We have podcasts on our minds at Book Thingo. Check out 5 romance reader-friendly podcasts (with a bonus for children of romance readers!).
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Our next episode won’t go up until next month, so in the meantime, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite book-related podcasts. I highly recommend these shows — they’re all romance-friendly! If you’re looking for more great audio content (did I just type that???) you might want to check these out!
Heart to Heart
Okay, yes, this is a little self-serving, given that I host this show for Destiny Romance. But I think it’s a pretty good show! The production values are high, because most of the interviews are recorded in a studio, and even when they’re not, post-production is done by the team at Penguin Australia. The latest episode features Australian author Helene Young, whose work I’ve read since her debut novel came out. (Book Thingo was blurbed in one of the later books!)
DBSA stands for Dear Bitches, Smart Authors, and as you might have already guessed it’s a podcast by Sarah Wendell and Jane Litte. Episode 154 features an interview with Kelly Faircloth, who has written some excellent articles about romance and romance readers. I also really loved episode 132, where Sarah chats with Duke University professor Dr William M Reddy on the origins of romantic love in literature. What I love about the DBSA podcast is that it’s like listening to conversations between friends talking about stuff that we all love.
This weekly podcast features hosts Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Schinsky discussing the week’s news around books and reading. It’s not focused on romance, but it’s friendly to romance. Rebecca is a huge fan of Sarah MacLean, and the hosts can probably do with a bit more diversity in their romance reading, but they’re really good at treating the genre and its readers with respect. I love that they call out biases in literary culture, and they’re firmly on the side of readers.
LadyLike Book Club
If you love f/f romance, the LLBC podcast is for you — it focuses on lesbian romance and erotica. There are a few people on the podcast, although I haven’t really worked out how many there are exactly. Listening to the LLBC podcast is like having an after-dinner conversation where the wine flows freely and the conversation is allowed to go into all sorts of unplanned directions. Sometimes it takes a while to get to the books. My favourite episode is ‘Uncommon Romance’ (28) where the ladies talk about an anthology of the same name featuring 3 novellas by Jove Belle.
Teen Screen Feminism
Technically, this podcast isn’t about books at all, but it’s a talk show featuring Athena Bellas and Jodi McAlister talking about TV shows and feminism. You’ll know Jodi from her reviews here at Book Thingo, and her posts and TV show recaps at the Momentum Moonlight blog, and her appearances at various literary festivals in Australia. I’m adding this podcast to the list because Jodi and Athena often talk about the romantic stories and relationships on screen (and the many ways these are also reflected in written works). I feel 150% smarter every time I listen to an episode. Make sure you check out episode 5, which is dedicated to Outlander.
Bonus for the kids: Puffin Podcast
My kids’ love for podcasts came from listening to the DBSA podcast during after-school pick-up. Unfortunately, not all the DBSA episodes are suitable for kids! So it was a natural step to search for a podcast dedicated to books for younger readers, and we hit the jackpot with the Puffin Podcast, hosted by Ally McCrae. We love the extracts read by voice actors (some of whom are also film actors) and have made many an audiobook decision based on the show. The book quizzes are also really fun, although I need to brush up on my children’s fiction reading if I’m to have any hope of winning against the kids. I don’t have a favourite episode — I love them all, and they make car trips so much more tolerable for the entire family!