I’ve been listening to podcasts for years now but have struggled to find ones I like about books. Sure there are the podcasts of various book-ish radio shows (Australia’s own Book Show and similar offerings from the BBC and NPR) but though I subscribe to these I often delete the shows without listening right through (most of these shows seem to take a fairly dim view of ‘genre readers’).
But two English book bloggers have recently started a podcast called The Readers and I have enjoyed it very much so far (they’ve aired 10 episodes so far). Gavin from Gav Reads and Simon from Savidge Reads have joined forces to discuss reading and books in all their glory, The Readers podcast has tackled a wide variety of issues including Sherlock Holmes, culling one’s books (where they were helped out by Kim from Reading Matters who has this down to an art form due to her space restrictions) and the ‘is Margaret Atwood a literary author or a speculative fiction author’ debate in an intelligent but conversational style. The guys have eclectic reading tastes which run from literary to sci-fi to crime to just about anything else but their enthusiasm for books in general is the main thing I enjoy about the show.
So, if you like listening to podcasts and you like books I’d recommend The Readers. It’s a weekly(ish) show of about an hour in length and you can subscribe via all the usual methods, Right now there is added incentive to listen in and vote in the International Readers Book Awards for 2011 (I’ve already voted).
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