Podcasts for Book Lovers
Are you a lover of books? Do you spend all of your free time cozied up with a good book? Are you constantly looking for the next great novel to read? You’re not alone. Reading is one of the most popular pastimes around – and now podcasters are getting in on the action by creating podcasts for bibliophiles. Here are a few you can check out – when you take a break from reading.
- The Penguin Podcast: Conversations with some of our leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work.
- The Maris Review: Hosted by Maris Kreizman, cultural critic and author of the bestselling Slaughterhouse 90210, talks to authors you should know about their own books and the books they love, the shows and films they’ve watched, the music they’ve listened to, and the links they’ve clicked.
- Sentimental Garbage: Sentimental Garbage is a podcast hosted by Caroline O’Donoghue about the culture we love that society can sometimes make us feel ashamed of. Formerly a chick-lit podcast, sometimes a Sex and the City podcast. We don’t know the most, we feel the most.
- The Great Books Podcast: Hillsdale College’s John J. Miller discusses classic works within the Western literary canon.
- The History of Literature: Literature enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics.
- Mostly Lit (no longer in production): Join Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq in their journey to keep up with the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture. Tune in weekly as they discuss everything that is ‘lit’ in a fun and insightful way!
- The Guardian Books Podcast: The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike.
- You’re Booked: Welcome to You’re Booked, the podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around their favorite authors’ bookshelves. I’m Daisy Buchanan, your Book Inspector, and I’ll be asking our guests all about the first forbidden books they read under the covers, the beloved books they have borrowed, and never given back, and those impressive heavyweight hardbacks that make them look like intellectual giants – even though they couldn’t get beyond the first twenty pages. We’ll also be talking about what makes readers into writers, how our guests became book lovers and their favorite reading memories, all with a dash of intelligence and a dollop of irreverence. Our guests include Dolly Alderton, Nina Stibbe, Nikesh Shukla, and many more favorites from our own bookshelves.
- The Stories That Changed My Life (no longer in production): The Stories That Changed My Life is a podcast about stories. Each episode, we invite guests to share the life stories and literary stories that have inspired and touched them. A books podcast for the non-bookish – no literary knowledge is needed here. Forget book reviews and complex discussions of books you’ve never read, The Stories That Changed My Life is one part good old-fashioned storytelling, one part Desert Island Discs.
- Books and Authors Podcasts: This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. Open Book talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favorite books.
When it comes to finding a great book or learning the story behind a popular novel, these podcasts can certainly help. Check them out and watch your need-to-read list grow!
***All podcast descriptions courtesy of Apple Podcasts