hopped from book to book - sampling a few pages here and there and then abandoning them all because it was too slow or too boring or too dry or too character-oriented or too-plot-oriented or... You get the drift. 


We had another one of those sick-kids-and-Covid-tests week. My daughter came home from school one day with a runny nose that quickly became chills and tiredness. She had no issues with smell or taste, nevertheless we took her for a test as neither she nor my son would be able to get back to school without a negative test. Thankfully, the test results came negative. This time around, we were all ready for what needed to be done, unlike the first time a month ago. 

Other than that, my week has been very quiet. My parents and my father-in-law got their first shots of the Covid vaccine in India, so we are finally trying to confirm my parents' travel plans to the US - a year later than originally planned. It's quite exciting to realize we will soon have family with us after it's been just the four of us and the dog for a long time. 

We are still trying to think through possible Spring break plans. The husband and the girl would love to be at a beach. Even though I'm not much of a beach person, I can't help but want to sit at a beach and relax. But we'll see what works out.


Last week I read Jasmine Kaur's poetry/prose/illustration combo fiction, If I Tell You The Truth, about a rape survivor who flees her home country and settles in Canada, only to lose her legal status owing to a few hard choices and thus become an undocumented immigrant. I quite enjoyed the author's writing and poems and loved the mix of media in here.

After that read though, I have already started 4-5 other books, unsure what I really want to read. I'm feeling a pull towards a good historical fiction but it's been so long since I've actively read this genre that I'm not sure which to read. I did borrow a few books from the library yesterday so maybe I'll read one of these soon - A Long Petal of the Sea, Life After Life, and All the Light We Cannot See. Or maybe I'll read a Lisa See or Kate Morton book. I just want to be lost in a nice fleshy historical fiction for a change.

In the meantime though, I decided to put down Terry McMillan's It's Not All Downhill From Here. I've been reading it for three weeks, even through a rut, which is part of the problem. No book has really ever survived my ruts so I'll come back to it later. 

With all the books I started reading this week, I did continue with Artificial ConditionDetransition, Baby, and Notes on a Nervous Planet. There will be some jumping between books until I get too hooked into one that I can't put it down.


We are continuing through the DS9 episodes. Right now, we are almost ready to start Season 4 and look forward to seeing another TNG character join the show soon. Couple of weeks back, we watched Tribes of Europa - gosh, this was a combination of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. So much gore, no holding back on what could happen. I enjoyed it but also find that my tolerance for gore is very low. For Friday family night, we watched Bigfoot Family - the kids enjoyed it but I couldn't care much for it. Found it so focused on the message that the story and characters completely failed. 

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