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8 Podcasts for literature lovers to get lost in

Today is Book Lover’s Day – a day for celebrating all things literary, and boy oh boy have we got a great list of podcasts for you to get stuck into.

Whether you love discovering the hottest new authors like Rachel Kushner, are a budding writer looking for tips to get off the ground or want a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the best awful erotic fiction out there – you’ll find something to listen to in our list.

So read on and remember to never judge a book (or a podcast) by its cover!

1. The Blume Saloon 

For anyone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s Judy Blume needs no introduction. The Blume Saloon revisits the classics of teen literature, book by book, with an adult brain and an adult drink in hand! Hosts Alison Michael and Jody Worthington are your companions for this boozy, (sort of) book club you’ll want to be a part of.

📚 Picked Episode: Hot Inside

The seminal ‘adult’ novel of Blume, Summer Sisters: The College Years is our episode pick. Chats about freshman years, dorms and celebrity pop hits are woven into this week’s book analysis.

2. Erotic Book Club

With the age of the internet, the era of the online novel was also born and with it: digital erotic literature. If you loved My Dad Wrote a Porno, you’ll also love Erotic Book Club, from the team at College Humor, this is a comedy look at all of the best online dirty fiction the internet has to offer. Jessica Ross and Rekha Shankar are your regular hosts with hilarious guests joining them each week!

📚 Picked Episode: A Steamy Thanksgiving Party

A special guest host edition of the podcast is our must-listen episode. Join guests Zac Oyama and Vic Michaelis as they chat to sit-in hosts Janie and Grant about Sharing Samantha (while offering sage advice on how NOT to use hot tubs). Warning, this podcast is seriously funny so we advise not listening to this in public as you won’t stop laughing!

3. Mean Book Club

Have you ever read a book that you just haven’t got? Those books that everyone is reading and everyone is raving about? Mean Book Club is all about those, ripping apart the literature which these four hosts believe deserve little attention. Hosted by four hilarious ladies from UCB-NY, BuzzFeed, College Humor and Impractical Jokers.

📚Picked Episode: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James – Live!

To prepare for the new season of the podcast out the 20th of August, get your ears around this episode. Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 125 million copies and been translated into 52 languages….but why? That’s the question that Sarah, Johanna, Clara and Sabrina are trying to answer.

4. Owl Post: A Harry Potter Podcast 

Arithmancy, legilimency, quaffle – if you know exactly what I am talking about then you’ll want to take a listen to Owl Post: A Harry Potter Podcast. Each episode covers a chapter of a Harry Potter book, discussing them in chronological order. With 128 episodes to date, there’s enough for every Muggle to get totally lost in the wizardry world of Hogwart’s!

📚Picked Episode: Chapter 122

In Chapter 122 big things take place. Dolores Umbridge has taken over from Dumbledore, there’s Snape’s Worst Memory and the New Educational Decree. Tune in and join hosts Andrea Coffman and Matthew Rushing as they get into all the juicy Potter details.

5. Book Squad Goals

Book Squad Goals is your place to listen to discussions about some of the most interesting books hitting the shelves. Get informed on a diverse range of critically-acclaimed writers, from hit Italian author Elena Ferrante to Canadian / Egyptian author Omar El Akkad. Plus, there are also the brilliant ‘Othersodes’ where other releases from the world of pop culture are analyzed, such as Luca Guardagnino’s latest film Suspiria.

📚 Picked Episode: Emma Fay Voice / The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner is one of the most talked-about authors in the literary world. Her 2013 novel, The Flamethrowers was met with lavish praise by the publishing world and last year’s The Mars Room was equally commended by those in the know. This week’s episode looks at the meaning behind the book: How does this book relate to other prison set literature? What is it saying about the current judicial system? And lots more.

6. Two Book Nerds Talking

If you self-identify as a book nerd, you’ll feel right at home with Two Book Nerds Talking. Your hosts, Honey and Diana, balance perfectly their excellent knowledge with warmth, while never veering into pretentious. These two will become your literary companions as they discuss their favorite reads alongside the hot new novels. 

📚Picked Episode: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Poet Ocean Vuong’s first novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, was one of the most anticipated books of 2019. Perhaps not for everyone, this book is a must-read for its originality and it’s also a great topic for conversation. Listen to see what Honey and Diana thought.

7. Red Sneaker Writers

Always dreamed of being a writer? New York Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, is your ticket to getting first-hand advice from leaders in the world of publishing. Red Sneaker Writers is aimed at writers, but open to everyone, offering info, advice and practical knowledge on how to launch yourself as an author.

📚 Picked Episode: Practical Marketing for Authors with Jeffrey Yamaguchi

In this week’s episode, Marketing Director for Blackstone Audio, Jeffrey Yamaguchi, offers step-by-step advice on how to build your platform as an author, speaking from experience of what he’s seen working in the past.

8. Shelf Addiction Podcast

Weekly podcast Shelf Addiction, is your go-to for book and audiobook reviews, author and narrator interviews and other book-related chats.

📚 Picked Episode: Review of Polaris Rising| Shelf Byte

The audiobook of Polaris Rising is 12 hours of romance, science-fiction or what some have called a ‘space opera’. Intrigued? You should be. Join passionate book lover Tamara as she lets you into some of her thoughts on the latest literature releases.

Read on to keep listening!

And, if all these awesome podcasts aren’t quite enough to quench your thirst for all things literature, we’ve created a list with even more book-related podcasts! Take a look at this list which we’ve lovingly curated with other podcasts and you’ll be sure to be satisfied!

And, if all these awesome podcasts aren’t quite enough to quench your thirst for all things literature, we’ve created a list with even more book-related podcasts! Take a look at this list which we’ve lovingly curated with other podcasts and you’ll be sure to be satisfied!


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