Podcasts make an excellent supplement to reading: They allow readers to delve into aspects of their favorite books and authors that they otherwise might not have the time or ability to explore. We’re big podcast listeners, and enthusiastically encourage you to get on the podcast bandwagon. Here are some bookish podcasts we’re enjoying recently. Let us know what you’re listening to in the comments!
After discovering a mutual love of feminist literature in graduate school, friends Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett founded the Reading Women podcast, where they interview authors, talk about the books they’re reading, and offer recommendations. They also host a fantastic annual reading challenge! Our fave episode yet: “Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism.”
Season One of this addicting podcast features hosts Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop guiding listeners in a close reading of the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. Season Two, airing now, explores books that were seminal reads for MacLean and Prokop. Our fave episode yet: “Curvy Heroines in Romance.”
Ever wish you could take a class on your favorite book? Meet your new professors: Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile, who tackle one Harry Potter book each season with episodes exploring themes such as loneliness, privilege, trauma, and more. Our fave episode yet: “Blessing Ginny Weasley.”
Every week Andrea Martucci and a guest take a deep dive into a different romance novel, discussing tropes, writing, perceptions of the genre, and more. If you love listening to authors talk about their personal favorite books, you won’t be able to get enough of Shelf Love. Our fave episode yet: “The Year of the Ginger Beard. Listener Superlatives: Favorites Romance Reads From 2019 with B. And Her Books.”
Readers who can’t get enough gay romance novels, look no further for your perfect podcast. Listeners can tune in for pop culture tidbits, interviews with their favorite authors, and more. Our fave episode yet: “Big Gay Fiction Book Club: Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert.”