Ep 129; The Readers Roadtrip, Booktopia & Thomas Takes A Trip With Someone Else

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Simon is sick so he only manages half an episode, yet it is a corker as Thomas and Simon make a big exciting announcement and then Thomas and his lovely friend Frances take a trip to a ‘free’ bookshop.

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Catching Up () Simon is sick so it is quite a brief catch up where they discuss how they are getting on with their Books on the Nightstand Bingo cards, the final eight Fiction Uncovered winners, Simon being on the radio (some catch up episodes here) and then he explains why he needs to get better for quite an amazing reading retreat next week in The Shard.

The Readers Roadtrip () So the big news that Simon and Thomas can finally share is that this September they are going to be together again (woohoo) and doing a road trip (double woohoo) to Booktopia Petoksey (triple woohoo) they discuss where they are heading to and what you would like them to do while they are on it, and what you would like them to record.

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Thomas and Frances Go Free Bookshopping () In the second part of the show Thomas goes on a road trip of sorts with Frances of Nonsuch Book to a free bookshop. They discuss their hopes before they get there and then catch up about how they get in. They talk all sorts of bookish loveliness.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter and some exciting news… Next week Simon returns with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Kate Grenville.

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Ep 128; A Bookish Grab Bag of an Episode

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon have so much to talk about that it is a bit of a grab bag of an episode as they discuss all sorts of bookish bits and bobs, from female authors to reading slumps, Books on the Nightstand Bingo to what they are reading right now…

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Catching Up () Whilst this is in essence a catch up show full stop Simon and Thomas discuss what they have been upto, including the fact Simon will be on Resonance FM this Sunday on the proper radio and everything, as well as Thomas and jury duty. Random catch up indeed. They also discuss all the shenanigans that have been going on with the agenda of female authors in the last week since Ali Smith won the Bailey’s Prize with How to be both which they also discuss… Blimey.

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Books on the Nightstand Bingo () The first chunkier topic of the show this week is where Simon and Thomas decide to take part in their favourite book podcast Books on the Nightstand (if you don’t listen to it you must) second BOTNS Bingo, this is where you can choose a card at random (if you press on the link on this page) and be given a variety of catagories to fit your summer reading in. Listen to Simon and Thomas discovering what reads await them and who is going to try and get a full house.

 

 

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Reading Slumps () Since Simon has finished reading for Fiction Uncovered he has gone into a slight reading slump, even though he is reading two brilliant books that are very him, so Thomas gives him some advice and support and they talk it out. Have you any recommendations for how Simon can beat the slump?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter and some exciting news… Next week Simon returns with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Kate Grenville.

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Ep 127; Short Stories & Are Too Many Books Published Every Year?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon talk about short stories and whether too many books get published every year. Oh and Simon just drops into the conversation that he has read a book featuring boats AND talking horses that he loved…

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Short Stories () Simon has not always been the biggest fan of short stories, apart from those featuring Mr Sherlock Holmes, however it seems he has now got the bug and so wanted to talk to Thomas about them. They talk about collections of stories they have loved, collections they have meant to read and how some short stories can be as powerful as a 500 page novel.

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Too Many Books Being Published? () Since Simon has both read for Fiction Uncovered and also since he found out how many books were published in both the UK and US in 2012 and 2013 (the number has gone up) he has been feeling that too many books get published every year. Thomas thinks the opposite, they discuss, possibly have tantrums and try and find out who is right? Whose side are you on?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter… or maybe it will be Simon and Gavin?

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Ep 126; The Nature of Genres

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon catch up on genres, and discuss the nature of them and how they might be talking about them much more over the second half of the year…

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Catching Up () This week Thomas and Simon have lots and lots to catch up on. They talk about Thomas going and researching his family and his new anglophile obsession, Simon’s surname, reading the Bailey’s shortlist and Simon hosting an Ali Smith book group online, the Fiction Uncovered Longlist (which you can see here), a transatlantic book swapping club, the price of books in Australia and culling/spring cleaning. Oh and banoffee pie.

