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7 Book Review Podcasts for Discovering New Books

Book review podcasts are an engaging and accessible way to discover new books. Most of us only have so much time to read these days, much less read a book review from our favorite publications, magazines, or blogs. This makes book review podcasts a convenient alternative as you only have to let them run in the background.

Here to look for book review podcasts to listen to while on commute or while doing other stuff at home or work? Look no further because I’ve got lots of them in this list.

These book review podcasts release episodes weekly (or bi-weekly), with an exception to one, feature diverse authors, and underrepresented genres. What’s more, some of the book review podcasts below have lively author discussions that allow for authors to tell more about their books, their writerly lives, and their writing process, among other things.

And if that’s not your cup of tea, there are also shows in here that offer unbiased takes from other folks — without bringing the author into the discussion. Whatever your listening preference is, I’m sure that you can find podcasts in here that are tailored for your ears.

Ahead are seven of the best book review podcasts to get book recommendations and more.

1. All The Books

This is one of Book Riot’s many podcasts that focuses on new releases every week. Sometimes, however, it also features backlist titles in special episodes called “All The Backlists.”

All The Books runs weekly and is hosted by Liberty Hardy and the editors of Book Riot. What I love about the show is that the hosts go in-depth in discussing books. I like the thoughtful commentary they provide to each title, even giving content warnings if there are. It’s an all-around fun and engaging show!

2. The Book Review by The New York Times

The editors at the New York Times talk about the week’s top books, what they are reading, some news in the book world, and a whole lot more in this podcast. They interview authors and have them tell more about their books. Episodes usually run 45-50 minutes, but sometimes they go up to an hour.

The show has been going on for some 15 years now, so they have a massive archive to listen to. What I love about it is that they feature prominent authors who provide unique insight on their works and answer questions the readers might have.

3. NPR’s Book of the Day

The show runs less than 15 minutes, so it has the perfect length to get your literary fix quickly, keep abreast of new and interesting books, and more. They also talk to authors in this show, chatting with them about their current releases. Borrowing language of the show’s promo, it’s “snackable and skimmable.” Despite its short length, you’ll get to learn a lot from the insightful literary discussions and reviews.

My favorite episodes are when they feature Constance Wu and Celeste Ng.

4. Asian Review of Books

This is a book review publication that focuses on books by Asian authors and books about Asia. In its podcast version, the host talks to authors about their relevant works and also touches on the current issues in the region. I love that this show focuses on authors from a marginalized community, which is kind of rare in bookish podcasts these days.

In here, they mostly discuss fiction and nonfiction books, and the topics can be “newsy” and a bit academic.

5. The Sapphic Book Review

This is a unique book review podcast that features sapphic books written by diverse authors. For the uninitiated, sapphic “includes lesbians, bisexual women, and nonbinary people who align with the term…All lesbian books are sapphic.”

In here, they mostly interview authors, digging deeper about their works. Sometimes, there are casual discussions, too. I love that I get recommended noteworthy books that are not on my radar yet.

6. Fully Booked by Kirkus Reviews

Every week, this show brings in authors for interviews, features the current best-selling titles, and more. When discussing a book, the host mostly quotes from the book reviews published in the magazine itself, and then the author joins the conversation for more context.

It’s a worthwhile podcast if you want to keep yourself posted with new, notable releases. If you read Kirkus Reviews magazine, then this is a must-listen show.

7. The Stack by Comic Book Club

A podcast dedicated to comics? That’s somewhat uncommon. In here, the hosts usually talk about new comic releases. The episodes go over an hour since they discuss titles, issues, artworks, and sometimes, the film counterparts, in depth.

If you read a lot of comics and want to stay in the know, then it’s a no-brainer.

Book review podcasts keep us entertained and at the same time informed of new releases. Since some of us are caught up in our lives, these podcasts make it easier for us to discover new favorites.

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Without further ado, here are 27 recommendations for book podcasts spanning genre (fantasy! romance ! classics!) and location (books in translation! Indigenous authors! books from the Middle East!). There's something for everyone here—just as long as you love to read.

NPR's Book of the Day

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Released daily, NPR's Book of the Day podcast is an under 15-minute listen on good reads and book news. As NPR describes , "Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times—or temporarily escape from them—we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included."

It's great for discovering new books to add to your reading list.

Well-Read Black Girl

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In 2015, Glory Edim launched Well-Read Black Girl—a book club turned literary festival turned podcast. The podcast launched on February 1, 2022, and Edim wrote on Instagram that she'd "been dreaming of making this podcast for years." The first episodes feature conversations with Min Jin Lee, Tarana Burke, Anita Hill, and Jacqueline Woodson. The podcast will also include interviews with WRBG Book Club members, Black booksellers, and more. It's not to be missed.


