The Readers Episode 31; Catching Up, Books You Hate But Have to Finish & Audiobooks

This week on The Readers Gavin and Simon fill you in on some bookish ventures, they discuss books you don’t like but simply have to finish, the pros and cons of audiobooks and its back… what they have read, are reading and want to read next.

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Catching Up () Last week Simon read from Rebecca in front of an audience for World Book Night and Gavin sorted out his shelves as he may be moving, they have a natter and catch up on events so grab a cuppa and join them.

Books You Hate But Have To Finish () Simon has started a new book group in Manchester, being a book group he feels he has to finish the book or else… but he is loathing it (It’s Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell) sadly. He discusses why he dislikes it so much and yet why he has to finish it. He also tells Gavin why this is not an unfamiliar feeling. Gavin discusses why he won’t finish a book he loathes.

Audiobooks () Simon never used to be a fan of podcasts before, however thanks to the aforementioned ‘Mary Barton’ he felt he needed help and turned to audiobooks for a helping hand. Gavin is a fan of audiobooks and listens to them regularly. Our reading duo discuss why narrators are so important and how great audiobooks can be, but also how sometimes you keep having to listen to the same chapter over and over again. You can also get a free audio short written by William Boyd and read by Olivia Coleman here thanks to Bookslam.

What We’ve Read, Are Reading & Want To Read Next () It’s back, six books that you might want to add to your ever growing TBR piles.


Simon has read: Never Mind by Edward St Aubyn
Simon is reading: Home by Toni Morrison
Simon wants to read: The Forrests by Emily Perkins


Gavin has read: A Death in Valencia by Jason Webster
Gavin is reading: House of Rumour by Jake Arnott
Gavin wants to read: The Blind Giant by Nick Harkaway

Until next week…

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