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:
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 $#!
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
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.
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.