Listen to These 6 Podcasts About Books When You Want More
Discover your next favorite book from one of these podcasts!
Whoever came up with podcasts is a wonderful human being. Between making chores go by faster, making commutes to work less miserable, and providing general entertainment, podcasts just make life better. If your a book lover like us, podcasts about books are basically the best thing ever if your bookshelves are overflowing with paperbacks and your e-reader is running out of room.
If you do a quick search on any podcast app, you find dozens of book podcasts about every genre you can think of, a few of which are even covered by great podcasts we selected for this list. While there are a lot of book podcasts out there definitely worth giving a listen, we narrowed our list down to six (technically seven) you'll want to subscribe to as soon as possible!
1. Smart Podcast Trashy Books
If you're a fan of romance, you've probably heard of the romance book website, Smart Bitches, Trash Books. Did you know they also have a podcast? Smart Bitches, Trashy Podcast is a weekly podcast that grew organically as the website evolved.
During episodes, they talk to industry pros, including authors, editors, and publishers, as well as readers, book reviewers, bloggers, and librarians. And they talk about everything. If it somehow pertains to romance, they're going to talk about it at some point if they haven't already!
2. Teen Creeps
Host by Kelly Nugent and Lindsay Katai](https://twitter.com/lindsaykatai?lang=en), Teen Creeps is a spooky, weekly trip on the nostalgia train. If you were anything like me and devoured the works of Christopher Pike, Lois Duncan, R.L. Stine, and other teen pulp authors, then Teen Creeps is a podcast you won't want to miss!
Each week, they cover a different "teen creep," often with a great guest who also reads the book, and give a run down of the plot (no commentary, no commentary) before launching into their thoughts. While I love the nostalgia of reliving some of my favorite books I read as a teen, Kelly and Katai are definitely the best part. Not only do they have a great camaraderie, but they're both hilarious and will leave you in tears.
3. Black Chick Lit
The bi-monthly podcasts dedicates one episode to a new book, while the other is a bonus episode that covers everything from #RitasSoWhite to Has a Book Ever Changed Your Life? Recent books they've covered include My Sister, the Serial Killer, Children of Blood and Bone, and A Chance at Love. In their own words, they "talk prose, judge every character’s decisions and laugh at their own jokes." What could be better than that?
4. LeVar Burton Reads
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I heard LeVar Burton had a podcast. I grew up a huge fan of both Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: Next Generation, so LeVar Burton Reads is a dream come true.
In each episode, he reads a short story by any number of incredible authors, new and established authors alike. Just a few of the featured stories include "Childfinder" by Octavia Butler, "Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman, and "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu. The good news is that he tours. I don't know about you, but I'm going to try to get tickets to a future show!
5. Les Do Books and The Lesbian Review Podcast
Technically, this is two podcasts, but they're both put out by The Lesbian Talk Show, both deal with books, and are both fantastic. I figured, why choose? The podcast network is described as a feminist lesbian-focused station, with shows covering a variety of topics.
The Lesbian Review Podcast grew as a natural extension from The Lesbian Review website. Started by Sheena Lemos Ebersohn, both the podcast and site review both new and old books written by and about lesbian, bisexual, and pansexual women. Les Do Books is another book podcast host by Tara Scot and has book reviews and discussions.
6. Literary Disco
Hosted by Julia Pistell, Tod Goldberg, and Rider Strong (you know him as Shawn from Boy Meets World), Literary Disco is the podcast in which "three old friends who love to read, debate, and sometimes even agree."
They normally tackle a few different books each episode, giving you a rundown of their opinion of it and if it lives up to the hype. The Best Books episodes are always a treat and my favorite! If you're an avid reader, this is definitely a podcast to check out!
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