Bookish Podcasts


As you might know from previous posts, I love listening to podcasts. Usually I listen to true crime podcasts, but sometimes I branch out into different genres…mainly book-related podcasts. Here are the main bookish podcasts I listen to, as well as a few that I might need to start listening to in the future.

wsirnWhat Should I Read Next is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, host Anne Bogel interviews a new person and finds out their tastes. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next.

I’ve been reading Anne’s blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, for a while now. Truth be told, I think that MMD is what this blog wants to be when it grows up. When I saw that she was launching a podcast, I knew I had to subscribe. I have found so many books to read thanks to this podcast. I have a whole spread of TBR books in my bullet journal (post about that later), and I’m so excited to check them all off soon. The first one I’m trying is Still Life by Louise Penny, and I’m glad I finally picked it up. Thanks Anne!

 

overdueOverdue is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

I love the tone of this show. It’s just two guys talking about books they’ve read. It makes you feel like you’re sitting in there with them. I jump around with the episodes. I only listen to the ones that feature books I’ve read. There are plenty of books that they cover that I want to read, but I don’t want to spoil them for myself. My all-time favorite episodes are the 50 Shades episodes (numbers 50, 100, and 150). They’re absolutely hysterical.

 

hpatstWhat if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? What would we learn? How might they change us? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a podcast reading Harry Potter, the best-selling series of all time, as if it was a sacred text. Just as Christians read the Bible, Jews the Torah and Muslims read the Quran, we will embark on a 199-episode journey (one chapter an episode, to be released weekly) to glean what wisdom and meaning J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels have for us today. We will read Harry Potter, not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.

I love the idea of this series. I know that the Harry Potter series is important to many people on a personal level, and I like the experiment of reading the series for something more. Vanessa and Casper provide such great points and personal stories throughout their analyses. Not really a spoiler, but at the end of most episodes they try to do a reading activity. Usually it’s picking out a random quote from the chapter and viewing it through the podcast topic’s lens. I’ve tried that on my own, and I think it helps me get more involved with my reading. I want to do it more often!

 

pcJoin PotterCast in a continuing adventure through J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. For eleven years PotterCast has remained your trusted source for discussion, celebration, and interviews with creators and actors from the Harry Potter Universe.

If I can get the backlogs of all the episodes, I’ll think I have died and gone to heaven. Eleven years of Harry Potter podcasts?! Oh man, sign me up! I’m really excited to hear from the actors and see what their experiences were like on set.

 

rgDo you love books? Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join hosts Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better on Reading Glasses! Reading Glasses is a podcast designed to help you get more out of your literary experiences. As professional creatives and mega-readers, Mallory and Brea are experts on integrating a love of reading into a busy lifestyle. Reading Glasses listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer savvy advice on uniquely bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the bodies of the people who won’t stop talking while you’re trying to read? Mallory and Brea engage in a spirited weekly half hour discussion geared towards all kinds of book lovers — nerds, avid bookworms, comic fans and science fiction geeks, literary fiction readers, book hoarders, library users, people who prefer the company of words on a page to a crowded party and casual readers who want to read more.

Based on this description, it sounds like something I would create! I know this is a relatively new podcast (I think there’s only 2 or 3 episodes out), but I’m definitely going to check this one out!

 

tholEnthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature.

I love fun history. When I was in college, the introductory lessons at the beginning of literature units were my favorite, because I loved learning the history of the time period and the writing. Now there’s a whole podcast about it! This is right up my alley.

Do you have any bookish podcast recommendations for me?

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Authors Talk About It

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I know it’s been a minute, but thanks for sticking with me! With things getting crazy at work and at home, I really need to stick to a writing schedule. Anyone have any tips or tricks?

ANYWAY…

I recently discovered a writing blog, Authors Talk About It, and it’s a really great resource for writers. They offer a podcast and classes on how to market your book. Maybe once I get my butt into gear and start writing, I might use their services!

Currently ATAI is taking nominations for their second annual Book Award Contest. The great thing about this contest is it’s giving new authors a chance at exposure and critiques.

ATAI was created by Rob and Janelle Alex, both doctors who are passionate about marketing and teaching people how to market themselves. They have created courses tailored to authors, like “How to Write a Powerful Bio for Authors” and “Outside the Box Marketing for Authors”. Both of these sound really interesting!

