Constance Harding’s (Rather) Startling Year
Constance Harding is a rather ordinary, proper Englishwoman of Surrey. On January 1, 2008, she started a blog. Her primary concerns: Why the Lithuanian housekeeper couldn’t keep her skimpy underwear properly stowed away rather than strewn about the house; finding a suitable girl for her son in his mid-twenties, seeing as he has not done so himself; wondering why her daughter must dress drastically and behave so improperly.
The blog runs precisely one year, and it chronicles the most eventful year Constance (don’t call her “Connie”!) has ever experienced. At the beginning, she is reminiscent of Hyacinth Bucket (“Bouquet”!) of the British comedy Keeping Up Appearances. Constance is quite formal and dependent on routine. As an outsider looking in, it’s easy to see the hints about what’s really going on behind her back, and that she’s quite oblivious. Or maybe that she’s so comfortable with life that these things just aren’t on her radar. Read more »
Title: Scarlet : The Lunar Chronicles
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: dystopian YA
Wow. Just wow.
If you read Cinder, the first in this series, you have to read Scarlet. It takes up where Cinder left off, but with new characters. Yes, we meet up with Cinder, but later on, after other things have happened.
Though I wasn’t totally enamored of the first book, I did enjoy it and this one took that much further. The twist on traditional fairy tales only adds to the unique flavor of the story.
In this one, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother has gone missing. It’s been several weeks and the police have written the case off. When Scarlet digs into her grandmother’s disappearance, she finds out some things that were kept hidden from her, like the danger she’s in for her own life. A street fighter named Wolf helps her out, though she’s not sure if she should trust him or not. Things get really heavy when they meet up with Cinder. And Prince Kai has some “heavy” duties to take care of too. Read more »
Lucinda and Tyler are sent to an obscure relative’s farm for the summer. The go, fully expecting six weeks of hard labor feeding cattle and who knew what else. What they discovered was beyond belief. Dragons, unicorns, and a flying monkey named Zaza. Uncle Gideon insists on keeping deep secrets, but how can he expect two curious kids to not explore Ordinary Farm’s perfectly extraordinary contents?
The secrets go far, far deeper than the presence of mythological beasts and strange characters. While Lucinda and Tyler search for answers, outside forces plot to learn what happens at Ordinary Farm and use it to their own ends. Soon, the children discover that every answer comes at a price, and if they’re not careful, that price could be too high to pay.
Set in a California Valley, far removed from the busyness of 21st century life, this is a imaginative tale with enough punch to appeal to today’s young readers. From Tyler’s obsession with his “Game Boss” to Lucinda’s love for the mall, Williams and Beale have created a fresh pair of character to whom kids can easily relate. These kids also have the bigger issues that will endear them to today’s kids: Their parents are divorced, they vary on the popularity spectrum, and they’re very reliant on the availability of beloved technology. In other words: They’re ordinary kids. Read more »
It’s been a while since I had posts going up on a regular basis. The biggest difference is in the usability of the website. Between 2005 and 2009, WUAT was a PHP-run site with few special features. There was a lot of work to add even one review.
Today, I’m using the WordPress platform, which is a content management system (CMS), which is geek-speak for: “WordPress makes it easy.”
This post is mostly a short ramble so I can see if things are working properly with Facebook. If so, then the Wantz Upon a Time Facebook Page will automatically show the feed. Also, people can now comment using their Facebook logins. We’ll see how that goes. 8^)
As the Tick loved to say: “SPOON!”
Mary Johnson realized a calling at a young age. She saw a photograph of Mother Theresa’s face on the cover of Time and knew she was destined to join the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Theresa. Johnson joined the order, moving from her home in Texas to the Bronx, where she learned the ways of the order and sought deeper connections to her beliefs.
Throughout the next twenty years, Johnson, known as Sister Donata, strove to be the best nun she could be, all the while questioning every aspect of her life. Highly intelligent and predisposed to debate, it was a difficult journey. The life demands everything of its nuns: Obedience, charity, sacrificing love and ambition, and submitting to abusive behaviors and practices; all in the name of serving their husband, Jesus. Read more »