Meredith is your average bookworm with a penchant for singing, photography, and the theatre. She majored in English, but don't let that fool you- she still has a long list of "Classics" to read, and loves Sci-fi, Fantasy, YA, Historical Fiction, and, of course, Shakespeare. (Because, Shakespeare.) You can find her on Goodreads, Instagram, Litsy, or Twitter @Merethebookgal
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!)!
November 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
fantasy, female protagonist, fifth season, nk jemisen, poc
Jeannette and Meredith are taking a stab at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and talk about their experiences so far while Susan cheers them on, and then they discuss the earth-shattering Fantasy The Fifth Season in which the world is ending...again.
October 31st, 2018 | 32 mins 49 secs
author interview, v.e. schwab, vengeful, vicious
Jeannette and Meredith sat down with Victoria Schwab to discuss everything from her writing process, to morally gray characters, monsters, comics, and... The Princess Bride! Whether you’re already a fan of her books or new to her work, you’ll get something out of this interview. (Plus, it’s spoiler-free, so listen away!)
October 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 19 mins
fiction, louise erdrich, national book award winner, native american, round house, trigger warning
TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Violence Against Women. Tara, Meredith, and Susan meet to talk about award-winning books. Does it matter? Do they care? Are award winning books reflective of the current culture? Then they discuss The Round House; not just about the terrible event, but how the government had affected their society and their sense of justice.
September 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
book to movie, fantasy, female protagonist, katherine arden, russian folklore, the bear and the nightingale
Susan loves Crazy Rich Asians, so we had to discuss film adaptations! Are they ever better than the book? Jeannette and Meredith may have Feelings about this. Then we talk The Bear and the Nightingale, Vasya’s house elves, and country bumpkins who end up in cities.
July 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins
a man called ove, curmudgeon, fredrik backman, translated books
Susan, Jeannette, and Meredith look into translated books and what makes it a good translation or not. Then they bring out their inner curmudgeon as they discuss A Man Called Ove.
June 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
a discovery of witches, deborah harkness, eclectic readathon, fantasy, rereads, urban fantasy, vampires, witches
Meredith, Jeannette, and Tara talk all about re-reads and what goes into their decision to re-read a book. Then they get sassy while discussing A Discovery of Witches and wish they had a house as cool as the Bishop’s
April 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 19 mins
Susan, Jeannette, and Meredith confess the size of their TBR along with habits like how they decide what goes on their TBR and how they remove a book from their TBR. Then they take flight and discuss The Sparrow and how it’s more than just Jesuits in space.
March 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
fantasy, leigh bardugo, shadow and bone, world building, ya fantasy
Susan, Jeannette, and Meredith talk about what they like and don’t like when it comes to world-building, (hint: food descriptions are always appreciated) and mention some books they think did it well. They then discuss Shadow and Bone, the first book in a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and are quite happy with the color-coded science-based magic system. Yay, organization!
February 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
american war, dystopian, fiction, just trust me, weird books
Party for 2 with Meredith and Susan! They discuss weird books that they love to recommend and just needs people to trust them on it. Then they discuss Sarat from American War on how war changes a person and how likely another American Civil can be.
December 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 45 mins
carmen maria machado, feminism, her body and other parties, horror, lgbtq, short stories
All 4 hosts come together to wrap up 2017 with favorite books they have read. Also, 2 fun announcements about the 11th Hour Readathon and the ER Mad Libs reading challenge! Then they dive into the Main Read of Her Body and Other Parties. WARNING: Adult themes and trigger warnings of sexual violence.
November 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 12 mins
historical fiction, holiday, immigration, min jin lee, pachinko, south korea, wish list
The hosts discuss what’s on their holiday wish list because we can always use more bookish things. Then they discuss the characters of Pachinko as well as the symbolism of Pachinko and Korean society in Japan.
October 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 9 mins
banned books, blake crouch, dark matter, scifi
Meredith, Susan, and Tara discuss book banning along with some of their favorite banned books. Do you think books should ever be banned? Then they take a deep dive into the novel Dark Matter and leave with headaches after talking about the multiverse...though, there’s probably other versions of the co-hosts out there that have a total grasp on this science…is your head spinning yet?
September 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 18 mins
authors, auto-buy authors, this savage song, ve schwab, victoria schwab
The hosts discuss auto-buy authors where they can't help but give them our money. They also discuss Schwab's upcoming books. Then they dive in to This Savage Song and cut the discussion short because they could all talk about this book for hours.
July 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 15 mins
alice clayton, contemporary, romance, wallbanger
In this episode, Meredith, Susan, and Jeannette wrap up the Eclectic Readathon and ER Madlibs and announce the winners! We speak on the weird happiness of adulthood, and how we overcome reading slumps. Finally, we discuss Wallbanger - its characters, the unreality of Caroline’s cat, and the reality of sex in romance. Disclaimer: Slight Mature Content
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.