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7 Podcasts for Book Nerds

by Reagan Herzog on

There’s a podcast for everything.

As someone who listens to podcasts (and has one of her own), I knew there must be a multitude of podcasts for and by book enthusiasts. Here are seven that any self-proclaimed book nerd will love, ranging from poetry to young adult to classics.

Literary Disco

Book nerds and writers Julia Pistell, Tod Golberg, and Rider Strong discuss books, essays, and stories, sometimes with the help of a guest author. This fun and passionate group of friends reads everything from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Sweet Valley High. Perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to be in a cool book club with interesting people, with a few laughs and tangents along the way. Suggested episode: You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Lit Up

Host Angela Ledgerwood has candid conversations with her favorite authors about what they’re reading, writing, and the world around them. An honest, unique look into the minds of today’s noteworthy authors, with discussions that prove interesting whether or not you’re familiar with the author. Suggested episode: Chapter 41, “The Ever Introspective Mary-Louise Parker.”

Poem of the Day

Each day the Poetry Foundation posts a reading of a short poem. The short format makes this podcast perfect for the beginning of your day or when you need a quick moment of relaxation. Suggested episode: Start with today’s poem!

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Each week hosts Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile read a chapter from the Harry Potter series as if it were a sacred text, exploring a central theme, such as love or forgiveness, to gain a deeper understanding from the text. A great podcast for Harry Potter fans or anyone interested in a new way of looking at a literature and pop-culture phenomenon. Suggested episode: “The Boy Who Lived” (book 1, chapter 1). It’s best to start from the beginning and go in order.

Late Night Conversation

Unscripted and refreshing, this podcast from Late Night Library is dedicated to book culture. Hosts Paul Martone and Kristin Maffei talk to authors, publishers, editors, and other industry professionals. Late Night Library also produces Late Night Debut, a podcast dedicated to debut books and their authors. Suggested episode: “Jen Kirkman / I Can Barely Take Care of Myself.”

The Readers

This podcast pitches itself as “book-based banter,” and that’s the only way to describe this casual conversation between three friends (Simon Savidge, Thomas Otto, and Gavin Pugh) about anything and everything book-related. You’ll feel as though you’re a part of the conversation and a part of the group. Suggested episode: No. 150, “Bookshelf Bingo.”

Overdue

A weekly podcast about all of the books you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t got around to. Hosts Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting discuss a book from their personal backlog, ranging from Moby-Dick to Winnie-the-Pooh. Hilarious and enjoyable, but be forewarned that they don’t shy away from spoilers. Suggested episode: Pick a book you love (or hate) and start there.

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