Debutiful is a website and podcast where readers can discover new authors through interviews and recommendations. Hosted by Adam Vitcavage, the show only features debut authors—and their fresh voices are key. In each episode, Adam goes in-depth with a writer about their first book and what inspires them. If you're someone who loves reading the acknowledgements section—there's nothing better—this podcast truly delivers.

The Maris Review

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Maris Kreizman describes herself as a "writer, editor, reader, fan," and her insights on books are not to be missed. The cultural critic is the author of the bestselling Slaughterhouse 90210: Where Great Books Meet Pop Culture . On her podcast, she talks to authors you should know about their own books and the books they love, the shows and films they’ve watched, the music they’ve listened to, and the links they’ve clicked.

The Book Review

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The New York Times Book Review is legendary. Naturally, it makes sense they'd have a podcast to complement their coverage. Each week, authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at Times Book Review to talk about bestselling books, what they're reading, and what's going on in the literary world.

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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to pick up. Hosts Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting work through their backlog and share with each other what they've been reading. "Sometimes that means complaining, sometimes that means championing," Craig explains . From classic literature to children's books, they read it all. Literally they have episodes on everything from Fifty Shades of Grey or Homer's Odyssey.

Celebrity Memoir Book Club

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In Celebrity Memoir Book Club , New York comedians Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton read celebrity memoirs so you don't have to. Each episode features a different celebrity memoir—from Emily Ratajkowski 's My Body to Will Smith 's Will —and Claire & Ashley are simply hilarious.

Storykeepers Podcast

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Storykeepers: Let's Talk Indigenous Books is a monthly podcast hosted by Jennifer David and Waubgeshig Rice. Each episode, they're joined by a guest host to discuss books by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors. Their goal is to "bring conversations about Indigenous books to a wider audience in an audio book-club format." And though they release only one episode a month, it's worth the wait.

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The Hey YA podcast from Book Riot focuses exclusively on young adult literature. Hosts Erica Ezeifedi and Tirzah Price discuss great new YA books and favorite classics, and cover book news, adaptations, and so much more. For YA fans: this is for you.

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The Writer's Voice

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Ever wanted to hear a New Yorker writer read their story to you? Look no further than The Writer's Voice , where New Yorker fiction writers read their stories from the magazine. A recent favorite was Matrix author Lauren Groff reading her story "Annunciation" from the February 14 & 21, 2022 issue of The New Yorker.

Books & Boba

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Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to spotlighting books written by authors of Asian descent. Every month, hosts Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo pick a book by an Asian or Asian American author to read and discuss on the podcast. They also interview authors and cover publishing news. Notably, they read a wide-range of genres—from fantasy to memoir—so there's something for everyone.

Novel Pairings

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Novel Pairings is a podcast "dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun." Each episode, hosts Sara and Chelsey discuss one classic book and share recommendations for more contemporary reads that feature similar themes.

Three Percent

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In the United States, about 3% of all books published are works in translation. The Three Percent podcast, presented by the University of Rochester’s translation program, hopes to bring attention to these books—with the goal that "reading literature from other countries is vital to maintaining a vibrant book culture and to increasing the exchange of ideas among cultures." Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions and Albertine Bookstore host.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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This podcast is so much more than a Harry Potter book club. Rather, as the hosts explain, "this podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t help us escape the world, it helps us live in it." Hosted by Vanessa Zoltan and Matthew Potts, the show "allows listeners to find meaning through a secular text that they love" by re-reading the Harry Potter books.

On the Road with Penguin Classics

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On the Road with Penguin Classics is a literary podcast that takes a stroll around the world's favorite books. In each episode, author Henry Eliot travels to a different literary location to explore a book in the company of remarkable readers. For example, in a season two episode , Henry travels to Dublin to discuss Irish novelist James Joyce.

Book Friends Forever

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Ever wanted to know about children's book publishing secrets? Look no further, because best friends Grace Lin and Alvina Ling have the podcast for you. Grace is NYT bestselling author and illustrator and Alvina is the VP and Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Friends to Lovers

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Each week, hosts Mackenzie Newcomb and Lily Herman use romance novels as a jumping off point to talk about sex, relationships, dating, and love. The podcast is presented by Bad Bitch Book Club , an online book club community.

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Brooklyn Public Library launched a podcast because, as they explain , "Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library." The library's flagship podcast, Borrowed, is hosted by librarian Adwoa Adusei and director of marking Krissa Corbett Cavouras. Each episode doesn't feature a book review or interview, but rather, stories from Brooklyn—stories from the library, Brooklyn history, and more. Even if you've never been to Brooklyn, you will like Borrowed . Plus, each episode comes with a reading list. What more could you want?

The LRB Podacst

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The LRB Podcast brings you what it sounds like: weekly conversations from The London Review of Books . It's not specifically all about books, but covers everything from Elizabethan True Crime to anti-vaxxers, so you know you will be tuning in to a fascinating conversation.

