Five Favorite: Book-related Podcasts

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Okay, so, I love podcasts. They can be entertaining, informative, eye-opening – anything, really, which is why it’s so hard to wade through the thousands (upon thousands) of podcasts out there to find the one (or five, or ten) that will keep you engaged for 50 (or even 500) episodes. Because I love to read and am interested in the book world, I listen to a lot of podcasts focused specifically books, book news, and authors; here are my five favorite. (Can you tell I like Book Riot???)

AllTheBooksAll the Books!: All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new book releases; hosted by Rebecca Schinsky and Liberty Hardy of

BookRiotBook Riot – The Podcast: Book Riot – The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what’s new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading; hosted by a combination of Jeff O’Neal, Rebecca Schinsky, and Amanda Nelson of, and guests.

DearBookNerdDear Book Nerd: Dear Book Nerd is a bi-weekly advice show about life, love, and literature; hosted by Rita Meade of and guests.

LitUpThe Lit Up Show:  The Lit Up Show discusses books, writers, life, love and all things literary in an exploration of how what we read reflects how we live; hosted by Angela Ledgerwood and Emily Gould of

ReadingLivesReading Lives: Reading Lives features hour-long conversations with guests about their reading lives: the books and reading experiences that have been memorable, transformative, and meaningful; hosted by Jeff O’Neal of

Have your own five favorite book-related podcasts? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Thoughts On: Book Buying

“Thoughts On” is a monthly feature on thewasofshall where I give my (often rambling) thoughts on a topic relevant to reading, literature, or the book business. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Episode 8 of Book Riot‘s podcast Dear Book Nerd brought up some great questions about book buying, book abstaining, and guilt over where (and how) reader’s find and read new literature. As a librarian, I am a strong supporter of promoting the services and goods libraries allow, one of which is FREE BOOKS (I really don’t know how to underscore this more). I’m also, however, an avid reader, and most of the books I read are often new releases from living authors. And these authors are trying to make writing a full-time job – which means they need reader support in the form of books sold to make that happen.

So what’s a girl to do?

I often abstain from buying new books simply because of the cost. $20.00 + per book is just too much for me to spend on an item that I will most likely only read only once or twice. (Maybe more.) So, these are the books that I’d most likely borrow from the library. I have no problem buying new books on sale, though, so if this particular title was from an author I already liked (and knew I’d continue to like), I might buy it if I could find a good sale somewhere. (E.g., Barnes & Noble often discounts new releases 30-40% the month they come out.)

Add to this the fact that I also like supporting brick and mortar stores – places that might be independent businesses or trying to stay profitable (and relevant) in the advent of online booksellers and e-books. Most of the time, actually buying books depends on circumstance – am in in Target and there’s a sale on Cartwheel for a specific genre or author I like? Do I have time to stop into Used Book Superstore and browse? Is there a library book sale going on? Does Barnes & Noble have something relevant in the clearance section? (Etc.)

Purchasing books is not part of a routine, nor do I specifically set aside a book buying budget. (Although maybe I should.) I just get so much pleasure from browsing and seeing familiar titles in-store that oftentimes choosing to take one home is pure impulse. Could I give more thought to supporting authors and the books they write? Absolutely. Will I do so monetarily? Probably not. Sometimes, it all boils down to supporting authors in other ways – such as raving in one of my video reviews, talking them up to friends and family, or actually purchasing a copy of one of their books for my library (because, yo, I can do that). Maybe it’s as small a gesture as following them on Twitter and just saying out to the world, “Man, your book was awesome.”

Unfortunately, there’s no clear right answer about what book-buying circumstances trump others – and I think that Dear Book Nerd doesn’t try to answer the handful of questions that popped up from this one listener’s inquiry. (Although they did a pretty awesome job trying.) There’s just, perhaps, an unanswerable question best left in flux.

Have your own thoughts on book buying? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!