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The Best Podcasts For Book Lovers

October 9, 2017

“What are the top Book Podcasts?” We looked at 168 different channels, aggregating and ranking them into the following list!

Previously we highlighted the Best Websites To Visit For Book Lovers, and now we are following that up with a series of articles showcasing the best bookish personalities and sources to follow in a variety of different areas.

Because of how we put these articles together (aggregate as many “Best Book Podcast” articles as we can find and rank the individual items by how many times they appear), sometimes a top ranking entry may be somewhat outdated. There are a few podcasts on this list that are no longer releasing new episodes, but we decided to keep them because they all still have a nice back catalog to go through.

The additional 125+ podcasts that didn’t rank in the top 30 are listed in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page, as are the articles we used to make our list.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top 23 Book Podcasts For Literature Lovers




30 .) After Words

Interviews with top nonfiction authors by journalists, public policy makers, legislators, and others familiar with their work. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot 2
  • PlayerFM


29 .) All the Books!

All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new book releases. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookstr
  • Listen notes


28 .) Book Club Appetizer

Book Club Appetizer is the snackable podcast to help you kick off your book club meetings or enhance your solo reading adventures. Every month, hosts Abbe and Emma—two book addicts from Read It Forward—select a tantalizing book that’s ripe for discussion, then recap the plot and characters, and invite the author into the studio for an interview and a brief reading. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot 2
  • PlayerFM


27 .) LA Review of Books

The LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, as its name suggests, looks out at the world of books from its perch on the Pacific Rim. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • PlayerFM
  • Madshus


26 .) The Allusionist

Small adventures in the English language, by Helen Zaltzman from @AnswerMeThis for @Radiotopiafrom PRX. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Listen notes


25 .) The Moth

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human & social experiences they showcase. Each week, The Moth podcast features the best of the stories told live from Moth stages across the country and delivers them in this beautiful radio program, available on demand in Stitcher’s Society & Culture station. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Pan Macmillan
  • BuzzFeed


24 .) The Yarn

A narrative adventure. The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children’s literature, and lets them look at all the threads that must be weaved together to create a book. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • PlayerFM
  • Brightly


23 .) Book Riot – The Podcast

Book Riot – The 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 BookRiot.com. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Knockin’ Boots
  • PlayerFM
  • Make Use Of


22 .) Bookclub

Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • PlayerFM


21 .) Late Night Library

Late Night Library was a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining book culture, promoting literature in schools and communities, and supporting a diverse array of writers early in their careers. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • PlayerFM


20 .) Lore

Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • Bustle


19 .) Myths and Legends

“This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.

These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.” Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Bustle
  • Listen notes


18 .) The Catapult

The Catapult is a podcast of new work read aloud. Twice a month we bring you writing that is beautiful, exciting, funny, and smart, read by the people who wrote it. Wherever you are, we will get new writing to you. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • PlayerFM
  • Bustle


17 .) Two Book Minimum

Each week Dan sits down with an author to have an intelligent conversation about reading, writing, and important literary tropes, but ruins that conversation by bringing along a fellow comedian to take the discussion to weirder and weirder topics. Produced by Cave Comedy Radio, it’s Two-Book Minimum! Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot 2
  • Bustle
  • Make Use Of


16 .) Welcome to Night Vale

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Madshus
  • Pan Macmillan
  • BuzzFeed


15 .) Lit Up

Welcome to Lit Up, a podcast about books, writers and all things literary where no topic is off the table and no conversation is too weird, too personal or too controversial. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • The Star


14 .) Books and Authors

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • PlayerFM
  • Bookriot 2
  • PlayerFM
  • Electric Lit


13 .) Dear Book Nerd

A bookish advice show that answers your questions about life, love and literature. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Bustle
  • Make Use Of
  • Bookstr


12 .) Literary Disco

Primarily, we read books and stories and essays and talk about them. We read nonfiction, fiction, poetry, articles, plays, classics, children’s books, YA, and everything in between. We don’t really know what we’ll read next. What our next move will be. Because we like everything. Well. Most everything. Okay. We argue about a lot of things. It wouldn’t be much of a show if we liked everything, would it? Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot 2
  • Madshus
  • Make Use Of
  • PlayerFM


11 .) Overdue

a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. updates mondays. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • PlayerFM
  • Bustle
  • The Star


10 .) Selected Shorts

It’s story time for adults with PRI’s award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen. Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC and on tour. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Electric Lit
  • Pan Macmillan
  • BuzzFeed
  • Bookstr


9 .) What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they’re reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot 2
  • Brightly
  • PlayerFM
  • Listen notes


