Ep. 60; Snow Books, Giving Up, Kitschies, Dragonphobia & What We Have Read, Are Reading and Want to Read Next

This week on The Readers we have a marathon natter of subjects in the first half of the show as Gavin and Simon have a random catch up about all sorts of things, seriously its tangent filled, book filled and goes on and on – but we think you will like it. In the second part of the show the old segment you love so much comes back, yes it is what we have read, are reading and want to read next.

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So the first section of the show is brimming full of all sorts starting off with…

Snow Filled Books () In the UK the only thing that everyone has been talking about is snow. Having had some of the worst snow in years Gavin has been stranded and Simon almost was. They thought this would be a great time to talk about snow based books, with some recommendations from listeners and from them, they would love more.

Should Gavin Give Up On A Book () The Readers have discussed this before at some point but Gavin is back having issues with a book he is 80 pages in and isn’t sure he wants to read to the end. But… if he gives it up this will mean he has wasted his time and also means he can’t count it towards his GoodReads end of year total – what a dilemma.

The Kitschies & BSFA Shortlists () Gavin gets to geek out this week as the shortlists for the Kitschies and the BSFA have been announced. He has a chat with Simon about the lists and how the Kitschies are almost perfect ‘reader-centric’ books with their blend of literary and speculative. Oh and Simon and Gavin have both been asked to read ‘The Panopticon’ by Jenni Fagan by the Kitschies for their feedback. We will be discussing it in the middle of February if you want to join in.

Dragonphobia () In a tiny aside Simon wants to break the myth that he doesn’t like dragons, and also wants to know where on earth Gavin got that impression.

What We Have Read, Are Reading and Want to Read Next () In the second section of the show, for the first time in 2013, Gavin and share the books that they have read, are reading and want to read next.


Gavin has read: Invasion of the Bodysnatchers by Jack Finney
He is currently re-reading:  Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
And is looking forward to reading: Jack Glass by Adam Roberts

Simon didn’t have any books he had read he was bursting to discuss so instead…


Simon is currently reading: Y by Marjorie Celona
Dipping in and out of: Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
Will soon be reading, if the whim takes him: The Yard by Alex Grecian

Next Week on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back next Tuesday for more book based banter. Until then… Happy Reading.

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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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