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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guest Post by Caroline - 5 Great Podcasts For Avid Readers

5 Great Podcasts for Avid Readers

For the most dedicated of book lovers, simply flicking your way through the pages isn’t enough. True literary fans aim to absorb themselves in all things book-related. When they aren’t reading them, you can bet they’re talking about them, pondering storylines, analyzing characters or second-guessing plot twists.

The age of the internet is upon us, and with accessibility software allowing us to view content all over the world, now you can easily go online to get your fix of all things literature. Podcasts are a fantastic format, and the virtual ages answer to book clubs, and these are five of the best that you should be listening to right now!

A Phone Call From Paul

The extremely simple format of this release has already proven to be a winning formula. Hosted by Literary Hub, each week Paul Holdengraber phones up some of the biggest names in the industry to chat about whichever authors, books and ideas take their fancy.

The debut podcast features Paul’s good friend, Neil Gaiman, and other guests include Salmon Rushdie, Andrew Solomon and many more. So, for a unique insight into the views and opinions of your favorite writers, this is the podcast for you.

NOTE: Although the podcast is available through the website, it’s actually hosted on a Soundcloud player. Because of this, if you live in a country where Soundcloud is blocked, then you’ll have to use a VPN to gain access.

Books On The Nightstand

This is the place to be if you're looking for a book recommendation podcast. Hosted by two well-known publishers, every week they release a new episode discussing some of the best books around, covering everything from classic literature, to modern releases.

The show has won numerous awards, including Best General Review Blog, Best Book Club Blog and Most Eclectic taste in the 2009 Book Blogger Appreciation Week. With new episodes out each Wednesday, it's an excellent way to get inspiration for your weekly reading fix.

Literary Disco

For the quintessential book club podcast, Literary Disco is a great first choice. Made by book nerds, for book nerds, it is basically one step down from meeting up with all your friends to discuss your latest must-reads.

The show was set up by three schoolmates, who missed their intimate discussions, after moving to separate parts of the country, and now they're inviting you along to join them as well. It covers every possible element of books, including writing, film adaptions, the stories behind the fiction, "best of’s” and much, much more, so there’s no shortage of content to sink your teeth into.

Lexicon Valley

Most often than not, book lovers passion goes beyond the stories and into the words themselves. For those with a fascination for etymology and a delight for complex sounds that so deliciously roll off the tongue, then this podcast is for you.

It explores the every corner of language, from syntax and neurolinguistics to the birth and death of different dialects. With nearly 100 releases so far and many more to come, this incredibly unique and interesting podcast is one for all avid readers to explore.

Poetry Off The Shelf

It's not just novels and prose that stimulate exciting discussion; poetry is also a cherished art form that fans of the median love to analyze. Poetry Foundation has long been producing one of the most comprehensive poetry podcasts available: Poetry Off The Shelf.
Each week features a new collection poet and looks at a particular title to discuss. It covers the social, historical and cultural impact that the works have, as well as interviewing critics and other leading authorities in the industry. The colloquial tone of the feature makes it incredibly entertaining and well worth a listen.

About the Author: Caroline is an entertainment and technology blogger and diehard book lover. She loves the fact that the digital world allows her to enjoy books in a whole new way, and hopes she can share some of her favorite resources with fellow readers.

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