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There are an almost countless number of book-focused podcasts aimed at avid readers — some offer news and reviews of the latest releases, others are chatty discussions about old favorites or focused on genres such as romance or crime fiction. But caveat auditor: Not all feature top-quality content. We've sifted through several dozen to highlight five bookish podcasts that are worth a listen and appeal to a wide audience of readers. (You can listen through whichever podcast app you use, such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or go directly to the websites linked below.)
What Should I Read Next?
Anne Bogel's podcast, launched in 2016, grew from a popular “Literary Matchmaking” series she posted on her lifestyle blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy (she also has a podcast, launched in 2019, called One Great Book, where she spends 10 minutes discussing a novel she plucks from her shelves). The best part about What Should I Read Next? is its variety: With more than 220 evergreen episodes in the bank, almost every reader can find inspiration, whether her focus is on books that make you cry, bookish gifts, adventure books, or you-name-it. She also has an exceptionally soothing voice.
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If you'd like to catch up on some classics, try Overdue with Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting. Billing it as “a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read,” the appealing cohosts happily dive into classic novels and plays, including usual suspects such as Tolstoy and Orwell, as well as more modern works (there's a good one on Jennifer Egan's wonderful A Visit From the Goon Squad), and less obvious subjects such as the Fifty Shades of Grey series and Charlotte's Web. One criticism: The podcast sometimes includes spoilers (they include a warning of such at the start of episodes, with a wry note that “these are books you should have read by now").