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Yes, There is a Such Thing as Storytelling Podcasts, And Yes, They Will Definitely Get You Through Quarantine

Reading is fabulous, but sometimes, everyone craves good live storytelling. Storytelling *literally* brings a tale to life and adds a whole new experience you didn’t know was possible. The characters are suddenly more real and the plot more exciting. I’ll never forget the first time I heard the Harry Potter books on tape. They truly transported me into the wizarding world and I wanted nothing more than to stay forever. While recent events may have changed our plans for the foreseeable future, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that stories never leave us.

Podcasts have quickly become a popular media platform, and we are here for it! There are podcasts on endless topics, but there is a special little corner for us book lovers. Here’s a list of our favorites. Happy listening!

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1. Welcome to Night Vale

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The town of Night Vale has its fair share of conspiracy theories, and every one of them turns out to be true. This is a great listen if you love spooky small-town stories where everything seems a bit too coincidental. There are tons of episodes for this one, so you are all set for a rainy day.

 

 

2. The Mortified Podcast

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Do you have your elementary school diary tucked into the deep, dusty crevices under your bed because you will never, never allow anyone to find it? It’s just too embarrassing. Well, you’re not alone. And actually, yours may not be as embarrassing (or uncommon) as you think. The Mortified Podcast has real people reading their real journal entries, and let me tell you, they are amazing. This podcast is great for when you need a pick-me-up or just want to have a good time.

3. Risk!

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Another fun one! Along a similar vein, this podcast asks people to tell unbelievably embarrassing stories; the kind you would be tempted to take to the grave. You’ll be happy to just be a listener when you hear these awkward encounters!

 

4. Hello from the magic tavern

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If you love musical theater, you’ll love this one. This fun podcast has the likes of wizards and monsters in an interview setting with a few musical numbers sprinkled in.

5. LIMETOWN

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This podcast chronicles the fictional story of reporter Lia Haddock as she investigates the mysterious disappearance of hundreds of residents of Limetown a decade ago. Check this one out!

 

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Podcasts That Will Replace Book Club

Books clubs are great. Just think about it, a group of friends that enjoy reading as much as you do; a free space to talk about any and everything. They are amazing. But, with self-quarantining and social distancing, it’s not wise (nor legal!) to get together with a group of friends. So, here are five podcasts to fill the book club shaped hole in your social life! 

 

Lit Society

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Together, childhood friends Kari Herrera and Alexis Honoria talk about books, life struggles, and drama. According to their podcast trailer, we are welcome to join them as they use literature to “humorously explore pop culture and personal peculiarities with a dash of relatable cynicism.” If you want to read along, Kati and Alexis have the books they plan to read listed on their website under the ‘What We’re Reading’ tab. Their show is posted every Thursday on all major podcast outlets.

What Should I Read Next?

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While Anne Bogel isn’t recapping and discussing books to read, she does a great job of recommending them. According to the podcast’s description on Spotify, What Should I Read Next is for all the readers who’ve “ever finished a book and [have] faced the problem of not knowing what to read next.” So, how does Bogel recommend these books? Each week, Bogel interviews a different reader about books they love, hate, or are currently reading. With that information, she recommends books that the reader should read next. Bogel uploads new episodes every Tuesday.

 

372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back

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In a quirky, fun podcast, Conor Lastowka and Michael J. Nelson read books they know they won’t like. Unlike Lit Society, these boys announce their book choices as part of the podcast itself, allowing readers to read alongside the duo. They dedicate a couple of episodes to each book, giving thorough, funny commentary. It’s not clear if the podcast is on hiatus, seeing that they haven’t released an episode since March 10th; however, there are 70 episodes to hold you over for now.

Black Chick Lit

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Twice a month, Danielle and Mollie dive into discussions about books written by and for black women. The podcast stretches across all genres, from YA to Urban Fiction. In between book discussion episodes, Danielle and Mollie take the time to create BCL Chats episodes, where they discuss current events and “share their opinions about different aspects of reader life.” Uploads are usually at the beginning and end of each month.

