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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

April Preview | Notes from my Reading

And it happened, just like I worried. March is usually the first proper month in my reading year - the adrenaline of a new year has vanished, goals start getting measured against reality finally, and I realize just how much I want to do and how little time I have. Somehow this also causes my reading to slow down or hit a slump, so March wasn't a great month in reading. 

But that usually means I'm better prepared for April and I have a lot of exciting books to look forward to. 

April reading plans

This month, I'm going for a one-book-a-day goal. I've got a ton of middle-grade and graphic books I've been hoping to read so I just need an excuse to get through those books. We'll see if that ends up killing my reading mojo but so far, I have finished one book a day this month. 

There are two new releases I am looking forward to reading - 

Something Unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova follows Larissa and her granddaughter, Natasha, as Larissa recounts her family's Soviet wartime escape from the Nazis in Kiev. As Larissa talks about the nearly three-year period when she and her family faced starvation, a cholera outbreak, and a tragic suicide, she finds it very aching to relive the memories. But neither Larissa nor Natasha can anticipate how loudly these lessons of the past will echo in their present moments.

That just sounds like a book to read, doesn't it? This book comes out April 13 and I am hoping to get through my egalley copy by then. 

The other book I've been looking forward to reading since November is Andy Weir's newest - Project Hail Mary. I loved The Martian and enjoyed Artemis as well, so it was a no-brainer that I will read his next book. This one releases on May 4 and hopefully, I will get to the egalley by mid-April.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Unfortunately for him and the rest of mankind, he doesn't remember any of that or even his own name. He had just woken up from a long sleep to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. Will he remember his mission in time? 

Somehow, the premise makes me think of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as if Project Hail Mary is the flip side of the same coin. But of course, it's not.

Other than those two, there are a few books from my TBR that I've been adding to over the past few months - many of these focused on some fun prompts in the Read Harder and Reading Women challenges.

In no particular order, they are:

March snapshot

I didn't read as much in March as in the previous two months. It was bound to happen - I hit a wall with my reading due to one slow read that I thought will be a fast read. It took me three weeks to complete it and while I enjoyed every bit of that reading but I couldn't read anything else. 

Overall, I read 13 books (approx. 1k pages). Most of that were picture books, but I didn't read as many of these in the last two weeks. My favorite reads last month were Artificial Condition (the second Murderbot book) and If I Tell You the Truth (a verse/prose/graphics combo book).

Now that I'm out of the rut, I'm actually looking forward to April. A rut helps sometimes in resetting expectations and book wishlists, so the change in reading focus next month should be great. 

What are your plans for April?