The Worst Bestsellers

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In The Worst Bestsellers , w riter Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal. As the disclaimer on their website reads: "We want to be clear about something: we’re not snobs, honestly. If somebody only ever reads James Patterson books, or vampire books, or magazines: more power to them, we say. We’re reading these books because we’re curious about what’s popular, and also, reading these books gives us a better idea of what’s popular and how to give good readers advisory. We make jokes about the books we read, but our intent is never to make fun of readers ."

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Emily Burack (she/her) is the news writer for Town & Country, where she covers entertainment, culture, the royals, and a range of other subjects. Before joining T&C, she was the deputy managing editor at Hey Alma , a Jewish culture site. Follow her @emburack on Twitter and Instagram . 

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F or a solo pastime, reading can also be a rather social activity. Indeed, many of us love talking about books just as much as reading them, which helps explain why podcasts about books are so plentiful. But for all the choice, the book podcast genre is starved for innovation. Author interviews, although inspiring, quickly become repetitive. And many shows feature the same guests promoting the same books. To remedy this, some podcasts begin with an enticing conceit — Book fights! Desert island novels!— but these ideas are often revealed as gimmicks. Others, merely dull. Just as reading shouldn’t be a chore, neither should listening to a podcast.

Rather than dwell on tired formats, we should tune into the shows that make us feel zealous about reading. As well, book podcasts allow us glimpses of other people’s shelves, creating a sense of community with readers that we’d never otherwise meet. What better way to find your next great read? With all of this in mind, here are the best book podcasts to get you excited about reading.

Book Riot: The Podcast

Book podcasts tend to have two main problems: on the one hand, they can be rambly and unfocused; on the other, they can be so specific that their discussions become dry. Book Riot: The Podcast avoids both of these traps, making me wonder why so many other shows get the formula wrong. Perhaps the answer lies in expertise. The show is hosted by the editors of Book Riot, a pair that clearly know their Cusk from their Chbosky. Thanks to their industry knowledge, Book Riot approaches its subject through engaging, expansive conversation. Each episode explores a range of topics, digesting books and literary media with a dose of skepticism, intelligence, and irony.

Borrowed , despite its name, feels original. Plenty of public libraries now have their own podcasts. Many of them are excellent, like those from the NYPL . Borrowed , by the Brooklyn Public Library, does things a bit differently. The show has moved away from interviews and book reviews to deliver stories sourced from its local community, stories like the history of Black women’s suffrage, why Brooklyn produces so many great writers, and tales from the library itself, asking that question we’ve all been dying to have answered: “What do librarians do all day? ” You don’t have to live in Brooklyn to enjoy Borrowed, as each episode comes with its own curated book list, making the show not only entertaining, but a great resource while we wait for libraries to reopen.

Hosted by writer Adam Vitcavage, the book podcast Debutiful is a show celebrating the strange, thrilling, and often terrifying experience of being a debut novelist. Listening to an interview with an author still wet around the ears is a gratifying experience. Sure, missing will be those pearls of wisdom that only come from writers who have been working for decades, but these newbies add an essential perspective on contemporary fiction. Fresh voices like Brandon Taylor, Cherie Jones, and Zak Salhi remind us that great new talent is emerging every day. Vitcavage is a host who believes in his show, making Debutiful a slick and rewarding passion project.

Well-Read Black Girl

Glory Edim is always searching for a good story. Her book club, Well-Read Black Girl, started in 2015 and has since blossomed into a book, online community, and podcast. The pitch? This is a show for female writers of color, seeking to elevate their voices, publicize their work and dissect their practices. Oh, and it wants to inspire the next generation too. It sounds like a lot to accomplish in a single show, but Edim takes it in stride. What makes Well-Read Black Girl a great listen is Edim’s thought-provoking questions. You won’t find a superfluous word in her delivery. This, in combination with a roster of excellent guests, makes for an excellent podcast that is likely to go far.

The New Yorker: Fiction

The New Yorker: Fiction podcast features a monthly reading and conversation with some of the most renowned, exciting, and accomplished writers working today. Interviewed by the magazine’s fiction editor herself, Deborah Treisman, each guest reads a piece of prose — most often a short story — by another author previously published in The New Yorker . This podcast perfectly blends discussion with an exploration of the magazine’s vast archive, providing a pleasurable insight into how writers inspire each other with their work.

NPR’s Book of the Day

NPR’s Book of the Day is a daily show focused on the latest novels, poetry collections, and children’s books, delivering inspiring conversations in the time it takes to drink your morning coffee. The podcast doesn’t discriminate against genres, either. Non-fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy books are all considered, allowing the listener (read: me) to expand their literary horizons. As is typical from NPR, the production is smooth. Smoother, even, than your medium roast. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pace of our world, Book of the Day is a welcome addition to a slower morning routine.