Book Cheat

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Is there a book you’ve been dying to read, but now that you think about it, you’d rather not? Is there a book you need to read for class, but you kind of don’t want to? Well, Book Cheat is willing to help you out. Twice a month, host Dave Warneke goes over classic novels so you don’t have to read them. Sit in, or listen in, as Dave describes the plots and storylines of classic books to you and two special guests. In the latest episode, Dave goes over Shakespeare’s Macbeth, so you don’t have to.

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Podcasts For When You Can’t Make It To Book Club

Books clubs are great. Just think about it, a group of friends that enjoy reading as much as you do; a free space to talk about anything and everything. They are amazing. But, with self-quarantining and social distancing, we don’t have the option of getting together with a group of friends. So, here are four podcasts to fill the book club shaped hole in your social life! 

  1.   Lit Society

Together, childhood friends Kari Herrera and Alexis Honoria talk about books, life struggles, and drama. According to their podcast trailer, we are welcome to join them as they use literature to “humorously explore pop culture and personal peculiarities with a dash of relatable cynicism.” If you want to read along, Kati and Alexis have the books they plan to read listed on their website under the ‘What We’re Reading’ tab. Their show is posted every Thursday on all major podcast outlets.

  1. What Should I Read Next?

While Anne Bogel isn’t recapping and discussing books to read, she does a great job of recommending them. According to the podcast’s description on Spotify, What Should I Read Next is for all the readers who’ve “ever finished a book and [have] faced the problem of not knowing what to read next.” So, how does Bogel recommend these books? Each week, Bogel interviews a different reader about books they love, hate, or are currently reading. With that information, she recommends books that the reader should read next. Bogel uploads new episodes every Tuesday.

  1. 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back

In a quirky, fun podcast, Conor Lastowka and Michael J. Nelson read books they know they won’t like. Unlike Lit Society, these boys announce their book choices as part of the podcast itself, allowing readers to read alongside the duo. They dedicate a couple of episodes to each book, giving thorough, funny commentary. It’s not clear if the podcast is on hiatus, seeing that they haven’t released an episode since March 10th; however, there are 70 episodes to hold you over for now.

  1. Black Chick Lit

Twice a month, Danielle and Mollie dive into discussions about books written by and for black women. The podcast stretches across all genres, from YA to Urban Fiction. In between book discussion episodes, Danielle and Mollie take the time to create BCL Chats episodes, where they discuss current events and “share their opinions about different aspects of reader life.” Uploads are usually at the beginning and end of each month.

Happy listening!

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“Reading Rainbow’ Hero to Read to us Live

Star of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: Next Generation, and host of hit podcast ‘LeVar Burton Reads’, LeVar Burton, is hoping to livestream his readings to ease and entertain the minds of many.

In his podcast, Burton “invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story”, as he reads some of the best short fiction. ‘LeVar Burton Reads’ has a 5.0 star rating on Apple Podcasts, with over 10k reviews. One listener even stipulating that Burton’s podcast is “perfect to listen to during this crazy time in the world.”

 

Now, LeVar hopes to livestream his reads to the masses, as a way to distract and soothe anybody who may be distressed or anxious during this COVID-19 apocalypse *ahem* I mean, crisis. The main problem that Burton faces is acquiring short fiction for free, within copyright restrictions. In a heartwarming turn of events, and show of creative unity, author Neil Gaiman offered up his oeuvre to the actor and reader.

Gaiman was not alone in this offer, as many more jumped in to provide LeVar with the means, and creative license, to fulfill his wish of a livestream version of his popular podcast. HarperCollins offered LeVar access to their Children’s titles until the end of May, and those involved in organisations and genre groups have suggested their writers may also comply. Beyond the big names and the big five, independent writers have offered up their own work free-of-charge, and many fans have shared little-known free works such as many classic novels.

The community has truly come together to help with his project, and with any luck, LeVar’s livestreams will be available in the coming weeks.

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