What is Eclectic Readers?
We're a bookish podcast that reads a wide variety of books and discusses them. In our regular monthly episodes, we talk about what we're currently reading, a general bookish topic, and then discuss that month's book pick. We've set it up that way so that if you haven't read the book and don't want to be spoiled, or it's a book that you just aren't interested in (it happens, no shame!), you can still listen to the first half of the episode.
We do announce the next month's book pick at the end of the episode, so if you read along with us, we would love for you to join in on the book's discussion through our social media pages! Our hashtag is #EclecticReaders and you can find us at:
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We also have special author interview episodes, which are so much fun! Make sure to subcribe to us in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode!
The History of Eclectic Readers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
May 14th, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
Meredith, Jeannette, and Susan discuss some ahem mature content when it comes to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and also talk about celebrity books clubs.
April 19th, 2019 | 28 mins 53 secs
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with author of “The Belles” Dhonielle Clayton at the 2019 NoVa Teen Book Festival. They all agreed that adulting is hard, then discussed the idea of beauty, and, if you had the chance, how far you would go to change yourself… down to your very bones.
April 18th, 2019 | 27 mins 39 secs
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with authors Alex London and Carmen Rodrigues at the 2019 NoVa Teen Book Festival, who met for the first time at the interview, but quickly bonded over their shared love of early Christian Slater movies. Then they learned that Dolphins are the frat boys of the sea, discussed how authors shouldn’t be pinned down by genres, and that a great book can be so much smarter than its author.
April 17th, 2019 | 17 mins 33 secs
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with NoVa Teen Book Festival founder and author Danielle Ellison to talk all things Book Fest and writing. They agreed pocket unicorns would make amazing pets and how important the setting of a book can be to its story.
April 16th, 2019 | 21 mins 34 secs
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with authors E.K. Johnston, Katherine Locke, Ben Philippe, and Robin Talley to talk all things books at the 2019 NoVa Teen Book Festival. They discussed the fact that some of the coolest stuff happening in literature is happening in YA, that Ben is really into Agatha Christie books, and that platypuses are cute but will kill ya.
April 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 mins
80s, fantasy, magic, signal to noise, silvia moreno-garcia
Susan, Meredith, and Jeannette discuss the pros and cons of specific genre categories, and whether having really specific categories is great or too many! Also, what do we do with those genre-benders? Then we talk Signal to Noise and figure out our power objects
March 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
city of ghosts, ghosts, middle grade, victoria schwab
Tara, Susan, and Jeannette discuss Middle-Grade books and how they may be subject to 'middle child syndrome'. They discuss what makes a middle-grade book and what their favorites were. Then they go into City of Ghosts and this could be a solid middle-grade book.
February 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Susan, Tara, and Meredith talk about the ineffable. But before that they discuss books that have been co-authored. Have they really not read that many? And the most important question: Who would they love to see team up on a book. Then, they go into the ineffable event of the apocalypse.
January 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
All four ladies are here to set their 2019 reading resolutions and to look back on how they did with their 2018 ones. Then they discuss the life of Tara Westover as told in her memoir “Educated.”
December 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
amy stewart, drunken botanist, nonfiction, reference
ALL FOUR OF US are here to review the year and pick our favorite books and episode discussions! We talk The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart - the facts we found intoxicating and the drinks we found tempting. Meredith also has gift discounts, Jeannette goes sleuthing, Tara shares her travels, and Susan sneaks new books between rereads! Last but not least, we’ve got a new Readathon coming at you (with a prize!)!