Books & Boba

Books & Boba sets the standard for how to host a book club through a podcast: consistently good content, enthusiastic hosts, and a varied reading list. Based in California, hosts Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo are focused on books by Asian and Asian American authors, but their choice of genre is wide and inclusive. Their scope includes sci-fi and fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary literature. Their monthly episodes are interspersed with news updates and author chats, but at the show’s heart are interesting and nuanced discussions of the novels. And let’s be honest, that’s the reason we sign up for book clubs in the first place.  

Little Atoms

Little Atoms began life as a radio show in 2005. It was a small production made from a little studio above an Indian takeaway in London. Although, sixteen years later, the show has grown into an informed and successful podcast, Little Atoms remains delightfully. Nearing seven hundred episodes, the show demonstrates all the strengths of an indie press by responding quickly to developments in literary culture. Their interviews are diverse and include big names and new writers, covering both fiction and nonfiction. Little Atoms crosses genres, making each episode release exciting and unpredictable — just how I like my literature.

Self-described as “tough love for literature,” I would say that Book Fight pulls no punches, but the hosts would probably make a comment about my use of cliché. Hosts Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister are happy to give critiques, making examples of essays, classic literature, and the occasional contemporary novel for their literary hot takes. Their comments are constructive and, admittedly, often warranted. Their analysis of the legacy of David Foster Wallace is the highlight of their compelling creative nonfiction season, a great example of content that appeals to readers and writers alike. Book Fight has created an active listener community by inviting their audience to respond with their own criticism, a welcome inclusion in the show, if only for comments like this: “I don’t agree with everything Mike and Tom say… but the opinions are considered, entertaining, and often funny.”

Alice   Florence   Orr  is a staff writer for  Podcast Review  and is based in Edinburgh . Her work has appeared in  Scottish Review ,  Like The Wind , and  Nomad Journal . You can connect with her on  Twitter  or  Instagram .

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Here are 100 Best Book Podcasts worth listening to in 2023

1. The New York Times | The Book Review

The New York Times | The Book Review

2. The Guardian Books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast

3. The New Yorker » Fiction Podcast

The New Yorker » Fiction Podcast

4. Poured Over

Poured Over

5. All the Books!

All the Books!

6. When In Romance

When In Romance

7. Get Booked

Get Booked

8. The Book Riot Podcast

The Book Riot Podcast



10. LA Review of Books

LA Review of Books

11. The Book Club

The Book Club

12. What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next?

13. Smart Podcast, Trashy Books | all of the romance, none of the bullshit

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books | all of the romance, none of the bullshit

14. AAWW Radio | New Asian American Writers & Literature

AAWW Radio | New Asian American Writers & Literature

15. All About Books

All About Books

16. Book Public

Book Public

17. New Books in Science

New Books in Science

18. Lori & Julia's Book Club

Lori & Julia's Book Club

19. Nerdette


20. Slightly Foxed

Slightly Foxed

21. Quick Book Reviews

Quick Book Reviews

22. Sword & Laser

Sword & Laser

23. Literary Friction

Literary Friction

24. Between The Covers Podcast

Between The Covers Podcast

25. Overdue


26. Literary Disco | Where books come to dance

Literary Disco | Where books come to dance

27. Books & Banter with Deb and Nay

Books & Banter with Deb and Nay

28. Read to Lead Podcast | Listen | Learn | Lead

Read to Lead Podcast | Listen | Learn | Lead

29. Black Chick Lit Podcast

Black Chick Lit Podcast

30. Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Big Gay Fiction Podcast

31. Can't Lit

Can't Lit

32. Reader's Entertainment Radio

Reader's Entertainment Radio

33. The Worst Bestsellers Podcast | We read stuff so you don't have to.

The Worst Bestsellers Podcast | We read stuff so you don't have to.

