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31 Podcasts For Every Type Of Book Lover

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1. Get Booked

Get Booked is a podcast from Book Riot, where listeners can ask for book recommendations based on...really anything! Maybe you’re headed to Paris for vacation and want a book set there, or you just read Crazy Rich Asians and need a read-alike STAT, or you’re going through a breakup and need something to help you through it. No matter the question, hosts Amanda and Jenn have got recs for you. Plus, they try to actually read the books before recommending them, so you know you’re getting something good.
Riot New Media Group

Get Booked is a podcast from Book Riot, where listeners can ask for book recommendations based on...really anything! Maybe you’re headed to Paris for vacation and want a book set there, or you just read Crazy Rich Asians and need a read-alike STAT, or you’re going through a breakup and need something to help you through it. No matter the question, hosts Amanda and Jenn have got recs for you. Plus, they try to actually read the books before recommending them, so you know you’re getting something good.

2. Fictional

This podcast takes classic literature (think Frankenstein and The Count of Monte Cristo) and retells them in a modern and relatable way. So whether you never got around to reading these in high school or you’re a classics junkie who wants a refresher, this podcast is for you. Bonus: At the end of each episode, the host will tell you about a hilariously cringeworthy supervillain from old comic books!
Bardic

This podcast takes classic literature (think Frankenstein and The Count of Monte Cristo) and retells them in a modern and relatable way. So whether you never got around to reading these in high school or you’re a classics junkie who wants a refresher, this podcast is for you. Bonus: At the end of each episode, the host will tell you about a hilariously cringeworthy supervillain from old comic books!

3. By the Book

In this podcast, hosts Kristen and Jolenta pick a different self-help book each episode and quite literally “live by the book.” They spend two weeks living by the book’s rules, and then see how it changed their lives...for better or for worse. *cough* French Women Don’t Get Fat *cough* After each episode, they revisit the book to answer fan questions and hear from other people who lived by the book.
Panoply

In this podcast, hosts Kristen and Jolenta pick a different self-help book each episode and quite literally “live by the book.” They spend two weeks living by the book’s rules, and then see how it changed their lives...for better or for worse. *cough* French Women Don’t Get Fat *cough* After each episode, they revisit the book to answer fan questions and hear from other people who lived by the book.

4. So Many Damn Books

For bibliophiles who enjoy a good drink, there’s So Many Damn Books. Hosts Christopher and Drew chat books, interview authors, and always offer a book- or guest-themed cocktail to sip while you listen. Not only will you get some great recs for your growing TBR, but you’ll have fun listening in on this bookish party.
So Many Damn Books

For bibliophiles who enjoy a good drink, there’s So Many Damn Books. Hosts Christopher and Drew chat books, interview authors, and always offer a book- or guest-themed cocktail to sip while you listen. Not only will you get some great recs for your growing TBR, but you’ll have fun listening in on this bookish party.

5. Binge Mode: Harry Potter

This podcast from the Ringer started off as a lead-up to the much-anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones, but with its success came a follow-up: Harry Potter! In this series, hosts Mallory and Jason cover each book thoroughly, chapter by chapter. They also cover each movie, and a few fun extras, like the history of Quidditch. Any Potterhead will appreciate their extensive knowledge of the universe and the unique sense of humor they bring to talking about it.
Binge Mode / The Ringer

This podcast from the Ringer started off as a lead-up to the much-anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones, but with its success came a follow-up: Harry Potter! In this series, hosts Mallory and Jason cover each book thoroughly, chapter by chapter. They also cover each movie, and a few fun extras, like the history of Quidditch. Any Potterhead will appreciate their extensive knowledge of the universe and the unique sense of humor they bring to talking about it.

6. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

This one goes out to all of the romance lovers. This witty podcast covers all things romance with host Sarah interviewing authors, publishers, and more people involved in the romance genre industry. Plus, she recommends books she’s currently reading and chats about the pitfalls and stigma surrounding the genre.
Smart Bitches Trashy Books

This one goes out to all of the romance lovers. This witty podcast covers all things romance with host Sarah interviewing authors, publishers, and more people involved in the romance genre industry. Plus, she recommends books she’s currently reading and chats about the pitfalls and stigma surrounding the genre.

7. Black Chick Lit

In this podcast, two black women — Mollie and Dani — discuss books written by black women. You’ll find a wide array of genres here, from YA (The Hate U Give) to nonfiction (Hunger). Listen in as they dissect the novel, talk about the author, and drink just a little too much wine.
Black Chick Lit

In this podcast, two black women — Mollie and Dani — discuss books written by black women. You’ll find a wide array of genres here, from YA (The Hate U Give) to nonfiction (Hunger). Listen in as they dissect the novel, talk about the author, and drink just a little too much wine.

