Bookish Podcast Recommendations

Here’s something to listen to for a change.

I listen to a lot of podcasts since I have a long commute to university, and most of them are bookish. I do listen to true crime or science podcasts as well, but my favorite ones are definitely those related to books. And a lot of books you see on this blog are recommendations from said podcasts, so I thought it would be fun to share my favorites with you!


Cover ImageThere will be quite a few Book Riot podcasts in this post, but the first one I ever listened to and one of my favorites is definitely All the Books. This is a podcast dedicated to new releases, it comes out every Tuesday and the hosts talk about the best new releases for that Tuesday (all books come out on Tuesdays, that’s a fun fact for you). I love both the hosts – Liberty and Rebecca – and I always love their recommendations. They also have really different reading tastes, which means they recommend different books that can suit a lot of different readers. You will see a wide range of genres on this podcast and a large variety of books. I highly recommend this and it’s a great way to stay up to date with new releases.


Cover ImageAnother Book Riot podcast, Get Booked is a personalized reading recommendations show, where Amanda and Jen recommend books for their listeners based on their questions (one time, my question was answered!). I absolutely love this show and it’s probably my favorite podcast ever. People ask for such vastly different stuff and Amanda and Jen always come up with the most perfect recommendations and I have discovered so many wonderful books through this podcast. I love the hosts, I love the way the show is organized and it’s an all-around great experience.


Cover ImageYet another Book Riot podcast! This one is fairly new and it focuses on Romance novels and the romance genre publishing. I like to read romance, but this podcast made me super interested in the industry and it made me approach romance more critically. I have also found some amazing, diverse romance novels through it and I am super grateful for that. Plus, I love the two hosts and they work really well together and always put on a great show.


Cover ImageYou guessed it, this is a Book Riot podcast. And this one is absolutely brilliant. It’s a show where two amazing authors recommend their favorite reads. So if you want to listen to for example, Nnedi Okarafor or Joe Hill or Celeste Ng or Leigh Bardugo fangirl about their favorite books, this is a podcast for you. The episodes are short and engaging and always a lot of fun, so I highly recommend this one!


Okay, this one is a bit niche, but if you love The Raven Cycle like I do, you will love this podcast. It’s fantastic and each episode covers a couple of chapters of the books and goes deep into it. It’s amazing to listen to this as you’re reading the books, because it opens up a whole new perspective of the novels and really works well with the text itself. I love the hosts, they are beyond fun, and it’s just an entertaining experience.


Book ShowI am pretty sure this is an NPR podcast, but anyways, if you like literary fiction, then this is the podcast for you. Basically, each episode features a different author and on each of them, the host talks to the authors about their writing process, their most recent book, their characters… It’s amazing and people like Tommy Orange, Johnathan Safran Foer, Tara Westover, Sebastian Barry, Amy Bloom were on it, and I have loved every single episode I listened to so far. Highly recommend.


Image result for 88 cups of tea podcastThis is a podcast all about writing. If you are an aspiring author and you want to listen to advice from some of the best YA and Adult authors on writing – this is a podcast for you. Or if you’re like me and you’re fascinated by writing and the writing process, and you want to listen to your favorite authors talk about their craft really passionately, then this is also for you. Authors like Tomi Adeyemi or Carmen Maria Machado or my fave, Susan Dennard were on it and the episodes are really engaging and the host sounds like one of the nicest people on Earth. You should not miss out on this one.


Image result for what should I read next podcastThis is a fantastic, reader-tailored podcast. The host talks to a reader (sometimes they’re bloggers or booktubers) and she talks to them about books they love, or hate or are currently reading and then based on that she recommends them what to read next. It’s fascinating to hear other people talk about books in a format like this and then I love the recommendations at the end. It’s also great for finding your next read and hearing about some amazing books. It’s a great show, and I highly recommend you check it out too!

And those are my bookish podcast recommendations! Do you listen to any of these? If you do, let me know and also tell me about your fave bookish podcasts!


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21 thoughts on “Bookish Podcast Recommendations

  1. Ooh, this was such a great post and a helpful one! I have started listening to podcasts and bookish podcasts are always a welcome change. I think I subscribed to one of the Book Riot ones but I have yet to listen to them properly. There are so many interesting options tho that I wasn’t aware of. So, thank you! 💞

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    1. I am so glad you found this interesting and helpful! When I first started listening to podcast I wasn’t aware of how many options were out there either, so I thought I’d share some of my faves. Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. I have not listened to any of these, but I will definitely be adding them to my list! Thanks for all the great recommendations!
    I listen to two book podcasts: Worst Bestsellers and I Don’t Even Own a Television. They are both podcasts that talk about really bad books, but sometimes they read some good books to give themselves (and us!) a break from the terribleness. They are really funny podcasts and the hosts on both of them are amazing!

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  3. Hmm, I don’t listen to podcasts in general, but I do think that I could get into the bookish ones! And of all the ones that you recommended here, I think that 88 Cups of Tea and The Book Show intrigue me the most. I mean, I do love learning more about the writing process (it’s so fascinating to me) and literary fiction is always a genre that I could get into more, so I’ll be sure to give these a go when I have the time. 😉 Terrific post!

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  4. 88 Cups of Tea is such an amazing podcast for aspiring writers! And getting a behind the scenes look at some of my favourite books from the authors that wrote them is always interesting!

    I’m so glad you mentioned Ravin’ Girls because I have never heard of it and I’m planning on reading the entire series ASAP and having a whole podcast to listen along with reading it sounds like a blast!


  5. This was a great post! Have you listened to First Draft by Sarah Enni? It’s a weekly podcast where popular YA and MG authors are interviewed by aspiring, soon-to-be-published author Sarah Enni and talk about their background, how reading/writing came into their life, their books, inspiration and writing advice. Highly recommend!

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