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    • 4.8 • 102 Ratings

Join Aaron Armstrong, Dave Schroeder and friends as they talk about the books they love (and many they really don't) to help you be a better reader.

    Introducing: Wildwood Flower

    Introducing: Wildwood Flower

    Welcome the newest resident to the Area Code neighborhood:Wildwood Flower: Stories of Women who Built Country Music.
    Season 1 premiering on June 4th! Available on all platforms.
    To find out more about the podcast, listen to the introductory episode here.
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    • 59 sec
    The Trial Separation

    The Trial Separation

    Dave and Aaron have to have a talk. It's a hard talk, but it's a good one. Feel the randomness as we discuss:

    The realities of our lives right now

    If Grease 2 is the best sequel of all time (and why does Dave think the answer is yes)

    The best horror writers (since we don't read those books)

    A Stranger Things and Lonesome Dove connection

    Introducing kids to Nicolas Cage


    A few of the books we mentioned
    Superman: Exile & Other Stories


    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir


    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


    Freedom by Sebastian Junger

    • 31 min
    Sitting at the Top of the Christian Publishing World

    Sitting at the Top of the Christian Publishing World

    Our friend Mary Wiley joins us this week for a chat about publishing, writing theology books for kids, why we need more books like Gentle and Lowly, and the time a group of people lost their minds when Dave told them about a little book she wrote.
    A few of the books mentioned on today's episode

    Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund


    The Gospel Story and Everyday Theology by Mary Wiley


    The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

    • 47 min
    Feeling the Randomness

    Feeling the Randomness

    It's the day of random on today's episode and Aaron & Dave share different moments from silly and ridiculous books they love.
    A few of the books mentioned on this episode

    Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey


    A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost


    A Hard Thing on a Beautiful Day by Ted Kluck


    Radical by David Platt


    Open by Andre Agassi

    • 38 min
    Breaking Reading Slumps and Books that Keep Us Up At Night

    Breaking Reading Slumps and Books that Keep Us Up At Night

    This week we're taking things easy and letting the Internet guide our discussion, with three questions from our friends over at Goodreads:

    What's the last book that busted a reading slump for you?

    What was the last book you stayed up too late reading?

    Is there a best time to read?

    A few of the books we mentioned in this episode


    The Clanlands Book by Sam Heughan and Grant McTavish


    The High Divide and American Gospel by Lin Enger


    Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund


    The Multi-Directional Leader by Trevin Wax


    The Secular Creed and 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) About Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin


    South of Broad by Pat Conroy


    Man at Arms by Steven Pressfield


    Norco '80 by Paul Houlahan

    • 41 min
    Why Dave Can't Stop Talking About the End of the World (on World Book Day)

    Why Dave Can't Stop Talking About the End of the World (on World Book Day)

    Dave and Aaron are back in the saddle with a promptly released episode, recorded within an hour of Dave getting his shot of a certain vaccine. Will he grow a second head? Will he have a sudden urge to buy Microsoft products? Will his cell signal improve? We don't know! But we do know he can't stop thinking about the end of the world, so we're talking about that, World Book Day, and why writers need to write what connects with themselves first.

    A few of the books we mentioned in this episode


    Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders


    The Multi-Directional Leader by Trevin Wax

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Ked1992 ,

Great Pod

I am a fan of Scarlets book “Afraid Of All The Things” so I was excited when I found out she was a co host of a podcast. You all are so fun to listen to and have inspired me to read more. Two thumbs up! Highly recommend.

ryanlaustin3861 ,

Love these guys!

Love this podcast and love hearing of their favorite books and discussions each podcast! Keep it up.

TimothyWasHere ,

Books books and wonderful host

A woman, Canadian and a beach bum walked into a recording booth to talk about books. I enjoy the show every week.

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