8 Podcasts For Book Enthusiasts

8 Podcasts For Book Enthusiasts

A small sampling of popular podcasts for the book nerd in you.

Podcasts have reemerged as a popular form of entertainment after the success of Serial proved how engaging and interesting audio storytelling can be. There's podcasts for nearly everything, from true crime, cooking, politics, etc. For readers and writers, there's many chances to explore new writing and discover your next favorite author for free. Services like iTunes and the internet have hundreds of literary-themed podcasts to subscribe and listen to:

1. The Drum: A Literary Magazine for Your Ears

Honoring the rhythmic nature of the drum, this magazine is an innovative new approach to literary magazines. It is exclusively available as an audio podcast.

2. Unknown Words with Matthew Anderson

This podcast spotlights upcoming writers in all genres. Currently there are 31 episodes of different writers sharing their works of fiction or poetry as well as being interviewed by Matthew Anderson to reveal how they came to love what they do.

3. Beautiful Writers Podcast

This podcast spotlights successful women writers or industry specialists with one-on-one interviews. The most notable guest has been Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post. Great inspiration for women writers and great for those looking for a little more diversity in what they read or listen to.

4. New Yorker: Fiction

Listen to the best writers read from the best writers' work! Whether you want to hear The Handmaid's Tale's Margaret Atwood read Mavis Gallant or Louise Erdrich taking on Joyce Carol Oates, you can expect the best from one of the most prestigious literary and culture magazines in the world.

5. Pseudopod

For the creepiest horror and sci-fi works podcasts can offer, Pseudopod is a great source for finding the weird, creepy, and grotesque. There are currently 31 episodes ready to download on iTunes.

6. The Poetry Magazine Podcast

Poetry Magazine has been around since 1912 when it was founded by Harriet Monroe. It has since been regarded as the ultimate sign of a poet's success. In order to keep itself updated, Poetry offers "Poem A Day" emails, a database of famous poets, a mobile app, and a podcast. To listen to the best poetry, this podcast is essential to subscribe to.

7. Lore

All about the folklore that haunts our dreams at night, Lore is a biweekly podcast preparing for its role as an upcoming TV show. If you like legends, myths, and maybe being frightened, Lore is perfect for you.

8. Crime Writers On...

For the latest in crime writing, journalism, the Serial podcast and more, this podcast is great for crime novelists, readers, and those interested in criminal justice.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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