If you're like me, you can't get enough bookish talk. I look for it everywhere: on my Instagram, on my Snapchat, and even with my podcasts. I narrowed down my list of favorite podcasts to my top five for you to enjoy along side of me. I can't go one episode of these bookish podcasts without adding three or four new books to my ever-growing TBR pile (or my To Read List on Goodreads). Check out a few of my favorites below (in no particular order) and let me know if I missed any of your favorite podcasts that help you become Booked Up!
What Should I Read Next?
Anne Bogel is my reading spirit animal. She started as a blogger over at Modern Mrs. Darcy and has recently celebrated her 100th episode of WSIRN. Anne asks guests, which has included her husband, Jane Austen's relative, authors, and book store owners, to give her three books they love, one book they hate, and what they've been reading lately so she can do a bit of "literary matchmaking". The way she talks about books makes you want drop everything and read. She finds unique themes that run throughout readers' lives and helps them find three books they would enjoy next. I haven't listened to an episode yet without coming away with at least two books I want to read. There are always at least 15 books mentioned in each episode, so you're bound to find something too. (Bonus: If you can't get enough of her recommendations, she also has a book club!)
Andrew and Craig come to you with a new episode every Monday, recounting their experiences of reading those books we've been meaning to read. You know those books that are on the "must read before you die" lists, the ones that we were supposed to read in school but used Sparknotes for our report instead? Those are the books that Andrew and Craig tackle each week. One of them reads each episode's book for the first (or sometimes, but rarely second or third) time and explains the plot to the other for our entertainment. These guys don't shy away from their true opinions on the classics, which is refreshing to hear that Beowulf isn't for everyone. They not only look at the classics, but also popular books that everyone is talking about...like 50 Shades of Grey. Overdue is a two-for-one because you get some great discussions about books you've probably already read and forgot were absolutely wonderful, and you can discover some other classics you haven't had the chance to try yet. They're hilarious and real people, so don't feel like you have to be an English major to enjoy this one.
Book Riot has a lot of great podcasts that will definitely keep your podcast queue booked up, so choosing just one of my favorites for this list was difficult. I ultimately chose Get Booked because the hosts are fun, the topics change week to week, and I get quite of few recommendations from both them and their listeners. Amanda and Jenn take questions each week from listeners just like us who need a specific bookish need fulfilled. Need a good recommendation of something to read with your mom? They've got it covered. Body-positive health books? Check! Looking for something with "interpersonal shenanigans" in the plot? They're ready for you. They each give a recommendation or two for each question, leaving you with plenty of topics and genres to explore. Amanda and Jenn crack each other up, and I even end up laughing out loud to their descriptions and excitement over some of these books.
Books on the Nightstand
Sadly, Books on the Nightstand had it's last episode in 2016, but all of the episodes I've listened to are still relevant today. I sift through their backlog to find some great recommendations for books and an insider look as to how book publishing, writing, editing, and promotion work. It's really everything involved in the world of books told by Ann and Michael, who eat, sleep, work, and breath books. My favorite book blogger still cites this podcast as her main source, so I'm recommending it to you as well. Make sure you check out their podcast list on their website, because iTunes only has their most recent 35ish episodes.
Mashable's book podcast, MashReads, is a fun way to hear more about that bestseller you are dying to talk to someone about. MJ Franklin, Aliza Weinberger, and Peter Allen Clark are witty and fun in their discussions about all things books. They center their discussions about one book and then based on the genre, they give more recommendations for further readings. (It's almost like Anne Bogel's book flights in the MMD Book Club.) Even their episode titles end up making me add to my TBR pile because I want to read the book before I listen to the the podcast (I'm looking at you, "Into the Water and our favorite mystery novels"). I'm pretty sure they do have spoilers in most of their episodes, so here is a fair warning to you if you plan on listening to an episode about a book you've been meaning to read.