Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (♦♦♦♦♦)

Jeremy “Jem” Atticus Finch and Jean Louise “Scout” Finch are two young children who live with their father, lawyer Atticus Finch, and Calpurnia, their household help in small town Maycomb, in Southern Alabama during the Great Depression. Their lives are as normal as can be during those hard times: they play outside all the time in the summer, go to school during the school year, befriend their friendly neighbors, and dislike the mean ones.

Small-town Maycomb is about to turn upside down when Atticus is appointed to defend in court a black man accused of raping a young, white woman. Soon the town is divided by the few who think the accused should go free on account of the lack of solid evidence, and by the majority who think and act as if being black was enough proof of his culpability. Whatever the outcome of the trial, life for the Finch family, especially, will never be the same.

I had started To Kill A Mockingbird several times over the past year, but then something would happen, I would leave it aside for a few days and when I picked up the book again its magnetism had been lost, so I put it aside to read other things. This time I put my foot down and said “I’ll finish it this time”, and I did.

Wow! That’s what I said when I finished it. I went through so many emotions while reading this book: I laughed a great deal in the beginning; I cried with the death of Mrs. Dubose and Jem’s reaction to it, I was on the edge-of-my-seat during the trial, and when the book ended I felt a hole in my heart, but also the knowledge of having been through a unique experience.

To Kill A Mockingbird is funny, sad, wise, and life-altering. It describes to perfection the life in a small town, but also the quirkiness of its inhabitants: the gossip, the drunk, the trash, the do-gooders, the haters…

A country cannot be called civilized if some of its citizens live marginalized, deprived of basic human rights, and oppressed by another race. I just think is mind-boggling that a nation of opportunities such as U.S. only realized that in the midst of the twentieth century, and by force nonetheless.

To Kill A Mockingbird is a book that should be required reading in school, and I don’t know if it is, but its message of equality among men, of defending what it’s right in spite of the consequences, those messages cannot and should not be ignored.

Favorite quotes:

“‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’” Page 119

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Page 140

Dill was off again. Beautiful things floated around in his dreamy head. He could read two books to my one, but he preferred the magic of his own inventions. He could add and subtract faster than lightning, but he preferred his own twilight world, a world where babies slept, waiting to be gathered like morning lilies. He was slowly talking himself to sleep and taking me with him, but in the quietness of his foggy island there rose the faded image of a gray house with sad brown doors.” Page 192

“‘Be quiet, they’ll hear you,’ said Miss Maudie. ‘Have you ever thought of it this way, Alexandra? Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we’re paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.’” Page 316

I willed myself to stay awake, but the rain was so soft and the room was so warm and his voice was so deep and his knee was so snug that I slept.” Page 375


  1. Welcome to the club, Carmen. I am happy for you that you made it through the book this time. What a lovely review. The quotes are wonderful and did a good job of bringing the book back to me.

    1. Thanks, Judy. Always a pleasure to see you stop by.

  2. Loved this book.

    I like how you included quotes. Nice job.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved November Edition. I am in the list as #5.

    My book entry is below.

    Silver's Reviews
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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I too loved this book.


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