This year ATAI is hosting a Book Award Contest, and the prize package is pretty sweet. The Grand Prize package includes:

  • promotion of your work on all their sites
  • features on their sites
  • podcast interview
  • invitation into private mastermind (sounds so swanky)

Everyone who enters receives a critique/review, which I think is extremely helpful for up-and-coming writers. The more exposure, the better…right?

If you’re a writer and want to enter your book into the contest, check it out here.

Good luck everyone!

Hey, Listen!: Girl’s Girls

“The flagship podcast from Curvy Girl Media brings together Brittany Gibbons and friends to talk about fashion, relationships, sex, parenting, and our bodies. Cool? As long as you’re here, pull out your wine glass and stay awhile.”

I found a brand new podcast for y’all! And by brand new, I mean it premiered last week, and on its premiere day it reached 80th overall on the iTunes Top Chart. Dang.

Girl’s Girls is a new comedy(ish) podcast by Brittany Gibbons and features Meredith Soleau. If you don’t know who they are, you really need to. Brittany is the bestselling author of Fat Girl Walking (review soon, I promise!), writer of the hit blog Brittany, Herself, and founder of the Curvy Girl Guide Facebook page. Meredith is a marketing guru who founded 424 Degrees. She also writes on her blog Meredith Soleau. Both of these women are incredibly talented, super funny, and all around cool chicks to talk to.

*As a warning, this episode (and I’m sure the rest of the series) has some explicit content, mainly language and sexual topics. If that’s not your cup of tea, I don’t recommend this show for you.*

In this premiere episode, you really get a glimpse into Brittany and Meredith’s personalities and sense of humor. They cover a wide array of topics, from leggings as pants to masturbation. I know, it’s rather eclectic, but it works. I particularly loved Meredith’s story about her neighborhood Facebook group. It made want to pop popcorn and watch the drama unfold. I really hope they continue with their closing segment “Don’t Get Me Started.” They talk about things that really grind their gears. I had fun listening to Brittany get passionate about what irritates her.

If you’re into more casual, real-life comedy, and aren’t offended by more adult topics, I feel like this is a great podcast for you. Take a chance on it!

Current Obsession: Podcasts


Most people have heard of Serial, the podcast that covered the cases of Adnan Syed and Bowe Bergdahl. This was my introduction to the world of podcasts (you can read my thoughts on Serial here). Once I finished season 1, I needed something to fill the void. I started to search the podcast archives and found a plethora of shows to try! They have a show for everyone: football, pro wrestling, new parents, readers, D&D players…you name it, they have it. I’ve listened to so many podcasts, I’ve created a whole new series and page on the blog! It’s called Hey, Listen!so be on the lookout for more of them.

One of my favorite things about podcasts is that you can learn so much without having to go to a class. I can find whatever topic I’m interested in that day and listen to a couple episodes. You can also find some great entertainment shows out there too. There’s been a surge of radio drama type shows. I’m really interested in trying some of those out, but I can’t listen to those at work; I get too distracted by the story.

My four main categories of podcasts are:

True Crime

I really get sucked in to the true crime stories. I’m fascinated and scared by them all at the same time. The shows I listen to in this category are below, and the one’s I’ve reviewed here have the link attached to them.

Serial, Criminal, True Crime Garage, Sword and Scale, Once Upon A Crime, What The Crime?!, Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths., Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories, Breakdown, Lore

Social Topics

These shows are more about things going on in society right now. More Perfect focuses on interesting Supreme Court cases, Invisibilia is about human behavior, and Strong Opinions Loosely Held talks about pop culture.

Invisibilia, More Perfect, Strong Opinions Loosely Held

Books

I wanted shows that talked about books, but not necessarily about the business of books. These shows fulfill that niche for me. Everything from books you should have read, to what you should read next, to mythology, to Harry Potter…they make my heart happy.

Overdue, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, What Should I Read Next?, Myths and Legends

Parenting

These shows were/are so helpful to me! I didn’t have a clue about raising a child, and these shows answered some of my dumb questions before I had the chance to ask them.

Newbies, Parent Savers

Do you have any suggestions for podcasts that I need to listen to? I’m open to anything!

Hey, Listen!: True Crime Garage


“Each week Nic and the Captain fire up the true crime garage flying ship fueled with beer, great discussion and listener participation. The garage covers a new case each week from headline news to local real life horror stories. Discussions about serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and BTK, cold cases like Jonbenet Ramsey, OJ Simpson and the Zodiac, disappearances, missing persons and unsolved mysteries are all on tap along with craft beers from all over the world. If you like to kick back and have a little fun with your true crime than this show is for you and your friends. Remember don’t take yourself too seriously because if you do, nobody else will.”