8. Getting Into Comics

With the world of comic books being as widespread and complex as it is, it can be intimidating for someone just starting out to know where to begin. Enter Tim, who uses this podcast to help comic book newcomers ease their way in. He’ll explain terms, share ideas on where to get started, and even break down stories so you can find one that’s right for you!
Getting Into Comics

With the world of comic books being as widespread and complex as it is, it can be intimidating for someone just starting out to know where to begin. Enter Tim, who uses this podcast to help comic book newcomers ease their way in. He’ll explain terms, share ideas on where to get started, and even break down stories so you can find one that’s right for you!

9. Hey YA

Hey YA (also from Book Riot) is hosted by two adults with a passion for young adult lit. Eric and Kelly spend each episode covering what’s new and exciting in the YA world, from new releases, movie adaptations coming to the screen, and what they’ve personally been reading lately. They also discuss authors they’d like to see cross over to YA lit, common issues in the YA world, and what exactly makes a book YA.
Riot New Media, Inc.

Hey YA (also from Book Riot) is hosted by two adults with a passion for young adult lit. Eric and Kelly spend each episode covering what’s new and exciting in the YA world, from new releases, movie adaptations coming to the screen, and what they’ve personally been reading lately. They also discuss authors they’d like to see cross over to YA lit, common issues in the YA world, and what exactly makes a book YA.

10. The New Yorker: Fiction

Running since 2007 — yes, you read that right! Podcasts are really that old — this podcast features a different renowned author each month. They choose a favorite story from the magazine’s fiction section, read it aloud, and discuss it with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. This one will definitely be thought-provoking, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for something that will really stimulate your brain without adding to your TBR.
Condé Nast

Running since 2007 — yes, you read that right! Podcasts are really that old — this podcast features a different renowned author each month. They choose a favorite story from the magazine’s fiction section, read it aloud, and discuss it with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. This one will definitely be thought-provoking, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for something that will really stimulate your brain without adding to your TBR.

11. Books & Boba

If you’re looking to add some Asian and Asian American authors to your reading queue, this podcast will be your savior. Hosts Reera and Marvin talk books they’re currently reading, interview authors, and discuss news and updates in the Asian and Asian American publishing world. You’ll find a wide range of genres here, from memoirs to YA to picture books.
Books & Boba

If you’re looking to add some Asian and Asian American authors to your reading queue, this podcast will be your savior. Hosts Reera and Marvin talk books they’re currently reading, interview authors, and discuss news and updates in the Asian and Asian American publishing world. You’ll find a wide range of genres here, from memoirs to YA to picture books.

12. Drunk Booksellers

Here's another podcast for those booklovers who like to sip while they read. In this podcast, Emma and Kim interview fellow booksellers around America, talking favorite books and the industry in general — while sipping on literary-themed drinks, of course.
Drunk Booksellers

Here's another podcast for those booklovers who like to sip while they read. In this podcast, Emma and Kim interview fellow booksellers around America, talking favorite books and the industry in general — while sipping on literary-themed drinks, of course.

13. Tales

Think fairy tales are all princesses and true love? Tales will show you otherwise. Every week, host Vanessa tells a classic fairy tale the way they were originally written — dark undertones and adult themes included. You’ll learn about the origins and cultural relevance of these tales while getting to hear the story firsthand from Vanessa herself.
Cutler Media

Think fairy tales are all princesses and true love? Tales will show you otherwise. Every week, host Vanessa tells a classic fairy tale the way they were originally written — dark undertones and adult themes included. You’ll learn about the origins and cultural relevance of these tales while getting to hear the story firsthand from Vanessa herself.

14. Book Club for Masochists

In an effort to be better librarians, this group tackles books they hate from randomly selected genres. Think nonfiction travel books, legal thrillers, and supernatural and paranormal fiction. They discuss their reactions, as well as other topics, like book tracking, rereads, and reading resolutions.
Book Club For Masochists

In an effort to be better librarians, this group tackles books they hate from randomly selected genres. Think nonfiction travel books, legal thrillers, and supernatural and paranormal fiction. They discuss their reactions, as well as other topics, like book tracking, rereads, and reading resolutions.

15. What Should I Read Next?

If you find yourself asking that very question, then Anne’s podcast can help you! Anne chats with real-life people, discovering their likes and dislikes, and then recommends real books to them. As a self-proclaimed “modern Mrs. Darcy,” you can be sure your TBR is in good hands with Anne.
Wondery

If you find yourself asking that very question, then Anne’s podcast can help you! Anne chats with real-life people, discovering their likes and dislikes, and then recommends real books to them. As a self-proclaimed “modern Mrs. Darcy,” you can be sure your TBR is in good hands with Anne.

