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“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we can find and rank the individual items by how many times they appear), sometimes a top ranking entry may be somewhat outdated.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



 

#PodcastLists
3130-Minute Author Interviews with Preston LeighBookriot 2
32A Phone Call From PaulPlayerFM
33A Podcast of Ice and FirePlayerFM
34A Tiny Sense of AccomplishmentElectric Lit
35Adventures with WordsBookriot 2
36All About Books | NET RadioPlayerFM
37All the WondersBrightly
38ALOUDBookriot 2
39Authors On Tour – Live!PlayerFM
40Between the Covers
The Guardian
41BiblioclastBookriot 2
42BIG PLANET COMICSBookriot
43Black Authors Network Talk ShowPlayerFM
44Blinkist Podcast – Interviews | Personal Development | Productivity | Business | PsychologyPlayerFM
45Bonafide Literary ShowPlayerFM
46Book Circle OnlineBookriot 2
47Book Club for KidsBrightly
48Book Club for MasochistsBookriot 2
49Book Club Girl on AirBookriot 2
50Book Fight!Bookriot 2
51Book HypePlayerFM
52Book Shambles with Robin and JosiePlayerFM
53Book Thingo: Readers talking about books we love, especially romancePlayerFM
54BookDBookriot 2
55BookGoodies Podcasts – Book GoodiesPlayerFM
56BOOKRAGEOUSBookriot
57Books and BobaPlayerFM
58Books and NachosPlayerFM
59Books, Beer and BullshitPlayerFM
60BooksPlus – Full program podcastPlayerFM
61Brain Burps About BooksBrightly
62Can’t LitThe Star
63CraftLit – Serialized Classic Literature for Busy Book LoversPlayerFM
64Curious CityBrightly
65DEAR BITCHES, SMART AUTHORSBookriot
66DRUNK BOOKSELLERSBookriot
67Eclectic ReadersPlayerFM
68Escape PodBustle
69Eye on BooksPlayerFM
70FictionalListen notes
71Frank Delaney’s Re: JoycePlayerFM
72Freedom, Books, Flowers & the MoonPlayerFM
73Get BookedPlayerFM
74Getting Into Comics with Tim PaigeBookriot 2
75HarperAudio PresentsBookriot 2
76Helping Writers Become AuthorsPlayerFM
77Homemade StoriesPlayerFM
78Humanities on DemandPlayerFM
79HushPlayerFM
80I Don’t Even Own a TelevisionPlayerFM
81I Should Be WritingPlayerFM
82Josie and Robin’s Book Shambles
Pan Macmillan
83Just the Books—annotated audiobooks for busy book loversPlayerFM
84KUOW Seattle’s Nancy Pearl Book ReviewsThe Star
85Lannan PodcastsPlayerFM
86Lexicon ValleyMadshus
87LFPL’s At the Library SeriesPlayerFM
88Literary Roadhouse: One Short Story, Once a WeekPlayerFM
89Literary Wonder & Adventure ShowPlayerFM
90London Review Bookshop Podcast
The Guardian
91London Review PodcastsPlayerFM
92Love YA Like CrazyPlayerFM
93Major SpoilersMadshus
94MashReads PodcastPlayerFM
95MEET THE AUTHORBookriot
96MIT Press PodcastPlayerFM
97MUGGLECASTBookriot
98Nate Corddry Presents: Reading AloudBookriot 2
99New Yorker Radio HourBookstr
100New Yorker: FictionMadshus
101NPR’s Fresh AirBuzzFeed
102Official OLS Episodes – One Last SketchPlayerFM
103PEN American CenterBuzzFeed
104Podcast Episodes – The Narrative BreakdownPlayerFM
105Poem of the DayElectric Lit
106Radio 4’s Open Book
The Guardian
107Reading EnvyBookriot 2
108Reading the EndBookriot 2
109Reading the WorldBookriot 2
110Reading WomenBookriot 2
111Rocket Talk Podcast – Tor.comPlayerFM
112Scholastic ReadsPlayerFM
113Shakespeare and CompanyPlayerFM
114Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
Knockin’ Boots
115SO MANY DAMN BOOKSBookriot
116Speaking of BooksPlayerFM
117STORYNORYBookriot
118StorynoryBrightly
119StoryWonk SundayPlayerFM
120Tea or Books?PlayerFM
121Teens Podcast from The Seattle Public LibraryPlayerFM
122The Alternate Book ClubPlayerFM
123The Baen Free Radio HourPlayerFM
124The Book Editor ShowPlayerFM
125The Book of Life: Jewish Books, Music, Film & WebPlayerFM
126The Book Slam Podcast
Pan Macmillan
127The Bookrageous PodcastPlayerFM
128The Casual Academic PodcastPlayerFM
129The Dead Authors PodcastPlayerFM
130THE DISNEY STORY ORIGINS PODCASTBookriot
131The EerdCastPlayerFM
132The Ghost Stories of E F Benson, read by Richard CrowestPlayerFM
133The Girls Who LivedBustle
134The Great BooksListen notes
135The Greenlight Bookstore Radio HourElectric Lit
136The Guardian Children’s Book PodcastBrightly
137The H.P. Lovecraft Literary PodcastPlayerFM
138The Hall of the Mighty Men | Short StoriesPlayerFM
139The LegendariumPlayerFM
140The Librarian Is InBookriot 2
141The Literature CornerPlayerFM
142The Literature of CrisisPlayerFM
143The Literature Review PodcastPlayerFM
144The Longform PodcastBuzzFeed
145The Naked BookPlayerFM
146The New Yorker Out LoudBuzzFeed
147The New Yorker Poetry PodcastBookstr
148The New Yorker Radio Hour
Knockin’ Boots
149The New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice – New Fiction from The New YorkerListen notes
150The Novelization Realization ProjectPlayerFM
151The Open Book Audio PodcastPlayerFM
152The OrganistBuzzFeed
153The Penguin PodcastBookriot 2
154The Poetry GodsMadshus
155THE RABBIT ROOMBookriot
156The Read-Aloud RevivalBrightly
157THE READERSBookriot
158The Reading RoomBookriot 2
159The Sword and Laser (Audio)PlayerFM
160The Verge Book Club – AudioPlayerFM
161The Working Reader Podcast with David PlossPlayerFM
162The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer’s Almanac with Garrison KeillorListen notes
163The Writers PanelPlayerFM
164TLR RadioPlayerFM
165TLS Voices
The Guardian
166Write ReadsThe Star
167Writers on the RecordBuzzFeed
168Writers on WritingPlayerFM


Best Book Club & Literature Podcast Articles



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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