8 .) BBC World Book Club

The world’s great authors discuss their best-known novel. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • The Star
  • Bookstr
  • Make Use Of
  • Bookriot
  • PlayerFM


7 .) Longform Podcast

The Longform Podcast is a weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer on how they tell stories. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • PlayerFM
  • Pan Macmillan
  • The Star
  • Madshus
  • Electric Lit


6 .) The New York Times Book Review Podcast

The world’s top authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week’s top books, what we’re reading and what’s going on in the literary world. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • PlayerFM
  • Listen notes
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • Bookriot
  • The Guardian


5 .) Books on the Nightstand

At Books on the Nightstand, we strive to bring you great book recommendations, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the world of books, bookstores and publishing. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • PlayerFM
  • Madshus
  • Make Use Of
  • Brightly


4 .) KCRW Bookworm

Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Knockin’ Boots
  • The Star
  • The Guardian
  • Bookriot
  • Make Use Of
  • BuzzFeed


3 .) The Guardian Books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Make Use Of
  • The Guardian
  • PlayerFM
  • The Star
  • Bookstr


2 .) Slate’s Audio Book Club

Join Slate’s critics for monthly discussions of new and important books. Read the book club selections and then listen in as our critics hold lively – and sometimes heated – debates about the works. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Madshus
  • PlayerFM
  • BuzzFeed
  • The Guardian
  • Bookriot
  • Knockin’ Boots
  • Make Use Of
  • Electric Lit
  • Bookstr


1 .) The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. Lists Channel Appears On:

  • Make Use Of
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Bookriot
  • PlayerFM
  • Pan Macmillan
  • Listen notes
  • The Guardian
  • Electric Lit
  • The Star



Best Literature Podcasts #31-168



 