34. The Bookshop Podcast

The Bookshop Podcast

35. Fictional Podcast | Classic stories with a modern tone

Fictional Podcast | Classic stories with a modern tone

36. Sharing Stories | Book reviews by kids for kids

Sharing Stories | Book reviews by kids for kids

37. Club Book Podcast

Club Book Podcast

38. Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

39. The Crew Reviews

The Crew Reviews

40. What to Read Next Podcast l Book Recommendation Show

What to Read Next Podcast l Book Recommendation Show

41. Book Club for Kids

Book Club for Kids

42. The Drunk Guys Book Club Podcast

The Drunk Guys Book Club Podcast

43. Books and Boba

Books and Boba

44. So Many Damn Books » The Damn Library Podcast

 So Many Damn Books » The Damn Library Podcast

45. Sarah's Bookshelves Live

Sarah's Bookshelves Live

46. Just the Right Book Podcast

Just the Right Book Podcast

47. Book Club Reporter Book Reviews

Book Club Reporter Book Reviews

48. Bookversations


49. Science Fiction Book Review Podcast » Podcast Feed

Science Fiction Book Review Podcast » Podcast Feed

50. Think About It

Think About It

51. Shelf Addiction Podcast

Shelf Addiction Podcast

52. Drunk Booksellers: The Podcast

Drunk Booksellers: The Podcast

53. Breaking Down Bad Books

Breaking Down Bad Books

54. Longbox Review | Comic Book Podcast

Longbox Review | Comic Book Podcast

55. Thoughts from a Page Podcast

Thoughts from a Page Podcast

56. The Book Club Review

The Book Club Review

57. GSMC Book Review Podcast

GSMC Book Review Podcast

58. The Readerly Report

The Readerly Report

59. Aviatrix Book Review

Aviatrix Book Review

60. Reader's Corner

Reader's Corner

61. Hopeton Hay Podcasts

Hopeton Hay Podcasts

62. Book Club for Masochists | A Readers' Advisory Podcast

Book Club for Masochists | A Readers' Advisory Podcast

63. Maya's Reviews

Maya's Reviews

64. Bookworm


65. GoBookMart Reviews

GoBookMart Reviews

66. Life and Books and Everything

Life and Books and Everything

67. Well-Read


68. The Bookstore

The Bookstore

69. Bubbly Bibbly

Bubbly Bibbly

70. Not Now, I'm Reading | Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Genre

Not Now, I'm Reading | Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Genre

71. Books Are My People

Books Are My People

72. Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

73. Teaching My Cat To Read: The 'very serious' Book Review Podcast

Teaching My Cat To Read: The 'very serious' Book Review Podcast

74. Red Fern Book Review

Red Fern Book Review

75. The Ask Us Desk

The Ask Us Desk

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Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised

You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books podcast. There’s plenty out there so here are 10 of the best:

1. KCRW Bookworm

I’m quietly obsessed with Michael Silverblatt, the host of Bookworm. Dubbed “ America’s greatest reader ” by Norman Mailer, Silverblatt has been expounding and astounding guests and listeners, each week for 20 years. An episode of Bookworm is like a free lesson in literary hermeneutics: Silverblatt avoids questions, floating ideas and theories instead, to the pleasure of his guests. Dipping into the enormous Bookworm archive is a rare pleasure and unlike any other author interview you will hear. The man is a genius.

2. London Review Bookshop Podcast

There is a vicarious pleasure in listening to live recordings of book events, and the London Review Bookshop hosts some of the best. Appearing regularly, the quality of guests is consistent. From an evening with James Ellroy or Ali Smith to conversations between Gregor Hens and Will Self on the psychopathology of nicotine addiction, talks are lively, the Bloomsbury audience always eager to pose a sneaky question or two, and if you can lay your hands on some free wine and nibbles, even better.

3. Slate’s Audio Book Club

Each month a regular, rotating trio from Slate’s staff discuss a book in the traditional back-and-forth of a book club format. What marks Slate’s bookclub out from the others is the eagerness of its contributors to argue with one another in entertaining ways. If you’ve read the book, it’s easy to get equally caught up, which can be weird when you’re on a train shouting: “That’s the point of the whole book – idiot!” Otherwise there is the much calmer BBC World Book Club to recommend, but, with the author always in attendance, it’s never as much fun.

4. Radio 4’s Open Book

Quintessentially Radio 4 , Open Book has an austere but classy feel to it. It’s solid, well made. Hosted by Mariella Frostrup, the format usually includes a topic for discussion with bestselling authors, interviews and news. Frostrup can be an amusingly robust interviewer, particularly when it’s a long-form interview – as witnessed a couple of weeks ago when the preppy Jonathan Safran Foer got told to “stop splitting hairs” and was reminded he was now 40 and divorced, more than once.

5. TLS Voices

It wasn’t all that long ago that a TLS podcast consisted of a 10-minute poetry reading and not much else. Now it’s all-singing, all-dancing and one of the best out there. I suspect host and editor of the TLS, the brilliantly named Stig Abell, had something to do with the revamp because he’s particularly jocular and keen to banter with co-host Thea Lenarduzzi. The show mirrors what’s in the magazine each week and the interviews are particularly good. A welcome addition to the literary podcast world.

6. New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Hosted by New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman (or Debs, as I and the occasional big-name author will call her), this highly original podcast is a treat. Each month, an author with a published story in the New Yorker is invited to choose a piece of fiction from the New Yorker’s archive to read and discuss. You get to listen to some of the best short stories ever written, analysed by some of the world’s finest writers. If you’ve ever wondered why everyone raves about Donald Barthelme or Grace Paley, here’s your chance to find out.

7. Guardian books podcast

Weird to see this one here? Maybe, but I’m only an occasional contributor to this publication, and the Guardian podcast is a reliably tasty smorgasbord – you never quite know what you’re going to get, and you’re very rarely disappointed. Whether it’s a recording of a Guardian live event or a panel discussion, there’s much to feast on. Occasionally, the excellent Guardian book club pops up with John Mullan discussing a modern classic with its author, and just recently we’ve had the cream of British film actors reading John le Carré.

