Super teacher by day, super reader by night, wife and mom always. Along with Susan, I was one of the original three Eclectic Readers and to this day, I think it's one of the best things we've ever done! My fave things to read these days? Sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, historical fiction, YA fiction, and Shakespeare, of course Shakespeare! Along with reading, I enjoy sci-fi shows, Disney movies, word play, and going to the theatre. I will talk/analyze any and all of these anytime, anywhere, so come find me on Twitter (@drjeannette), Litsy, or Goodreads (@jmtrivera). See you there!
Jeannette Rivera has hosted 68 Episodes.
Episode 90: The City We Became: In NK We Trust
August 30th, 2020 | 48 mins 23 secs
diverse, fantasy, new york city, nk jeminsin, poc
Tara, Meredith, and Jeannette go off to New York City to discuss The City We Became. How the book is a love letter to New York City yet a critique on society with racism. Also, the interesting process of how a city is born.
Episode 89: Book Talk: Settings - I’m at the Purple Hair Stage of Quarantine
August 15th, 2020 | 42 mins 25 secs
book recs, book talk, settings
Meredith, Tara, and Jeannette talk about settings, and how much a setting matters in a book. What does it mean for the setting to be a character in the story? How much does the setting matter to the reader?
Episode 88: The Forest of Enchantments: You Tried, Ram
July 30th, 2020 | 52 mins 32 secs
female perspective, indian mythology, ram, ramayana, sita
Susan, Meredith, and Jeannette discuss the Forest of Enchantments and what they thought of the Ramayana being told from Sita’s perspective. They talk about the themes of love and enduring as well as the impact Ram had made on Sita’s life.
Episode 87: Book Talk: Road Trips/Journeys - I Reserve My Judgement
July 15th, 2020 | 38 mins 21 secs
journeys, quests, road trips
Jeannette, Meredith, and Susan discuss journeys and road trips in books. What makes them enjoyable? What books come to mind when they think journeys and road trips?
Episode 86: Author Interview: Jasmine Guillory
July 1st, 2020 | 20 mins 19 secs
author interview, contemporary romance, jasmine guillory, romance
Jeannette has a delightful chat with Jasmine Guillory, author of the Wedding Date, The Proposal, and more. They talk about her newest book, Party of Two, what make her couples so much fun, and of course, dessert!
Episode 83: Black Lives Matter
June 8th, 2020 | 56 secs
black lives matter
Black Lives Matter. Black Stories Matter. Share them. Say their names. Don’t let them be silenced.
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 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.