Jan/Feb Booklist!

I absolutely love seeing others reading lists, and thought I would continue to share mine! My goal is 2-4 books a month, so far, so good. This is a pretty eclectic list (I prefer non-fiction, but try to vary a spiritual, parenting, medical, self-help, and fiction) so hopefully there is something that peaks your interest! I really enjoyed them all; a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies ;)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande - My mom recommend this to me when I started working in hospice. New York Times Bestseller. Written by a surgeon. Describes the progression of end of life in our country and leaves you feeling equipped to discern your options, considering what is most important at the end. Highly recommend for anyone working in healthcare, and really anyone with aging family members.

The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ by Saint Alphonsus Liguori-Written by a Doctor of our Church, this is a beautiful book that walks through St. Paul's famous letter to the Corinthians. Written a few centuries ago, fairly spiritually advanced. You could read this as a daily reflection, a few pages at a time. It is absolutely beautiful!

People over Profit by Dale Partridge-Dale is a successful Christian entrepreneur who cites numerous examples of how a people over profit mission is what drives success. I am not a business woman by any account, but am so glad I read this, it was eye opening on many accounts! A quick read recommended for anyone, and it ends with a surprise!

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease-LOVED this one! The original edition written in the 1980s, it is the inspiration for one of my favorite mom bloggers & podcasts, Read Aloud Revival. I would highly recommend for any parent or teacher to read this! The studies, research and evidence the author makes for reading aloud are beyond fascinating!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey-The ultimate self-help book ;) Seriously, a must read at some point in your life. Apparently this book has been read by multiple US Presidents & widely referenced in retreats and business models. He makes a Christian case for focusing on character, personal victory, values & morals. A great read I will definitely come back to.

Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying by Kathy Kalina- Written specifically for hospice workers by a Catholic hospice nurse. It is an absolutely beautiful book that anyone involved with the dying should read. I loved the authors fascinating connections of the birthing and dying processes (post here).

My March list includes Anna Karenina, Searching For & Maintaining Peace, The Awakening of Miss Prim and Nurture by Nature.

Leave me a comment what you’re reading or what you would recommend for me! I wish you the best reading week ever ;) Happy reading!!!!

In Joy,


Alex DeRose