5 fascinating podcasts for book lovers

Posted July 13, 2016

If you love to read, if you love books and simply can't get enough of anything book related, it's time to add a podcast to your bibliophile routine.

Thanks to incredible content and ease of listening on smartphones and tablets, podcasts continue to grow in popularity. According to and Edison Research, "monthly podcast listening has increased 75 percent since 2013."

If there's a subject you want to know about, there's a podcast dedicated to it. So book nerds rejoice, here are five shows to listen to when you can't have your head buried in a book.

1. 'The Podcast'

BookRiot is a website dedicated to all things book, from serious literature to book comedy. "BookRiot The Podcast" is a weekly offering of everything "new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books," hosted by the editors of BookRiot. The website also offers three more podcasts —"All the Books," "Dear Book Nerd," and "Get Booked" — so you're sure to find something you love.

2. 'Literary Disco'

Since 2012, three writer/book nerd friends have been discussing and fighting about books in this popular podcast. Hosts Julia, Tod and Rider read all kinds of great books as well as bring on exciting literary guests, play games, joke, interview and much more. Check out "Literary Disco" for loads of fun.

3. 'World Book Club'

This BBC monthly podcast, hosted by author Harriet Gilbert, interviews amazing authors about their great books. These famous authors, such as Neil Gaiman and Maya Angelou, not only talk about their work but also life, books, their literary idols, and much more.

4. 'New Yorker Radio Hour'

Like everything The New Yorker does, this podcast is fascinating and memorable. Also a monthly offering, host Deborah Treisman brings on all kinds of authors to talk about and read from the books they love.

5. 'Slate'

Looking for a book club you can take part in on your own time? "Slate," the audio book club, is a popular online magazine, sponsors this podcast club in which the hosts offer a book up for reading and then in-depth discussion. With lots of heated debates and great insights, you'll enjoy reading and listening along.

What's your favorite literary podcast? Share in the comments.

Teri Harman, author and book enthusiast, writes a column for and contributes book-related segments to "Studio 5 with Brooke Walker." Her novels, "Blood Moon," "Black Moon," and "Storm Moon" are now available. Visit her at


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