16. Literary Disco

Join Julia, Tod, and Rider (as in Rider Strong, of Boy Meets World fame) as they talk favorite books, books they’re reading, and a myriad of other things longtime friends who happen to be book nerds talk about. They also sometimes bring in authors, who choose their favorite book and discuss with the hosts. They cover a wide range of genres, from YA to plays to nonfiction, so you’ll find something you like no matter your style.
Literary Disco

Join Julia, Tod, and Rider (as in Rider Strong, of Boy Meets World fame) as they talk favorite books, books they’re reading, and a myriad of other things longtime friends who happen to be book nerds talk about. They also sometimes bring in authors, who choose their favorite book and discuss with the hosts. They cover a wide range of genres, from YA to plays to nonfiction, so you’ll find something you like no matter your style.

17. 33% Pulp

In this podcast, hosts Linzi, Amber, and Daniel read classic pulp novels...only they don’t read the entire thing. Instead, each host is randomly assigned one-third of the novel and they each recap their portion for the others. If you’re a fan of pulp and/or hilarious hijinks that ensue from only reading a portion of a book, then this is the podcast for you.
33% Pulp

In this podcast, hosts Linzi, Amber, and Daniel read classic pulp novels...only they don’t read the entire thing. Instead, each host is randomly assigned one-third of the novel and they each recap their portion for the others. If you’re a fan of pulp and/or hilarious hijinks that ensue from only reading a portion of a book, then this is the podcast for you.

18. Ink to Film

Whether you’re a fan of screen adaptations of books or not, you’ll enjoy listening to writer Luke and filmmaker James discuss the topic. Each episode, they read a book and then watch the film or show adaptation. Then they review from their unique points of view.
Ink to Film

Whether you’re a fan of screen adaptations of books or not, you’ll enjoy listening to writer Luke and filmmaker James discuss the topic. Each episode, they read a book and then watch the film or show adaptation. Then they review from their unique points of view.

19. 3 Book Girls

Every week you can sit in on a group of extreme booklovers as they discuss what they’ve been reading, along with witty (and sometimes inappropriate) comments. Listening to 3 Book Girls is like throwing a bookish slumber party with your closest friends.
3 Book Girls

Every week you can sit in on a group of extreme booklovers as they discuss what they’ve been reading, along with witty (and sometimes inappropriate) comments. Listening to 3 Book Girls is like throwing a bookish slumber party with your closest friends.

20. AAWW Radio

Coming from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, this podcast provides audio from the workshop’s literary events, where they feature and discuss popular and emerging Asian American authors. They’ll discuss new works of literature, common topics across Asian American literature, and more.
AAWW

Coming from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, this podcast provides audio from the workshop’s literary events, where they feature and discuss popular and emerging Asian American authors. They’ll discuss new works of literature, common topics across Asian American literature, and more.

21. The Worst Bestsellers

Meet Kait and Renata: They “read stuff so you don’t have to.” They (plus a guest) spend each episode discussing popular books and questioning how and why they became popular. Yes, they do cover Twilight. While Kait and Renata do joke about the books they read, they don’t judge anyone for their literary tastes. At least, not too harshly.
Kitty of Bitches Get Riches

Meet Kait and Renata: They “read stuff so you don’t have to.” They (plus a guest) spend each episode discussing popular books and questioning how and why they became popular. Yes, they do cover Twilight. While Kait and Renata do joke about the books they read, they don’t judge anyone for their literary tastes. At least, not too harshly.

22. Bookworm

Hosts Joe and Mike spend two weeks reading various self-help books and then discuss how they can apply these to their real lives. A few books they’ve covered: The Power of a Positive No, The Artist’s Way, and How to Win Friends and Influence People. They also have an online group where you can talk with other fans about how they’ve incorporated these books into their lives.
KCRW

Hosts Joe and Mike spend two weeks reading various self-help books and then discuss how they can apply these to their real lives. A few books they’ve covered: The Power of a Positive No, The Artist’s Way, and How to Win Friends and Influence People. They also have an online group where you can talk with other fans about how they’ve incorporated these books into their lives.

23. Books on the Nightstand

Although this podcast recently ended, it still has 390 amazing episodes available for audio binging! Michael and Ann, who both work in the publishing industry, spend each episode discussing books on their nightstands and recommend new or recently published novels they’re excited about. You’ll probably want to clear some space on your own nightstand for some of their recommendations.
Books on the Nightstand

Although this podcast recently ended, it still has 390 amazing episodes available for audio binging! Michael and Ann, who both work in the publishing industry, spend each episode discussing books on their nightstands and recommend new or recently published novels they’re excited about. You’ll probably want to clear some space on your own nightstand for some of their recommendations.

