Sunday Salon: Easter Sunday

Setting:
Writing this at home on Saturday night, 9:20 p.m. My spouse and the kiddo are taking a nap (yeah… we run on a late schedule around here!).
Giveaway:
If you’re a historical fiction buff, don’t forget to enter my giveaway of Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones. There hasn’t been a huge response, so your chances of winning are good! Contest ends at midnight tonight (CST).
 
Recently Finished:
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
Her writing, ahhhh! Just wonderful from beginning to end. Should have a review posted soon.
Currently Reading:
Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman
Almost finished with this one. Norman seems so sweet and kind-hearted, I can’t help but wonder how true to life that portrayal is… 😉
Can’t Wait To Read:
The Painter by Peter Heller
I read Heller’s The Dog Stars last year and didn’t feel strongly about it either way, but there was enough about his writing that I enjoyed: I was pretty excited to learn he has a new novel releasing next month. I hope to start reading this tomorrow.
Celebrating:
Easter Sunday! Holy Week was pretty fantastic. I was able to go to two services at my own church, since the church where I work only needed me Good Friday evening and this morning. On Maundy Thursday, my pastor used Ernest Hemingway’s quote,“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast,” as the springboard for her sermon. You know, I think that was the most intelligent, beautiful Maundy Thursday service I’ve ever attended.
A Musical Treat:
Good Friday afternoon, I played piano for my best friend as she sang Moses Hogan’s simple but stunning arrangement of Were You There. I tapped “record” on my phone as I made my way to the piano. Enjoy!