About the Show
The Eclectic Readers is a monthly book club podcast that reads an eclectic variety of books and discusses them. We try to read out of our comfort zone, with the goal of having our listeners read along with us, and, after listening to the episode, join in on the book's discussion through our social media pages on Litsy or Goodreads.
The Eclectic Readers started in 2009 as an IRL book club of three and has since grown to a group of 12 spread across the United States. From there, in 2015, four of us in the book club thought we'd give podcasting a try and have been going strong ever since. In each monthly episode, we base our main book discussion on that month's IRL book club pick, but also add in other bookish discussions and have started recording special author interview episodes, too.
With the launch of this website, we hope to not only continue discussing our book choices, but also have discussions about other books and authors, book culture, and book love in general. Basically, we want this to be a place to talk about books nonstop!
Episode 13: Anna Karenina: Come for the Adultery, Stay for the Agricultural Tips
March 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 4 mins
Meredith goes BookBub crazy. Susan invites J.K. Rowling to Denver for cake and podcasting. Jeannette asks Finnish listeners to correct her pronunciation. Also! Have you ever lied about reading a book? We discuss the most lied-about books, try to dissect the dense, moody passion of Anna Karenina, and challenge readers to read books with crazy titles and tell us about them.
Episode 12: City of Bones: We All Feel Weird
February 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 18 mins
Susan makes her triumphant return! Jeannette dislikes the Shadowhunters TV series, but we all like the Magicians show! Also, Tara tweets with Scott McCloud, and Book Bingo is back! Meredith breaks it down if you want to play along at home.
Episode 11: The Sculptor: Can We All Have a Pet Metaphor?
January 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 2 mins
In this episode, we discuss the validity of the "manic pixie dream girl" and attempt to throw her out the window. Meredith reads her first graphic novel, Jeannette sets a new book-o-lution, and Tara visits DC for their first in person recording session!
Episode 10: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: I Really Wanted to Like Martin!
December 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 9 mins
We welcome guest host, Meredith, to the podcast! We talk about the start of the Eclectic Read-a-thon starting the evening of Dec 19. We list our book wish list for Christmas; just message us for our addresses. And we discuss emotions during the high school years.
Episode 9: The Golem and the Jinni: Not the Kind of People You Want to Blackmail
November 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 11 mins
We explore humanity through the discussion of two magical characters. Things get philosophical. Susan gets a new Kindle, and Jeannette makes Tara mad. Also! We introduce our Eclectic Readathon, which YOU can join!
Episode 8: One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Dream-like Trance
October 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 4 mins
We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a classic Hispanic author. We’re not sure if we like being in a dream-like state while following the Buendia family. Ursula is awesome, the women are great, and the men kinda suck.
Episode 7: The Magicians: Why You Shouldn’t Write Yourself into Your Novels
September 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 15 mins
Publishers are tricksy with comparisons. Placing books in certain genres can also be misleading. Also, everyone agrees that Quentin sucks and Alice is amazing.
Episode 6: Girl on the Train: How Creepy is Too Creepy?
August 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 8 mins
People watching gone wrong. We discuss the different issues each women have in the book and how awful the men can be. Also, when does people watching become creepy? And some books we did not really enjoy.
Episode 5: Kushiel’s Dart: It’s not JUST about Sex
July 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 12 mins
In this episode, we discuss Kushiel’s Dart, and give you useful life tips for setting sale prices! Susan and Tara assign Jeannette some summer reading, Jeannette reads at odd times and places, and Tara shares her sexy reading habits.
Episode 4: Ready Player One: The Book With An Extra Life
July 1st, 2015 | 1 hr 7 mins
In this episode, we discuss one of our favorite Eclectic Readers books of all time: Ready Player One. We chat about dystopias, book blockbusters, and Hollywood’s problem with body positive casting.
Episode 3: Wool: Bernard Isn’t So Bad... Except He’s Not
June 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 4 mins
We do a little fangirling for the TV show, Shadowhunters, talk about the greater good and pitched a new TV show, Susan’s Adventures in the Silos.
Episode 2: The Miniaturist: In Which We Found the Secret Tulip Society
June 14th, 2015 | 1 hr 6 mins
In this episode, we love on our libraries, vote for our favorite book club reads, and discuss Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist. Susan defines the difference between observation and being a total creeper, Tara licks language from a bowl, and Jeannette shares a cool Kindle tip!