11 Best Podcast About Books Update 05/2022

Listen up, bibliophiles: These literary podcasts are for you! By Jessica Dukes

As much as we love to read books, we also love to listen to podcasts about them. People who love books will enjoy and learn from the best book podcasts. They also connect you with people who love books from all over the world. What about that sour taste in your mouth after finishing a good book? As soon as you listen to a podcast about the book you just read, it all goes away People who like books should settle in now. Here are some of our favorite literary and book podcasts that we like to listen to on our phones.

LeVar Burton Reads hosted by LeVar Burton

He did appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation. During the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s, Burton hosted a TV show called “Reading Rainbow,” which was about kids’ books and was a lot of fun. Listen to this book podcast if you like short stories for grown-ups. In each episode, Burton reads an amazing short story from an author chosen from a wide range of different genres and ages. There have been some recent episodes in which Shirley Jackson’s The Story We Used to Tell and Michael Cunningham’s Little Man are read aloud. In the old days, you and LeVar would take story breaks together.

Books and Boba hosted by Reera Yoo and Marvin Yueh

Reera Yoo and Marvin Yueh spend their time only reading books written by people of Asian descent. They read all kinds of fiction and nonfiction, making their book podcast a treasure trove of Asian literature. It’s not just about books that they talk about. They also interview authors and keep everyone up to date on publishing news, especially those must-read books that are about to come out. Recent episodes have talked about Sandhya Menon’s YA rom-com. As an Asian American, Kathy Park Hong came to terms with her feelings when she met Dimple and Kathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings.

Read or Dead hosted by Katie McLain Horner

They read a book about a mystery, thriller, or true crime every two weeks with a guest host. The book will make you shake. It’s easy for Katie to compare the source material to the movie because so many books in these genres are made into movies. The podcast also talks about new Stephen King news. Recent episodes have talked about true crime books that talk about racial justice and all of the creepy new books that will be out in 2021.

Black Chick Lit hosted by Dani and Mollie

Two times a month, Dani and Mollie talk about books written by and for black women. It can get very bad. It can also be very funny. There might be wine. There is always a joke. They cover all kinds of books. They let you know how Dani and Mollie feel about a book when they read it. Recent talks have been about The Cartel by Ashley and JaQuavis and Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn.

You’re Booked hosted by Daisy Buchanan

Dreams about Walt Whitman and books and American history are something I have often. This literary podcast had to be on the list. It is Daisy Buchanan’s job to bring well-known authors to her show to talk about their books. These are not the books they wrote, but the ones they used to read under the covers with a flashlight, never returned to the library, or didn’t finish. How these authors were book lovers before they were writers is what this book is about. Recently, Simon Doonan, Marian Keyes, and Irvine Welsh have been guests.

BULAQ hosted by Ursula Lindsey and M Lynx Qualey

BULAQ wants to take you on a very deep dive into all of the modern literature from the Middle East and North Africa right now, so come with us. In this podcast, the hosts talk about literature, but they also want to know how all kinds of books, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry, affect society and politics. A discussion of Raphael Cormack’s new book Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring ’20s and a conversation with guest Anny Gaul about how cooking and writing are linked in both traditional cookbooks and literature.

By the Book hosted by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

Jolenta Greenberg is a funny person, and Kristen Meinzer is a culture critic. They jump into the world of self-help books together, so you don’t have to. Every time they read a book, the hosts use the lessons they learned to improve their own lives. Results may be different, but one thing is always the same: It’s always funny. Margareta Magnusson’s The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning might make you think about how hard it would be to live up to Martha Stewart’s Entertaining standards or deal with clutter and death at the same time after reading it. This podcast is a lot of fun and heart.

The Big Gay Fiction Podcast hosted by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss

Jeff Adams and Will Knauss are a husband-and-wife team who write gay romance books that get attention. As avid bookworms, they’re always quick to give a good suggestion to someone who asks. In addition to talking about new books, they interview authors, talk about news in gay culture, and have in-depth discussions about their monthly book club title. Meghan Maslow, the author of the Magic Emporium series, was interviewed by Jeff and Will recently. They talked about their book club pick, Riley Hart’s Awkward Love.

Reading Women hosted by Sachi Argabright, Jaclyn Masters, Sumaiyya Naseem

There are two or more books about or written by women every Wednesday on Reading Women. This podcast focuses on the lives of women from all walks of life, and it invites female-identifying authors and industry experts to talk about their books and the books they love. In this book, you’ll meet authors from all over the world who write in many different types of books. This week, we talked to Weather author Jenny Offill, as well as Poppy War author Rebecca Kuang.

Backlisted hosted by John Mitchinson andAndy Miller

“Oh, I should have read that one!” is something every book lover has felt at some point in their lives. Backlisted is for the books that haven’t made the bestseller list, but are still great. They are the hidden gems that deserve the attention. The hosts and guests of the literary podcast are very excited about the books they choose to talk about. They want to spread the word about the books they think will last for a long time. Steve Teshich’s Karoo and Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue were talked about recently. After you listen to this podcast, your TBR pile is going to get bigger.

The Great Books hosted by John J. Miller

When you were in high school and college, you were supposed to read a lot of classic books, but you didn’t finish any of them. Here’s your chance to get caught up. Hillsdale College in Michigan’s John J. Miller, the Director of Journalism, wants people from all walks of life to lead us through the Western literary canon. Up from Slavery and A Tale of Two Cities were shown to us again in recent episodes. Cool: It’s like being back in school, but better.


A radio show where authors read from their own work. I can’t play fast enough. Storybound goes a step further with its literary podcast production by inviting some of the best musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters of today to provide the soundtrack to each story. Recently, Robert Jones, Jr. read an excerpt from his new book, The Prophets, with the help of Josh Garrels, the singer and songwriter of “Home” and “Jacaranda.” Get ready to be swept away by a single theatrical listening adventure.

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