Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers this week Simon and Thomas look at their book collecting/hoarding habits, get all judgmental about what other people read and Simon wants to start a read-a-long which Thomas has absolutely no interest in!
Catching Up () Simon met Armistead Maupin, one of his literary hero’s the other week so he and Thomas talk about that – if you want to listen to the results of that meeting you can hear them here. Then Thomas discusses the fact he is having some serious issues with finishing books, which Simon tries (and fails) to tempt him out of with a read-a-long of a HUGE American classic.
Reading vs. Collecting () Thomas has been clearing out his books as he is having his house done up and so is living in temporary accommodation. Simon however has just inherited quite a lot of books from his Gran. So they talk about reading vs collecting… When does being a keen reader become being a book collector and is it something we really need to do? Will Thomas regret getting rid of all of his Penguin Great Ideas series? Does Simon really need multiple editions of anything that any of the Mitford Sisters have ever written? Why do publishers change a print of a series half way through making you want to have the whole set? And most importantly when does collecting books become hoarding books?
Judging People By The Books They Read () Simon is worried he will sound like a complete an utter snob but he thought he would bring something up which he reckons almost all of us readers do… Judging people, including his friends, on what they read. For example, he has recently become friends with a lovely woman called Sam, but when he discovered what she read he was worried that this friendship could all be off. So what did he do to save it? Do we all judge people on what they read and which books cause which judgements? How do we feel about being judged by people on what we read?
Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Where he and Natalie Haynes will be discussing ‘The Amber Fury’ and judging the Man Booker and the Orange Prize plus more!