What is Eclectic Readers?
We're a bookish podcast that reads a wide variety of books and discusses them. In our regular monthly episodes, we talk about what we're currently reading, a general bookish topic, and then discuss that month's book pick. We've set it up that way so that if you haven't read the book and don't want to be spoiled, or it's a book that you just aren't interested in (it happens, no shame!), you can still listen to the first half of the episode.
We do announce the next month's book pick at the end of the episode, so if you read along with us, we would love for you to join in on the book's discussion through our social media pages! Our hashtag is #EclecticReaders and you can find us at:
Goodreads: Eclectic Readers
We also have special author interview episodes, which are so much fun! Make sure to subcribe to us in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode!
The History of Eclectic Readers
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.
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!
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.
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.’
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
January 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 2 mins
In this episode, we discuss the validity of the "manic pixie dream girl" and attempt to throw her out the window. Meredith reads her first graphic novel, Jeannette sets a new book-o-lution, and Tara visits DC for their first in person recording session!
December 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 9 mins
We welcome guest host, Meredith, to the podcast! We talk about the start of the Eclectic Read-a-thon starting the evening of Dec 19. We list our book wish list for Christmas; just message us for our addresses. And we discuss emotions during the high school years.
November 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 11 mins
We explore humanity through the discussion of two magical characters. Things get philosophical. Susan gets a new Kindle, and Jeannette makes Tara mad. Also! We introduce our Eclectic Readathon, which YOU can join!
October 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 4 mins
We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a classic Hispanic author. We’re not sure if we like being in a dream-like state while following the Buendia family. Ursula is awesome, the women are great, and the men kinda suck.
September 15th, 2015 | 1 hr 15 mins
Publishers are tricksy with comparisons. Placing books in certain genres can also be misleading. Also, everyone agrees that Quentin sucks and Alice is amazing.