8. Between the Covers

This is one for the serious reader. Conducting a monthly in-depth author interview, often stretching beyond the hour mark, David Naimon attracts a wide range of literary, usually American authors, from underground icon Rikki Ducornet to bestseller Ursula Le Guin. There is a seriousness to Naimon that makes his interviews intense and often more enlightening as a result. He gives his guests room to speak, uninterrupted, often zoning in on the personal experience of writing. His recent interview with Claudia Rankine was exceptional.

9. Inside the New York Times Review of Books

Hosted by editor Pamela Paul, this show has been going for years and its never-changing format is a real winner. The reviewer, sometimes the author, of the magazine’s cover story discusses the book with Pamela, before Alexandra Alter arrives with some usually gloomy news from the publishing world. After that, it’s my favourite segment: Gregory Cowles with bestseller news. Greg gives a rundown of the bestseller charts while he and Pamela try their hardest not to sound sniffy about the latest erotic thriller that sits on top.

10. Dear Book Nerd

A bi-weekly show where the host, librarian Rita Meade, is joined by a guest from the books world. It might be an author, a fellow librarian, a bookseller, a publisher, or any other kind of literary profession; together they answer readers’ book-related queries and dilemmas, including essential gems such as how to talk to people who don’t like reading, how to avoid friends who provide poorly thought-out book recommendations and how to avoid reading-induced headaches. If it sounds nerdy, well – that’s because it is.

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What a life it would be to read books all the time – just reading all day, inhaling stories like air. But we can't, because in life we have to do things like driving and bathing our kids and putting up shelves in which books, alas, are just plain dangerous.

Fortunately, for those moments, we have podcasts, which are the next best thing. So, here are 39 of the best literary podcasts, from discussion groups to reviews to author interviews, to dive deeper into the world of books.

The Penguin Podcast

The Penguin Podcast

Where else to start than with our very own Penguin Podcast? Featuring leading writers and pioneering thinkers, this fortnightly conversation asks authors to bring along a selection of objects through which we explore their inspirations, aspirations and the struggles they've faced along the way. Recent guests include Alexander McCall Smith, Paula Hawkins, Adam Kay and Zadie Smith – and with objects as varied as a replica Roman sword, a wooden carving of two cats and a bone-cutting saw there's never a dull moment on this podcast.

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The Maris Review

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Cultural critic and write Maris Kreizman talks to authors (and celebrities) about their own books and the books they love, as well as the TV shows and films they’ve watched, music they’ve loved, and what they’ve been reading online. Recent guests include George Saunders, Rumaan Alam and Kiese Laymon.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

On the Road with Penguin Classics

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This new podcast from the Penguin Classics’ team takes a stroll around the world’s favourite books. Hosted by editor, and author of The Penguin Classics Book, Henry Eliot, each week the podcast will head to a different literary location to explore a book in the company of readers. 

Books & Boba

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If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of Asian and Asian American authors, Books & Boba is the podcast for you. It covers a range of genres, from historical fiction and graphic novels to science fiction and thrillers. As well as author interviews, the podcast picks a book for its book club each month, and has updates on recent news in the book world. 

The Puffin Podcast

We’re definitely biased when we say this is currently the best children’s podcast out there. But it really is the best children’s podcast out there! Hosted by comedian, actor, and Celebrity Gogglebox star Babatúndé Aléshé, every episode he and two Puffineers team up to take young listeners on an adventure to a magical world. They’re also joined each week by one of our awesome Puffin authors – guest appearances so far have included  Greg James , Jen Carney , and Humza Arshad . 

Listen on:  Apple Podcasts  |  Google Podcasts  |  Acast  |  Spotify

Sentimental Garbage

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Journalist and author Caroline O’Donoghue talks to other female writers about that most unjustly maligned genre, chick-lit. Far from a guilty pleasure, chick-lit, she argues, should be celebrated as legit documentations of the female experience. It's not all serious feminism, though. It's fun, thoughtful and wildly entertaining as she and guests examine the books and culture that make chick-lit so special.

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This is a podcast dedicated entirely to audiobooks. Hosts Brad and Britney – best pals for more than a decade – review the hottest new releases, interview narrators and authors and discuss industry news with all the energy and enthusiasm of two kids in a sweetshop. Which isn't to say they can't do serious. They can. They're a joy to listen to.

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The Great Books Podcast

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The thinking podcaster's podcast, this, from highbrow American magazine The National Review. Author, journalist and academic Pr. John J. Miller is joined by an array of esteemed literary experts to dive deep into literature's greatest classics, from the work of Evelyn Waugh , Herman Melville and James Joyce to Charles Dickens , Shakespeare and more.

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The History of Literature

The History of Literature podcast

Author and literature expert Jacke Wilson journeys through time to examine history's greatest literary moments and achievements, from dissecting the lives of our greatest authors to the writers who went to war to the Epic of Gilgamesh . The perfect audio companion for anyone who cares where literature is, and where it has come from.

