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 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?

  • Episode 40: This Savage Song: Heavy-Handed But Awesome

    September 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 18 mins
    authors, auto-buy authors, this savage song, ve schwab, victoria schwab

    The hosts discuss auto-buy authors where they can't help but give them our money. They also discuss Schwab's upcoming books. Then they dive in to This Savage Song and cut the discussion short because they could all talk about this book for hours.

  • Episode 39: The Captive Mind: Finish A Chapter, Eat A Cookie

    August 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 7 mins
    captive mind, did not finish, dnf, nonfiction, philosophy, political, socialism

    Susan, Tara, and Jeannette talk about DNF'ing a book; why do you DNF, what makes you DNF, would you go back to a DNF? All this leads to a discussion of The Captive Mind. We discuss if it has captivated our minds.

  • Episode 38: Wallbanger: Entertain Me, Please

    July 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 15 mins
    alice clayton, contemporary, romance, wallbanger

    In this episode, Meredith, Susan, and Jeannette wrap up the Eclectic Readathon and ER Madlibs and announce the winners! We speak on the weird happiness of adulthood, and how we overcome reading slumps. Finally, we discuss Wallbanger - its characters, the unreality of Caroline’s cat, and the reality of sex in romance. Disclaimer: Slight Mature Content

  • Episode 37: Interview with Patrick Phillips

    June 30th, 2017  |  45 mins 50 secs
    author interview, blood at the root, patrick phillips, race, racial cleansing

    Tara interviews Patrick Phillips, author of Blood at the Root. They talk about his experience as he researches, writes and promotes his book. We also get his Eclectic Pick!

  • Episode 36: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: A YA With Parents!

    June 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 28 mins
    benjamin alire saenz, coming of age, lgbtq, sexuality, ya

    The Eclectic Readers Podcast is two years old! In celebration, we’re gearing up for our next Eclectic Readathon (starting Friday, June 23rd at 8:00pm EST) and the end of our first ER Mad Libs Reading Challenge (submissions due at the end of the Readathon.)

    In this episode we talk about books that helped shape us into who we are today and discuss the Young Adult (YA) book “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” which focuses on two teenage boys discovering their personal, cultural, and sexual identities.

  • Episode 35: Romeo and/or Juliet: Everything Would be Better with a Buff Captain Picard

    May 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 5 mins
    choose your own path, retelling, romeo and juliet, romeo and or juliet, ryan north, shakespeare

    In this episode, Tara, Jeannette, and Meredith discuss what makes a good “retelling” of a classic story as well as share some of their favorite and least favorite (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) retellings of all time. We’re also ramping up for the end of our ERMadlib challenge and the start of our 24 hour readathon! Now with new great prizes! Then we dive into the multiple endings and laughter of Ryan North’s “Romeo and/or Juliet.”

  • Episode 34: Love Warrior: Mind the Gap

    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.

  • Episode 33: Girl Waits With Gun: Future Historical Fiction

    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.

  • Episode 32: Interview With Tara Clancy

    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.

  • Episode 31: Blood at the Root: Not for the Faint of Heart

    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.