As someone who’s always reading, not being able to read on commutes due to motion sickness is absolutely heartbreaking. So, I turned to podcasts to make my commutes more
entertaining (and nausea-free!) There is a podcast for absolutely every kind of reader, and it can be hard to navigate if you’re new to the world of podcasts. Here is my pick of the absolute best to get you started.

1. Literary Disco
Rider Strong, Julia Pistell, and Tod Goldberg

I have been listening to this podcast for almost a year and I eagerly await each new episode. Literary Disco is just 3 best friends who happen to be HUGE book nerds, talking, arguing and discussing their favourite books. Remember how back in school we’d all pick a book to read and come back to discuss it with our friends? And sometimes gasp when they said they didn’t like the same parts as us? This is something like that. They choose really interesting topics too! Librarians, teachers, and actors have also featured on the show which continuously experiments with format and content. This is an excellent literary podcast hosted by writers. For all of you who’ve watched Boy Meets World, Rider Strong’s voice is as sexy as he is.

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This is an excellent literary podcast hosted by writers.

2. By the Book
Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

Are you a Marie Kondo convert? Love self-help shows? You’ll love this one. Less of a literary podcast and more of a reality show, ‘By the Book’  is a hilarious social experiment self-help book readers will love. On each episodes, the hosts, comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her ‘skeptical friend’ Kristen Meinzer, live their lives by the rules of life improvement books like The Little Book of Hygge and The Magical Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to see which tips and tricks are bogus, and which ones actually make a difference. If you’re constantly shopping in the self-help section of the bookstore, this laugh-out-loud podcast will be your new favorite guide. Great for unwinding after a long day.

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If you’re constantly shopping in the self-help section of the bookstore, this laugh-out-loud podcast will be your new favorite guide.

3. So Many Damn Books
Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard

Ever thought a podcast could have brilliant book recommendations AND cocktail recipes? I kid you not. This podcast actually exists. This show is engaging and fun. The hosts are lifelong readers and terrific interviewers, they seem to always choose relevant books and the format is creative and fun: not only do they discuss the book by the author on the show, but they also all discuss another book that they’ve all agreed to read and discuss. Their laughter and knowledge of books and publishing are fun and contagious. I always keep a pen and paper handy while listening to this show, because I always want to go back and read the books they recommend.

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Their laughter and knowledge of books and publishing are fun and contagious. I always keep a pen and paper handy while listening to this show, because I always want to go back and read the books they recommend.

4. Reading Women
Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett

Around the world, “Women’s literature” is often branded as chick-lit and/or fluffy. This podcast attempts to “reclaim half the bookshelf”. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with women writers whose work the interviewers have loved. This month’s theme is “Marriage”.

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Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with women writers whose work the interviewers have loved.

5. Books and Authors
Mariella Frostrup and Harrie Gilbert

On this BBC Radio podcast, hosts Mariella Frostrup and Harrie Gilbert discuss — you’ve guessed it — books and authors. The show includes author interviews and lively discussions about favorite books. If you’re a global reader, Books and Authors is a great place to find recommendations from around the world.

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If you’re a global reader, Books and Authors is a great place to find recommendations from around the world.

6. Indian Noir
Nikesh Murali

If you are a fan of horror, you’ll love this one. Indian Noir is a critically acclaimed, chart-topping podcast featuring thrilling crime and horror audio stories set in India, featuring Indian characters. The host, Nikesh Murali, has won the Commonwealth Prize for Short Stories, along with a bunch of other prizes for story narration, and writing. In this podcast he
narrates stories from all over – his voice is lovely, and it is well-produced. He’s currently narrating horror stories and they are so creepy.

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In this podcast he narrates stories from all over – his voice is lovely, and it is well-produced.

7. Books And Beyond With Bound
Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D’costa

A pathbreaking podcast already making waves in India, Tara and Michelle, your hosts probe deep into the lives of your favourite authors like Lisa Ray, Manu Pillai, Arshia Sattar and so many more. They delve into the personal lives of authors from various genres and help you uncover the story behind the story. They also bring you some great insights about the
publishing industry, sprinkled with a good serving of conversational banter.

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A pathbreaking podcast already making waves in India, Tara and Michelle, your hosts probe deep into the lives of your favourite authors like Lisa Ray, Manu Pillai, Arshia Sattar and so many more.