1) Unless by Carol Shields-I looked forward to reading this novel as I have enjoyed some of her other books. This one I just never connected with. It is about a mother struggling to deal with the fact that her daughter Nora left college and went to live on the street (in Toronto) with a sign that read "Goodness". At night Nora slept in a local shelter. Her family (parents and 2 sisters) went at least once a week to see her. And by that, I mean literally to see her. She would not acknowledge them at all. So the premise is interesting, but I never really cared about any of the characters.
2) The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick-my husband had told me that he had seen something about a movie with this name that he was interested in seeing. When I came across the book at Barnes and Noble I thought it sounded interesting. I read over half of the book and finally gave up. My husband suggested that I just read the last chapter to see how it ends, so I did. The last chapter was the most interesting part of the book that I read. Again, an interesting premise...Germany and Japan won World War II and had taken over the United States. The US was divided into different parts, run by Germany, Japan, etc. I just didn't care.
3) savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung-subtitled Mindful Eating, Mindful Life. If you have never read anything at all about either mindful eating or mindful living, this book might be interesting for you. I found nothing really new in the whole book.
4) Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft-this book was one of the books recommended by Matthew Kelly for spiritual reading. I found it redundant in parts, and somewhat disagreeable in parts. The only two things that I really found helpful in the book were the following:
"What is the opposite of boredom? Not pleasure, not even happiness, but joy."and
"She knows that 'in the end life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.' (Leon Bloy's ending of The Women Who Was Poor)"