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.
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
To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Best Southern Novels of All Time
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
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)
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