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Audible’s Favorite Books Of 2020

With the constant influx of new releases and recommended reads, and adding new and old books galore to your list, a bibliophile’s TBR never runs dry. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Audible’s top audiobooks of 2020. Go on, take a look, and then take a listen!

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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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10 Book Podcasts That Book Lovers Need to Listen to!

Books are celebrated across all forms of media, from YouTube videos, community forums, Facebook groups, on the radio and TV, and, of course, on podcasts. Podcasts allow you to listen to people who also love books and even listen to people share their own, original work online without the need to go through the craziness of publishing. Here are ten original and unique podcasts that any book lover will find a joy to listen to!

 

10. ‘By the book’

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By the Book is a fun podcast hosted two women, Kristen and Jolenta. Each episode they pick a different self-help book and for two weeks, attempt to live by the book’s rules to see if it truly improves their lives. They encourage listeners who tune in to try the challenge for themselves and once the period is over, they revisit the book and discuss its merits or shortcomings, judging by how it worked out for them.

 

9. ‘Binge Mode’

 

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Binging a book? Whoever heard of that? Well, the guys at Binge Mode did and they have made a highly successful, entertaining podcast out of it. Starting out covering Game of Thrones, they’ve since done a follow-up covering Harry Potter! In each episode, they go through each book, chapter by chapter, analyzing the contents line by line in huge amounts of detail. They also cover the movies and have various extras about the Potter universe. Plus, they’re hilarious and rib on the books they cover with love.

 

8. ‘33% pulp’

 

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33% Pulp is a podcast focused on, you guessed it, pulp novels! Featuring classic tales involving mad scientists, monsters, sword and sorcery, and lots of awkward descriptions of sex, hosts Amber, Linzi, and Daniel are assigned one third of the novel to read each week. From there, they recap their portion of the plot to the others and the three attempt to piece together the plot from the different segments. Needless to say, hijinks ensue.

 

7. ‘The worst bestsellers’

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The Worst Bestsellers is hosted by Kait and Renata, who read trashy bestsellers so you don’t have to! The hosts (plus a guest) spend each episode discussing popular books and discussing how these terrible books became popular. Covering popular works to slightly more obscure material, they joke about the books they cover for fun, without judging anyone for liking the material being covered.

 

6. ‘Levar Burton Reads’ 

 

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LeVar Burton Reads is exactly what it says on the tin and then some. Hosted by LeVar Burton, the actor famous for Star Trek: The Next Generation in which he played Geordi La Forge, chief of engineering. In this podcast, Burton reads books to you in his soothing tone of voice. Most episodes are under an hour, making them ideal for listening on the train, bus, or car. Maybe you’ll need Burton to help you sleep or just relax after a long day.

 

5. ‘The Poetry Gods’

 

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The Poetry Gods is a lively discussion about poetry hosted by three poets Aziza, Jose, and Jon, who interview different poets about their work and lives. Even if you’re not a poetry fan, this podcast is great stuff, being energetic, fun, and spirited for listening. You’ll learn much here, coming for the party and staying for the lecture.

 

4. ‘Drunk Booksellers’

 

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Drunk Booksellers is the ideal podcast to listen to while having a glass of wine or some other alcoholic beverage. In this podcast, hosts Emma and Kim interview various American authors, learning about their craft while also covering topics such as their favorite books and the craft of writing/reading. Naturally, they also get a little tipsy while doing so, sipping down some literary themed drinks to add to the fun.

 

3. ‘Black Chick lit’

 

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Black Chick Lit is a podcast that revolves around books written for and by black women. The podcast has a casual, conversational tone, showcasing the historical nature of each book while providing fun and laughs. Naturally, the hosts Dani and Molli have a ton of fun bouncing off one another, while bringing wine for each episode.

 

2. ‘Backlisted’

 

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Backlisted aims to re-examine classic books and show how they became ‘classics’ in the first place. Hosted by presenters John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, they get into lively discussions with guests in order to convince their listeners to give Charles Dickens and Jilly Cooper another chance while arguing about why exactly these novels have stood the test of time.

 

1. ‘Damian Barr’s Literary Salon’

 

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Literary Salon   is a popular podcast in which  world class writers join the host, Damian Barr, and  read from their biggest, boldest, and most popular works in a variety of locations before a live audience. The fun comes from hearing the audience reactions as the author reads. Numerous popular guests have been featured, including Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières.

 

 

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