With these 50+ podcasts, you can bring your books anywhere without wearing out your eyeballs.
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If you work with screens all day like I do, you get to a point where your eyes need a rest. You know what I mean. The fluffy zombie brain, the eyes drier than the surface of the moon. Just the thought of picking up a book and staring at it for hours might give you a headache. But modern technology provides us with a beautiful fix for this problem: audio.
Audiobooks and podcasts allow us to rest our eyes while absorbing new ideas. And they can keep us company during mundane tasks like doing laundry or riding the bus.
Truth be told, I didn’t get into podcasts until recently. Personally, I prefer visual and tactile experiences. But as my business has picked up, it’s meant more screen time. More posting, more scheduling, more designing, more staring into the face of a soulless glowing landscape of facts and possibility.
Eventually, my eyes had had enough.
Though the first podcasts I picked up were news-related, I quickly branched out into the reading and writing niches of the podcast world. (Like attracts like, right?) And I am 1,000% glad that I did.
Now during my breaks, I can happily consume a piece of flash fiction or listen to a literary breakdown of an ancient classic. All while resting my eyes. And you can, too!
Podcasts I Listen To
Produced, edited, and recorded by Mariah Avix, this is an excellent choice for people short on time. Each podcast episode is 10 minutes or less. The weekly show features flash fiction pieces in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Full disclosure: Mariah is a good friend of mine and an incredible person. She puts a lot of heart into the show behind the scenes, and her narrating voice is pretty incredible.
Narrated by Book Riot’s editors, this weekly podcast focuses on noteworthy book news. And Book Riot has a whole slew of other book-related podcasts which are in my to-listen queue:
- Get Booked focuses on custom book recommendations.
- All the Books focuses on exciting new book releases.
- Recommended interesting people share their favorite books.
- Hey YA focuses on noteworthy events in young adult literature.
- Annotated a documentary series about language and reading.
This weekly podcast is hosted by four writer friends at different stages in their writing careers. They are silly, raunchy, queer, and swear a lot. And they discuss various aspects of the writing process based on their own research and experiences. Full disclosure: I have also befriended some of these podcasters. They are wonderful, sweet people who are absolutely worth your time.
Other Podcasts Which Come Highly Recommended
These are podcasts I haven’t heard yet but found listed in articles by other book sites that I trust. Links to the original articles are in the headings. Please see the original articles or podcast links for full descriptions.
Book Riot Recommends:
- The Brit Lit Podcast
- Beaks & Geeks
- Beth’s Bookshelf
- Banging Book Club
- Backlisted Podcast
- The Secret Library Podcast
- Just the Right Book
- Read-Aloud Revival
- Between the Covers
- Literary Friction
- Fully Booked
- Read to Lead
- Freedom, Books, Flowers, & the Moon
Knockin’ Books Recommends:
- Book Club
- Books on the Nightstand
- Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
- The New Yorker Radio Hour
- Slate’s Audio Book Club
- The New York Times Book Review Podcast
- Lit Up
- Late Night Library
Book Scrolling Recommends:
- After Words
- Book Club Appetizer
- LA Review of Books
- The Allusionist
- The Moth
- The Yarn
- Myths and Legends
- The Catapult
- Two Book Minimum
- Welcome to Night Vale
- Books and Authors
- Literary Disco
- Selected Shorts
- What Should I Read Next?
- BBC World Book Club
- Longform Podcast
- The Guardian Books Podcast
- The New Yorker Fiction Podcast
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