Are You a Podcast Fan?


Do you listen to podcasts? Bookish podcasts? Other podcasts? And when and where do you listen?

Myself I enjoy podcasts. Its like I can curate radio and just listen to what I want to listen to. I have three main podcast “genres” that I listen in on on my iPad.

  • Bookish podcasts
  • Quilting podcasts
  • Uplifting/inspiring podcasts

Night time is my time to listen. I sort out one or two (depending on length) and set them going when I go to bed. It quietens my mind! Yes really. It stops my mind going on about stupid unnecessary worrying things. I have to concentrate on what they are saying. And then I drop off to sleep. Sometimes before the podcast finishes. But that’s not a problem, I just go back to it and pick up more or less where I feel asleep, the next night. Like last night I fell asleep and slept through about three podcasts that I went back to rescue this morning!

Bookish Podcasts I like

What Should  I Read Next is the first book podcast that I listened to and my favourite.  Even if I don’t often feel attracted to the books that the interviewee is chatting about, I love the book talk and Anne Bogel is an excellent podcaster and interviewer. Such enthusiasm. This one is my favourite.

One Great Book is a new podcast started by Anne where she spends 5 minutes or so chatting about one book. Again her enthusiasm wins me over, even though I already have a lot of great books I want to read!

Smart Bitches Trashy Books is a romance book podcast hosted by Sarah. Another good interviewer. I generally listen to this podcast although I do occasionally just skip some as well. Again though awesome book enthusiasm.

Currently Reading is hosted by Meredith and Kaytee. I haven’t been listening to this long but they chat about books they are currently reading, sometimes have guests and I like listening in.

Sarah’s Book Shelves Live is one that started earlier this year and I am enjoying her interviews and book chats even though I have little in common with the books.

Quilting Podcasts

 Pat Sloan is such a bundle of energy and interviews very interesting people.

Just Wanna Quilt is hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard and is utterly fascinating, and does have an invested interested in copyright. Comes from Tulane University.

Hello My Quilting Friends  Leah Day

Inspiring/Uplifting Podcasts.

Happier by Gretchen Rubin is always a very fascinating listen and I love her sister Elizabeth who is also hosts the podcast with her.

Happier in Hollywood is hosted by Liz ( Gretchen’s sister) and Sarah. Two writers in Hollywood and they are both informative, entertaining and very authentic.

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations I always find interesting and uplifting or thought provoking.

Phil in the Blanks has started recently and the interviews and discussions have again been thought provoking and often fun.

Onbeing with Krista Tippet I sometimes listen in on.  Oriented somewhat to poetry which doesn’t really interest me but its not only that so I check every week.


Some of these I also listen to at times

Do the Thing With Whole 30’s Melissa Urban

From the Front Porch

Hip to be Square Quilting Podcast

The Book Podcast – Australian

The West Wing Weekly  as I sporadically re-watch the West Wing I listen to the matching podcast.


What are your favourite podcasts? That’s if you listen to them. If not – why not?

Is there some bookish podcast – or other – you think I am missing that I could try?


34 thoughts on “Are You a Podcast Fan?”

  1. I do enjoy listening to podcasts. But since I’ve been listening to so many audiobooks of late I haven’t listened to any in a while. I did listen to one a couple of weeks ago. It was a Crime podcast with Dr. Michelle Ward. But I do need to listen to some lighter stuff.


  2. I listen to the bookish podcasts at the very top of your lists although I haven’t listened to the Smart Podcast/Trashy Books one in a while. Between those and audiobooks I’ve reached my limit of listening if I hope to keep reading print 😉

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  3. I listen to SO many podcasts–I absolutely LOVE them! And too many to name. The Happier podcast and What Should I Read Next are also in my queue. I listen to quite a few political podcasts and spiritual ones too. I’m having to learn to delete episodes though if they don’t interest me. It’s like books; there are too many good ones to waste time with bad ones. 🙂

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    1. Trish that’s the thing with podcasts there are so many inspiring ones about different topics. I enjoy Gretchin and I so enjoy her sister’s Hollywood one as well.


  4. I do enjoy some podcasts sometimes, mostly ones where I learn something. I don’t listen to one every day, so I’m way behind on all of them, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a podcast instead of an audiobook while I’m driving or doing housework or going for a walk. My favorite is probably Imaginary Worlds, which is about scifi/fantasy, comics, and geek pop culture. I also love The Allusionist, Writing Excuses, 99% Invisible, RadioLab, Twenty Thousand Hertz. There are also a few radio shows I listen to as podcasts: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and Science Friday. I enjoyed Anne Bogel’s book, I’d Rather Be Reading, so I plan to check out her podcast and some of the other bookish ones you mentioned.

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    1. That’s it, sometimes a podcast is easier to listen to rather than a book, although I am keen on those too. And I love that there is just about a podcast for every interest.


  5. Yes! I love podcasts! I am juggling far too many of them, though! I listen while. cooking, weeding, doing laundry, etc. but I also have to fit in my current audio book, so it really is a juggling act!

    I also enjoy What Should I Read Next and have been meaning to try One Great Book (when I have time – ha ha). I also really love Will Schwalbe’s And That’s Another Story and the Book Cougars (both about books and reading). I gave up on the NYT Books podcast mostly. I also try to keep an eye out for author interviews on NPR’s Fresh Air.

    I also love Happier and Happier in Hollywood! Very inspiring – those are my “listen in the morning while making breakfast on days I will not be writing” podcasts – ha ha). I have bunch of writing podcasts I listen to for information & inspiration on writing days. I also like By the Book, where the two female co-hosts live by a different self-help book every two weeks – some are inspiring, some are funny!

    Now I have a few more to try out – thanks!


    Book By Book

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    1. I must try Will Schwalbe’s podcast and the Book Cougars. I did listen to By the Book for a while but then when I added new ones I dropped that one off.


  6. I just love podcasts so much. There are so many great ones out there. I used to listen to just bookish ones. But then I found a whole new world of some others that I love. Here are my favorites that I really think are must listen to for everyone.

    Love Lust and Badass Soul–Relationship and sex and great laughs.

    The Awakened Soul-this is a podcast that really makes you think about the deep stuff. Lots of topics and the host is so genuine and real in his topics.

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  7. I listen to a lot of true crime and news like podcasts but other than those some I enjoy are:

    30 Animals That Made Us Smarter – Amazing things humans have learnt from the animal kingdom

    50 Things That Made the Modern Economy – Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.

    Before Breakfast with Laura Vanderkam – In each bite-sized, daily episode of Before Breakfast, I’ll share a time management strategy or an answer to a listener’s schedule question. I’ll help listeners make the most of their time, both at work and at home. The mission is to give listeners practical tools to feel less busy and get more done.

    LeVar Burton Reads – In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath…

    This Day in History Class – From the desk of “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “This Day in History Class” quickly recounts a tidbit from today’s events in history.

    The Slowdown – Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation.

    Everything is Alive – Everything is Alive is an unscripted interview show in which all the subjects are inanimate objects. In each episode, a different thing tells us its life story — and everything it says is true.

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  8. I am but I’ve got so many audio books and I feel guilty listening to a podcast LOL I love Dr. Phil and Mo Rocca’s Mobituaries.
    fun discussion Kathryn thanks

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  9. I listen to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, too. That’s pretty much the only one I do, though. Maybe I’ll branch out this summer when I have time.

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