I once read a book about a mother's experience in a silent Catholic desert retreat center in the US southwest. Her book about the experience is short, but every page seems to count. It made me want to try something like that. "The Green Desert: A Silent Retreat" by Rita Winter.
You know how everybody has a low-brow guilty reading pleasure (at least of those folks who still read books)?? Well, mine came in the mail yesterday - the newest of author Stephanie Laurens's Regency romances! I own all 20-odd of her books, the only bodice-ripper author I actually purchase, and damn near the only one I read. Woohoo!