About the Show
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!
Episode 26: Zodiac: In Michelle Obama’s Arms We Trust
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.
Episode 25: Blankets: You're a Middle Child, so You Get a Pass
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.
Episode 24: Station Eleven: And They Go Shwarma
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.
Episode 23: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Jenn Northington
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!
Episode 22: The Bees: I Hope There is a Bee Heaven
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.'
Episode 21: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with JD Lakey
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.
Episode 20: The Name of the Wind: We Tell Him What We Want, What We Really Really Want
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.
Episode 19: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: We’re Going Back to Hogwarts!
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!
Episode 18: Annihilation: Are You Feeling a Brightening?
July 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 3 mins
Jeannette is nesting, Tara isn't sure what city she is in, and Susan is spreading her spores - Area X style! We discuss the books we felt peer pressured into reading, ask the question 'What is it?' (a lot), and try to fill in the blanks that Annihilation leaves in its wake. Join us as we chat about this sci-fi thriller mystery and try to discern the truth of Area X.
Episode 17: The Star-Touched Queen: You Know You’re in the Underworld When...
June 15th, 2016 | 59 mins 55 secs
It’s our first podcast-iversary! We talk about our upcoming read-a-thon and special ‘Cursed Child’ episode (use #EclecticPotter on Twitter to send us your ‘Cursed Child’ questions) and our favorite mythologies before we delve into ‘The Star-Touched Queen.’
Episode 16: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
May 31st, 2016 | 47 mins 4 secs
We had a great time speaking with Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, author of the Rabbit Back Literature Society. We talk a little bit about himself from Buffy to what inspired him to write. Then we go back into Rabbit Back to get some answers. And we talk about his new book being released in English.
Episode 15: A Sense of an Ending: Meh.
May 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 8 mins
We announce a fun event! We talk about moms in the literary world, awesome and crazy. Then we discuss the book where we sensed an ending but it still left us 'meh'.
Episode 14: The Rabbit Back Literature Society: So Many Questions, So Little Time
April 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 6 mins
We love a book we can dissect and we mention a few. On this month’s book, we focus on the 2 main female characters of the book and crazies theories.
Episode 13: Anna Karenina: Come for the Adultery, Stay for the Agricultural Tips
March 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 4 mins
Meredith goes BookBub crazy. Susan invites J.K. Rowling to Denver for cake and podcasting. Jeannette asks Finnish listeners to correct her pronunciation. Also! Have you ever lied about reading a book? We discuss the most lied-about books, try to dissect the dense, moody passion of Anna Karenina, and challenge readers to read books with crazy titles and tell us about them.
Episode 12: City of Bones: We All Feel Weird
February 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 18 mins
Susan makes her triumphant return! Jeannette dislikes the Shadowhunters TV series, but we all like the Magicians show! Also, Tara tweets with Scott McCloud, and Book Bingo is back! Meredith breaks it down if you want to play along at home.