The Catholic Reading Challenge

The Catholic Reading Challenge

By Mike and Jess Ptomey
Welcome to The Catholic Reading Challenge -- a podcast to enrich your reading life that feels more like a book club! We’re your hosts, Mike and Jess Ptomey, and the only thing we like better than reading is talking about what we are reading with friends. In 2019 we’ll be reading a book from a new category each month; so listen in and read along! Be sure to share your picks for each month on social media with the hashtag #thecatholicreadingchallenge.
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Episode 3: The Southern Greats
Mike and Jess kick of the episode with a tip for your reading life: using "lead measures" to meet your reading goals. Then they dive into one of their favorite categories of this year's reading challenge: novels by Southern American authors!  _____________________________ Books, authors & resources mentioned on this episode: Deep Work, by Cal Newport Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole The Women on the Porch, by Caroline Gordon The Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman, The Second Coming, The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy Wise Blood, by Flannery O'Conner William Faulkner Mark Twain To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee The Road, by Cormac McCarthy The Best Southern Novels of All Time
31:03
February 7, 2019
Episode 2: Conversion Stories & Poetic Authors
Mike and Jess discuss their book picks for January's category, "a faith memoir." Interestingly, we picked books/authors with a lot of similarities, though the books are quite distinct themselves. Have a listen as we talk about Tyler Blanski's An Immovable Feast and Sheldon Vanauken's A Severe Mercy. And don't forget to share picks with us on social media. #thecatholicreadingchallenge
33:05
January 27, 2019
Episode 1: The Challenge Begins!
Mike and Jess introduce the podcast and book categories for the year. We discuss some possible selections for our first category: "a faith memoir". ----------- For a free printable of the 2019 reading categories visit Jessica's blog.  ---------- Book and authors mentioned on this episode: Shelby Foote's The Civil War (3 volumes) Thomas Cahill Christopher Dawson Robert Kaplan, Balkan Ghosts Doctors of the church: Edith Stein, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Therese  The Two Towers  A Severe Mercy  An Immovable Feast
33:59
January 10, 2019
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