Eclectic Readers

Four Ladies, All the Books

About the show

Starting in 2020, we're now releasing two episodes a month! The first episode releases on the 15th and is a chat of what we're currently reading and a general bookish discussion topic. The 2nd episode releases on the 30th and is our monthly book club discussion. We announce the following month's book pick at the end of the episode so you can read along with us. (Our older episodes follow this same format, but were combined into one longer episode a month.)

We also have special author interview episodes sprinkled throughout the year, so make sure to subscribe in your favorite podcast app so you never miss out!

If you'd like join in on the bookish discussion through social media, our hashtag is #EclecticReaders and you can find us at:
Twitter: @EclecticReadPod
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The History of Eclectic Readers

The Eclectic Readers started in 2009 as an IRL book club. 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 book club episode, we base our book choice on that month's IRL book club pick.

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Episodes

  • Episode 62: Interview with Danielle Ellison

    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.

  • Episode 61: Interview with: E.K. Johnston, Katherine Locke, Ben Philippe, Robin Talley

    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.

  • Episode 60: Signal to Noise: You Never Figure Out Adulting

    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

  • Episode 59: City of Ghosts: Un-Veiled

    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.

  • Episode 58: Good Omens: I Will Do A Seance For That

    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.

  • Episode 57: Educated: Let Me Get My Serious Face On

    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.”

  • Episode 56: The Drunken Botanist: Fantastic Booze and Where to Find Them

    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!)!

  • Episode 55: The Fifth Season: Are They Robots?

    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.

  • Episode 54: Special interview: V. E. Schwab

    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!)

  • Episode 53: The Round House: All the Silver Badges

    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.

  • Episode 52: The Bear and the Nightingale: Two Rants for the Price of One

    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.

  • Episode 51: America's First Daughter: Foiled Again!

    August 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
    america's first daughter, historical fiction, laura kamoie, patsy jefferson, stephanie dray, thomas jefferson

    School is back in session! Tara, Susan, and Jeannette talk about prepping for the school year, Harry’s 20th (31st) Birthday, and the American Revolution. Listen in as they talk about their fav Harry memories and whether Jefferson was kind of… you know… a manipulative $#!

  • Episode 50: A Man Called Ove: Is Curmudgeon a Lifestyle Choice?

    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.

  • Episode 49: A Discovery of Witches: I’m a Little Sassy This Morning

    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

  • Episode 48: The Last Black Unicorn: I Listened With My Eyes

    May 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 14 mins
    last black unicorn, memoir, poc, tiffany haddish

    Jeannette, Susan, and Tara discuss free comics, what our memoirs would be about, and give you dates for the upcoming Eclectic Readathon in June! Then we discuss Tiffany Haddish’s memoir The Last Black Unicorn and all the many humorous and not-so-humorous topics it covers.

  • Episode 47: The Sparrow: This is Why the Prime Directive Exists!

    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.