15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers

Looking for something to listen to on your commute? Check out these literary podcasts!

Looking for something to listen to on your commute? Check out these 15 podcasts for book lovers!

The Brit Lit PodcastThe Brit Lit Podcast

This is a bi-monthly show that covers news from the world of British books and publishing. It’s hosted by Book Riot’s very own Claire Handscombe!

Beaks & GeeksBeaks & Geeks

Beaks & Geeks hosts candid conversations with authors. Past guests include Celeste Ng, Anita Shreve, Amor Towles, Colin Dickey, Blake Crouch, Yaa Gyasi, and George Saunders.


On this podcast, three friends gather each week to talk about what they’ve read with a healthy amount of “inappropriate comments, snark, and silliness.”

Beth's BookshelfBeth’s Bookshelf

On this podcast, blogger Beth Ashley interviews authors. Past guests include Jess Phillips, Meredith Russo, Michael Grant, Eva Dellaira, and Erin Summerill.


This podcast celebrates “all things book-related” and features chats with authors, editors, booksellers, and librarians.

Banging Book ClubBanging Book Club

Three friends read a sex book each month and discuss it on this podcast.


Backlisted PodcastBacklisted

This podcast is hosted by Unbound’s John Mitchinson and Andy Miller (author of The Year of Reading Dangerously). It’s all about “bringing old books back to the surface.”

The Secret Library PodcastThe Secret Library Podcast

Blogger Caroline Donahue interviews authors to get an insider’s perspective on the publishing process and dispel the myth of overnight success. Past guests include V.E. Schwab, Jade Chang, Ben Winters, and Esmé Weijun Wang.

Just the Right Book PodcastJust the Right Book

Hosted by the owner of R.J. Julia Booksellers , this podcast is all about new and noteworthy books. It also features interviews with the likes of Daniel Handler, Ann Patchett, and Book Riot’s own Rebecca Schinsky.

Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah MackenzieRead-Aloud Revival

Read-Aloud Revival features “inspiring and informative” interviews to “help parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make reading aloud a central part of family life.”

Between the CoversBetween the Covers

This podcast features interviews with established and up-and-coming authors of fiction, nonfiction, and narrative poetry. Past guests include Ursula K. Le Guin, Maggie Nelson, Roxane Gay, and Junot Díaz.

Literary FrictionLiterary Friction

Literary Friction is “a monthly conversation about books and ideas.” The two hosts interview authors and each show is built around a theme. Past guests include Julianne Pachico, Sarah Perry, and Emily Witt.

Fully BookedFully Booked

On this podcast, “the editors at Kirkus Reviews interview your favorite authors, tell you whether or not books on the bestseller list are worth the read, and introduce you to great books you may otherwise never find.”

Read to Lead PodcastRead to Lead

Jeff Brown, the host of Read to Lead, believes that “intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and life.” Every week he hosts business authors such as Seth Godin, Brian Tracy, Dan Miller, and John Maxwell.

Freedom, Books, Flowers, and the MoonFreedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon

This weekly podcast from The Times Literary Supplement explores culture and ideas through the lens of literature.


And, as always, be sure to check out the many amazing podcasts Book Riot has to offer!

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