For the past month or so, I’ve basically stopped listening to music while I work. Music used to be my go-to in-office source of entertainment. I’m at a desk all day in front of a computer, so I have to listen to something all day. So, earbuds are in, but I decided to try something else.

I listened to Bossypants by Tina Fey (downloaded from You can get a free book by signing up!) but when I finished that, I turned to podcasts. I am now completely addicted. I’m a little late to the podcast party… but I’m here now! And that’s what matters.

Here are the podcasts I’ve fallen in love with and a bit about them.



“Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from Discovery and HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle. Fueled by boundless curiosity and rigorous research, Cristen and Caroline are girls-next-door gender experts who skillfully decode the biology, psychology and sociology of ladies and gents, from their evolutionary past to millennial present, to better understand what modern womanhood is really about… because life is full of Stuff Mom Never Told You.”

Of course I had to put a feminist podcast at the top of my list! I like this one so much that I went back to prior podcasts and earmarked about 100 of them to listen to. Host Cristen Conger also does the very entertaining Stuff Mom Never Told You YouTube channel as well, tackling other issues.




“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, brought to you by the editors of Book Riot.”

The hosts are charming and enjoyable to listen to. I always know what books are coming out, what people are reading and I simply feel smarter listening to it. The only good thing about Monday morning is having a new episode of Book Riot to listen to.

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“Dear Book Nerd is a bi-weekly advice show about life, life, and literature.”

Dear Book Nerd started out as a column on the Book Riot blog before it became a podcast. It takes more of a Dear Abby/advice approach to life as a reader.



“Each week, three intelligent people start talking about books: a comedian, an author, and a comedian/author. All three leave dumber than when they started. Hosted by Better Book Titles creator Dan Wilbur.”

Two of my very favorite things in the whole world unite for an hour-ish long podcast: comedy and books. The books are not necessarily humor books, but the conversation surrounding the interview of the author is very funny. Side note: Wilbur’s sounds a lot like Seth Green’s, so be prepared for that.


“Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love.”

This weekly podcast is packed with advice about the craft of writing. Host K.M. Weiland keeps each episode pretty short so you can get to the good stuck and get back to writing your novel. Side note: I featured Helping Writers Become Authors in my free ebook, The Writer’s Guide to Blog Design.



“Kobo Writing Life Podcast is a podcast about the craft of writing, the business of writing, digital publishing, self-publishing and traditional publishing.”

Although new episodes don’t come out frequently, I’m a big fan of Kobo as a company. I prefer their app to any other iPad reading app, I like getting badges for reading and the user interface of the app and website are pretty. Some people might find the interviews a bit dry, but for interesting stories about publishing, it’s pretty good.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? I’d love to get some recommendations!

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.

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K.M. Weiland March 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Thanks so much for the shout out about my podcast! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. And thanks for including it in your ebook.

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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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