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Are you wanting to learn more about books ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best books podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Books Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

What Should I Read Next?

  • Publisher: Anne Bogel | Wondery
  • Total Episodes: 286

What 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, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they’re reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.

Life and Books and Everything

  • Publisher: Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor
  • Total Episodes: 35

Life and Books and Everything is a podcast hosted by Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor, and Collin Hansen where discussions are centered on, well, life and books and a little bit of everything. On any given episode, Kevin, Justin, and Collin may end up discussing sports, movies, politics, history, ministry, or current events. You’ll get some serious stuff, some humor, and some wonderful recommendations on outstanding Midwestern cuisine. Mostly, you’ll hear about books—books we like, books we don’t like, books we want to read, books we want to write, books we want on a desert island, books for pastors and leaders, books for moms and dads, fiction books, theology books, history books, philosophy books, new books, old books—you get the idea. And from time to time, we interview Christian leaders to talk about the books they’ve written and the books they’re reading. We hope you’ll stop by and spend some time with us as well on Life and Books and Everything.


  • Publisher: Headgum
  • Total Episodes: 497

Overdue 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 childen’s books: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

  • Publisher: David Naimon, Tin House Books, KBOO 90.7FM
  • Total Episodes: 324


All the Books!

  • Publisher: Book Riot
  • Total Episodes: 513

All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and enthusiasm regarding the week’s new book releases.

Read-Aloud Revival

  • Publisher: Sarah Mackenzie
  • Total Episodes: 183

Sarah Mackenzie will help your kids fall in love with books, and will help *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

  • Publisher: Sarah Dickinson | Sarah’s Bookshelves
  • Total Episodes: 89

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about: – 2 OLD BOOKS THEY LOVE – 2 NEW BOOKS THEY LOVE – 1 BOOK THEY DON’T LOVE – AND 1 NEW RELEASE THEY’RE EXCITED ABOUT I’m getting real about all things books and serving you up a bit of snark on the side.

Baseball by the Book

  • Publisher: Justin McGuire
  • Total Episodes: 141

A veteran baseball journalist interviews today’s best baseball authors about their books.

The Librarian Is In

  • Publisher: The New York Public Library
  • Total Episodes: 198

The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

Comics Experiment

  • Publisher: Comicstorian
  • Total Episodes: 148

Benny, Rob and more discuss comic books and geek culture.

2000 Books for Ambitious Entrepreneurs – Author Interviews and Book Summaries

  • Publisher: Mani Vaya
  • Total Episodes: 306

On 2000 Books podcast, we interview today’s top Business and self help authors and get the the most important actionable ideas from the world’s greatest books for ambitious entrepreneurs. We also summarize classic business books and self help books for entrepreneurs such as Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich, Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence people, Good to Great, Lean Startup, Zero to One, Never Eat Alone, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos. Some of the authors interviewed include David Allen, Dan Pink, Adam Grant, Chris Brogan, Mike Michalowicz. Our goal is to provide you the best, most actionable ideas from these great books so that you as entrepreneurs, startup founders and CEOs can get to the next level in business and in life using the ideas from these great books

Still Processing

  • Publisher: The New York Times
  • Total Episodes: 137

Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

Sermon of the Day

  • Publisher: Desiring God
  • Total Episodes: 1830

One classic John Piper sermon or conference message for each day of the year, based on listeners’ recommendations and feedback. Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and is author of more than 50 books. His sermons, books, articles, and more are available free of charge at desiringGod.org.

The Literary Life Podcast

  • Publisher: Angelina Stanford and Cindy Rollins
  • Total Episodes: 95

A podcast exploring all aspects of a life cultivated by books and stories.

The Book Pile

  • Publisher: Kellen Erskine and David Vance
  • Total Episodes: 34

Want to learn about books without actual books? Ever wish non-fiction could be shorter, funnier, and less accurate? Check out The Book Pile, a podcast where comedians tell you about books so you never have to read. (Now including fiction!) Kellen does standup. Dave writes ads. Together they highlight lessons from the world’s best books, unhampered by things like “expertise” or “sponsors.”

Mr. Bedtime Stories

  • Publisher: Mr Bedtime Stories
  • Total Episodes: 28

Mr. Bedtime Stories reads books from Mr. Men and Little Miss for bedtime.

Currently Reading

  • Publisher: Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb
  • Total Episodes: 158

Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics. Looking for your next great book? You’ll find tons of book recommendations every week.

The Segilola Salami Show

  • Publisher: Segilola Salami
  • Total Episodes: 190

An entertaining but educative podcast show about books and publishing

The Dork Forest

  • Publisher: Jackie Kashian
  • Total Episodes: 645

Jackie Kashian is a standup comic and is interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. It’s Dork on Dork Dialog and the safest space in interview-ville. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. Tune in and Enjoy.

Hillsdale Dialogues Podcast

  • Publisher: Hillsdale College
  • Total Episodes: 389

A survey of great books, great men, and great ideas. Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

David Friedland

Bit of a gear addict.

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