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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

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There's been a lot going on over here this past week, both at work and at home. I'm looking forward to when I can read a lot in a sitting.


I've been pretty distressed by all the gun violence news this week. Not that it has ever not been so distressing, but coming out of the pandemic and pretty much hearing about some shooting or the other almost every day, has just shown that nothing has changed in this world. Adam Toledo and Indianapolis this week. And apparently, there is still no way this can be controlled. Ugh, so frustrated. 

When I wasn't worrying about the news (or trying not to), I've been busy picking paint colors. The husband and I have been talking about painting our house, or just the upstairs, or just the downstairs, or the basement, or.. for the better part of the past four years. We finally decided to go ahead with it - that is, paint the entire house. It's a massive undertaking, especially considering the painter is going to be here tomorrow and we are still confirming colors. I have a general idea of what colors I want, so it's really the details that need to be worked out (like, which shade of dark blue out of 50+ available options do we go for, and do I want to pair it with light blue or light gray). All the places I've lived in for the past decade were all just various shades of beige. I've been dying to snuff out all that beige and go gray, so I'm beyond excited to realize that I may, for the first time in a decade-plus, not have to be enclosed by beige walls. Now, if there weren't 50 shades of gray to choose from...

This week while the painting is going on, we are also going to do some minor redecorating of the guest rooms, in merry preparation of having them occupied soon by visiting family, so I expect to continue to be busy this week. 


When I was reading last week, I spent much of my time with Something Unbelievable. I'm enjoying this book tremendously and would have finished by now, if other things were not going on. Hopefully, very soon.

Once that is done, I do need to go back to Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, which I had to put aside because Something Unbelievable was getting very interesting. In the meantime though, these two picture books deserve special mention - Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o and The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson were both extraordinary. 

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