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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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Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, godmothers, and mothers-to-be out there! Hope there's plenty of pampering planned for you today. 💖


I don't know about you guys but I am in need of a vacation. Not just a pack-my-bags, go-to-the-beach kind of vacation, but a day or two off of any kind of work and chores and worrying about things. I've been trying to take a day off work but have not been able to do that yet. I hope to do that this week but we'll see.

This week, we enrolled our kids back at their swimming school. They've been open since last June with Covid-safe protocols. Obviously that was too early to resume activities, in my opinion, but we figured we were ready now. Both my kids enjoyed their classes and are happy to go to swim school. I'm just glad to get back some semblance of a pre-pandemic life, though if I open my eyes wide enough, I'm reminded of how much most of the world is still suffering. The news from India is still not good. 

My daughter usually brings home a book from school every day. When I checked what book she had brought home for the weekend, it was a Magic Tree House book! Lately, she has been surprising us every day with her reading. Wherever there is a word to be read, she's reading it - subtitles, road signs, boxes, my texts even lol. We're both proud and amazed. I had been waiting for her to break into the chapter book world so this is exciting! I don't know about you but every time I see a box of the Magic Tree House or the Boxcar Children books at Costco, I've been itching to get it. I don't think I'll go out and do that now but there's a whole section at the library waiting for us to explore it now.


Last week, I finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. It was every bit as exciting as I hoped it to be though both the writing and the main character were a tad immature and that was no fun. After that, I started reading Displacement by Kiku Hughes. I'm more than halfway through it and likely will finish it before this post airs.

For my next read, I'll likely be bouncing between two books - the third book of the Murderbot series, Rogue Protocol, and the soon-to-be-released The Plot. I've been leaving Rogue Protocol on hold for a few weeks, waiting for some time to finally read it. Since I didn't do that last week, I better get to it soon as I can, but I also don't want to be late with The Plot.


Other than Voyager, no other series. There are a lot of shows and movies I want to watch but I'm trying not to go down that hole. It will devour all my reading time and that's the last thing I want now. The only reason that didn't happen with any of the Star Trek shows so far is because we are watching that with my daughter and we definitely don't want to go overboard with her TV time. For Friday movie night, we watched the first How To Train Your Dragon movie with our kids - both of them loved it and it was a happy rewatch for the adults.

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