Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Book Challenge

I've been challenged by my blogging partner, Dr. Bombay, to see how many books I can read this summer. He even sent me three books to get me started. I love a good challenge, and this is a good one. Especially for me, who spends way too much time on the internet. Having a laptop contributes to high internet use, because I take it to work with me, and go on the internet in between ambulance calls, and when I go away for a few days, I usually bring my laptop.

I'm looking for good book suggestions from my readers, not because I want to win this challenge, but because of it, I have gotten back into the habit of reading everyday. I'm going to run out of books if I don't get some new ones, so if you have any good suggestions, and I know you do, please leave them in the combox for me.

Right now I am finishing up "The Incredible Catholic Mass" by Father Martin von Cochem, and next is The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall sent to me by my friend Karin of the blog Wife and Mom of Two. Then I'm planning on reading the Great Facade by Christopher Ferrara, also sent to me by a friend. That should take me up to mid June, and after that I'll be looking for new titles. What have you been reading?


Anita Moore said...

P.G., I highly recommend Crown of Glory: The Life of Pope Pius XII by Alden Hatch. You couldn't ask for a more sympathetic portrait of this exceedingly adorable Pope -- and Hatch was a Protestant! You can find this book online at or AbeBooks.

Another great read is anything by Winston Churchill. His memoirs of the Second World War are superlative; his autobiography My Early Life: A Roving Commission is also excellent.

AquinaSavio: said...

I've read quite a few books this year for school:

The Screwtape Letters (A+++++)

The Scarlett Letter (A-)

A Man For All Seasons (B-)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (A)

Karin said...

Lets see....are you looking to read anything (outside of the DaVinci COde that is) or are you looking to keep with religious /insperational books?
I am good for reading a book per day and have finished a few good ones this past week (just a few that I highly recommend...
The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham; Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte; The Seville Communion by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

paramedicgirl said...

Thanks Anita, for the suggestion to read the Crown of Glory. Karin, I am going to look up some of your suggestions too. I want to read Catholic books mainly, but interspersed with other books that are just for entertainment.

Aquino,I might reread the Screwtape Letters. Thanks!

jim klasz said...

How about these three favorites of mine:
1.The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

2.A Personal Matter by Kenzeboro Oh

3.Don Quixote by Cervantes. O.K. you've probably read it but generally speaking I am shocked by how many people have not.

AquinaSavio: said...

BTW, have you ever read any of Fr. Amorth's books?

paramedicgirl said...

I read two of Father Amorth's books this year. They were really good.

Jim, thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to have to run an check for some of these books and put in an order.

AquinaSavio: said...

I've only read "An Exorcist Tells His Story." I want to read more.

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

The Great Facade? You'll get really mad...

Yes: Iota Unum! THE bible on what went wrong. It seems it is being rehabilitated by Rome. I posted on this back in April here

For fun, try The Pickwick Papers.

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

oops, that link didn't work. Never mind.

paramedicgirl said...

Simon, can you repost that link? Now you have me intrigued about the Great Facade.

Karin, your book the Ultimate Gift is very good! It's a one day read - the kind of book you read cover to cover. Thanks!!

Karin said...


I am glad that you enjoyed it!
And yes it really is a one day read...which is even better when you are looking for something quick but meaningful :)

Do me a favor PG...pass it on (the book)to someone that you think will enjoy it and perhaps get something out of it!

paramedicgirl said...

I finished the book Karin, and I will definitely pass it on to others. Thanks! said...

Three of the BEST novels ever written are:
The Endless Knot
The Darkness Did Not
The Search For Saint Veleria, and
Out Of The Depths
(oops, that's four),
all written by William Biersach and available from Catholic Treasures.
Incredible books!
(I liked the first one best)

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Oh, that link was supposed to be about Iota Unum.

Ill post a link with it for you on my blog...I have to find it again, argh.