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Genres () The main topic of the show this week is the nature or benefit of genres and if we need them. Partly this was inspired by Kate of Adventures with Words talking about Station Eleven which Simon would have read sooner if everyone hadn’t said how it was so sci-fi which put him off AND the fact that Thomas has been thinking we should do some genre based sections on the show over the coming months. So they discuss the genres they like and the ones they don’t plus the ones that they should dabble with more. They also talk about the pro’s and the con’s of books being put into genre’s and why the industry is obsessed with more and more genre’s month by month.

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Ep 125; Re-Reading and the Return of Reading Horizons

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon, the original one, have a colourful catch up and then discuss re-reading and their reading horizons; what they have read, are reading and want to read next…

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Catching Up () This week Thomas and Simon have lots and lots to catch up on. They discuss Thomas moving blogs to Hogglestock.com, Simon teases us all with Fiction Uncovered and tells us about a book tour he has been on before thinking of how he can start a ‘send Simon to Booktopia’ in September. They also both discuss the latest craze for colouring books.

Re-Reading () As Simon is about to start re-reading the Fiction Uncovered longlist, yet to be announced,  he thought he would bring up the topic of re-reading and why they do it if they do it. Simon and Thomas discuss the pros and the cons of re-reading, such as when it makes books you love less loveable and when it makes a book even better or even makes you love a book that you thought you didn’t.

Reading Horizons () What have Thomas and Simon been reading, what are they reading and what do they want to read next…

 

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Thomas has read: A Friend from England by Anita Brookner

He is reading: The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnesHe wants to read: Imperfect Harmony, Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn

Simon has read: A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
He is currently reading: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
He wants to read: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

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Ep 124; Book Based Holidays & How Many Chances We Give an Author

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon, but not the one you might be used to discuss what makes their ideal book based holidays and also how many chances you should give an author…

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Catching Up () Thomas is joined live from his library by a special guest in the form of ‘the other blogging Simon’, Simon Thomas of Stuck in a Book, while the other Simon is locked away somewhere reading as many books as he can for Fiction Uncovered. He and Simon talk a bit about how they met and some other chinwag subjects, whilst missing the other Simon terribly.

Book Based Holidays () As Simon T is on holiday in Washington DC whilst he records, Thomas thought that it would be a good idea to discuss what makes the perfect bookish vacation. Is it the place with the best bookshops? Is it the place with the best literary links? Or is it somewhere remote where you can simply escape and read, read, read? Thomas and Simon T discuss.

 

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How Many Chances Does An Author Get () As a special guest on the show Thomas said Simon T could bring forward any subject he liked, and Simon wanted to talk about the chances we give authors. Is it fair to write an author off after book one? Should there be a three strike rule as Simon practices. Which books have put these two avid readers off authors and why?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas will be back with the original Simon in two weeks with more book based banter.

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Ep 123; Reading Assumptions & The Book Tingle (#BookTingle)

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Simon and Thomas discuss the assumptions that they make about books and authors for no good reason and also that elusive beast, the Book Tingle…

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Catching Up () Simon has been reading like a demon for Fiction Uncovered, which he has found rather eye opening in terms of his own habits of how he instantly judges a book which he hadn’t noticed before. Thomas talks about why he has been turning to music, and getting down with the funky beats, instead of audio books.

Reading Assumptions () As Simon mentions in his catch up with Thomas, he has become more aware of the assumptions that he makes about books he wasn’t aware he did. David, one of our lovely listeners, wanted to know about books and authors we make assumptions about be it; because of an encounter we have had with the author before, being compared to another book, we’ve heard the author is a wally, or we have just assumed a book/author isn’t for us! Simon and Thomas have a chat about some of the books and authors they have made assumptions about.

 

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The Book Tingle () You may think Simon is as crazy as Thomas does by the end of this segment as he wants to talk about The Book Tingle. This is what Simon wants in a prize winning book and what he is out to find. It is that unexplainable feeling you get when you are reading a book and everything s aligned and going perfectly. So much so you almost feel like the book was actually written for you. He and Thomas discuss it and would love you to tell them about the books that have given you the book tingle, you can tweet the books with #BookTingle let it trend everyone!

