The Eclectic Readers is a monthly book club podcast that reads an eclectic variety of books and discusses them. We try to read out of our comfort zone, with the goal of having our listeners read along with us, and, after listening to the episode, join in on the book's discussion through our social media pages on Litsy or Goodreads.
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, but also add in other bookish discussions and have started recording special author interview episodes, too.
With the launch of this website, we hope to not only continue discussing our book choices, but also have discussions about other books and authors, book culture, and book love in general. Basically, we want this to be a place to talk about books nonstop!
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.
January 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 16 mins
book resolutions, bookolutions, fantasy, regency, sorcerer to the crown, zen cho
In this episode, Susan, Tara, and Jeannette review how they did on last year’s reading resolutions and set new goals for this year. Then they discuss Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown and discuss all the ways Regency romances and fantasy novels both work and don’t work when mixed together.
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.
August 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 7 mins
captive mind, did not finish, dnf, nonfiction, philosophy, political, socialism
Susan, Tara, and Jeannette talk about DNF'ing a book; why do you DNF, what makes you DNF, would you go back to a DNF? All this leads to a discussion of The Captive Mind. We discuss if it has captivated our minds.
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 30th, 2017 | 45 mins 50 secs
author interview, blood at the root, patrick phillips, race, racial cleansing
Tara interviews Patrick Phillips, author of Blood at the Root. They talk about his experience as he researches, writes and promotes his book. We also get his Eclectic Pick!
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.
March 1st, 2017 | 37 mins 58 secs
feminism, interview, lgbt, memoir, new york, nyc, queens
Susan and Meredith interview the amazing Tara Clancy, author of The Clancys of Queens. We talk about her reasons to writing her memoirs of growing up and how became the woman she is today.