Podcasts are quite a recent obsession for me now I have a little more time to myself to listen to them. There is a podcast out there for everyone, whatever you are interested in but some of my favourites at the moment are all about books. I heard someone liken listening to podcasts as gathering round and listening to the wireless which I absolutely love! I thought I’d share a few of the best bookish podcasts I’ve come across recently – there are SO many to choose from but the thing I like the most about a lot of these is that I can just have a look through the episodes and pick one that jumps out at me. When it comes to books there is always fantastic crossover into films, tv, politics, current affairs which draws me in; all of these podcasts satisfy my literature needs and then some.
This was one of the first book podcasts I listened to and it is still one of my favourites, I came across it while looking for something about Neil Gaiman and found his interview with Richard E Grant about Good Omens which I’ve recommended to pretty much everyone I know. It feels like they’re quite relaxed while being informative. At the moment the hosts are usually Konnie Huq and David Baddiel and this is a great one to just scroll through and pick out anything you fancy.
I’ve only just started listening to this and the host Angela Ledgerwood has a slightly dreamy voice which took me a while to zone into but there are some amazing interviews on there. It has a whole host of people on it who aren’t always your typical author which I love – it can be very topical and veers off into all sorts of issues in the best possible way. My favourite episodes are with Anna Kendrick, her book Scrappy Little Nobody is a great read, and David Litt who was Obama’s speechwriter – both are very funny and incredibly interesting.
This is another one that I’ve only just discovered and it’s described as book based banter which I don’t think I can improve on. It’s relaxed chatter about all things books and when I looked more into the hosts Simon and Thomas I realised Simon is in Liverpool which makes it even better! This is one to listen to when you’re curled up with a cup of tea and it’s hard to choose a favourite as I’ve enjoyed everyone I’ve listened to so far. Their most recent one, A Catch Up & Reading Horizons, is just as good as any to start with.
This podcast is from Unbound who are a crowdfunded publishing house and they describe it as ‘a podcast giving life to new books’. It’s full of lovely bookish chat and promotes some great books that you may or may not have heard of – I love the whole premise of it and get caught up in the hosts affection for literature. My favourite is the episode about Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived In The Castle, it’s a wonderful book which I’ve only read recently but they describe it much more eloquently that I ever could!
There are a lot of Harry Potter podcasts out there and I couldn’t do a book podcast list without including one of them. It can be hard to weed out the best ones and I didn’t want a straight up reading of the books. This one is by ‘a pair of lady scholars’, it has the best name and it reminds me just how much I love the books. Their enthusiasm for all things Harry Potter is lovely to listen to and they wander off into some great discussions. With this one it’s probably best to start at the beginning with Episode 1, Sorting Ceremony.
The idea behind this podcast is that people write in with a few ideas about what kind of book they are looking for and a few things about themselves and the hosts each recommend a book based on what they’ve been told. I love how this opens up my reading list and I find myself jotting down books to look out for that I would never have heard of before. Sometimes you just take straight away to the hosts on a podcast and I feel this way about Jenn and Amanda, it feels like a good friend telling which books they love.
I love this podcast but really I need to try and play along and read the books they’re discussing, I enjoy it regardless! Hannah, Leena and Lucy are three friends who each month read a book about sex or gender and then chat about it. I’ve just listened to The Virgin Suicides episode which is interesting as I watched the film when I was a teenager and wasn’t all that fussed but now I’m wondering if I’d see the whole thing differently as an adult. Anyway, it’s a brilliant podcast so go and have a listen.
I like the good reads episodes of these when they have a couple of guests on who discuss their recommendation for a good read. The guests are so honest on this about how they read, what they read, why they read and it doesn’t feel like they’re name dropping books. I’ve just finished listening to the Rick Edwards and George Lamb episode in which George Lamb is so open about how he struggles to read and prefers to listen to audio books. It makes me look at books and reading differently and forces me to keep an open mind when choosing a book.
I’d love to hear of any book related podcasts you’re listening to, what are your favourites?