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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

The renovation finally | Weekly Snapshot

I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays. 


I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back.

Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used but we have to pass through the construction zone to go between the two. Working against a backdrop of construction noise is going to be hard too. I've been working from home since the pandemic started. I may consider going to the office for a few hours depending on how this week goes but I also need to think of my dog. She will be stressed out this week at least with all the changes. 

Despite all that, I'm looking forward to the end result. We are spending this weekend packing and moving things that are on the main level. Come Monday, I'm sure I won't be able to get out of bed. So I've already planned to take that day off from work. It will be interesting and I hope not very frustrating at all. 


Finally, after not finishing a non-comic book in more than a month, I raced through George by Alex Gino which I read for Banned Books Week. This is a fast read and a gem of a book. If you haven't read it yet, I implore you to. George is transgender and wants everyone to see her as the girl she is. But the world is determined to deny that and instead address her by her assigned gender at birth. The book is in first person and is so genuine that I can't think of a better book to recommend to show the struggles that transgenders face, even at a young age.

Next I hope to read Something Happened in our Town and The Hate U Give.


Anyone watching Marvel's current show 'What If?'? I'm not sure what to make of it yet even though we are already more than halfway through the series. It is interesting - each episode is standalone for now. I'm curious how or if they'll connect at any point or link to the larger multiverse themes in MCU.

Couple of weeks back, we watched Vivo on Netflix. If you haven't watched that one, it will be well worth your time! Lin-Manuel Miranda composed the music and if you enjoyed Hamilton, you'll love the songs in this musical as well. 

Looking Forward To

Where the reno will be at the end of this week. It will be far from over but it's still exciting. 

On the Blog

If you typically get the Fall season and are in the North hemisphere, does it feel like Fall where you are? We thought Fall was here two weeks back but it's gotten hot this week and looks to continue to be that way next week as well. 

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer