Kindle Book Recommendations: Health

While presenting these recommendations, I’ve gotten a lot of responses about non-literary Kindle books.  Admittedly, I’ve questioned throwing anything like that up here, but I figure that since people are sending me links it’s likely that at least some of you would be interested!  Today, we have some self-help style books that claim to offer advise on just generally feeling better through basic, cheap methods.  Now, unless we’re talking about a bear who just looooves picnic baskets, my experiences with things like yogis are limited at best.  In order to bring the best input possible, I consulted somebody who knows a bit more.  Here’s what we came up with.

How To Meditate: A Step-by Step Guide to the Art and Science of Meditation

If you’re interested in this sort of thing, you can’t really go wrong with an informative title that costs as little as this.  The attraction of this particular title stems from the treatment.  It is informative without preaching or attempting to do much in the way of selling readers on a personal philosophy.  It’s also quite focused, which seems unusual for such a book.  Novak presents easily understood instructions on body positioning, breathing patterns, and all that fun stuff, all with accompanying illustration for those who might need it (though these illustrations don’t look quite as good on the Kindle as on paper). Even if you don’t buy into the underlying philosophy, I think it’s probably useful as a general relaxation technique, and who couldn’t use something like that these days?

The Kindle Edition is $4.00

Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing

There is no shortage when it comes to yoga books.  Most of them toss out a variety of poses, name them, and leave it at that.  Probably useful for some people, but a more instructive approach is nice.  This one instructs and accounts for a variety of different fitness levels.  Great for anybody who doesn’t know what they’re doing so far.  The author also spends a lot of time on, as the title implies, medical applications of yoga.  While some of the claims seem a little stretched to me personally, I’m don’t feel that my background is sufficient to judge medical matters.  If that’s your thing, check it out and maybe learn something.  Even if you don’t, it’s easy to take this as a low-impact fitness guide that just about anybody can handle in comfort. The portability of the Kindle is a plus compared to the often-bulky yoga books that many people will be used to as well.

The Kindle Edition is $15.99

the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time

It’s no secret that overeating is a big deal for a lot of people.  It’s a lot easier to get into bad habits than it is to break them.  This book seems to have a somewhat different approach than the usual Diet + Willpower equation that fails people so regularly.  The author promotes awareness of the situations that cause you to eat, thinking about what brings on cravings, and knowing how to avoid things like habitual or depressed eating.  Admittedly, some of the advice is a bit intuitive and seems weird to have to be elaborated, but bringing this sort of thing out into the open might help you out if you’ve had to deal with failed diets a time or two in the past or just want to improve on some bad habits.

The Kindle Edition is $9.99

Kindle Book Gift Recommendations

As I’m sure at least some of us have observed by now, the holiday season is upon us.  Jingles are jingling all over town, lights are popping up in many a neighborhood, and you can no longer approach a shopping mall without a certain sense of trepidation. As in the case of the Amazon Black Friday Deals, use of the internet(and in this case specifically the Kindle Store) can save you loads of hassle.  We reported a while back that it was now possible to send out any Kindle eBook as a gift so long as the intended recipient has a valid email address.  Seems like a great way to avoid the crowds, if somebody you care about happens to like their Kindle.

Here’s a couple that struck me as good places to start, given the people I have to buy for this year:

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

This series, The Dresden Files of which this book is the first, took me by surprise.  I’m told that Butcher has an impressive following these days, but I was only turned onto him recently by a friend.

It’s a fun mix of urban fantasy and detective fiction set in modern day Chicago.  Just this first book dishes up sex, drugs, demons, vampires, mob bosses, angrily overworked police, and even a life or death car chase of sorts.  You can tell that the author was still figuring some things out in this first book, but it would be a hard book to dislike.  This one’s going to my younger brother, who claims he “isn’t into reading” and just got his Kindle for the internet utility and its usefulness as a storage space.  I think i can turn him around.

The Kindle Edition is $9.99

Lamb – Christopher Moore

Chances are good that you’ve heard of this book before.  At least, many of the regular readers I know seem to have at least had it recommended at some point.  There is a reason for this!  A good book will often get a chuckle out of me from time to time.  This book had me laughing so hard that I had to catch my breath.  This was a regular occurrence!

Yes, this is a book about Christianity in its way.  As such, it will upset some people by default.  Others, specifically a certain type of Christian, will see it as offensive if they choose to take it literally.  To these, I say that it is fiction, it is hilarious, and I can’t think of a single person I know who won’t be getting a copy whether they think they’ll like it or not.

The Kindle Edition is $10.99

All this is predicated on the assumption that your gift recipients have the ability to read eBooks, of course, but if they don’t have a computer, cell phone, tablet, etc, maybe they need a Kindle device more than they need the books, eh?  Anyway, for a lot of people this time of year is where you get your best chance to share your favorite reads with the people around you.  Not a year has gone by since I was a kid when I haven’t given and received dozens of books.  If you are similarly inclined and perhaps interested in sharing some quality Kindle reading material, drop me a line.

If I get some good responses, I’ll do what I can to spread the word.  I can’t promise that every book recommended will be read or reviewed, but I will do my best to get through at least a book a day for the next month or so.  Just please, no Tom Clancy…