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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Ep 119; Sequels and Prequels & Books That Pack A Punch

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this episode Simon and Thomas are back with no technical issues, hooray! With the Harper Lee news they decide to discuss prequels and sequels and then after being asked by a listener they discuss books that pack a punch…

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Sequels and Prequels () With the news that Harper Lee is releasing the prequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, called How to Set A Watchman, this summer Thomas wanted to talk about prequels and sequels. Why do authors do it? Is it for money or can they just not let those characters go? Why has Harper Lee decided to release that book now after such a long time? Which prequels and sequels do Simon and Thomas like and dislike and which ones would they love to read that don’t exist.

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Books That Pack a Punch () Pam got in touch to ask Thomas and Simon to discuss books that pack a punch. They talk about the books that have hit them with a wallop and why. They also discuss why we love books that take us through the emotional ringer, though both agree they couldn’t read them all the time.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks for more book based banter! Don’t forget you can hear Simon and Laline Paull on the latest You Wrote The Book! discussing the brilliant The Bees and next week he is talking with Kate Mayfield in the penultimate show before that podcast has a break. Simon is back with Gavin, Rob and Kate on Friday for Hear Read This!!

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Ep 118; Unreliable Narrators & Worthwhile Reading?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, one where the technical bugs seemed to come back so it may be a little shorter than normal and also occasionally not make sense, well even less sense than normal as Simon and Thomas discuss unreliable narrators and worthwhile reading…

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Unreliable Narrators () This fortnight in the first of two questions asked by listeners Simon and Thomas start off the first half of the show talking about unreliable narrators which soon becomes apparent is easier than you think without trying to give anything away. Using mysterious unnamed books and discussing famously unreliable books they discuss the pro’s and pitfalls (well Thomas does as Simon loves unreliable narrators so much he can’t slate them) of the narrator who may or may not be leading you up the garden path!

 

 

unreliable-narrator-2Worthwhile Reading () Victoria emailed Simon and Thomas asking them to check out this article in the Guardian about making reading count and making every book worthwhile as the author of it realises they have read a third of the 3000 books an average person reads in their lifetime. Simon and Thomas chat about the article and then about what constitutes worthwhile reading, and if it is a term they like. Simon also mentions his post on reading for a rainy day which you can find here.

Books Mentioned in the Show ()  A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messaud, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, A Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane, The Life of Pie by Yann Martell.

Next time on the Readers () Simon will joined by Gavin next week as they discuss the books they are looking forward to in spring and summer 2015! Don’t forget you can hear Simon and Tess Gerritsen on the latest You Wrote The Book! and next week he is talking with Laline Paull. Simon is also with Gavin Rob and Kate on the latest episode of Hear Read This discussing his new choice and Rob’s classic.

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Ep 117; A New Reading Year & Is Reading Stopping Us From Doing Other Things?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, the first of 2015! Being as it is a new year Simon and Thomas thought they would talk a little about the year that was and the year that is to come. They also answer another listeners reading quandary…

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A New Year of Reading () Simon and Thomas start off where Gavin and Simon left off in the last episode, looking back at 2014 and forward to 2015. What did they make of their reading year? What plans have they got for the year ahead? They end up discussing almost everything but reading, though do get there in the end, as they try to figure all this out.

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Is Reading Getting In The Way of Everything Else ()  Coltrane emailed in to ask Thomas and Simon if there is ever a danger that reading takes over your life to the extent that you don’t really feel like doing anything else. Simon and Thomas discuss…

Next time on the Readers () Simon will joined by Gavin next week as they discuss the books they are looking forward to in spring and summer 2015! Don’t forget you can hear Simon and Neel Mukherjee on the latest You Wrote The Book! and next week he is talking with Laline Paull. Simon is back with Gavin Rob and Kate on Friday for Hear Read This discussing his new choice and Rob’s classic.

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