Musing About Things: Bookish Podcasts


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Bookish podcasts!

I was never really into podcasts, but my best friend introduced me to book podcasts and they definitely come in handy when I’m in need of some bookish listens.



I’m usually a music listener on the bus while I read a book, but I haven’t mastered the read while you walk business yet. I like audiobooks, but I still very much an autobiography/non-fiction listener. It’s hard for me to do full on fiction because sometimes I space out, and I miss a bunch of the story. And sometimes I want something short.

Cue book podcasts. I can listening to these when I’m walking somewhere, driving long distances, doing the dishes, vacuuming, the list is unlimited.



I really like them because this is a great way to learn more about the bookish society. Plus I can get news updates, recommendations and listen to interesting discussions in nice hourly-ish segments (sometimes longer, sometimes shorter). And if you don’t like the sorta general theme of the day, you can skip it. Easy peasy.

I listen to three of Book Riot’s Podcasts:

Book Riot the Podcast – which is “weekly news and talk show about what’s new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading”.

All The Books – which is the “weekly show of recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new book releases”.

Get Booked – which is the “bi-weekly show of custom book recommendations”. (A whole bunch of months ago they did a romance rec and had Sarah MacLean guest on it, that was fun!)

These ones really help me expand more into the book world, since I’m usually pretty up-to-date with YA books, but maybe not so much with the more general adult lit etc. so this a great way for me to be introduced to new stuff. I like the different discussions they do, like talking about Harper Lee’s estate’s management of To Kill A Mockingbird, Emma Watson’s Goodreads book club, all the interesting/crazy things James Patterson does, what the different publishing companies are up and so many other topics. These are the things I’d probably skim in an article, but love listening to people debate about.

I also love love listening to Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ podcast Dear Bitches, Smart Authors. Definitely a fun one if you’re a fan of romance novels and all things romance really.

So those are the ones I listen to the most. Sometimes I’m really good with keeping up with them, some weeks I don’t listen to any, but I really enjoy them.

Oh and a really good podcast I love to listen to that isn’t book related is StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It’s just interesting stuff!

PS. I use the Podcast Addict app (for android) in case anyone’s wondering.


Do you guys like listening to podcast? Do you like them (or hate them)?

Or still debating about trying them out?

Do you have any recommendations of your favourites? I’m always on the hunt for new ones! I recently added Books on the Nightstand to list, but haven’t had a chance to start it yet, and I’m still trying to find a good podcast for YA books…

Author: Cyn

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12 Replies to “Musing About Things: Bookish Podcasts”

  1. I am probably the last person on the planet without an iPod…LOL. I did graduate to an iPhone a year or so again, and I am very attached to it. I will probably join the iPod World at some point…thanks for sharing. Here’s MY MUSING MONDAYS POST

    1. not the only one friend – I don’t have on either:)

  2. I love All the Books and Get Booked! Though they’re terrible for my TBR because I add at least 2 or 3 books per episode of each!

  3. I have listened to lots of podcasts on my computer but have never picked up on bookish podcasts – am now going in search of some – thanks for that:) happy listening/reading

  4. Christy LoveOfBooks says: Reply

    I’ve listened to a podcast here and there for a specific person or subject, but haven’t in a while. And I haven’t listened to any bookish ones yet. I’ll have to try one.

  5. This is something I have not tried, but I feel the same sometimes when I need to listen to something but not an audiobook. I’ll have to try this app and check some of those podcast you mentioned. Thanks 🙂

  6. I would probably enjoy these. I tend to pop on an audiobook but these sound informative and engaging.

  7. I haven’t listened to very many but I did kinda like Super Serials- I saw that one over at Katherine’s blog I Wish I Lived in a Library. They talk about older YA/MG titles like Nancy Drew and stuff but they’re kinda funny. 🙂

    I have the same problem I tend to zone out, but I’d like to try more.

  8. I actually don’t listen to podcasts much, so it’s good to know that there are a few great bookish ones out there! Thanks for the recommendations.

  9. you know…I have never listened to an bookish podcast, although I have been wanting to pick up the Smart Bitches one. Since they focus on romance. Great post.

  10. Cool – I do like podcasts. I listen to things (books, NPR, podcasts) while I walk the dog. I hadn’t thought of looking for book-themed podcasts, so thanks for the suggestions!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  11. I don’t really listen to any bookish podcasts and I probably won’t start immediately because I JUST started listening to audiobooks. But I’ll have to keep these in mind – I think I’d like to try them out!

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