None of us can do without our smartphone for more than minutes and as much as we long to engage in other activities, sometimes it is hard to pull ourselves away from it, so why not combine our phone addiction with a hobby such as listening to literary and books podcast. We have chosen sixteen podcasts for you to explore.

The Maris Review

Cultural critic and write Maris Kreizman talks to authors (and celebrities) about their own books and the books they love, as well as the TV shows and films they’ve watched, music they’ve loved, and what they’ve been reading online.

Books & Boba

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of Asian and Asian American authors, Books & Boba is the podcast for you. The podcast hosted by Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo pick covers a range of genres, from historical fiction and graphic novels to science fiction and thrillers. As well as author interviews, the podcast picks a book for its book club each month, and has updates on recent news in the book world.


This is a podcast dedicated entirely to audiobooks. Hosts Brad and Britney review the hottest new releases, interview narrators and authors and discuss industry news.

The Stories That Changed My Life

Regular guests share the stories that have made a mark on them. Priding itself on being a ‘books podcast for the non-bookish’, recent guests include journalists Lauren Bravo and Zing Tsjeng.

Not Another Book Podcast

‘The podcast that says what you’re thinking but too afraid to say.’ This three-woman-fronted, Sarah Ozo-Irabor, Zahrah Nesbitt-ahmed, and Yovanka show showcase the latest African writing in a chat format showcasing both popular and unpopular opinions.

Black Chick Lit

Black Chick Lit is a bi-monthly podcast that talks books by and about Black women. Each month, Dani and Mollie host an in-depth look at a title written by a Black woman and its author. They explore a variety of genres and forms, including literary fiction, non-fiction, YA, poetry and urban fiction. Previous episodes include Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Swing Time by Zadie Smith.

Women’s Prize for Fiction

The series celebrates the best fiction written by women, with discussions and debates about the diverse back-catalog of Women’s Prize-winning books, hosted by acclaimed journalist and author Yomi Adegoke. Listeners can also explore the bookshelves of these remarkable women.

The History of Literature

Author and literature expert Jacke Wilson journeys through time to examine history’s greatest literary moments and achievements, from dissecting the lives of our greatest authors to the writers who went to war to the Epic of Gilgamesh. The perfect audio companion for anyone who cares where literature is, and where it has come from.