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Best Book Podcasts for Every Reader

It’s like a book club but in podcast form.

Book lovers rejoice, book podcasts are here. Part recommendation, part in-depth discussion, book podcasts are a great way to diver deeper into your favorite reads.

With so many different kinds of book podcasts, there is something for everyone. Many include author interviews, while others host lively discussions. Some feel like a literary critique, while others feel like book club with your friends.

From romance novels and classic tween and teen books to classic authors and themed discussions, here are a few of our favorite book podcasts. So, have those earbuds handy and get ready to listen.

Books and Boba

An Asian American book club podcast. If you are looking to broaden your bookshelf and add inspiring authors to your collection, then this is just the place to start. Hosts Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo offer a new book each month written by an Asian or Asian American author. Similarly to book club, the hosts read and discuss each book. They also interview authors, cover the latest in publishing news and spread the word about new releases.

Books Covered

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon
What Lies Between Us, by Nayomi Munaweera
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The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

Sentimental Garbage

Don’t you hate it when someone says romance novels aren’t “literature?” Well, you won’t have to worry about that with Sentimental Garbage. Author, journalist, and podcast host Caroline O’Donoghue discusses all of the “chick-lit” she and her guests were raised on. Covering everything from family comedies to bodice rippers to cutesy romances, your favorite reads won’t be overlooked here. This podcast talks with readers, writers, and critics to see what makes these romances work and why the “literary world” doesn’t want to acknowledge them.

Books Covered

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The Fifteen Streets, by Catherine Cookson
Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Bridget Jone’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

Wit Beyond Measure

It is a universal truth that a reader in possession of Austen novels must be in want of a podcast? Have a small crush/ obsession with Mr. Darcy? Then meet your new go-to podcast. Wit Beyond Measure is a Jane Austen podcast that discusses everything Austen and Austen adjacent. Hosts Elle and Catrina work their way through Austen’s six novels, putting their lit degrees to work. It’s a weekly book club with two best friends, you’ll feel right at home.

Books Covered

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
The Heiress, by Molly Greeley
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Ayesha at Last, by Uzma Jalaluddin

Literary Friction

Books are only the beginning. Take a bit of music, a dab of interviews, a pinch of current events, and a whole load of books and you’ll get Literary Friction. This monthly conversation covers books and ideas live on NTS Radio. Hosts Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright focus on a theme and offer book recommendations and interviews around it. Previous themes have included pain, therapy, magical realism, poetry, and masculinity. This podcast is about more than just books.

Books Covered

My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Book Podcasts
The Liars Dictionary, by Eley Williams
NW, by Zadie Smith

Black Chick Lit

Reader POV from two WOC. Black Chick Lit is all about books written by and about Black women. Whether it is poetry, YA, science fiction, or romance, this podcast dives deep into each book to discuss the reader experience. Twice a month, hosts Dani and Mollie pour themselves a glass of wine – or two – and discuss their latest reads. Offering personal stories, jokes, and insights into each book, Dani and Mollie also encourage listeners to share their opinions too. Black Chick Lit is part podcast, part reading community.

Books Covered

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Cinderella is Dead, by Kalynn Bayron
They All Fall Down, by Rachel Howzell Hall
The Boyfriend Project, by Farrah Rchon

The SSR Podcast

Reminiscing reads at their finest. Remember all those books you read in your tweens and teens? Have you read them lately? SSR probably has. This weekly podcast revisits everything old school YA. From The Baby-Sitter’s Club to Goosebumps to Harry Potter, host Alli Hoff Kosik discusses them all. Each week she asks a guest to reread a classic and talk about all the feels, memories, and opinions about the books now that we are all older, wiser, and, likely, drunker. Needless to say, there is a lot to talk about.

Books Covered

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
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Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles (The Royal Diaries), by Kathryn Lasky
The BFG, by Roald Dahl

There are countless book and book-related podcasts out there. Do you have a favorite book podcast? What books have they covered recently?

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