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More bookish podcasts to enjoy
I’ve written about my love of bookish-related podcasts here and here. When I think I’ve found enough to keep me busy, I keep finding more of them. Readers love to recommend bookish podcasts to me, and I read many newsletters that also do the same. Just like books, there is not enough time to listen to all the bookish-related podcasts I’d like to listen to, so I pick and choose based on the episode, who the guest is, and what sounds good to me at the time.
There are many different types of bookish-related podcasts. Many are interviews with authors; some are interviews with readers, some with industry professionals, others are based on specific genres of books; you name it, a bookish podcast can probably be found for precisely what you are looking for as long as you have the time to look for it. I like to share what I’ve found as I think my bookish podcast tastes are like many of my readers’ podcast tastes.
When I listen to podcasts, I want to be entertained. I want to know more about the book, author, or subject, and I always want more book recommendations. Hearing someone talk about a book they loved tells me so much more than reading a book review or reading something from the publisher telling me why I should read that book. Here are a few more that I listen to that you might enjoy also:
The Readerly Report - A literary podcast hosted by Nicole Bonia and Gayle Weiswasser offers conversations among themselves, recommendations on books they’ve read and want to read, discussions with authors and others in the industry, and previews of upcoming books. I like their friendly, easy banter about the books they enjoyed; their website has links to all the books in each episode along with the transcripts too. Episodes can be listened to on most podcast players and also their website.
Sarah’s Bookshelves - An almost weekly bookish podcast hosted by Sarah where she discusses a guest’s favorite two new books and two old books along with a book the guest doesn’t like and one new release they are looking forward to reading. Her guests include authors, other book bloggers and podcast producers, readers, and others in the book industry discussing books and leaving the listeners with so many recommendations their TBR will topple over. It is one of the few bookish podcasts that I listen to almost every episode.
Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books - A daily podcast that celebrates authors and their books, usually no more than 30 minutes in length. She is a champion for authors and the books they write. She is also a guest contributor on Good Morning America, other local morning shows across the country, has won various awards, and has recently started her own publishing imprint, Zibby Books. I enjoy listening to her conversations with the guests, and I come away feeling like I got to know the author.
Read It or List It - The podcast that tells you what you need to know about a book—add it to your cart or save it for later. Phoebe and Ashley do author interviews, book reviews, and conversations about different genres while adding many book recommendations to fill up your TBR. They have a fun banter that I enjoy, they don’t talk over each other, and the episodes are usually 30-40 minutes long, which is a plus for me.
I Know How This Book Ends - Author, lawyer, and podcast host Amy Impellizzeri began hosting this Tall Poppy Writers podcast in March. It has quickly become a podcast that I listen to every episode of. The episodes are around thirty minutes in length (fantastic); she interviews authors of recently published books, asks great questions about their life and writing processes, and leaves me wanting to read every book discussed. Amy will be the featured author in an upcoming “An Author and Her Books” series newsletter. I have read all of her books except her most recent one, and I am looking forward to reading it before I publish that newsletter.
I admire these bookish podcast creators as I understand it is so much work to put just one episode together, and these hosts do this week after week. These all sound professionally produced, and the hosts are knowledgeable about the authors and books they talk about.
I hope that one of these podcasts sounds interesting to you; there are many great episodes in each of these. If you listen to podcasts already, you can search for one in your podcast player and then view the episodes to see which ones interest you. I use Overcast to listen to my podcasts, but you can use whatever your favorite is as most of these are available in all podcast players. I’d love to hear about any bookish podcasts you listen to, as I just can’t help myself; I always need more to listen to.
Well, that’s it for today’s newsletter about bookish podcasts. Listening to podcasts is a great way to learn more about the authors of the books you love, the books they love to read, and you always learn more than you expected to. Happy listening!