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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

Hello again | Weekly Snapshot

Hi there! Yep, it's me again. It's been a while...


Sorry I know I've been neglecting this blog and your blogs a little. Last I posted was almost 4 weeks ago and since then it has continued to be as busy as always. Well, maybe that's not completely accurate. The truth is I haven't been reading much. My mornings are busy, my afternoons and early evenings too. And then when I could read, I've been exhausted and not looking for more brain stimulation, which means all those fiction and nonfiction tomes are put aside.

Over the last month, my daughter has started first grade at her new school. She loves going in a school bus. Her bus timings however don't give me a long enough window to transition off work so I'm still figuring out the late afternoon routine. My son goes earlier to his preschool and comes home later so that helps a little. 

I've also started going back to the gym recently with a friend. Our community center provides fitness classes in dance, cardio, yoga, etc and it is certainly fun doing some dance moves or yoga poses and feeling like you did work out. We'll see if that translates into lost pounds. 


Although I have not been reading big books, I have been reading a ton of Marvel Comics, so I'll take that for my reading count. At this point, I need to find THE book that can break the novel rut - I haven't found it yet but I have a  few good ones to choose from.

Our local Barnes and Noble is moving to a new location so they had a month-long sale, initially at 40-50% and later at 75%. I went a few times through the closing sales, and was thrilled when I got a ton of good titles for $4 each on their last day. Now it's a three month wait for their new store to open but I should probably stay away from bookstores anyways, considering the number of new titles I acquired lately.


I'm mostly watching only Marvel shows (currently What If?). I have taken a break from Star Trek shows for now. Other than that, I've seen a few movies here and there.

Looking Forward To

Next weekend is a long weekend here in the US for Labor Day. If you're in the US, do you have any plans? We'll have family visiting us for the weekend so that will be a welcome break from routine. 

It's almost September. Very soon, it will be all the end of the year stuff. Do you feel great about your year so far?

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