That Bookish Life

Bookish Podcasts

I love a good podcast. There’s something so comforting and uplifting about tuning in every week to listen to your favorite hosts (and virtual friends) chat about the topics you’re thinking about. And what I really love (surprise, surprise) is a good bookish podcast. If you’re in the market to expand your literary world to the realm of podcasts, here are three of my favorites!

  1. Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert: Hosted by the author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic, Magic Lessons explores how to live and love your creative life. Gilbert interviews everyday artists who are in some way stuck in their creative lives, then she helps to dissect their problems and find ways around them. She does this eloquently, empathetically, and with the help of her friends, who happen to be totally badass artists like Cheryl Strayed, Anne Patchett, and Rob Bell. It’s the perfect podcast for any kind of artist, in any stage of their career, struggling or in the flow. Because no matter where you’re at in your artistic life, you’ll finish these episodes feeling lighter. It’s damn near impossible not to let Gilbert’s gooey, chocolately, creative love fest rub off on you. And did I mention the music sounds like you’re walking through an orchard in Tuscany? Because it does.
  2. All the Books!: Hosted by Book Riot‘s charming and sometimes-giggling duo, Rebecca Schinsky and Liberty Hardy, All the Books! is my go-to for book recommendations. Each week, both women select a handful of new releases, which they’ve read and loved, and gush about them. Similar to A Book to Love, they don’t review books they don’t love, so the episodes are grounded in positivity and don’t waste your time with what not to read. Between the two of them, they read a wide variety of genres, so there is something for everyone, and they focus on that week’s new releases so you’re always up-to-date. Like all great podcast hosts, Rebecca and Liberty quickly start to feel like your friends and their digressions about yoga, murder mysteries, and adorable backyard animals are never not welcome.
  3. Book Riot – The Podcast: Hosted by Book Riot’s Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Schinsky, Book Riot – The Podcast is the perfect listen for people interested in what’s new in world of books. From book-to-film adaptations to The New York Times best seller list scandals, from highest-paid authors to literary awards, Book Riot – The Podcast keeps you up-to-date on everything literary. It’s thoughtful and fun and perfect for someone interested in the industry or working in a section of it, looking to stay informed.

2 Comments

  • Reply Josh September 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Any recommendations for a podcast where they really get into ambitious texts, canonical or contemporary? Like, say, a challenging but fun and freewheeling lit class one wishes one took (or did take)? I’m on the hunt.

    • Reply alexkiester October 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Hey, Josh! Such a great request; I would love a podcast like that too! I don’t currently listen to anything like that, but I did a little digging and found a few I think might be up your alley.

      1. Overdue – This is a weekly podcast that discusses the books on everyone’s to-read list, including popular contemporary books and the classics.
      2. New Yorker: Fiction – This is a monthly podcast featuring a discussion with Deborah Treisman, the fiction editor for the New Yorker.
      3. Class Tales – This podcast features professional performances of unabridged classics, so far including Poe, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Twain and Wells.
      4. Audio Literature Odyssey – This podcast is hosted by voice actor Nikolle Doolin, who reads works by Austen, Dickinson, Shakespeare and other literary greats.

      Hope one of these is what you’re looking for! Let me know if you like any of them. In the meantime, I’ll be trying them out too and possibly looking around for more. Thanks for visiting A Book to Love!

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