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 2017 in Retrospect

This year I managed to read 17 books (8 of them published in 2017; one major award-winner and a 2000-year-old classic), meanwhile juggling quality TV series and the latest movies. Four themes emerged in my reading/TV watching throughout the year. Below are the stats of my 2017 reading year: 

Books read: 17
          Fiction: 14               Nonfiction: 2            DNF: 1               Re-reads: 0 

Genres: (some of these overlap)
Historical Fiction: 6                                Popular Science/Memoir: 1                 Classics: 5
Contemporary Literature: 4                    Thrillers/Espionage: 1         
History/Biography: 1                               Mystery/Suspense: 2

Best book of the year: Best Books I Read in 2017 
Favorite cover: Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese
Favorite new authors (to me): Josephine Tey; George Saunders
Most thrilling (unputdownable): Conclave by Robert Harris
Most puzzling ending: Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin
(Truth?) is Stranger than Fiction: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The juiciest: The Twelve Caesars by Gayo Suetonio (Translated by Robert Graves)
Most beautifully written: The Beautiful and Damned by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Most memorable characters
          Best ensemble cast: Lincoln In the Bardo; Minds of Winter; The Twelve Caesars
          Beautiful divas: Adele Bloch-Bauer (Stolen Beauty); Gloria Gilbert (The Beautiful and Damned)
          The twisted: Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero (The Twelve Caesars)
          The Steadfast Leaders: President Lincoln (Lincoln In the Bardo); Jacopo Cardinal Lomeli (Conclave)
Had the greatest impact: The Twelve Caesars by Gayo Suetonio (Translated by Robert Graves)


  1. Happy New Year, Carmen, and I hope you have a good year of reading and viewing. I look forward to reading about it!

    1. Happy New Year, Dorothy! Thanks. I hope I have a good reading and viewing year as well. :-)

  2. Happy New Year, Carmen! I hope you discover lots of great new books, movies, and TV series in 2018!

    1. Happy New Year, Kate! Thanks. I hope you have a great year all around. I wish you all the best in your new business venture. :-)

  3. Looks like you had a lot of fun with your reading in 2017 - I wish you more in 2018! :-)

    1. I did. Thanks. I only wish I could read more while still watching lots of TV series and movies. :-)

  4. Happy New Year and hope your 2018 is as good.
    Lynn :D

  5. Happy 2018 Carmen! Wishing you a great year ahead. Nice analysis, in particular you have me interested in checking out Josephine Tey's books. Hmm.

    1. Happy 2018 as well, Susan, for you and yours! Thanks, hoping that you too have a great year ahead, reading-wise as well as any other area of your personal life. If you are interested in Josephine Tey, I really recommend The Daughter of Time. It is relatively short and very intriguing.

  6. Hurray for The Twelve Caesars! I especially enjoyed perusing the categories you created. Best wishes for reading and viewing in the New Year!

    1. Hooray indeed; it was delightfully entertaining. Thanks, Judy. Hopefully my reading will improve as well.


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