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 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.

  • Episode 46: Shadow and Bone: We’re Smart, Okay, We Know Things

    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!

  • Episode 45: American War: We're the Old Guy on the Bus

    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.

  • Episode 44: Sorcerer to the Crown: He’s Good-looking, I Trust Him, Too Bad He’s Such a Drag

    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.

  • Episode 43: Her Body and Other Parties: It's OK to Not Be OK

    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.

  • Episode 42: Pachinko: I Get It!

    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.

  • Episode 41: Dark Matter: My Brain Hurts!

    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?