Ep.86; What We Have Read, Are Reading & How We Choose What We Read Next…

This week on the Readers it is time to bring back Reading Horizons, though with a twist as Thomas and Simon discuss what they have been reading, what they are reading and how on earth they decide what they are going to read next…

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What We Have Read & What We Are Reading () It is time to have a catch up with Thomas and Simon have been reading and are reading at the moment…

 

Thomas has read: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
He is currently reading: At The Bottom of Everything by Ben Dolnick

 

Simon has read: The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring
He was reading: Riotous Assembly by Tom Sharpe

How We Choose What To Read Next () Normally Simon and Thomas would instantly share what they are reading next, however whilst Simon knows that he really fancies reading ‘The Watch Tower’ by Elizabeth Harrower, Thomas has been a little more stuck/spoilt for choice with three possibilities. These are ‘The Pure Gold Baby’ by Margaret Drabble, ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and ‘May We Be Forgiven’ by A.M. Homes. So they decided it was time to talk about how they choose what they read next. Do they wander through their shelves, bookstores or libraries and pick by whim? Do they have a special selection by the bed? All is revealed in the second section of the show and they want to know how you pick what you are reading next? So let them know…

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! with guest Meike Ziervogel discussing ‘Magda’ and on Friday it is the second episode of new book club show Hear… Read This.

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Ep. 77; Our Best Picks of Books in Late 2013

This week on the Readers it is that time, as we reach the halfway point of the year which has come far too quickly, where Gavin and Simon take a look at the books that they are most looking forward to in the second half of the year. HOWEVER, this time they did it with a difference as Gavin gave Simon the strict orders that they must choose books that everyone wouldn’t already be hearing about (Margaret Atwood, Stephen King etc) and go off the beaten track a little. So what did they come up with?

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The Readers Picks of Books Late 2013…

Gavin chose…

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human
Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Golum and the Djinn by Helen Wecker
Let the Games Begin by Niccolo Ammaniti
The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi
Babayaga by Toby Barlow
The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Closed for Winter by Jorn Lier Horst
The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt
Equilateral: A Novel by Ken Kalfus

Simon’s choices are…

Let The Games Begin by Niccolo Ammaniti
Mr Lynch’s Holiday by Catherine O’Flynn
Almost English by Charlotte Mendleson
Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth
Buriel Rites by Hannah Kent
Witches by Tracy Borman
Speaking Volumes by Romona Koval
Like A House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
Fearie Stories by Stephen Jones
Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death by Martyn Waites
The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
Books by Charlie Hill

So there’s roughly (as they meet in the middle on a few titles) Simon and Gavin’s books to watch out for in the coming months. Have any tempted you? Which books are you most looking forward to reading in the rest of 2013?

Next time on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back with more book based banter. Don’t forget that next Friday, the 11th, will be the latest Readers Book Club with Jess Richards and her debut novel ‘Snake Ropes’. Until then…

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