24. Reading Women

Women’s lit is often disregarded as “fluff,” but Kendra and Autumn are here to reclaim their half of the shelf. Each month, they read books by women of all backgrounds from a different selected theme or topic. Then they discuss à la book club style.
Reading Women

Women’s lit is often disregarded as “fluff,” but Kendra and Autumn are here to reclaim their half of the shelf. Each month, they read books by women of all backgrounds from a different selected theme or topic. Then they discuss à la book club style.

25. LeVar Burton Reads

Let one of the world’s greatest storytellers take you away as LeVar himself chooses short fiction to read aloud every episode. You’ll find stories from authors like Nnedi Okorafor, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and more. Most episodes are under an hour, so you can enjoy them during your commute or just when you need a little break from life to let LeVar’s soothing voice read you a story.
Midroll Media

Let one of the world’s greatest storytellers take you away as LeVar himself chooses short fiction to read aloud every episode. You’ll find stories from authors like Nnedi Okorafor, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and more. Most episodes are under an hour, so you can enjoy them during your commute or just when you need a little break from life to let LeVar’s soothing voice read you a story.

26. Between the Covers

In this podcast, host David interviews prominent and emerging contemporary authors. His approach is always thought-provoking, interesting, and sure to allow you to dive deep into the author’s mind as David himself learns more about the person behind some of your new favorite books. A couple notable recent interviews include Celeste Ng and Carmen Maria Machado.
KBOO

In this podcast, host David interviews prominent and emerging contemporary authors. His approach is always thought-provoking, interesting, and sure to allow you to dive deep into the author’s mind as David himself learns more about the person behind some of your new favorite books. A couple notable recent interviews include Celeste Ng and Carmen Maria Machado.

27. Not Now, I'm Reading

If your reading taste varies across a sea of different genres, then you’ll love the hosts of Not Now, I’m Reading. Kay and Chelsea read everything from comic books to fantasy, to romance, to crime, and they want to discuss it all with you. Each episode they’ll discuss what they’re reading (and occasionally watching) in a fun and positive atmosphere.
Not Now, I'm Reading

If your reading taste varies across a sea of different genres, then you’ll love the hosts of Not Now, I’m Reading. Kay and Chelsea read everything from comic books to fantasy, to romance, to crime, and they want to discuss it all with you. Each episode they’ll discuss what they’re reading (and occasionally watching) in a fun and positive atmosphere.

28. Can't Lit

Resident Canadians Dina and Jen discuss all things Canada and literature — sometimes both at the same time! They talk with authors, discuss topics like the publishing world and the importance of libraries, and so much more. This is the perfect podcast if you’re looking for literature with a side of real life.
Poetry Is Dead Media

Resident Canadians Dina and Jen discuss all things Canada and literature — sometimes both at the same time! They talk with authors, discuss topics like the publishing world and the importance of libraries, and so much more. This is the perfect podcast if you’re looking for literature with a side of real life.

29. Major Spoilers

Love comics? So do Bryan, Rodrigo, and Stephen. So in each episode of Major Spoilers, they cover comic book news, review new titles, and sometimes dive into the general world of comic book pop culture. That means movies, shows, etc. Whether you’re new to the comic book world or a total expert, you’ll find something to love.
Major Spoilers

Love comics? So do Bryan, Rodrigo, and Stephen. So in each episode of Major Spoilers, they cover comic book news, review new titles, and sometimes dive into the general world of comic book pop culture. That means movies, shows, etc. Whether you’re new to the comic book world or a total expert, you’ll find something to love.

30. The Poetry Gods

Hosted by three poets — Aziza, José, and Jon — this podcast interviews different poets about their work and lives. And listen, this is NOT your college’s poetry class. Even if you’re not a poetry fan, this podcast makes the discussion lively, funny, and unpretentious. You’ll learn about new, emerging poets, listen to some original works, and discover more about the craft.
Jess X. Chen

Hosted by three poets — Aziza, José, and Jon — this podcast interviews different poets about their work and lives. And listen, this is NOT your college’s poetry class. Even if you’re not a poetry fan, this podcast makes the discussion lively, funny, and unpretentious. You’ll learn about new, emerging poets, listen to some original works, and discover more about the craft.

31. The Bookstore

Becca and Corinne are reading all the latest books for you. Their archives are filled with notable new releases, such as Swing Time, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Heart Berries, and Children of Blood and Bone. They also discuss literary scandals and gossip, as well as fun topics, like bookish lifestyles and what “genres” really means.
Awkwardly Social Media

Becca and Corinne are reading all the latest books for you. Their archives are filled with notable new releases, such as Swing Time, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Heart Berries, and Children of Blood and Bone. They also discuss literary scandals and gossip, as well as fun topics, like bookish lifestyles and what “genres” really means.

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