15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers

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Looking for something to listen to on your commute? Check out the best in book podcasts recording in 2018, including:

  1. The Brit Lit Podcast
  2. Beaks & Geeks
  3. 3BookGirls
  • Recommended
  • Annotated
  • Banging Book Club
  •  Backlisted
  • The Secret Library Podcast
  • Just The Right Book
  • Read-Aloud Revival
  • Between The Covers
  • Literary Friction
  • Fully Booked
  • Read To Lead
  • Freedom, Books, Flowers & The Moon

    Ready to hear more about each of these bookish podcasts?

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

    The Brit Lit Podcast1. The 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 & Geeks2. Beaks & 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.


    3BookGirls3. 3BookGirls

    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.”


    Recommended Podcast From Book Riot4. Recommended

    Recommended is a podcast from Book Riot featuring interesting people talking about their favorite books. Past guests include Alyssa Cole, Kevin Kwan, Lauren Groff, Madeline Miller, and Seanan McGuire.


    Annotated Podcast From Book Riot5. Annotated

    This book podcast is like RadioLab for books, studying different aspects of books, reading, and language. Past episodes have focused on the 2018 Nobel crisis in literature, Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance, and how Shakespeare was saved.


    Banging Book Club6. Banging Book Club

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



    Backlisted Podcast7. Backlisted

    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 Podcast8. The 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 Podcast9. Just 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 Mackenzie10. Read-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 Covers11. Between 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 Friction12. Literary 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 Booked13. Fully 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 Podcast14. Read 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 Moon15. Freedom, 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 more amazing book podcasts that Book Riot has to offer!

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