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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

2021 Reading Goals

Must-read 20 titles

  1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  5. Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  6. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  7. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  8. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  9. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
  10. The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  11. Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel
  12. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  13. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  14. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
  15. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  16. 1984 by George Orwell
  17. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  18. New York by Edward Rutherfurd
  19. Habibi by Craig Thompson

  1. If I Tell You The Truth by Jasmin Kaur
  2. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

  1. Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar
  2. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata


  1. TBD
  2. Something Unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova (An Author from Eastern Europe)
  3. Displacement by Kiku Hughes (A book About Incarceration)
  4. Indian-ish by Priya Krishna (Cookbook by a woman of color)
  5. Something Unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova (Protagonist Older than 50)
  6. TBD
  7. TBD
  8. TBD
  9. TBD
  10. TBD
  11. TBD
  12. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Young Adult Novel by a Latinx Author)
  13. TBD
  14. Displacement by Kiku Hughes (A Book with a Biracial Protagonist)
  15. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (A Muslim Middle Grade Novel)
  16. TBD
  17. TBD
  18. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (A Book with a Rural Setting)
  19. Barely Functional Adult by Meichi Ng (A Book with a Cover Designed by a Woman)
  20. TBD
  21. TBD
  22. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (A Fantasy Novel by an Asian Author)
  23. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (A Nonfiction Book Focused on Social Justice)
  24. TBD

Uncorked Reading Challenge (12 books) - Abandoned

  1. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Jan '21 – Truth Bomb Nonfiction Book)
  2. New Kid by Jerry Craft (Feb '21 - Book By A Contemporary Black Author)

  1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read)
  2. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism)
  3. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Read a non-European novel in translation)
  4. TBD
  5. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author)
  6. TBD
  7. TBD
  8. TBD
  9. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (Read a middle grade mystery)
  10. TBD
  11. Indian-ish by Priya Krishna (Read a food memoir by an author of color)
  12. TBD
  13. The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood (Read a book with a cover you don’t like)
  14. TBD
  15. TBD
  16. TBD
  17. Binti by Nnedi Olorafor (Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain)
  18. TBD
  19. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei (Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist)
  20. TBD
  21. My Beijing by Nie Jun (Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability)
  22. TBD
  23. TBD
  24. TBD

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