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Read Learn Live

Read, Learn, Live

The mission of this highly-engaging and informative podcast is to help readers 'improve [themselves] through literature'. In each episode, host Jon Menaster conducts an in-depth interview with a well-known author to understand not only what makes them tick, but how, and why, they wrote their books.

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Hurry Up and Read

Hurry Up and Read podcast

Host Jason Balmet reads through classic Christian books as he delves into the minds of the most influential Christian writers throughout the course of history. With a new episode every day, five days a week, he breaks each reading session down to 20-minute chunks to keep listeners engaged and on track.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts podcast

This is one of the best storytelling podcasts around. Produced by National Public Radio’s WNYC radio station in New York, Selected Shorts is a live event in which screen and stage actors read classic and new short fiction before a live audience. Over the years it has been hosted by a glittering line of well-known actors, authors, and entertainers such as David Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Cynthia Nixon and Jane Kaczmarek.

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Anything But Silent

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Libraries don’t just keep our stories safe; they’re where new ones begin. That’s the premise of the ‘buzzing, creative and brave’ in-house podcast from the British Library. Cleo Laskarin, from the building’s exhibitions team, interviews all manner of guests, from famous writers to the people who make the British Library tick, on subjects ranging from how Minecraft is opening up literary worlds to library druids from the west of England.

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Vintage podcast

The VINTAGE Podcast releases weekly and covers author interviews, book news and discussions on bookish subjects ranging from literary fiction to graphic novels, cookery to crime fiction, history and travel to biography and poetry.

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This Is Spoke

This is Spoke

Hosted by director and journalist Fenn O'Meally and grime MC Big Zuu, This Is Spoke is an uncensored and unapologetic podcast that explores today's most important issues with some of the UK’s hottest writers, musicians and artists. Expect conversations about heritage, beauty standards, money, queer culture and everything in between!   

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Backlisted podcast

Backlisted, brought to you by Unbound, aims to give new life to old books. Regular presenters John Mitchinson and Andy Miller enter into a lively discussion with a guest to convince their listeners to read a book while arguing why it has stood the test of time. From Dickens and Jilly Cooper to the more obscure, in two years Backlisted has become one of the most popular book podcasts around. 

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Mostly Lit

‘The hosts are relatable and their enthusiasm and passion for books is contagious.’ ‘It feels like I’m hanging out with friends.’ The reviews say it all – Mostly Lit is a laid-back listen and millennial-focused experience that showcases the crossover in wellness, literature and pop-culture.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Acast 

The Guardian Books Podcast

Guardian Books podcast

The  Guardian Books podcast is a weekly delve into the world of writing. It features some of the world’s best authors through in-depth interviews while discussing wider trends, round-ups, prize winners and retrospectives on classic works. 

You’re Booked

You're Booked

Journalist Daisy Buchanan hosts this chatty podcast which allows listeners to snoop through guest’s bookshelves and discover the books that made an impact on them. Daisy’s dulcet tones are worth a listen alone, but tune in for fun conversations with recent guests including Dolly Alderton and Elizabeth Day.

The New Yorker: Fiction

The New Yorker: Fiction

The imitable New Yorker’s podcast on the biggest happenings in fiction runs monthly, with their fiction editor Deborah Treisman at the helm. Listen along for some of the biggest names in literature such as Dave Eggers, Roddy Doyle and Tess Hadley.

The Stories That Changed My Life

The Stories That Changed My Life

Regular guests share the stories that have made a mark on them. Priding itself on being a ‘books podcast for the non-bookish’, recent guests include journalists Lauren Bravo and Zing Tsjeng. Join them as they reminisce in a mash-up of good old fashioned storytelling and Desert Island Discs.

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London Review Bookshop Podcast

London Reciew Bookshop Podcast

This is a great podcast if you want to hear authors talk and present. The London Review Bookshop hosts live events and thankfully records them for your listening pleasure. With over 200 episodes, there are plenty to choose from including readings, debates and discussions.

Books and Authors

Books and Authors

BBC Radio 4’s resident books podcast, expect in-depth literary discussions on the latest tomes in true Radio 4 style. Recent guests include industry heavyweights such as Pulitzer-winning Jennifer Egan and Booker Prize nominee Richard Powers.

Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon

Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon

A weekly podcast focusing on culture and ideas by the Times Literary Supplement .  Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s question, ‘With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?’ expect interrogation on everything from Bronte to Reddit.

Literary Friction

Literary Friction

Hosted by friends Carrie and Octavia, Literary Friction is a monthly conversational podcast. On each show, built around a theme, the hosts interview up-and-coming and more established authors. There are lively discussions, personal recommendations and more…

Fatwa podcast

It’s been 30 years since Ayatollah Khomeini called on his fellow Muslims to murder Salman Rushdie for blasphemy following the publication of The Satanic Verses . There were book burnings, firebombings and the novel’s Japanese translator was stabbed to death. This 10-part series, from BBC Radio 4, tells the story of that story from both sides of the controversy in vivid and thrilling detail.

