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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

Catching up | Weekly Snapshot

Hello, It's been a while! Life has been busy over the past two weeks, trying to play catch up and then keep up. It's amazing how, even if you don't have much going on, it doesn't feel like there's a lot of free time.

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Can't say I have much of anything going on. The kids are going to all-day summer camp (they love it), the husband has returned to the office (he is very happy about it), and I continue to work from home (I am very happy about it). My work situation is likely to continue to be remote work - most of our new team works from different locations, even different countries in some cases, so returning to work doesn't really help much at this point. I had never thought I would ever get rid of the Monday blues but it seems remote work is actually a cure to that. 

Of the many different things I've been trying to get caught up on, book reviews happen to be one of them. I'm still working through that. I was hoping to have a few readied by now, but not there yet. Maybe by tomorrow. 


It took a while but I finally finished Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. It was a very good read but I somehow couldn't make myself read more than a few pages at a time. I think it may have something to do with the repetitive themes in the book. Certainly recommend it though.

Last night, I started reading The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. I've been seeing this book around a lot but since I usually shy away from books that have 'death' written on the cover and appear to be serious (and not a mystery), it wasn't high up on my list. Still, I read a recent review that made me want to pick it sooner rather than later. Unfortunately I don't remember whose review that was. Anyways, I'm not too far in, but I like the writing so I guess I'll keep at it. 

I'm also reading The Lean Startup for work. Lately, I've been reading a lot of business books so that cuts into my non-work reading time as well. 

What's been going on at your end? Is your summer busier than you wish it was or just right?

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