In 2020 The Catholic Reading Challenge is reading 24 different short stories by 12 different authors. Each month we will focus on one author, reading two stories by that author. During each of our bi-weekly podcast episodes (on the 15th & 30th of the month) we will discuss the stories in turn.
We are reading stories by E. M. Forster in February, and here are our selections:
The only Forster that I have read is “The Celestial Omnibus”, and I was so amazed by it that I thought we should include Forster in our selection of authors for the year. You have probably heard of his famous novels, a couple of which have been made into films, even if his name is new to you.
As we announced a couple of months ago on The Catholic Reading Challenge, we will be spending 2020 reading 24 different short stories by 12 different authors. Each month we will focus on one author, reading two stories by that author. During each of our bi-weekly podcast episodes (on the 15th & 30th of the month) we will discuss the stories in turn.
We are starting our year of short stories with the person who is arguably the master of the genre — Flannery O’Connor. Here are our selections:
Those who are already familiar with O’Connor’s work need no introduction to her. But for those of you who have never read her stories, I would say this: she is probably unlike anything that you have ever read. In fact, for most of us who have grown up in a thoroughly modern (philosophically) world, her writing will probably be shocking. Well, that was her intent. She strategically employed violence in her stories (whether symbolic or physical) to “shake” her audience awake to truth about themselves. We will discuss her methods and common themes this month on the podcast. And we will dive in with our discussion of “The Displaced Person” in our first episode of the new year. Mike and I are looking forward to this discussion!
It’s the start of a new year, and that means it’s time to make some new reading goals for 2017! True confessions: I get a little bit excited scrolling through Feedly posts with titles like “Reading Challenge for 2017” or “The Best Books I Read Last Year.” So I am making my own reading list (with coffee cup in hand — double the happy), and I have a challenge of my own to share with you guys: The 2017 Catholic Reading Challenge.
What do you say? You want to read more in 2017? You want read to broaden your Catholic perspective? You want to read some authors that you might not pick for yourself? If so, then here’s the deal. The challenge is to read 12 books in 2017. I’m giving you the authors (with a few exceptions), and you get to pick the specific books. I have also included a mix of literary works and theology/spirituality. If an author is totally new to you, no worries, I have suggestions on where to start. Oh, and by the way, you certainly don’t need to be Catholic to enjoy this reading challenge. Here’s the list: