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…

My Reading Year 2015 in Retrospect

2015 was for me a great reading year, though I definitely read less books than in the previous two years. Also, I discovered the benefits of joining NetGalley, through which I could read advance copies of some of this year’s hot releases. Visiting Jessica @ Bookworm Chronicles last December I saw a post that made me want to replicate what she did, so I borrowed the format and the questions for this post. Below is how my 2015 reading year looked like:

Books read: 26         
Fiction: 24                 Non-Fiction: 2                      Re-reads: 0

Genres: (some of these overlap)

Poetry: 1                    Historical Fiction: 9             Religion: 1

Contemporary Literature: 7           Mystery/Suspense: 3           

Thrillers/Espionage: 6

Jessica @ Bookworm Chronicles adapted these questions which I borrowed because I found them fun and so revealing.

Best book of the year (I couldn’t possibly pick just one): Best Books I Read in 2015

Most surprising (in a good way!): Angels at the Gate by T.K. Thorne, because it took me five trials before I finally read the whole thing

Most recommended to others: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain; Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas (both drew the most comments)

Best series you discovered: I read only two novels from series I already knew, namely The English Spy by Daniel Silva and The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer

Favorite new authors (to me): Mark Henshaw; David Mitchell; Frederick Forsyth

Most thrilling (unputdownable): The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth; Slade House by David Mitchell

Most anticipated: The English Spy by Daniel Silva

Favorite cover: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Most memorable characters: Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin from Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb; Beryl Markham from Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Most beautifully written: The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

Had the greatest impact: Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb


  1. I am pleased to hear you had a great reading year in 2015. I am also pleased you found my layout and questions helpful to reflect on your reading. I wish another great year in 2016 :-)

    1. Thanks, Jessica for your wish and for the layout and questions; when I saw your format last year I instantly wanted to replicate it. Looking back it was a very good reading year; though I read slower than usual.

  2. You had an interesting assortment of genres. I remember reading some of Frederick Forsyth's books many years ago, but I honestly can't remember if I read The Fourth Protocol. Maybe I should take a look at it. I certainly don't remember any of his books as being duds.

    1. If you didn't read it, perhaps you should, Dorothy. It's quite a story, and prescient. One learns a lot with his books.

  3. I like Jessica's layout too. I may also borrow it when I do my favorites of the year list. I have not been a rereader but this year I think I reread three books. I don't think I have ever read a complete book of poetry. But at least I read a Shakespeare play! Best wishes for your reading in 2016!!

    1. Isn't this layout great? I think it reveals your stats without overwhelming your readers.
      Well, technically it wasn't a single book of poetry but several because I'm reading Jorge Luis Borges' Complete Poetry. I have already written five posts in Spanish and (2 or 3) English translations.
      It's been months since I haven't resumed reading it. Hopefully I'll finish this year and start the Complete Poetry of some Spanish poet. I'm planning to do that eventually with Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and William Shakespeare, among others.

    2. And best wishes for you too, Judy!

  4. I finally heard Bill Simmons' (hosts a sports podcast) thoughts on Concussion (the movie): Will Smith's accent is terrible, movie doesn't truly go after the NFL, Goodell agreed to promote movie in NFL telecasts etc as long as it didn't truly go after the NFL. Congrats on a great reading year - and I really liked Circling the Sun too!

    1. That's interesting because I have heard Will Smith on promotion interviews in which he says he is a football dad and never knew about the possibility of brain damage caused by frequent blows to the head. Maybe the disconnect stems from the necessity to raise awareness rather than play the blame card.

  5. Like the format Carmen. It seems to sum up your reading year nicely. I agree on the book cover of Circling the Sun -- who could be better than Beryl Markham? I'm curious about the impact of Rodin's Lover and might check that one out. Cheers.

    1. I agree. I strongly recommend Rodin's Lover; it was an emotional experience for me.


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