Eclectic Readers

Four Ladies, All the Books

About the show

Starting in 2020, we're now releasing two episodes a month! The first episode releases on the 15th and is a chat of what we're currently reading and a general bookish discussion topic. The 2nd episode releases on the 30th and is our monthly book club discussion. We announce the following month's book pick at the end of the episode so you can read along with us. (Our older episodes follow this same format, but were combined into one longer episode a month.)

We also have special author interview episodes sprinkled throughout the year, so make sure to subscribe in your favorite podcast app so you never miss out!

If you'd like join in on the bookish discussion through social media, our hashtag is #EclecticReaders and you can find us at:
Twitter: @EclecticReadPod
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The History of Eclectic Readers

The Eclectic Readers started in 2009 as an IRL book club. 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 book club episode, we base our book choice on that month's IRL book club pick.

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  • Episode 81: Book Talk: Book Recs for Extraterrestrial Life

    May 15th, 2020  |  42 mins 4 secs
    book recs

    Meredith, Tara, and Susan are given a mission: curate a list of books for extraterrestrial life. Each list is surprisingly different and yet they all have something in common. Listen and let us know what novels you would share with ET!

  • Episode 80: Secret Passages in a Hillside Town: We Had to Get It; We Were Told to Get It

    April 30th, 2020  |  42 mins 20 secs

    Jeannette and Susan try to enter the secret passages but find that it may not be as magical as they thought. From Olli as the protagonist to how Greta was handled, they try to unravel the themes and meanings.

  • Episode 79: Book Talk: Lit in the Time of Corona

    April 15th, 2020  |  33 mins 50 secs
    book recs, book talk

    Susan, Tara, and Jeannette go into how they are doing during the stay-at-home orders. Specifically, how their reading habits are beneficial, if their reading habits have changed, and recs to get through this trying time.

  • Episode 78: Blood of Elves: Once You Sit Down, You're Invested

    March 30th, 2020  |  44 mins 37 secs
    book club, fantasy, small screen adaptation

    Susan, Jeannette, and Meredith discuss Blood of Elves and how the books feel more modern yet formatting was very questionable. How very well translated is something if a word is used too much? Also, is pirouetting very important to describe fighting?

  • Episode 77: Book Talk: Small Screen Adaptation - I'm Doing Jazz Hands and Nobody Can See Me

    March 15th, 2020  |  38 mins 44 secs
    small screen adaptations

    Jeannette, Meredith, and Susan talk about adaptations and how it affects their reading habits. Will they immediately read a book that’s being adapted? They also talk of favorite adaptations and adaptations they would like to see.

  • Episode 76: March: Baby, Come Back!

    February 29th, 2020  |  42 mins 15 secs
    civil rights movement, freedom riders, graphic novel memoir, historical graphic novel, john lewis, march graphic novels

    In this month’s book club episode, Meredith, Tara, and Jeannette discuss the three book graphic novel memoir series “March” by US Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.

  • Episode 75: Book Talk: Diversity in Publishing

    February 15th, 2020  |  44 mins 6 secs

    Jeannette, Meredith, and Tara check out some recent stats on diversity in publishing, spotlight a couple of people advocating for diversity in the publishing world, and talk about what they do to maintain diversity in their own reading lives.

  • Episode 74: The Starless Sea: Had a Whiskey and Contemplated My Life

    January 30th, 2020  |  47 mins 49 secs
    erin morgenstern, fantasy, homage to stories, starless sea, storytelling

    Our hosts dive right into the Starless Sea and discuss all the stories to make a whole story and more. Also, they discover if they are a Keeper, Guardian, or Acolyte.

  • Episode 73: Book Talk: A New Chapter

    January 15th, 2020  |  44 mins 6 secs

    Our hosts come together to discuss the evolution of their reading habits in the last decade. They then look forward to their resolutions of the coming year with a fun twist.

  • Episode 72: The Tenth Girl: Twist Me, Don't Trick Me

    December 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins
    female protagonist, horror, sara faring, tenth girl, ya

    It’s our end of the year wrap up and the gang’s all here! Wherein Tara and Meredith talk about YALL Fest, we announce our 11th Hour Readathon to close out our 2019 TBRs, and we pick our favorites from this year’s reads. Then we cozy up by a (internet) fire to discuss the not-so-scary ghost story: “The Tenth Girl.”

  • Episode 71: Orlando: Don't Take My Pants Away

    November 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    It’s Non-Fiction November! Susan, Meredith, and Tara discuss the genre in general, do they read a lot of nonfiction? And what are some of their favorite nonfiction books? Then they go into a fictional biography with Orlando. Virginia Woolf really is ahead of her time and they come to the conclusion that more time may be needed for classics.

  • Episode 70: City of Brass: I Don't Know if I Want Anyone to be in Charge

    October 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    chakraborty, city of brass, female protagonist, high fantasy, non-western fantasy

    Meredith, Tara, and Susan talk all about Non-Western Fantasies in this month’s episode, including which ones they’ve loved, which ones are still on their TBR, and what cultures they’d love to read more fantasies about. Then they discuss the historical fantasy and the world of djinns in The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.

  • Episode 69: The Scarlet Pimpernel: Winnie-the-Pooh

    September 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
    classic, emma orczy, french revolution, scarlet pimplernel

    This month Susan, Jeannette, and Meredith talk about how pressured they feel about reading classic books and how it affects their TBR and just maybe realizing it’s time to Marie Kondo their TBR. But they do cross a classic off their list with The Scarlet Pimpernel and discuss how it’s more about a relationship than who the Scarlet Pimpernel is.

  • Episode 68: The City in the Middle of the Night: Insert Our Love for Libraries Here

    August 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins
    ebooks, libary love, sci fi

    Tara, Jeannette, and Meredith talk about Macmillan’s new ebook library lending model, what they love about our public libraries. Then they dive into Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night. The book left them disoriented, but in a good way? You’ll have to listen and find out why!

  • Episode 67: The Importance of Being Earnest: Bumbleberry

    July 15th, 2019  |  50 mins 59 secs
    importance of being earnest, oscar wilde, play, satire

    All 4 ladies are in one place celebrating the book club’s 10th anniversary! We talk a little about the Good Omens TV show on Amazon Prime, a little about how we love the theater, and a lot about being earnest.

  • Episode 66: A Thousand Mornings: I Was Told There'd Be Food?

    June 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    a thousand mornings, mary oliver, poetry

    Tara finally gets her poetry episode! Jeannette and Meredith talk with her about their favorite poets, poetry memories from school, and then they discuss Mary Oliver’s poetry collection A Thousand Mornings.