Nothing makes my time on the treadmill more enjoyable than listening to my favorite podcasts. I listen to podcasts about writing, books, publishing, social media trends, blogging, and occasionally politics, although the latter sometimes sucks every ounce of energy from my body.
Which isn’t good when you’re on a treadmill.
But books? That’s a topic that adds pep to my step.
When I first started listening to podcasts, I couldn’t believe how much content there was on books! Book reviews, author interviews, recordings of book club meetings—the list seemed endless. After I got hooked on podcasts, I got my kids hooked on them too. Podcasts for kids (and there are a lot of them!) are perfect for road trips.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast, it’s easy! You can listen to it on the show’s website, or you can download a podcast app on your phone. Most podcast apps on this list are free, but the paid ones come with some extra features. My favorite is Overstock because it’s free and it is easy to find shows and listen to them. Once you download an app, use the search function to find shows about topics you’re interested in. You can download them and listen to them later or livestream them. The shows typically use a lot of space if you download them, so I always delete them after I listen to them. If you really like a podcast, you can subscribe to it!
The most valuable trick I learned about listening to podcasts is that I can adjust the pace of the show. Most of the time, I speed it up, but if the show host is a super-fast talker, I can slow down the playback. I know Overcast and Apple’s Podcasts offer this functionality, and I’m sure most other podcast apps do too.
I haven’t listened to all of the book-related podcasts out there, but the list below includes my favorites for adults and children.
The Top 10 Podcasts for Book Lovers
1. The Book Review by The New York Times: Some of the world’s top authors, artists and thinkers talk about what’s trending in culture and the arts.
2. The Bookshelf by ABC RN: If you’re stuck in a reading rut, this podcast is a must. Episodes include author interviews and deep-dive discussions on books—some you’ve heard of and some you probably haven’t.
3. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids by Dan Misener: I cannot describe how funny this podcast is. But I can’t listen to it at the gym, because people would think I’m nuts for laughing hysterically while running on the treadmill.
4. Book Club for Kids by Kitty Felde: Award-winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde hosts this award-winning podcast, which features celebrities reading children’s stories. They also include author interviews and discussions on the books.
5. World Book Club by BBC: This is one of my favorites! I love listening to well-known authors (Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Gilbert, Alan Hollinghurst, etc.) talk about their books. There’s even a show that includes an archived interview with Maya Angelou if you scroll back to May 2014. It is fascinating!
6. Harry Potter Book Club: The show’s hosts dissect J. K. Rowling’s books chapter by chapter, analyzing everything from the Hogwarts houses to the Mirror of Erised.
7. Book Geeks Uncompromised by Dani Long and Greg Larance: Do you like Science Fiction? If so, tune into this show, where the hosts review new books in this genre.
8. The Great Books by National Review: Show host John J. Miller, the Director of the Journalism program at Hillsdale College, discusses literary classics with other scholarly minds. Recent books reviewed include F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series.
9. What Should I Read Next? by Anne Bogel | Wondery: What Should I Read Next is a must if you find yourself asking this question. Show host Anne Bogel talks with book lovers about what they are reading, and why they liked or disliked them. This podcast has helped me find my next book multiple times!
10. Audio Book Club by Slate Magazine/ Panoply: If your book club meeting has ever morphed into a book club debate, and you enjoyed it, then you’ll love this podcast series. Listen in as the hosts discuss and debate new and relevant books.
Do you have any other book-related podcasts? Leave a comment below to share!
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