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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

February '22 Reading Plans

And just like that, we are into February.

January review

I got some reading done in January but it wasn't as much as I wanted to. Most of the first half went into reading There There, which I hoped was a quick read but turned out to be a book I could only read a few pages at a time. By the time I finished it, I was in real danger of being in a slump, but thankfully I gave The Fifth Season a few pages - that one pulled me in from the beginning and never let go. I'm still in the book hangover and cannot wait to read the sequel.

This is what I planned to read in January:

  1. There There by Tommy Orange - read
  2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin - read
  3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - currently reading
  4. Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
  5. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. Deadpool Classic Vol. 2, 3, 4
Other books read:

So that's not much but it kept for an interesting reading month.

One of my goals this year was to read a new series or two. And Jemisin's The Fifth Season gets that going. I am glad that it also turned out to be a series I'm enjoying a lot. I already have the next book from the library and plan to start right after The Song of Achilles.

In case anyone's sensing a trend here... yes, I seem to be on a fantasy or science fiction kick right now. That's what I'm feeling like reading at the moment (after years of not reading the genre much) so a lot of my reading choices are reflecting that.

Another of my goals is to read more book club books. So far it looks like a lot of my reading is that. The Fifth Season, There There, The Song of Achilles are all book club selections. 

February Goals

Over the last few days, I have been going down a gaming spiral. I've been having a world building game itch that I'm trying to appease but not finding something that I'm liking. I think I'm just looking for a release after a full and very busy workday. Hence the absence from the blog as well. 

I know for a short month, my February is looking full. We'll see if I make much progress but I do want to try and read some of these that are spilling from January. I've been reading Presence extremely slowly - I intended for it to be my audiobook listen but I have not been finding time to do audiobooks. So I may just get the print version and read that one instead. Ultimately, this is what my TBR looks like at the moment but I may abandon what's not working or what I am not in the mood for.

Have you read any of these?