The ultimate guide to podcasts about books, by readers, for readers!

A podcast is like a downloadable radio episode you can listen to anytime that comes out periodically. There are heaps out there and it can be overwhelming to sort through the good from the bad.

So to help you out, we have created this list of book themed podcasts for you to enjoy.

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books

Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide.

 Plus, they always recommend some books they're reading and really enjoying. 

Recommended for: Those who love to read romance novels

Crime Time Podcast

Crime Time is a weekly book podcast talking mystery, thriller, sci-fi, horror & crime fiction. Hosted by two Aussie women: Lee and Eddie.  It's like listening in on a conversation between two friends.  

Recommended for: Those who like darker reads.

Book Club for Masochists

Book Club for Masochists

A podcast run by a group of Canadian and American librarians. Their slogan is 'Becoming better library staff by reading books we hate'.

Every month they read books from a new, randomly picked genre then  discuss their reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Recommended for: All book lovers


MuggleCast is the most-listened to Harry Potter podcast online, and the only one to release on a regular and timely schedule. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners the most entertaining and thought-provoking discussions. "With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, and more!"

Recommended for: Harry Potter fans

Book Riot

Book Riot is a great book-related website with lots of interesting articles and fun lists and stuff.

They host a few different podcasts, including All the books! Which talks about new releases, and Recommended which is a new podcast which has “interesting people talking about their favourite books”

Recommended for: All book lovers

The Nerd Factor: a Library Podcast

The Nerd Factor: a Library Podcast is an hour long weekly podcast from the Madison County Public Library in Kentucky, USA. Hosts April, Brandon, and CC are nerds who also happen to be librarians and each bring their own signature flavour to the show. Additionally, each episode can surely be "tied in" with one of the many library services provided at MCPL. "The episodes include many things:  fun, casual, thought-provoking, topical, and every so often contain a few all-out hilarious moments that we hope our audience will enjoy!" 

Recommended for: All book lovers

A Stab in the Dark

Best-selling author and comic Mark Billingham presents a brand new crime fiction podcast series bringing together the very best super-sleuths from literature and television. Each episode of A Stab in the Dark sees a set of two brand new guests from the worlds of TV and books assemble to discuss the inner workings of crime fiction.

Recommended for: Those who love crime fiction

The world of podcasts is huge – if there’s a topic there’s likely a podcast dedicated to it.  Give it a go yourself, and if you have a podcast you'd love to recommend to us then be sure to let us know on our Facebook Page.

Hear Kiwi Author Emma Stevens talk about the inspiration behind her best-selling biographies.

When: Monday 19th February, 5:30pm
Where: Library Meeting room. Refreshments provided.

Come along to the Library for an engaging, free talk from writer Emma Stevens. Emma has written three memoirs, Walking on Ice, Nesting on the Nushagak and Dancing on the Tundra, about her ‘girl’s own adventure’: her life-changing decision to marry an Alaskan high school principal and leave her beloved New Zealand for a world of snow and ice, caribou and bears, and the Yup’ik Eskimo people.

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During her six-year journey in remote bush Alaska, Emma faced unexpected and at times life-threatening situations. Her stories are guaranteed to engross her listeners, transporting them deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness and the people who live there.

Emma will have her books for sale for $25 each or $60 for the complete trilogy. She can accept cash, cheques and eftpos.

Tangent teens tell us the books they think every teen should read.

I think teenagers should read it because it’s a very gripping, detailed book. It has some romance and action. It’s a good story for those who like history, war, and a little death.
Tangent Teen - Ella
Age: 14
Every teenager should read this because it has a very important theme behind it. It also can make people think and perceive the world in a different way.
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Age: 14
24 Teens. 12 Districts. 3 books. 1 winner.
Tangent Teen - Hannah
Age: 14
I recommend this book for teenagers as it gives you information about Norse gods in a fun way.
Tangent Teen - Sophie
Age: 14
It’s GREAT!! Focuses on teamwork. Is very engaging.
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Age: 14
14 kids, stranded in a shop with everything they could possibly want. Sounds pretty good, until they find out that when they go outside they will either turn into serial killer, paranoid freaks, get covered in boils, or are simply unable to reproduce. How will they find their family and survive?
Tangent Teen - EmmaP
Age: 12
Do you like action and plot twists? If yes you would love to read The Recruit. It is about a boy called James. My personal favourite part is when the basic training kids go one a holiday because they have finished basic training. WARNING: don’t read to people under the age of 12 years there are some very gross scenes.
Tangent Teen - Xanthe
Age: 13
Do you like action and plot twists? If yes you would love to read The Recruit. It is about a boy called James. My personal favourite part is when the basic training kids go one a holiday because they have finished basic training. WARNING: don’t read to people under the age of 12 years there are some very gross scenes.
Tangent Teen - Emma K
Age: 14

