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Tune In to Some Great Book Podcasts

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July 7, 2020

For many, summer weather plus quarantine means getting things done around the house. At my home, there’s always cleaning and gardening to be done, and one way I’ve found to entertain and engage my mind while tending to those tasks is listening to podcasts.

This is a relatively new discovery for me, and I’ve learned that there are podcasts for nearly everything under the sun. But as a reader, the book podcasts hold the most interest for me. Content for book podcasts runs the gamut, from lively book discussions to author interviews to read-alouds.

The following are some of my favorites. Try them out, or discover some of your own. If you have a favorite, let us know in the comments section. It’s a big book world out there!

What Should I Read Next logo What Should I Read Next?

Hosted by Anne Bogel, a writer and podcaster (but at heart a reader.) Anne talks to readers about their favorite books, reading struggles, what makes reading so meaningful in their lives and, of course, what they should read next. Says Anne, “We don’t get bossy on this show: What we WILL do here is give you the information you need to choose your next read. Every week we talk all things books and reading, and do a little literary matchmaking with one guest.”

Average length: 1 hour

One Great Book logo One Great Book

Another, shorter podcast by Anne Bogel, where each week she pulls one stand-out selection off her personal bookshelves and tells you all about it, in ten minutes or less.

Average length:  10 minutes

Overdue podcast logo Overdue

A podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy children’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Average length:  1 hour

The Librarian is In podcast logo The Librarian Is In

The New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next. Every other week, Rhonda and Frank discuss the books they're reading, pop culture and the literary zeitgeist, and the world of libraries—and welcome special guests. They bring equal parts humor, passion, and knowledge to this unique look at the world of books.

Average Length:  45 minutes

Moms Don't Have Time to Read podcast logo Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books

Writer Zibby, mother of four, interviews authors about their work for busy people—like moms!—who want to stay in-the-know.

Average length:  25 minutes

Read or Dead podcast logo Read or Dead

Hosts Katie and Rincie talk about everything related to mysteries, thrillers, suspense books and even some book-adjacent news and topics. From recommending their favorite books to talking about the latest adaptations, they want to gush (or even rant) about what’s happening in the mystery world.

Average length:  50 minutes

Story Nerds podcast logo Story Nerds

The official podcast of Romance authors Jessica and Hannah nerd out over books, movies and TV. They know the only thing better than reading, writing or watching good stories, is talking about them.

Average length:  40 minutes

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