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Ep 122; Simon’s Birthday, The Bailey’s Longlist, Forgetting Books & The Age of the Reader

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which goes live on Simon’s birthday – 21 again, or 33 in real life. In this episode Simon and Thomas discuss forgetting books, the age of the reader and have a good old catch up about all sorts of other lovely things…

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Catching Up () It’s Simon’s birthday, so the duo talk about that and what he has been up to in the lead up to it and what he will be doing with the rest of his day and birthday week. Thomas admits he has got Simon in trouble elsewhere on the internet. They also discuss the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s fiction and its longlist.

Forgetting Books () After forgetting what he wanted to talk about Thomas remembered it was all about forgetting books. No, not the books that have been forgotten and should be read by everyone, he wants to talk about why sometimes we read a book, may even love it, and then completely forget what they were about. Here’s hoping they can both remember some examples.

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The Age of the Reader () As it is his birthday but also because of how he felt about Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing,  which he discusses in the show, it seems the time is right to talk about if the age of the reader matters when they read a book? Would be have enjoyed some books more if he had read them younger or older, would he like books he loves now less if he had read them at another age, much thinking and talking is done to discuss it.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. You can also catch up on both You Wrote The Book! and Hear Read This in the meantime.

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Ep 121; Simon’s Judging, TBR’s, Authors and Social Media

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this episode Simon announces some very exciting news and Thomas comes up with an unusual idea for a novel. They then discuss how they manage their TBR’s and then they talk authors and social media, and get very frank…

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Catching Up () Thomas discusses his issue with children in audio books, or even actors being children in audio books, and Simon talks about his very exciting news… he is judging Fiction Uncovered, one of his favourite prizes…

 

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TBR’s and TBR Management () Listener Rebecca wanted Simon and Thomas to talk about their to be read piles and how they manage them. This is ideal as Simon has just been emptying his shelves to make room for prize submissions and Thomas is filling his new library now he has moved back to his renovated home. How do they cull, how do they decide where which books go and how they are organised? Listen to find out and tell us how you manage your TBR pile.

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Authors and Social Media () Melissa wanted to know on Simon and Thomas’ thoughts on authors and social media, in particular when authors get cross with people not giving them a good enough review. This starts Thomas, and in particular Simon off on a rant about books, authors and social media. Get ready for Simon’s Savidge side to come to the fore.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks for more book based banter! Next week Simon is back with Gavin, Rob and Kate on Friday for the last episode of the first season of Hear Read This!!

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Ep 120; Fifty Shades of Fuss & The Grey Area of Self Publishing?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is oddly inspired by Fifty Shades of Gre, yes you read that right, Fifty Shades of Grey…As Simon and Thomas talk about when books get hyped and how it affects them along with their thoughts on self-published authors.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have a catch up about what they have been reading, and also what they are watching on the telly, so much so they have to remind each other what this show is called. Simon also has a chat about the holiday that he is just going on, or has actually just been on – it gets very confusing.

Fifty Shades of Fuss () In the first part of the show official, Simon and Thomas, at the bequest of Andrew and Michael who asked on Twitter, talk about hyped books and book hype – not to be confused by the same thing. Why is it that some buzz can really draw you to a book and other times completely put you off? Which books brimming with buzz have Simon and Thomas enjoyed and which have they not?

50_shades_of_Grey_wallpaper The Grey Area of Self Publishing () Mary on Goodreads wanted Simon and Thomas to talk about self published authors… so they do, they only hope lots and lots of people won’t be put off by how honest and occasionally ranty they get.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Don’t forget you can hear Simon and Kate Mayfield on the latest You Wrote The Book! and next week he is talking with Jessie Burton in the last show of this season. Oh and keep your eyes peeled for episode of Hear Read This where Simon, Rob, Kate and Gavin will be discussing two more books they’ve read together in the last episode of that season – what is going on?

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