I’m going to be chatting about something a bit different today, and that’s my favourite literary podcasts. It was only about a year ago that I even discovered that bookish podcasts were a ‘thing’, but they’ve been fabulous for getting unusual recommendations and filling my 40 minute commute to university with something more productive than listening to the Spice Girls over and over.
There’s a few different ‘genres’ (I suppose that’s the right word?) that I’ll be recommending, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.
The Readers is a self-proclaimed book-based banter podcast, where two men, Thomas and Simon, sporadically chat about everything from books they hated, libraries, recommendations, and bookish pet peeves. Thomas is American and Simon is British, so there’s always a huge range of books and topics to discuss that are relevant to both sides of the pond, and their informal chitchat makes for companionable listening.
Banging Book Club
This podcast is run by Lucy Moon, Hannah Witton, and Lena Norms (all YouTubers) and each month they discuss a book relating to or directly about sex, covering everything from Lolita and The Virgin Suicides to Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and The Gender Games. Every episode is funny and well informed, and are it’s just as enjoyable when they read something they love and want to rave about as when they tear a book to shreds.
A BookRiot podcast, Get Booked gives personalised reading recommendations from readalikes to your favourite book, gift suggestions for a someone with difficult tastes, or something to satiate a really specific reading need. The hosts are fabulously well read and always have a huge range of suggestions for the listener questions, and I always seem to come away with so many more books to add to my TBR.
Essentially a monthly book club chat that gets published, Eclectic Readers consists of four girls wanting to read outside of their comfort zone and to encourage their listeners to do the same. From memoirs to erotica, there’s always something new interesting to listen to, and I find myself listening to reviews of books I’ve never heard of and have no intention of reading but thoroughly enjoying them anyway.
Are there any book-based podcasts you listen to? Give me some recommendations in the comments!