Cam Elliott

Who are Cam and Ru?

Hello from Cam and Ru! We’re a son and mom duo that happen to be very different people but both love reading. We started this podcast book club because we believe stories give people opportunities to discuss the things they normally don’t – like gender, racial, and economic issues.

What do we discuss in this podcast book club?

We enjoy talking to each other about the books we read, and we often discuss how their plots relate to our own lives (e.g. Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Pull of the Stars’ episode). But we also discuss the characters and themes within each book, as well as the author’s overall writing style.

How often do we record podcast episodes?

We record a new podcast episode each month. We kick off each episode by sharing the next month’s book club read, so you can read along with us if you like! Check out our full podcast reading schedule below, or send us a message to suggest a new read.

Do we take book club reading suggestions?

Yes! We would love to hear what books you’re interested in reading along with us. Send us your recommended reads here.

Where can our podcast episodes be found?

You can listen to ‘Cam and Ru Start a Book Club’ on nearly every major podcast provider, including:

The Read List

Reading Now
Marjan Kamali - Together Tea

Marjan Kamali – Together Tea

We’re currently reading this book, episode coming soon!

Sep 30, 2021
Terry McMillan - It's Not All Downhill from Here

Terry McMillan – It’s Not All Downhill From Here

This month, we discuss ageism, sibling rivalries, LGBTQIA+, and the sometimes challenging relationships between parents and children.

Jul 25, 2021
Aravind Adiga - Amnesty

Aravind Adiga – Amnesty

This month, we’re discussing undocumented immigration, cultural assimilation, as well as murder and justice.

Jun 14, 2021
Elly Griffiths - The Postscript Murders

Elly Griffiths – The Postscript Murders

We’re back with a lighter themed episode showcasing fun things like murder, suspicion, amateur detectiving, and of course – coffee!

May 23, 2021
Emma Donoghue - The Pull of the Stars

Emma Donoghue – The Pull of the Stars

We dive into Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Pull of the Stars’, a fictional story about a maternity ward during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Ireland.

May 1, 2021
Christopher McDougall - Running with Sherman

Christopher McDougall – Running with Sherman

We’re back to talk about Christopher McDougall’s ‘Running with Sherman’, an exciting – and sometimes hilarious – tale about a neglected donkey turned burro racer, with additional themes like animal therapy, feminism, ageism, depression, and more.

Mar 16, 2021
Naima Coster - What's Mine and Yours

Naima Coster – What’s Mine and Yours

In our very first episode, we discuss Naima Coster’s ‘What’s Mine and Yours’, delving into themes of racism, LGBTQIA/women’s rights, & more!