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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

January '22 Reading Plans

This may be the earliest I'm getting a new year's reading goals and plans out. I usually wait until mid January so I can be sure I haven't already abandoned them. Well we'll see how long they last, right?

2022 Plans

This year, I am going light on challenges - at the moment, I have not signed up for any. I also don't have any major reading goals, other than maybe a few standard ones. 

  • I want to read at least 50 books that are not children's books or comic books. That's on par with how much I read in previous years so shouldn't be too hard to reach. 
  • I would also like to focus on different focus areas or genres each quarter. If I want to. If something is intriguing me. In the past, I jump a lot between different goals or challenges and overwhelm myself a lot. Obviously, I want to read everything I can in not enough time and it still hasn't sunk in that I won't get to all the books I want to read in one lifetime. 
  • Finally, I want to read a series or two this year. I enjoy the comfort and familiarity one gets from reading books in a series. It's been a long time since I have read a series (though technically that's not true - I read and am still reading through the Murderbot books but they don't necessarily have the feeling of familiarity). There are several series I'm considering this year - N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy, Ken Follett's Kingsbridge, Brandon Sanderson's books set in the Cosmere world, or the current favorite Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. We'll see which one I start and stick with.

Goals for this quarter

So with that, for this quarter, I want to do couple of things. I'm trying to get back in with some of my favorite online book groups in Goodreads and I'd like to join more club reads, if a title catches my fancy. I have also been going back to my oldest TBR books and slowly cleaning them out. I used to be very indiscriminatory during the beginning of my Goodreads days and TBR'd a ton of books that I don't care for anymore. If there's a book still in there that I would like to read, then maybe I'll give it a try.

Books on my list

This month has started off a little slow, what with all the beginning of year, end of year, and post-holiday activities. I started the year with There There by Tommy Orange. Technically, it was supposed to be my last book of 2021, but I couldn't read much in the last week of the year so it's my first book of 2022 instead. In addition, there are 4 other books and 3 comics on my list for this month.

Have you read any of these?