The Readers Episode 34; Out of Print Books & Things We Think We Don’t Like in Books

This week, in the last show before The Readers Summer Book Club starts next week, Gavin and Simon have an hour jam packed with bookish banter as they discuss; out of print books, books with subjects they think they don’t like and also a final ‘what they have read, are reading and want to read next’ until after the summer.

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Out of Print Books () When Gavin and Simon both got an email from Hesperus Press informing them of a new competition to uncover an out of print book and get it back in print they wanted to share it with all of you (more details here). They also thought it was a really good time to discuss out of print books and so this week they have. Why should some out of print books come back and why should some definitely not? Why do people always assume that out of print books are older books? Which books would they like to see come back?

Things We Think We Don’t Like in Books () This is a subject Simon in particular has been wanting to talk about for quite a while. Which subjects in books do you just not like… and why? In the second segment of the show this week Simon and Gavin tell you their prose prejudices and find out they have some in common but also Gavin is shocked at some of Simon’s choices.

What We’ve Read, Are Reading & Want To Read Next () It hasn’t been long since Simon and Gavin did the three books on their reading periphery. However as normal service is on hold until after The Readers Summer Book Club they decided to do another before it has a hiatus for 9 weeks. So…

  

Gavin has read another by one of his favourite authors: Orbus by Neil Asher
He is reading, but being very secretive about: Railsea by China Mieville
Over the summer he will be reading some YA in the form of: A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

  

Simon has read and adored: It’s A Dons Life by Mary Beard
He is rather shameful to admit he is reading: The Archers: Family Ties by Joanna Toye
Over the summer as he travels the UK himself he will be reading: Notes on a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Next week on The Readers () The Summer Book Club starts with Glen Duncan’s ‘The Last Werewolf’, Simon feels he should apologise for all the rudery in it.

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The Readers Episode 15; Official Bestsellers of 2011, Reading Challenges and Richard and Judy vs. The TV Book Club

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We have a jam packed bookish sandwich of an episode of The Readers this week with a little more of a UK twist than usual as we discuss the Official Bestsellers of 2011 and the UK’s biggest book clubs Richard and Judy vs. The TV Book Club. If you are one of our international listeners fear not as there are many international books available and we talk reading challenges which brings readers from all around the world together, plus as usual there is lots of book based banter and laughter.

The Official Bestsellers of 2011 (01.37) the Guardian have shared the list of the offical best selling books sold in the UK in 2011. Gavin and Simon take a look at the list, look for any of their favourite books and discuss what the top sellers were and why they think they did so well. Can you guess what was number one?

Reading Challenges (08.28) we all like a challenge don’t we? While Simon has sworn of starting any challenges or read-a-longs this year (something that by the end of this episode he has broken but as it’s in the name of the Readers so its allowed) but he has started one by joining in with Kim of Reading Matters ‘Australian Literature Month’. This leads to a discussion of reading challenges in general, why do we love joining them, what are the best ones and what are the pit falls? We would love to hear from you all about any challenges you are taking part in and any we might like that can match our ‘whim reading’, suggestions please.

Gavin and Simon also discuss the idea of a ‘Readers Challenge’ in 2013, any ideas?

Richard and Judy vs. The TV Book Club (18.15) in the UK we have two book club powerhouses in the form of Richard and Judy’s Book Club and the TV Book Club, both their lists were announced last week. You can see them here and here. Gavin and Simon go through the lists and look at which books they will be picking up and why these book clubs have proven so popular.

What We Have Read, Are Reading and Want to Read (31.45)  Gavin and Simon share what books they have had on their bedside tables and which ones are fighting to join them.

  

Gavin has read: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Gavin is reading: Hilldiggers by Neal Asher
Gavin wants to read: Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod

  

Simon has read: Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
Simon is reading: The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada
Simon wants to read: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Next Week and News (47.55) We have left a forum open on Good Reads for what you would like us to talk about over the next few weeks. We also have re-opened The Readers International Book Awards 2011 and we have a teaser page for The Readers Summer Book Club. Until next week…

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The Readers – Episode 13; Boxing Day Books & Our Books of 2011

Firstly we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and got all the presents books that you hoped for. In the festive mood, and possibly after too many glasses of sherry, on episode thirteen of the Readers Simon and Gavin talk festive books and their best books of 2011, but what will they be…

Festive Reads (02.21) Stuffed with turkey (or goose in Simon’s case) and surrounded by unwrapped presents The Readers catch up with each other hidden away from the family mayhem to talk books. Which books are Gavin and Simon reading over Christmas, why have they chosen them and why is Christmas such a perfect time to read?

The Readers Books of 2011 (08.32) As soon as Christmas is over thoughts turn to the New Year and Gavin and Simon decided it was time to announce their top five books of 2011… only they both cheated and had a list of six. You can also hear the sherry go to Simon’s head as he gets the impromptu giggles at one of Gavin’s choices… oops, could this reignite the Lit vs SFF war at a time of peace and goodwill to all men? The books they mention are (but you have to listen to them to find out more and in what order)…

Simon’s Top Six

  

  

Gavin’s Top Six

  

  

Both of them may well do posts on their separate blogs to talk about these further and a few extra titles, we will give you links to their posts when they appear in due course.

What have your favourite books of 2011 been? Do let us know in the comments below!

Next week on The Readers (44.56) it will be 2012 and a whole New Year will have started. Gavin and Simon will be talking about and making some reading resolutions and also the books they are most excited about in the first half of 2012. What books are you looking forward to?

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