Every book lover knows the pain of wanting to chat about your favourite books with someone but not a single person in your life seems to have read them. If you find yourself in this situation a lot we'd really recommend you start listening to some bookish podcasts. Listening in on a book discussion can make you feel like you're part of the conversation and you'll never again feel alone in your literary enthusiasm. Here are just a few of our very favourite bookish podcasts for you to try.
1. Book Vs Movie Podcast
This hilarious podcast features 2 women - both call Margo! - who read books and watch their film adaptations to give their own verdict on which is better - the book or the movie. Be warned though, they will give away all the spoilers for both so make sure you've caught up on the books and films they'll be discussing before you start listening. But, with a new episode every week and the stories they read ranging from modern comedies like Bridget Jones to classics like Murder on the Orient Express to children's stories like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, there's something for everyone in these ladies’ excellent podcast.
2. The Guardian Books
The Guardian Books podcast releases new episodes weekly about a variety of literary topics, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more. Each episode is hosted by The Guardian journalists and editors Claire Armistead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain and will often feature interviews with authors and award winners as well as short story readings by celebrites.
3. The Book Tour with John Grisham
In 2017 John Grisham, the author of some of the bestselling legal thrillers the world has ever seen, embarked on his first book tour in 25 years. In order to make the most of his travels, John decided to turn each stop on the book tour into a podcast with a different special guest each time. This fun idea is a great way for fans of John Grisham who couldn't make it to one of his tour stops to get to listen in on the conversation.
4. Comic Book Savant
If you're more of a comic book fan a novel reader then you might be interested in Comic Book Savant, hosted by superhero enthusiast James Harris. With reviews, discussions, interviews and episodes focused on the making and designing of comic books, you will never get bored of listening to James's podcast.
5. Book Fight
Professional writers Mike and Tom discuss a different book in every episode of this interesting podcast. They promise they will not spoil any of the books they feature and they always share their very honest opinions. Sometimes their discussions stretch off in wider conversations surrounding writing craft and publishing, making this podcast a great one for bookworms and writers alike.
6. What Should I Read Next
This weekly podcast, presented by blogger Modern Mrs Darcy (or Anne Bogel), has a truly brilliant premise. Every episode features Anne interviewing a keen reader who discusses the books they've read and what they've really enjoyed. From this chat, Anne then thinks of book recommendations for them which, in turn, can act as the perfect recommendations for you!
7. Banging Book Club
This quirky book club is hosted by YouTubers Lucy Moon, Hannah Witton and Leena Norms, and in each episode they review and discuss a book on the topics of sex, gender and/or feminism. These bold ladies are breaking down taboos and bringing some important reads to your attention. A great podcast, but not one for kids!
8. The Penguin Podcast
Every fortnight Penguin releases a new episode of their fascinating podcast. With interviews on various different children's and adult authors on what inspired their books and episodes featuring the likes of Jojo Moyes, Jeff Kinney and Ian Rankin, there's something for every booklover in this mix.
You can find all of these podcasts on Spotify and iTunes. So, book lovers if you need something to listen to in the car or at the gym or even just when you're bored at home you now have plenty of podcasts to play.