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!
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.
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.
January 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 11 mins
Susan, Tara, and Meredith start off the new year with their read-olutions and goals for 2017. A small update on our ER MadLibs Challenge and then we dive into Men Explain Things to Me. We talk about how Rebecca Solnit addresses hard and upsetting issues that women experience through 9 essays.
January 9th, 2017 | 39 mins 58 secs
In our last interview from Book Riot Live, Meredith and Tara speak with illustrator, Valentine Delandro.
January 5th, 2017 | 49 mins 27 secs
Next up in our Book Riot Live author interview, Meredith and Tara speak with author, Ken Liu. He has written The Grace of Kings and translated The Three-Body Problem.
January 3rd, 2017 | 37 mins 25 secs
Meredith and Tara were at Book Riot Live! They had a chance to interview 3 authors. This episode is with Charlie Jane Anders author of All the Birds in the Sky.
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.
November 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 13 mins
Susan, Tara, and Meredith talk about their favorite graphic novels and discuss the graphic novel/memoir 'Blankets' while reminiscing over their own childhood memories.
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 30th, 2016 | 37 mins 32 secs
Jenn Northington, the Director of Events and Programming at Book Riot New Media Group and host on Book Riot's Get Booked Podcast, is here to talk all things books, Book Riot, and Book Riot Live!
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 31st, 2016 | 35 mins 45 secs
We interview JD Lakey, author of the Black Bead Chronicles. We delve deep into the world and find out it is made up of more than psychics, the importance of their matriarchal society and a whole lot more. We also discuss her unusual inspiration to help her write.
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 31st, 2016 | 1 hr 6 mins
Tara and Meredith fly across the pond to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre and are back to give us their reactions and all the Cursed Child information you could want. We fangirl out about all of the cool things we saw and experienced during the play, get Molly and Ginny confused (sorry Ginny), and while the first few minutes are general reactions, we do delve into the plot in the episode, so, be forewarned: SPOILERS AHEAD!