In the Ears: 5 Podcasts On Books & Reading

Love with Headphones

When I don’t have my nose in a book or an audiobook in my ears, I listen to podcasts. Most of them are about books. Yep, giant book nerd here. Achievement unlocked.

Since I work from home, my podcast listening occurs when I’m working in my office. Usually when I’m editing photos or doing tasks that don’t require a ton of brainpower. It keeps me from the depths of despair/boredom. (It’s Friday, I’m allowed a bit of melodrama.)

Podcasts On Books&  Reading

The Dinner Party Download 

The Dinner Party Download

The Dinner Party Download is an entertaining hour of chat about what’s up and up in food, music, books, movies–everything you need to know to make (smart) small talk at a dinner party. You’ll hear plenty of celebrity guests such as Elvis Costello and Teyonah Parris. As for books, they’ll either discuss one or have an author read an excerpt of their book.

Scandal and the Nerd Herd

Scandal and the Nerd Herd Podcast

I don’t wax often about the romance books I read here. (I usually save it for Bawdy Bookworms). However, Scandal and the Nerd Herd deserve a shoutout. These no-holds barred women are laugh-out-loud funny. They speak their minds about romance tropes, bad villians, hot sex–if it happens in a romance book, they talk about it. I feel like I’m sitting in their living room when I listen to this podcast. They also run the Scandalicious website. You might want headphones for this one since there’s quite a few f-bombs (which I love).

Beaks & Geeks

Beaks and Geeks Podcast

Who has better access to authors than the people who publish them? Beaks and Geeks are interviews with Penguin Random House authors from different genres. They just celebrated their 100th episode with guest Irvine Welsh who discussed the Trainspotting sequel, writing, travel, and his new book. It’s a great podcast for readers and writers alike. After you listen, check out PRH’s new site Signature for essays, interviews, opinion, and illustrated pieces by authors, journalists, and experts.

Books on the Nightstand

Books on the Nightstand Podcast

If you a shorter commute, try Books on the Nightstand. Their podcasts usually run around 30-40 minutes. I like this one because it’s not just about book recommendations, but discussion about how books, reading, and perspectives on literature has changed. Their latest episode has a great discussion on how no one feels ashamed for not reading books anymore and turning teens into readers.

New Yorker Fiction Podcast

New Yorker Fiction Podcast

New Yorker Fiction Podcast has been recommended to me, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I have a tough time following fiction audio unless I’m doing chores like washing dishes or folding laundry. I might give it a try when I have a long drive.

What podcasts on books do you listen to?

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  1. February 19, 2016
  2. February 19, 2016