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Book of the Month Recommendations
from Relaxation at Home

A wonderful way to relax at home is to enjoy a great read. This Relaxation at Home Book of the Month page is updated monthly and provides you with my monthly picks for fiction and non-fiction books. If you need help starting your own home library, see the previous link for some suggestions.

Non-Fiction Book of the Month

My non-fiction book for August 2012 is Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English by Bob Sharples.

Mr. Sharples gives you his detailed views on relaxation and how meditation can bring great benefits to your life. Some may think that he repeats himself a lot, but he covers several types of meditations and various approaches to improving your meditation skills.

He talks about breathing, mindfulness, healing, how to cultivate a good heart and many more subjects that touch several of the relaxation techniques I cover on this website.

I recommend this relaxation book of the month for those who are trying to create a meditation routine and improve their meditation skills.

Fiction Book of the Month

My fiction recommendation for August 2012 is Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins.

This second installment of The Hunger Games is typical of most trilogies. The first book was great, and you'll have to wait until the third one to find out if Katniss will choose Peta or Gale or to discover the political outcome of their actions.

Without spoiling the story for those who have yet to read it, I can say that you will discover the results of Katniss's defiance toward the Capitol with her poisonous berry ruse at the end of the last Hunger Games.

This second book wasn't as much of a page-turner for me. I think it contained a little less action (or at least fewer original action scenes) and Katniss seemed a little slow in understanding what was going on around her. However, the author did a great job with the elaboration of her characters and convinced me to read the third and final installment of this series.

Previous Books of the Month

Here are past selections for the books I recommended, with the most recent books shown first. You can click on the month if you want to read my personal reviews or click on the book's title to read other reviews on Amazon.

August 2012

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English


July 2012

The Hunger Games

The Happiness Project


June 2012

My Man Jeeves

Mindfulness for Beginners


May 2012

The September Society (Charles Lenox Mysteries)

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks


April 2012

The Dark Half

Meditations to Change Your Brain


March 2012

The A.B.C. Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy


February 2012

Voyagers II: The Alien Within

30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method


January 2012

No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, Book 7)

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think


Recommendations for Book of the Month

If you would like to suggest a book of the month, contact me and I'll consider your suggestion(s).

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