Listen up! My Favorite Reading Podcasts

I was a little late to the podcast party, having started listening to them only about a year ago. Serial was the first one I tried, and loved. Then I found some Disney podcasts to help plan our vacation. I enjoyed listening to them while driving, way more than talk radio. One day it occurred to me that that there must be podcasts about reading. I did a quick search and –  EUREKA! I now listen to several reading podcasts and actually cancelled my satellite radio subscription, since I no longer listen to music very often in the car (one of the very few ways reading is actually saving me money!)

If you’re new to the world of podcasts, they are really easy to listen to, and free! I listen to them on my iphone, but you can also listen on android devices, tablets, and computers. Just look for the podcast app that’s probably already installed on your device. There, you can search for the podcast you want and subscribe to it, so that you automatically get the new episodes. Most of the podcasts I listen to were recommended or mentioned on other podcasts, but you can also search by topic. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite reading podcasts.


What Should I Read Next?    

This was the first book podcast I listened to and is still my favorite. The host, Anne Bogel, has a different guest on each week. They tell her 3 books they loved, 1 book they hate, and what they are reading now. Then Anne recommends three books that they should read next. I’ve listened to every episode of this podcast, and can’t wait for the new ones to come out every Tuesday. Anne has some really interesting people on the show and most of my 537 TBR books come from this podcast! She also has a blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, an online book club, and an annual summer reading list (This year’s list is coming out soon!).



From the Front Porch

Annie Jones and Chris Jensen host this podcast about “books, small business, and life in the south.” Annie owns the Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia. This is a weekly podcast, with new episodes each Thursday. Some of the recurring episodes, which are also my favorite ones, are the monthly reading recap and “Love it or Loathe it”. Annie and Chris are sometimes joined by other members of the BookShelf staff, and everyone on the podcast is warm, funny, and fun to listen to. The Bookshelf has an online store, and you can also support them by purchasing audio books from



Just the Right Book

This podcast is hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of R.J. Julia Bookellers, in Madison, Connecticut. Each week, Roxanne has a guest or guests on to talk about the great books they’ve been reading. There are always really interesting people on her show, and she is such a great interviewer. She’s super smart and asks questions that show a lot of insight into the book and the author’s thought process. I haven’t been to her bookstore yet, but I am planning on getting there soon, since it is a quick(ish) trip from where I live.



Professional Book Nerds

Jill Grunenwald and Adam Sockel, staff librarians at Overdrive, host this podcast. I love listening to this one because they have so many author interviews on the show. They also have episodes where they recommend books, talk about new releases, and celebrate events like National Book Week and Children’s Book Week. The hosts are funny and I find that their recommendations are spot on.



Book Riot – All the Books

This podcast is hosted by Liberty Hardy and Rebecca Schinsky. It airs every Tuesday, when most new books are released. Liberty and Rebecca review some of that week’s new releases and talk about what they plan to read next. There are other Book Riot podcasts, as well as newsletters, and tons of other fun for book lovers on the Book Riot site.



I listen to all five of these podcasts every week, and get so many great book recommendations from them. I’m sure there are some book podcasts I don’t know about. If you know of one I’m missing, please share it in the comments!

6 thoughts to “Listen up! My Favorite Reading Podcasts”

  1. Another great blog post, Kim! I am addicted to podcasts! I love listening to ones about knitting as well! I will add the ones you recommend to my ever growing list! Thanks!

  2. Hi, Kim! Thanks so much for taking the time to mention The Bookshelf and From the Front Porch — you made my day. We’re so grateful for long-distance book lovers and listeners like you who support us from afar. You’re helping our business — and bookstores in general — stay relevant and powerful in the world of Amazon. THANK YOU!

  3. Kim

    Thank you for visiting RJJulia–sorry I missed meeting you and delighted you enjoyed your time at the store.
    Also thank you for your kind words about our podcast-Just the RIght Book with Roxanne Coady.
    Like you–the more I can learn from others about books they love the better!! So what if the piles are endless
    Always interested in any feedback about the podcast and what you might want more of? less of? added
    Again thanks again for all you do for the world of reading
    Roxanne Coady

    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog Roxanne! I will definitely be back to visit RJ Julia’s in the future – hope to meet you sometime!

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