Ep 56; Merry Christmas and Our Books of 2012

This week on The Readers we have pre-recorded a little mini show for you to go live on Christmas Day. We know this is meant to be a time of family and you might not want us ruining your Christmas Day, but if you want to escape the family (like Simon always does) for a bit of a breather from the festive madness then you can hide away for 20 minutes with us as we give you a little festive cheer and our favourite books of the year…

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Merry Christmas () Firstly, hooray the world didn’t end. Secondly MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all. Gavin and Simon try and bring you a little festive hello, before lots and lots of slushy, mushy seasonal thanks at the end of the show.

Our Books of 2012 () We thought for a little mini show what would be better than us dashing through the snow, no sorry, us dashing through our top five books of the year each. Actually some of Gavin’s would make Simon’s top ten, if they had done one, and vice versa. So should you have a new e-reader (don’t tell Simon) or some book vouchers to spend then you might like to try these ten books if you haven’t already…

  

Gavin: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Simon: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

  

Gavin: The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
Simon: Hawthorn and Child by Keith Ridgway

   

Gavin: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Simon: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  

Gavin: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Simon: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  

Gavin: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Simon: Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

Next Week on The Readers () So that is it for the Readers for Christmas and indeed for 2012 and we would like to thank you all for listening, chatting on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads, coming on the show and just being lovely. We will be back next week on the 1st of January 2013 with a list of books we are really excited about in the first half of 2013… Lots and lots and lots and lots of recommendations are coming your way. In the meantime once again Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Gavin and Simon.

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The Readers Summer Interlude; Ernest Apologies, A New Book Group & The Future of The Readers

Unfortunately due to various issues beyond our control we do not have The Readers Summer Book Club’s fifth titles discussion show today. Simon and Gavin were really excited about discussing ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline alas it is not meant to be… for now. However instead you have a short ‘summer interlude’ where we discuss a new venture, the future of The Readers moving forward and also the fact that Simon and Gavin met last week.

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Ernest Apologies & Some ‘Ready Player One’ Discussion () So huge apologies again for no Ernest on the show, we loved ‘Ready Player One’ and were very excited about it alas for reasons beyond our control we have been unable to record with him, but we may do in the future and pop the episode in then. In the meantime Gavin and Simon do discuss the book as they know lots of you bought it and wanted to discuss it. There may be a longer show in the future.

A New Book Group () Simon and Gavin have been thinking and plotting and though they won’t be doing another Summer Book Club, or an Autumn one, they have got a new book club planned and it will mean MORE episodes of the Readers.

The Readers 2.0 () After the Summer Book Club is finished The Readers will be back ALL NEW. Well, when we say all new it will be all new and yet the same. They have taken on lots of feedback from comments and goodreads and will be coming back on Tuesday’s with slightly shorter episodes and less author interviews, and shorter ones when they are on… apart from with the new addition of Readers Special’s which will be ‘The Readers In Conversation With…’ starting in July with none other than Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter who Gavin and Simon met for an hour last week…

The Readers Met Up () Yes Simon and Gavin met up last week in London for a Readers recording, but did they get on? Listen in for more.

Next Week On The Readers () The Summer Book Club resumes with S.J. Bolton and the discussion of her book ‘Now You See Me’ we will speak to you then.

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The Readers Episode 29; The Readers Summer Book Club More Details, Bookish News & Guilty Pleasures

This weeks episode is possibly the most bonkers in The Readers history as Gavin is poorly and Simon is hyper on life and a bit speedy and rambling. We have the Summer Book Club dates, bookish news such as no Pulitzer Prize for fiction and David Eggers refusing to be at an award yet taking the cash. Also up for discussion… guilty pleasure reads.

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The Readers Summer Book Club 2012; The Dates (01.00) In the first section of the show we discuss the Readers Summer Book Club list again (briefly) to explain how it works further and with a change to the order of titles and their discussion dates which are…

28th May – The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
4th June – Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
11th June – Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
18th June – Bleakley Hall by Elaine di Rollo
25th June – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2nd July – Now You See Me by S.J Bolton
9th July – Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
16th July – Pure by Andrew Miller

Bookish News (06.03) No Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year. For the first time in 35 years there has been no novel chosen for the Pulitzer Prize this year. Gavin and Simon ponder why? Where the books just not good enough? Was there not a great American novel in 2011? Gavin and Simon also discuss David Eggers decision to accept The Gunter Grass Foundation Prize but has shunned the ceremony. Why? Should he have turned down the prize too? Why do authors and judges sometimes pull out of awards?

Guilty Pleasure Reads (21.26) Why do people label some of their books as ‘guilty pleasures’? Should we have any books we feel guilty about reading? Gavin and Simon look at their reading habits and wonder if they actually have books they read they might not talk about and why.

Next Week on The Readers (38.11) We will be doing a World Book Night special. If you are a giver, like Simon, we would love to know what you are giving away and why you are giving it and how. So let us know. Until next week…

The Readers Episode 28; The Readers Summer Book Club Titles & Should We Only Read Amazing Books?

It’s the big reveal this week of the eight titles for The Readers Summer Book Club which Gavin and Simon are really excited about, and we mean REALLY excited about. Gavin and Simon also debate the question ‘should we only read amazing books?’

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The Readers Summer Book Club Eight Titles (00.48) They are here; the eight books which we hope you will be joining in reading with us, sending your thoughts and even joining us on Skype to discuss over the summer. The way it will work is that Simon and Gavin will interview the authors then they will be joined by three guests (some of whom could be you) for shows from mid-May to mid-July. Here are the titles in order we will be reading them (dates to follow);

Pure by Andrew Miller
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
Bleakly Hall by Elaine di Rollo
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

If you would like to be a part of these special shows then you can email us via bookbasedbanter@gmail.com We will be announcing the dates of these shows in the next few episodes.

Should We Only Read Amazing Books? (29.29) Book clubs always bring up titles which we might not always read. You don’t know if they will be amazing or not… which begs the question ‘should we only be reading amazing books?’ Do we need to read the books that we don’t love so much to gage why we love the ones we do? Should our favourite authors be those who only write amazing books, or can they have a duff book every so often? Simon and Gavin discuss this and a fight, followed by giggles, almost ensues.

Next week on The Readers more book based banter, we will speak to you then.

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