The Sunday Salon – April 24, 2011 (the “Easter Sunday” edition)

For those of you who are celebrating today, Happy Easter! We will be heading down to Chewelah to go to church with Mom and Dad and then have family dinner together, complete with an egg hunt. Probably an indoor egg hunt, what with the weather we’ve been having.

It’s been a busy week. On top of the usual stuff of teaching and chauffeuring the kids and keeping the house, we received a gift of almost-new carpet and so did a lot of moving around of furniture yesterday.

It was a good reading week, though. I finished three five-star reads (Doomsday Book by Connie Wills; Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos – on audio; and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson) and two four-star reads (The Violets of March by Sarah Jio and Evenfall by Liz Michalski). I also had one DNF: Memory by Donald Westlake on audio (sorry Bryan), which I just couldn’t get into. I’ve noticed that a lot of reviews of this one mention it being very different than his other work, so I will have to give him another try sometime.

I doubt I’ll have much time for reading today, but if I do, I will spend it with Falling Home by Karen White and The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney.

Does reading figure into your Easter plans? If so, which books?

And now, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite poems in honor of the holiday.

Present

At light speed, God speed,
time collapses into now, so that
we may see Christ’s wounds as
still bleeding, his torso,
that ready sponge, still
absorbing our vice, our toxic shame.

He is still being pierced
by every hateful nail
we hammer home. In this
Golgotha moment his body -
chalice for the dark weeping
of the whole world – brims,

spilling over as his lifeblood
drains. His dying into the earth
begins the great reversal -
as blood from a vein leaps
into the needle, so with his rising,
we surge into light.

~ Luci Shaw

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13 Responses to The Sunday Salon – April 24, 2011 (the “Easter Sunday” edition)

  1. Sheila (Bookjourney)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    Happy Easter! I have been reading all weekend thanks to my back injury…. today though our son is coming from College and we are going to church, to brunch, and hanging out at the house for the day.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – sounds like a great way to spend Easter! I hope your back is feeling better. :)

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    But OF COURSE Belong To Me is five stars. What a fabulous fabulous book (as well as Love Walked In). You know she has another book coming out this fall? I’m ready to sell off a kid to get the ARC. I can’t wait to read Doomsday…that book is universally loved. Hope you guys have a wonderful Easter!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – she does? I hadn’t heard that! When I finished listening to Belong to Me (it was a re-read for me) I started thinking of ways I could possibly bribe her to write another book about Cornelia and Teo and Claire and Dev. Do you know if her new book is about them – or is it a new story?

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I loved Falling Home….I have Belong to Me on my stacks. I should read it!

    Hope you have a great day!

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel – If you’re like me and you like to read books in order, don’t forget to read Love Walked In before Belong to Me. :)

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    You sure did have a great week of reading! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  5. Robin
    Twitter: robnmccormack
    says:

    Happy Easter, Carrie. Love the poem.

  6. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    I loved Belong to Me and can’t wait for the next book. I am pretty sure I saw somewhere that this was a trilogy so I am hoping that the new book features these same characters.

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