I’m still listening to a ton of podcasts at work. They allow me to learn about new things without going to a class. Lately I’ve been listening to true crime podcasts like Serial and Sword and Scale. I mainly like the more conversational podcasts. For true crime podcasts in particular, sometimes it sounds like the transcript of a TV show, and those are pretty boring to me. That is not True Crime Garage. TCG is two guys drinking beer and talking about crimes. It makes you feel like you’re in the garage with them.

Nic and the Captain cover a variety of cases: some really well-known ones (like the OJ Simpson case) to local ones in Ohio (like Joey LaBute). Their most recent episodes cover their first international case!  I love that they take the time to research all the cases and try to provide all sides of the story. They also bring up some ideas and theories about the cases. I appreciate their passion about each case. They want everyone to know the details and share their interest. As time goes on, the quality of the episodes become better and better. I’m really diggin’ the intros to the cases. The Captain does some great sound mixing and editing.

It might sound kinda silly, but I really like their beer and book recommendations. It really makes it feel like you’re in the garage talking to them. Plus, I always need new beer and books. Is it weird I got excited that their beer of the week for their most recent episode is one of my most-favorite beers?

Download this series pronto. It’s fun, funny, and fascinating.

Guys, I like the cut of your jib!

Hey, Listen!: Sword and Scale

“The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real. We cover true-crime stories, high-profile trials, unsolved murders and missing persons cases.”

I’ve been on a podcast kick recently. It’s been fun listening to something other than music while I work. My choice in podcasts has been a little…strange to say the least. I jumped on the Serial bandwagon (you can see it here), and I’ve really been enjoying the non-fiction podcasts.

Sword and Scale is a true crime podcast that talks about all the scary parts of life. Lemme give you a rundown of the topics covered in the first few episodes: schizophrenia-induced mass murder, psychopaths, female serial killers, child abduction, government cover-ups, child abuse, BAD BAD BAD. Sword and Scale also talks about current cases, like the Oscar Pistorius murder case and the Ross Harris hot car case.

Honestly, I have no idea why I’m drawn to these topics. They fascinate me. They scare me too. All these things are real…they happened to real people. Recently Mike Boudet, the host, has been adding disclaimers at the beginning of each episode, and they’ve been really helpful. There were a couple episodes I couldn’t listen to while I was pregnant. One was about mothers killing their children, and another was about pregnant women being the targets of crime. One woman had her baby cut from her stomach. Yeah, definitely listened to that a couple months after Noah was born. A more recent episode really bothered me, so much that I had to stop listening to it for a bit. If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.

Mike really does his research when it comes to each episode. I love how he uses courtroom recordings and interviews to enhance his storytelling. Sometimes it’s a bit boring, but I know it adds to the episode. Overall, the storytelling quality is amazing. I haven’t been disappointed with an episode yet.

If you’re into true crime like I am, make sure to subscribe to Sword and Scale!

Hey, Listen!: Serial

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I got hooked on Serial a while ago. I’ve listened to the whole podcast once before. I’m currently listening to it again at work, and I’m just as hooked now as I was before. It’s hard to think that this is a true story, not a work of fiction. It reels you in just like a good detective story. You follow along with Sarah Koenig, the host and journalist, as she discovers details about the case. It makes you feel like an active member of the investigation, and I like that new participatory entertainment.

In case you’re not familiar with Serial, it’s a podcast series about the murder of Hae Min Lee. Hae was a high school student who was murdered in Baltimore in 1999. Hae’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He was found guilty and is serving out a life sentence. Family friends of Adnan’s contacted Sarah Koenig asking her to look into the case. Each episode you get deeper and deeper into the story, and you start trying to figure it out yourself. There are definite twists and turns throughout the podcast. I love how Sarah gets interviews from everyone…even Adnan. It’s amazing to hear the story from the supposed bad guy’s perspective.

Now honestly, I don’t really know if Adnan did it or not. Part of me thinks that he didn’t do it. Lots of things seem very circumstantial. Plus Adnan seems like a pretty decent guy, all things considered. But at the same time, part of me thinks he did it. His alibi is so sketchy and inconsistent. It’s just so hard to pass judgment on this.

If you’re interested in true crime series, definitely check Serial out. The whole first season is available, do you don’t have to wait to find things out. They’re currently working on a second season with a brand new case. Hopefully it’ll come out soon and you can be just as hooked as I am!