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!
June 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 28 mins
benjamin alire saenz, coming of age, lgbtq, sexuality, ya
The Eclectic Readers Podcast is two years old! In celebration, we’re gearing up for our next Eclectic Readathon (starting Friday, June 23rd at 8:00pm EST) and the end of our first ER Mad Libs Reading Challenge (submissions due at the end of the Readathon.)
In this episode we talk about books that helped shape us into who we are today and discuss the Young Adult (YA) book “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” which focuses on two teenage boys discovering their personal, cultural, and sexual identities.
May 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
choose your own path, retelling, romeo and juliet, romeo and or juliet, ryan north, shakespeare
In this episode, Tara, Jeannette, and Meredith discuss what makes a good “retelling” of a classic story as well as share some of their favorite and least favorite (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) retellings of all time. We’re also ramping up for the end of our ERMadlib challenge and the start of our 24 hour readathon! Now with new great prizes! Then we dive into the multiple endings and laughter of Ryan North’s “Romeo and/or Juliet.”
April 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
glennon doyle melton, love warrior, marriage, memoir
Susan has updates on our reading challenges, while Jeannette has a stack of new books to recommend. And we’re all excited about the PRIZES we’ll be handing out in June! Then we talk about the memoir Love Warrior and gaps between what we want and what authors give us.
March 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
amy stewart, girl waits with gun, historical fiction
Susan, Meredith, and Jeannette discuss historical fiction: what is it, what isn’t it, and do we like it? Then we dig into Amy Stewart’s novel Girl Waits with Gun, and the complicated relationship between sisters, mothers and daughters, and women, sheriffs, and Singer salesmen.
February 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 34 mins
In this episode we welcome a new guest host and book blogger: Stacie! We talk about some exciting podcast news, like our new website and upcoming author interview, and then we discuss some of our favorite POC (Person of Color) literary characters and this tough but important read: Blood at the Root.
December 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 14 mins
Meredith, Susan, Tara, and Jeannette have some announcements - some sad, some happy - including a NEW reading challenge for the new year! We also wrap up 2016 with favorite topics, topics we missed, and which Eclectic Readers books we loved most this year. And the stars align for our last book of the year, Romina Russell's Zodiac.
October 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 36 secs
We talk about our favorite Shakespeare play, moments and versions. Then we go forwards into the near future where the world is ending. Who did we relate to the most? We all want to be in the Travelling Symphony.
September 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 10 mins
What are your #BookConfessions? Susan, Jeannette, and Meredith divulge some of theirs and are buzzing with thoughts for the discussion of Laline Paull's 'The Bees.'
August 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 22 mins
Susan is super excited about new kids’ books, while we prescribe reading with a singalong to help Tara resist a reading slump. We weigh binge-reading versus serialized reading, and find out that Mere might just become a serial reader. On the other hand, Jeannette just wants to binge read all the series. All of them. We then discuss at length Patrick Rothfuss’s lengthy 'The Name of the Wind,' and kindly request more answers and more 'Spice' in Kvothe’s life.
July 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 3 mins
Jeannette is nesting, Tara isn't sure what city she is in, and Susan is spreading her spores - Area X style! We discuss the books we felt peer pressured into reading, ask the question 'What is it?' (a lot), and try to fill in the blanks that Annihilation leaves in its wake. Join us as we chat about this sci-fi thriller mystery and try to discern the truth of Area X.
June 15th, 2016 | 59 mins 55 secs
It’s our first podcast-iversary! We talk about our upcoming read-a-thon and special ‘Cursed Child’ episode (use #EclecticPotter on Twitter to send us your ‘Cursed Child’ questions) and our favorite mythologies before we delve into ‘The Star-Touched Queen.’
May 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 8 mins
We announce a fun event! We talk about moms in the literary world, awesome and crazy. Then we discuss the book where we sensed an ending but it still left us 'meh'.
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.
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.
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!
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.