Book Riot: The Podcast

The Book Riot Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of Book Riot.

Episode 334Agent of Chaos

Jeff and Rebecca briefly discuss the double Nobel, wonder about a strange The Testaments deployment, consider the National Book Award longlist, and more.

episode 333.5BONUS: Book Nerd Movie Club: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Jeff and Rebecca read and watch The Shawshank Redemption.

Episode 333Louder and with a Different Person

Jeff and Vanessa consider a list of the 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, do another round of talk, get another perspective on throttling books at libraries, and much more.


Jeff and Rebecca talk about Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. What is it about? Is it good? Why is selling faster than fresh-dug swamp mussels? Answers and more than a few questions in this episode.

Episode 322The Morality Tax

Jeff and Rebecca get to a bunch of listener follow-up, dive back into the Macmillan's new ebook policy for libraries, try to decide if Oprah's Book Club on Apple TV+ is a big deal, and are in vehement agreement about letting people know that most books aren't fact checked.

Episode 331.5BONUS: THE HANDMAID’S TALE Phenomenon

Jeff and Rebecca talk about how The Handmaid's Tale has become a cultural icon and also give their thoughts on the sequel, The Testaments.

Episode 331Camp No Doy

Jeff and Rebecca talk a lot about audiobooks, VERY high expectations for The Testaments, a pestering move by the DOJ, and much more.

Episode 330.5BONUS: Book Nerd Movie Club: THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

Jeff and Amanda dive (!) into the book and let's face it, MOSTLY, the movie: THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER.

Episode 330The Book-Buying Version of the Zombie Apocalypse

This week, Jeff and Jenn talk for a loonggg time about, but also manage to squeeze in some consideration of audiobooks becoming more like podcasts, a big publisher dipping its toe into Spotify, and much more.

Episode 329.5INTERPRETER OF MALADIES: 20 Years Later

Jeff and Rebecca have gone back and read a mutual favorite, Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of it's publication.

Episode 329Two Feet of Parchment About Moonstones

Jeff and Rebecca talk about Amazon breaking the Atwood embargo, listener feedback, their fall preview picks already looking bad, get mad about bad analysis of celebrity book clubs, and much more.

328.52019 Fall Book Preview

Jeff and Rebecca go through 14 of the fall's buzziest books and declare whether or not they would buy, hold, or sell them.

Episode 328The Uncanny Valley of Human Communication

This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk audiobooks and copyright, podcasts and reading, a head-scratching Emily Dickinson trailer, and more. Jeff also talks to Leah Price about her new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books.

Episode 327Knocking Out the Crawdads

This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about people buying Toni Morrison books, a publishing #metoo injustice, Amazon choosing interesting neighbors, and much more.

Episode 326Average Burgle Duration

This week, Jeff and Rebecca follow up about The Da Vinci Code, consider the latest iteration of Obama's reading list, talk about increased pushback against Drag Queen Story Hour, and more.