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Bad Reads - Season One

2020

1
Being a bad reader
57:20

Simon and Kiera chat about what it means to be a good or bad reader and why it’s time to reassess what reading habits and preferences we give value to. In this podcast, we talk about guilty pleasures, eye-tracking technology and chaotic neutral reading, and consider whether audiobooks, subtitled movies and news articles count as reading.

Episode 1 full show notes

2
Finding books to read
46:08

Simon and Kiera discuss the ways they find which books to read - how (surprisingly) hard it can be to discover books that suit what you feel like reading now, and the perils of making and accepting book recommendations. We'd love to hear how you find new books, your reading patterns or recommendations. Please get in touch on Twitter.

Episode 2 full show notes

3
Reading Goals
53:39

Simon and Kiera discuss their reading goals - and whether the idea of setting reading goals is even a good thing. Not included is any discussion of Reading Gaols, which would be a completely different episode about Oscar Wilde - and a joke that works much better in written show notes than it does spoken on a podcast. If you have any ideas for good reading goals (or reading gaols even) please do tweet at us.

Episode 3 full show notes

4
Adaptations
55:30

Simon and Kiera discuss film and TV adaptations of books, from the many adaptations of Philip K. Dick and Nick Hornby to Persepolis and The Company of Wolves - and go on a tangent through the Marvel Universe. (Kiera thinks the worst thing you can do to Thor is cut his hair, and Simon notes that he gets an eye cut out.) We’d love to hear about your favourite adaptations: find us on Twitter @BadReadsPodcast.

Episode 4 full show notes

5
Short and Long Reads
53:07

Kiera and Simon rave about short books, drop some serious numbers when it comes to book length, and speculate on what types of reading give us an endorphin hit. Simon gives a health warning for Clarissa. We’d love to hear about whether you’re also counting words and pages or whether you delight in a longer read. Find us on Twitter @BadReadsPodcast.

Episode 5 full show notes

6
Bad Baths (and Other Places to Read)
48:43

Kiera and Simon discuss... well baths mainly. And other other places and times to read. If you have any top reading habits you can get in touch with us via Twitter at @BadReadsPodcast.

Episode 6 full show notes

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Hosts

Simon

Simon is the Head of Product for Corporate Digital at the BBC and writes a column for OneZero and Debugger. Previously he worked in radio. Some of his recent favourite fiction includes The Friend by Sigrid Núñez, Chemistry by Weike Wang, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. As for non-fiction, current highlights are Eula Biss's Having and Being Had, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Bluets by Maggie Nelson.

Kiera

Kiera has worked in publishing for 12+ years. She is a Senior Commissioning Editor at Icon Books, where she works on non-fiction and the comic-book style Introducing Graphic Guide series. Some of her favourite recent non-fiction reads include Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Joanna Pocock’s Surrender, John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood, Patrick McGuiness’ Other People’s Countries, Jessica Pan’s Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come and the anthology At the Pond. In fiction, highlights include Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café, John Allison’s Giant Days comics and Vita Sackville West’s All Passion Spent.