# Podcast Lists
31 30-Minute Author Interviews with Preston Leigh Bookriot 2
32 A Phone Call From Paul PlayerFM
33 A Podcast of Ice and Fire PlayerFM
34 A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment Electric Lit
35 Adventures with Words Bookriot 2
36 All About Books | NET Radio PlayerFM
37 All the Wonders Brightly
38 ALOUD Bookriot 2
39 Authors On Tour – Live! PlayerFM
40 Between the Covers
The Guardian
41 Biblioclast Bookriot 2
42 BIG PLANET COMICS Bookriot
43 Black Authors Network Talk Show PlayerFM
44 Blinkist Podcast – Interviews | Personal Development | Productivity | Business | Psychology PlayerFM
45 Bonafide Literary Show PlayerFM
46 Book Circle Online Bookriot 2
47 Book Club for Kids Brightly
48 Book Club for Masochists Bookriot 2
49 Book Club Girl on Air Bookriot 2
50 Book Fight! Bookriot 2
51 Book Hype PlayerFM
52 Book Shambles with Robin and Josie PlayerFM
53 Book Thingo: Readers talking about books we love, especially romance PlayerFM
54 BookD Bookriot 2
55 BookGoodies Podcasts – Book Goodies PlayerFM
56 BOOKRAGEOUS Bookriot
57 Books and Boba PlayerFM
58 Books and Nachos PlayerFM
59 Books, Beer and Bullshit PlayerFM
60 BooksPlus – Full program podcast PlayerFM
61 Brain Burps About Books Brightly
62 Can’t Lit The Star
63 CraftLit – Serialized Classic Literature for Busy Book Lovers PlayerFM
64 Curious City Brightly
65 DEAR BITCHES, SMART AUTHORS Bookriot
66 DRUNK BOOKSELLERS Bookriot
67 Eclectic Readers PlayerFM
68 Escape Pod Bustle
69 Eye on Books PlayerFM
70 Fictional Listen notes
71 Frank Delaney’s Re: Joyce PlayerFM
72 Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon PlayerFM
73 Get Booked PlayerFM
74 Getting Into Comics with Tim Paige Bookriot 2
75 HarperAudio Presents Bookriot 2
76 Helping Writers Become Authors PlayerFM
77 Homemade Stories PlayerFM
78 Humanities on Demand PlayerFM
79 Hush PlayerFM
80 I Don’t Even Own a Television PlayerFM
81 I Should Be Writing PlayerFM
82 Josie and Robin’s Book Shambles
Pan Macmillan
83 Just the Books—annotated audiobooks for busy book lovers PlayerFM
84 KUOW Seattle’s Nancy Pearl Book Reviews The Star
85 Lannan Podcasts PlayerFM
86 Lexicon Valley Madshus
87 LFPL’s At the Library Series PlayerFM
88 Literary Roadhouse: One Short Story, Once a Week PlayerFM
89 Literary Wonder & Adventure Show PlayerFM
90 London Review Bookshop Podcast
The Guardian
91 London Review Podcasts PlayerFM
92 Love YA Like Crazy PlayerFM
93 Major Spoilers Madshus
94 MashReads Podcast PlayerFM
95 MEET THE AUTHOR Bookriot
96 MIT Press Podcast PlayerFM
97 MUGGLECAST Bookriot
98 Nate Corddry Presents: Reading Aloud Bookriot 2
99 New Yorker Radio Hour Bookstr
100 New Yorker: Fiction Madshus
101 NPR’s Fresh Air BuzzFeed
102 Official OLS Episodes – One Last Sketch PlayerFM
103 PEN American Center BuzzFeed
104 Podcast Episodes – The Narrative Breakdown PlayerFM
105 Poem of the Day Electric Lit
106 Radio 4’s Open Book
The Guardian
107 Reading Envy Bookriot 2
108 Reading the End Bookriot 2
109 Reading the World Bookriot 2
110 Reading Women Bookriot 2
111 Rocket Talk Podcast – Tor.com PlayerFM
112 Scholastic Reads PlayerFM
113 Shakespeare and Company PlayerFM
114 Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
Knockin’ Boots
115 SO MANY DAMN BOOKS Bookriot
116 Speaking of Books PlayerFM
117 STORYNORY Bookriot
118 Storynory Brightly
119 StoryWonk Sunday PlayerFM
120 Tea or Books? PlayerFM
121 Teens Podcast from The Seattle Public Library PlayerFM
122 The Alternate Book Club PlayerFM
123 The Baen Free Radio Hour PlayerFM
124 The Book Editor Show PlayerFM
125 The Book of Life: Jewish Books, Music, Film & Web PlayerFM
126 The Book Slam Podcast
Pan Macmillan
127 The Bookrageous Podcast PlayerFM
128 The Casual Academic Podcast PlayerFM
129 The Dead Authors Podcast PlayerFM
130 THE DISNEY STORY ORIGINS PODCAST Bookriot
131 The EerdCast PlayerFM
132 The Ghost Stories of E F Benson, read by Richard Crowest PlayerFM
133 The Girls Who Lived Bustle
134 The Great Books Listen notes
135 The Greenlight Bookstore Radio Hour Electric Lit
136 The Guardian Children’s Book Podcast Brightly
137 The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast PlayerFM
138 The Hall of the Mighty Men | Short Stories PlayerFM
139 The Legendarium PlayerFM
140 The Librarian Is In Bookriot 2
141 The Literature Corner PlayerFM
142 The Literature of Crisis PlayerFM
143 The Literature Review Podcast PlayerFM
144 The Longform Podcast BuzzFeed
145 The Naked Book PlayerFM
146 The New Yorker Out Loud BuzzFeed
147 The New Yorker Poetry Podcast Bookstr
148 The New Yorker Radio Hour
Knockin’ Boots
149 The New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice – New Fiction from The New Yorker Listen notes
150 The Novelization Realization Project PlayerFM
151 The Open Book Audio Podcast PlayerFM
152 The Organist BuzzFeed
153 The Penguin Podcast Bookriot 2
154 The Poetry Gods Madshus
155 THE RABBIT ROOM Bookriot
156 The Read-Aloud Revival Brightly
157 THE READERS Bookriot
158 The Reading Room Bookriot 2
159 The Sword and Laser (Audio) PlayerFM
160 The Verge Book Club – Audio PlayerFM
161 The Working Reader Podcast with David Ploss PlayerFM
162 The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor Listen notes
163 The Writers Panel PlayerFM
164 TLR Radio PlayerFM
165 TLS Voices
The Guardian
166 Write Reads The Star
167 Writers on the Record BuzzFeed
168 Writers on Writing PlayerFM


Best Book Club & Literature Podcast Articles



Source Article
Bookriot 25 OUTSTANDING PODCASTS FOR READERS
Bookriot 2 25 MORE OUTSTANDING PODCASTS FOR READERS
Bookstr The 8 Best Podcasts for Readers
Brightly Press Play: 8 of the Best Kids’ Lit Podcasts (and a Few for Grown-Ups Too)
Bustle 10 Literary Podcasts To Check Out
BuzzFeed 13 Podcasts That Love Books As Much As You Do
Electric Lit Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute
Knockin’ Boots 10 Brilliant podcasts for book lovers
Listen notes All in Literature
Madshus Listen here: 10 great podcasts for book lovers
Make Use Of Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles
Pan Macmillan The Best Podcasts for Book Lovers
PlayerFM Book Podcasts
The Guardian Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts
The Star Curl up with a good book podcast

 

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