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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 August, here we come | Weekly Snapshot

It's freaking August already! Of 2021. 


I know how summer usually means a busy time for most people. It wasn't so much for me - my kids are still too little and we had some fun this summer but didn't brave outside a whole lot (maybe next year). And still, I am ready for summer to end. For one thing, stuff does slow down a little during rest of the year, and by stuff, I mean work mostly. And on the other hand, I'm ready for real school to start, so that I don't feel bad that my kids are wasting their brains, LOL. 

I got to catchup with life this week and that means a great deal. There were a million things eating my brain all the time, distracting me from other things, so it was good to check off a bunch of things from my list. There's still more but for now, I'm in a good place (until it creeps up again of course). 

This and next week, we are going to be busy with back-to-school stuff. Since my daughter is moving to the public school this year (first grade), we have a new-student meet-and-greet at school this week and orientation next week. We have some shopping to do, but thank goodness it's super minimal. One disappointing thing has been that the school has made masks optional this year but they do expect students to quarantine if they are exposed to the big C. I can't see the logic in that. Literally every health organization has come out and strongly recommended masks but the school is not budging. There's still time for things to change but my daughter is planning to keep her mask on, regardless.


I have not been reading much other than Marvel Comics, which I started couple of weeks ago. Part of it is because I told myself I will read more physical books since I constantly borrow from the library and return back unread. But then, I rarely have said physical book with me when I'm lounging somewhere, so it gets easier to lose myself in a comic. I've been reading mostly ebooks for the past few years and I didn't realize just how hard it was going to be to intentionally stop reading one. 

That said, I started reading Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and am not surprised to be loving it. Only a chapter in, but it has pulled me right in. If I make a good habit of continuing with this book, then I may read Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson next.


A ton here. We finished The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - it started out slow and then grew on us. We also started watching Star Trek: Enterprise, which was one of the few shows I hadn't watched yet. I'm so excited for all the upcoming and continuing Star Trek shows. It's going to be a busy few years!

What does August usually mean for you?

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