SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Celebrate Our 1-Year Podcast Anniversary

SSoP Podcast: A Mini-Episode to Celebrate Our 1-Year Podcast Anniversary

Friday, 22 January, 2021

Our first podcast episode dropped on 20 January 2020 with a virtual trip to Prague. Since then, we’ve gotten curious about 21 other exciting destinations. Thank you for coming along with us!

It’s our Podiversary! Podcastiversary? Podcastersary? Let’s just call it our 1-year Podcast Anniversary. In this mini-episode, we look back at our first two seasons, share a few interesting stats, and give you a sneak preview of what’s coming in Season Three, including four of our upcoming destinations.

Full transcript of this episode.


Here are some stats from our first two seasons:

  • 112,000 downloads of the show

  • 61 countries listening

  • 297 books reviewed on the website and podcast

  • 148 books recommended on the podcast

  • 27 books in translation recommended on the podcast

  • 63 books (43%) by women authors recommended on the podcast

  • 25 books (17%) by BIPOC authors recommended on the podcast

  • 22 destinations and themes featured on the show


We say it a lot, but it’s worth repeating: We’re grateful for you! Thank you for rating and reviewing our show, supporting us on Patreon, following us on Instagram, and chatting with Mel on Twitter. It’s such a treat to talk books and travel with all of you.

We love to hear from you, so if you have requests, comments, complaints, or huzzahs, you’re invited to send us email or give us a shout-out on social media.



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