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41: Dark Matter: My Brain Hurts!
Oct 15 • 69 min
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…
40: This Savage Song: Heavy-Handed But Awesome
Sep 15 • 78 min
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. -This…
39: The Captive Mind: Finish A Chapter, Eat A Cookie
Aug 15 • 67 min
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. What did you think of The Captive Mind?…
38: Wallbanger: Entertain Me, Please
Jul 15 • 75 min
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…
37: Interview with Patrick Phillips
Jun 30 • 45 min
-Patrick Phillips’ website -Blood at the Root GoodReads and Amazon -Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson on GoodReads and Amazon -Isabel Wilkerson’s website -Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Atlantic -The Souls of…
36: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: A YA With Parents!
Jun 15 • 88 min
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…
35: Romeo and/or Juliet: Everything Would be Better with a Buff Captain Picard
May 15 • 65 min
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, Prejudice, and Zombies) retellings of all time. We’re also ramping up for the end of…
34: Love Warrior: Mind the Gap
Apr 15 • 63 min
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…
33: Girl Waits With Gun: Future Historical Fiction
Mar 15 • 66 min
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,…
32: Interview With Tara Clancy
Mar 1 • 37 min
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. Tara Clancy’s website The Clancys of Queens on GoodReads and…
31: Blood at the Root: Not for the Faint of Heart
Feb 28 • 94 min
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…
30: Men Explain Things to Me: We’re So Witty
Jan 15 • 71 min
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…
29: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Valentine DeLandro
Jan 9 • 39 min
In our last interview from Book Riot Live, Meredith and Tara speak with illustrator, Valentine Delandro.Show Notes Valentine Delandro Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine
28: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Ken Liu
Jan 5 • 49 min
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.Show Notes Ken Liu The Grace of Kings
27: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Charlie Jane Anders
Jan 3 • 37 min
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.Show Notes Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky
26: Zodiac: In Michelle Obama’s Arms We Trust
Dec 15, 2016 • 74 min
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…
25: Blankets: You’re a Middle Child, so You Get a Pass
Nov 15, 2016 • 73 min
Susan, Tara, and Meredith talk about their favorite graphic novels and discuss the graphic novel/memoir ‘Blankets’ while reminiscing over their own childhood memories.Show NotesWhat did you think of Blankets? Tell us about it on GoodReads! Blankets on…
24: Station Eleven: And They Go Shwarma
Oct 15, 2016 • 60 min
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.Show NotesWhat did you think of Station…
23: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Jenn Northington
Sep 30, 2016 • 37 min
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!Show Notes Get your discounted Book Riot Live tickets when…
22: The Bees: I Hope There is a Bee Heaven
Sep 15, 2016 • 70 min
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.’Show NotesWhat did you think about The Bees? Tell us about it on Goodreads! Laline Paull’s…
21: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with JD Lakey
Aug 31, 2016 • 35 min
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…
20: The Name of the Wind: We Tell Him What We Want, What We Really Really Want
Aug 15, 2016 • 82 min
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,…
19: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: We’re Going Back to Hogwarts!
Jul 31, 2016 • 66 min
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…
18: Annihilation: Are You Feeling a Brightening?
Jul 15, 2016 • 63 min
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…
17: The Star-Touched Queen: You Know You’re in the Underworld When…
Jun 15, 2016 • 59 min
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…
16: Eclectic Readers Special: Interview with Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
May 31, 2016 • 47 min
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…
15: A Sense of an Ending: Meh.
May 15, 2016 • 68 min
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’.Show NotesWhat did you think of A Sense of an Ending? Tell us about it on Goodreads!…
14: The Rabbit Back Literature Society: So Many Questions, So Little Time
Apr 15, 2016 • 66 min
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.Show NotesWhat did you think of The Rabbit Back Literature Society? Tell us about it on Goodreads!…
13: Anna Karenina: Come for the Adultery, Stay for the Agricultural Tips
Mar 15, 2016 • 64 min
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…
12: City of Bones: We All Feel Weird
Feb 15, 2016 • 78 min
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.Show Notes What…
11: The Sculptor: Can We All Have a Pet Metaphor?
Jan 15, 2016 • 62 min
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…
10: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: I Really Wanted to Like Martin!
Dec 15, 2015 • 69 min
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…
9: The Golem and the Jinni: Not the Kind of People You Want to Blackmail
Nov 15, 2015 • 71 min
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!Show NotesWhat did you think of The Golem…
8: One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Dream-like Trance
Oct 15, 2015 • 64 min
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.Show Notes What did you think of…
7: The Magicians: Why You Shouldn’t Write Yourself into Your Novels
Sep 15, 2015 • 75 min
Publishers are tricksy with comparisons. Placing books in certain genres can also be misleading. Also, everyone agrees that Quentin sucks and Alice is amazing.Show Notes What did you think of The Magicians? Tell us about it on Goodreads! In The Company of…
6: Girl on the Train: How Creepy is Too Creepy?
Aug 15, 2015 • 68 min
People watching gone wrong. We discuss the different issues each women have in the book and how awful the men can be. Also, when does people watching become creepy? And some books we did not really enjoy.Show Notes What did you think of Girl on the Train?…
5: Kushiel’s Dart: It’s not JUST about Sex
Jul 15, 2015 • 72 min
In this episode, we discuss Kushiel’s Dart, and give you useful life tips for setting sale prices! Susan and Tara assign Jeannette some summer reading, Jeannette reads at odd times and places, and Tara shares her sexy reading habits.Show NotesWhat did you…
4: Ready Player One: The Book With An Extra Life
Jul 1, 2015 • 67 min
In this episode, we discuss one of our favorite Eclectic Readers books of all time: Ready Player One. We chat about dystopias, book blockbusters, and Hollywood’s problem with body positive casting.Show NotesWhat did you think of Ready Player One? Tell us…
3: Wool: Bernard Isn’t So Bad… Except He’s Not
Jun 15, 2015 • 64 min
We do a little fangirling for the TV show, Shadowhunters, talk about the greater good and pitched a new TV show, Susan’s Adventures in the Silos.Show Notes Wool on Goodreads and Amazon Big Little Lies on Goodreads and Amazon Vicious on Goodreads and…
2: The Miniaturist: In Which We Found the Secret Tulip Society
Jun 14, 2015 • 66 min
In this episode, we love on our libraries, vote for our favorite book club reads, and discuss Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist. Susan defines the difference between observation and being a total creeper, Tara licks language from a bowl, and Jeannette…
1: Gilead: We’ll Try to Make This a Positive Experience
Jun 13, 2015 • 68 min
We introduce ourselves with books. We discuss Book Bingo and all its glorious nerdiness. And we discuss a legacy written in a long letter to his son.Show Notes Gilead on Goodreads and Amazon Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery on Amazon and…