I experienced great distress when the Books on the Nightstand podcast ended. Seriously. That was my go-to source for book recommendations. I know you probably think I should get my ideas from working in a library but nope. That podcast was pretty much it for me.
This is all just a long way of saying that when it ended I started looking for other podcasts about books. I found 3 that I wanted to try and now that I’ve been listening to them for a couple of months I’m ready to tell you what I think.
All the Books This one is from Book Riot and it’s my favorite of all the new ones I’ve tried. The pace is lively, the discussion intelligent and they (mostly) discuss new books coming out – perfect for adding things to my to-read list on GoodReads. Most episodes are 30-40 minutes and that’s just right for me.
Get Booked Also from Book Riot, each week this podcast answers questions sent in asking for book recommendations. I like it because they discuss books that have been around for a while as well as newer books. I don’t like that it’s long-ish (usually close to 60 minutes) and they seem to recommend a lot of dystopian fiction and science fiction. But I’m still listening each week because it’s Mary’s favorite and I have gotten some good titles, too.
What Should I Read Next? I am uncertain about this podcast right now. I love the concept – each week Ann Bogel has a different guest. She asks them to tell her 3 books they love, 1 book they hate and what they are currently reading. She then makes recommendations for them based on what they have told her. The premise is great and actually an excellent reader’s advisory tool. But the podcast is long. Honestly, too long for the amount of content, in my opinion. I may or may not keep listening to this one.
And there you have it. If you’re looking for a good book podcast I would recommend any one of these three. While I don’t love them all equally I have gotten great ideas for reading from each of them and, as always, your mileage may vary.
Let me know if you check them out. And, if you listen to something you think I’d love, I want to know that, too!