Banging Book Club

Banging Book Club

Banging Book Club is the the result of three friends who read a book about sex and gender together, covering topics such as intersectional feminism to Aristotle and Dante. This podcast has sadly now finished but there are still 47 episodes to wrap your ears around.

Book Fight

There’s a fresh stance in this weekly podcast about ‘books, writing, reading, and racoons’. The hosts dive into books they love, but most interestingly books they hate, too. Join them in an open and honest conversation where they digress and take tangents to discuss the latest happenings in lit.

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Not Another Book Podcast

Not Another Book Podcast

‘The podcast that says what you’re thinking but too afraid to say.’ This three-woman fronted show showcases the latest African writing in a chat format showcasing both popular and unpopular opinions. Packed with relatable insights, Not Another Book Podcast is for listeners that like to keep up with trends.

The Invisible College

The Invisible College

Another of BBC Radio 4’s outputs, The Invisible College is for anyone with a love of creative writing. Featuring lessons from the greats in literature including Ted Hughes and Allen Ginsberg, listeners can learn everything from how to create characters to dealing with writers block.

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books

Smart Podcast Trashy Books

A weekly witty podcast that focuses on the romance genre. Host Sarah Wendell interviews everyone from bloggers to editors about swoon-worthy love stories. Expect a distinct lack of seriousness that includes reviews, author appearances and the latest romantic recommendations.

Black Chick Lit

Black Chick Lit

Black Chick Lit is a bi-monthly podcast that discusses books written by, and created for, Black women. This conversational podcast run by hosts Dani and Molli involves wine - and a lot of laughing.

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Hey YA

Created by book website Book Riot, Hey YA focuses on the latest in the world of young adult novels. Hosts Eric and Kelly discuss everything from new releases to forgotten classics, on-screen adaptions and even current issues in the genre.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher 

Bad Book Reviews Podcast

Bad Book Reviews Podcast

A podcast that takes itself a little less seriously, The Bad Book Reviews Podcast offers authors the opportunity to joke about their terrible reviews and while also taking on board the critiques.

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Metro Book Chat

Metro Book Chat

Brought to you by the Metro Newspaper , Metro Book Chat sees their regular bookish print section brought to life in podcast form. Join them as they chat through book news with the latest authors and bloggers in the world of publishing.

Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year

Simon Mayo's Books of The Year

Presenter Simo Mayo invites some of the world’s most exciting authors into the studio for a cheery conversation about their latest books. Described by a listener as ‘like meeting up with old friends’, watch out for our very own Lee Child and Kate Atkinson.

The Literary Salon

The Literary Salon

World-class writers join host Damian Barr where they read from their biggest and boldest works in front of a live audience in exciting locations. There are exclusives and world premieres, the past line up has included Bret Easton Ellis and Jojo Moyes.

Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books

Moms don't have the time to read books podcast

Zibby Owens has been described as ‘New York’s most powerful book-fluencer’. A writer and mother of four herself, she knows the struggle of being too busy to read books. MDHTTRB is her remedy. In each short episode, she interviews an author about their work, asking the questions readers have for their favourite books. Launched in 2018, this highly-entertaining, and blisteringly-popular, podcast (that, by the way, isn’t just for mums) gives busy book lovers a way to stay up to date with the world of books.

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So Many Damn Books

So Many Damn Books podcast

If you like drinking cocktails while listening to people chat about books, then this is the podcast for you. The effervescent duo Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard talk to well-known authors about reading, literature, publishing, and how to make it through your ever-growing stack of books you want to read, all while drinking a themed cocktail of their own design (usually linked to the author in question). It’s certainly one of the more fun literary podcasts on the circuit right now. 

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher

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Come with us for a look into the future as we hear from Chrissy Ryan and her team at Bookbar and find out the must-read books coming up in 2023. Listen here or via your favourite podcast app using this  podfollow link , or go to the episode page for full show notes.

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It’s our best books of 2022, one of our favourite books podcast episodes to record as by this point we’ve done all the hard work of reading, now it’s time to sit back and consider which, of all the books we read in 2022, were our very favourites. That might be a new release or it might be a backlist gem. We’ve also got the books that got us through difficult moments, the books that made us laugh or cry, and the ones we recommended and gave to friends. As we’re nothing if not critical we’ve got some books that didn’t quite live up to our expectations before we finally crown our top three books of 2022.  Listen here or via your favourite podcatcher at this link , or go to the episode page for full show notes.

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Join us as we deep-dive into Fitzcarraldo Editions, the independent publisher started by Jacques Testard and now publishing four Nobel prizewinners. Which of their books are our favourites? Which do we recommend? And why are they all so sad? Important questions, and we’re joined by Sam MacAuslan, keen Fitzcarraldo reader, to help answer them and uncover some particular gems from the list. Listen here or via your favourite podcatcher at this link , or go to the episode page for full show notes.

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