The best of 2017. Our Staff Pick’s for the year.

Our staff picks collection has been around for three years now, and encompassed over 350 items. These are books, games and DVDs we have loved, and decided must be highlighted to you all.

We talked to our staff about all the recommendations they had given this year, to create this list, of their best read/watch for 2017.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Set in a Viking like world, where the strength of a man is based on how well he can fight. Prince Yarvi is a weakling in the eye of his father. Born with one crippled arm, he cannot fight. Left for dead after his fathers death, the prince must use the one weapon he has, his mind, to overcome his enemies and take back what is rightfully his. Full of great characters, action and plot twists.

Place a hold on Half a King

Rated by:

Chris Broad
Collections Assistant

Utopia (UK TV Series)

Twisted. Too real. And really quite freaky. A fantastic conspiracy thriller.

Place a hold on Utopia

Rated by:

Cris Crighton
Preschool Librarian

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Women discover they now have the power to inflict pain, or even death, just through a touch. Suddenly, the power balance shifts in the world – and women become objects of fear for many men. How do the women respond to their new-found position? A prize-winning page-turning thriller that is also thoroughly thought-provoking.

Place a hold on The Power

Rated by:

Angela Bain
H&C Team Leader

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

In a world where humans exist at the sufferance of the Others, Meg is a human on the run who takes refuge within the domain of the Others. What ensues is a story full of intrigue, drama and comedy which combine to create a binge-worthy book.

Place a hold on Written in Red

Rated by:

Megan Findlater
Children's Librarian

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge by Booton Herndon

He faced insults and threats because he would not carry arms in war. His faith saved lives and he became a hero.

Place hold on Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge

Rated by:

Linda Te Au
H&C Manager

Tiny Tabletop Gardens by Emma Hardy

Great ideas and projects for limited space. Loved all the different containers used, makes you start thinking of other things you can put plants in. Very easy to follow instructions and which plants are best to use in a small space.

Place a hold on Tiny Tabletop Gardens

Rated by:

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Debra Robinson

'48 by James Herbert

An action book set in a world where Nazis have won the war by unleashing a gruesome disease as biological warfare. What more can you ask for?

Place a hold on '48

Rated by:

Bonnie Mager
D&C Manager

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

In 1986, twenty year old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, abandoned his car, and walked into the woods.For nearly three decades this man lived a solitary existence with virtually no human contact, his family assuming he was dead. Author Michael Finkel, set out to find the truth, the motivation behind Christopher Knight’s self-imposed exile – why he disappeared and what he learned in the process.

Place a hold on The Strange in the Woods

Rated by:

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Jill Harpur
Non-fiction Collection Specialist
Do you love our Staff picks collection? Be sure to check out the display within the library, or search the online collection of Staff Picks.

15 Festive Books and Multimedia for Adults this Christmas

Christmas Fiction

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After inheriting a gift shop in Love, Alaska, single mom Maggie Richards is ready for a new beginning—while her little boy is ready for a new daddy! But Maggie has no time for love—she wants to open the shop in time for Christmas, something she'll do with help from childhood friend Finn O'Rourke. Finn's on board to help Maggie—but not with the romance rumors that swirl around them like snow. Like Maggie, he's hiding too many secrets to ever wed. So why do Maggie and her little boy make him dream of finding an unusual gift under the tree—a ready-made family?

Genre: Romance

Place a hold on An Alaskan Christmas.

Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year-old son. With the bank threatening to evict them, she discovers an advertisement for the Women's Relief Society auction and applies for a position--only to discover it's been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity--and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?

Genre: Christian Fiction

Place a hold on Christmas at Carnton

Set during London's most festive time of year and filled with delicious food Anita Hughes' Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season's most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness. It's a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn't know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren't hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day; so she agrees. The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge's. It's a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa's famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food. And then there's Kate, the show's beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew's in Scotland ten years ago. Now he's a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Genre: General Fiction

Place a hold on Christmas in London

A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

Genre: Crime

Place a hold on A Christmas return.

From the snowy, wind-whipped prairie to the remote Australian Outback, a cowboy’s loving kiss makes this Christmas merry and bright . . .

Genre: Romance

Place a hold on Christmas with my Cowboy

Christmas Non-Fiction

Hang the stockings, deck the halls, and cook up a happy holiday with Good Housekeeping ! 
Brimming with more than 300 celebration-worthy recipes, sparkling decorating ideas, and suggestions for homemade (and home-baked) gifts, this sumptuous, mouthwatering collection will make the season extra merry. Featuring new recipes in every chapter, as well as holiday ideas from celebrities, plus a section on gingerbread houses, The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook offers its triple-tested holiday favorites. 

Place a hold on The Good Housekeeping Christmas cookbook

A lot of home cooks come up with wondrous feasts year after year at Christmas gatherings.  This cookbook will teach you all the tricks for producing just about every recipe you've ever dreamed of that's suitable for the holiday season. Included are tips, hints, accompaniments, time lines to follow with step by step photos to guide you through the many fabulous recipes.

Place a hold on Christmas Basics

Make the festive season really special and create these stunning step-by-step projects with a Scandinavian flavor, including cards, decorations, garlands, and cosy gifts.

Place a hold on Scandi Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year--so celebrate in style with your own festive, homemade paper crafts. From wreaths and buntings to table settings, tree toppers, and ornaments, this collection of 25 projects offers a bounty of decorative items for a beautiful holiday. Created by some of the best crafters on Etsy, they all use straightforward techniques like cutting, folding, stapling, and taping, and include templates to guide you and plenty of helpful how-to illustrations.

Place a hold on A very merry paper Christmas

Containing 100 projects from some of Search Press's best-selling authors. The projects cover a wide variety of crafts from including papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters.

Place a hold on 100 little Christmas gifts to make

When it comes to Christmas, it's the thought that counts. Homemade Christmas is the perfect source of festive inspiration for creating thoughtful, personalised gifts and decorations for your loved ones. Discover 100 simple decorations, recipes, gifts, cards, and Christmas craft projects, from garlands and gift boxes to mince pies and marzipan. Create beautiful homemade Christmas gifts using a variety of techniques from metalwork to bread making, and delight your friends and family with the personal touch. Homemade Christmas puts an individual twist on the festive season. With a focus on upcycling and natural materials, you can create eco-friendly and cherished gifts without the waste, and personalise everything from Christmas cards to Christmas pudding. Have your most creative Christmas yet with Handmade Christmas.

Place a hold on Homemade Christmas

Christmas Multimedia

Ethan, Isaac and Chris have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they're entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball; the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Place a hold on The Night Before

A true story of romance, secrets and terrible adventure in which Ed Preston, on his way home from rugby practice in 1940, joins the New Zealand Army to go to World War II. His new wife, Tui, is pregnant and distraught, but he tells her not to worry, he'll be home by Christmas. And so he is - four years later - after escaping from a prison camp in Italy. But while Ed is away, Tui has fallen in love with another man. A remarkable memoir of resilience, determination and love.

Place a hold on Home for Christmas

One of London's oldest and finest cathedral choirs performs a mix of best-loved and brand new festive carols, including the world premiere recording of Graham Jordan Ellis's captivating There Is No Rose.

Place a hold on Carols with St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

A Pentatonix Christmas is the fifth studio album by American a cappella group Pentatonix. It is also their second full-length holiday album since That's Christmas to Me in 2014

Place a hold on a Pentatonix Christmas