Goodreads Employees Share Their Summer Reading Plans

Posted by Cybil on May 14, 2018
Need some help planning your summer reading? Goodreads employees are a very bookish bunch, so we asked our colleagues to share their reading lists for the season to inspire you. You're sure to find something for every type of reader below!

Let us know what books you'll be adding to your Want to Read shelf. After all, our co-workers want bragging rights!


In Ho Lee, senior financial analyst
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Inga Anderson, senior technical program manager
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Otis Chandler, CEO & co-founder
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Lisset Cruz, manager of account management
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Mimi Chan, senior marketing manager
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Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, co-founder & editor in chief
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Brandi Luedeman, lead user researcher
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Tony Chan, senior software engineer
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Amanda Cooper, quality specialist
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Emily Fortner, community manager
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Sam Julian, UX designer
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William Cline, senior software engineer
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Gustopher Horn, software engineer
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Roshni Patel, head of digital merchandising
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Emily Finley, director of operations
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Danny Feekes, managing editor
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Heino Colyn, Goodreads expert
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Tristan Leigh, software engineer
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Jaclyn Woods, community expert
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Caroline Moeller, account executive
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Shaun Ponting, community expert
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Katie Luttrell, program manager II
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Monique Galvin, Goodreads expert
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Marie Pabelonio, associate editor
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Joe Thomas, software engineer
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Dany Avila, Goodreads expert
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Katie Boyer, advertising account manager
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William Ransohoff, software developer
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Alexa Kelly, executive assistant
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Alex Lewis, program manager
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Tomas Batalla, software engineer
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Robin Moos, Goodreads expert
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Brian Percival, software architect
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Vielka Ruiz, experts manager
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David Kirlin, senior devops engineer
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Dan Lopez, account manager
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Steve Sarner, head of sales & ad solutions
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Lisa Jablonsky, sales director
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Michael van Hardenberg, senior marketing manager
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Shweta Maurya, program manager
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Danielle Long, senior product manager
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Hayley Fastenau, editor
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Erin-Mari Kelsey, account manager
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William Siu, ad operations trafficker
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Comments Showing 1-43 of 43 (43 new)

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message 1: by Nadia (new)

Nadia A lot of great titles and a lot of new books to add to my personal "to read" list!


message 2: by Anissa (last edited May 15, 2018 08:58AM) (new)

Anissa It looks like this summer will be a good reading season at Goodreads HQ. This reminds me that I need to finish Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota trilogy. I also need to get further on in The Expanse series & that I really need to do more than look at Butler, Le Guin & Okorafor on my TBR list and do some actual reading of them this summer.


message 3: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I love that these are authentic lists, not just promotions of new releases. You guys are the best!!


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Anissa wrote: "It looks like this summer will be a good reading season at Goodreads HQ. This reminds me that I need to finish Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota trilogy. I also need to get further on in The Expanse series..."
Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota is gonna be 4 books... the 3rd was really good though


message 5: by Meghan (new)

Meghan My summer reading is the same as my rest-of-the-year reading list. More than 50 books that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. These range from children's historical fiction to medical non-fiction. I recently went to a library book sale and got a couple more. Whatever I don't want to keep I'll take to my local second-hand book store. So far I'm getting rid of many more books than I'm keeping.


message 6: by TraceyL (new)

TraceyL I've added several of these to my To-Read shelf. Thanks for the recommendations!


message 7: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta Really good stuff in here. Like Elizabeth said, it's great that not only new books with lots of buzz are featured.


message 8: by Hoolia (new)

Hoolia Love these!


message 9: by Colleen (new)

Colleen Lots of good ones - some I've read, some I've added to the TBR & some I already had on the TBR!


message 10: by Brendan (new)

Brendan Lawley Goodamnit I ain't make nobody's list. Not one. Hahaii. Good choices, tho.


message 11: by Erica (new)

Erica Great to see the diverse range your staff are reading. Added a few to my TBR and many I'm looking forward to :)


message 12: by Lenka (new)

Lenka Thanks for sharing ! Lots of great ideas


message 13: by Jana (new)

Jana @Marie Pabelonio, YES! If you have a Goodreads account with more books you're reading, feel free to friend me/send me all the recommendations, because your list includes my 2 most-anticipated books of the year and one that I read last year! :)


message 14: by Sammi (new)

Sammi Headley I'm so glad you made this list! I always love to see what people read during the summer and it's a way of spreading amazing books! I may have added to many books to my tbr, but i saw some that I already have read. It's so exciting to share thoughts and opinions when it comes to books!


message 15: by ashley (new)

ashley rich I really loved seeing all of the employee's recommendations!


message 16: by Jane (new)

Jane Callus James Vella Bardon


message 17: by Jane (new)

Jane Callus Book: The Sheriff’s Catch by James Vella Bardon


message 18: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Maybe someone can help me. I was reading a book about a girl that was badly scared on one side of her face. She moved out to a small cabin owned by her dad, if I remember right. Had a garden, chickens, loved to go out and walk in the woods. Went to town very seldom just to buy staples. She ran across a man injured in the forest after a rain storm and took him home to rescue him. that is as far as I have gotten and lost the book on my Kindle. I can't find it. Can't remember the author or the name of the book has anyone read this one. Any help would be appreciated.


message 19: by Kathy (new)

Kathy L Anything by Jodi Picoult. Check out 'Finding Luke' a story of a school shooting from the father of one of the suspects. So timely and so well written. Thanks for these suggestions from the staff, but oh my, my list just keeps on getting longer!


message 20: by S (new)

S H The covers of many of these books are intriguing. But, I would really like a brief synopsis -- a paragraph will do -- of what the book is about. Maybe something similar to the synopsis found for each Amazon book.


Victoria (RedsCat) S wrote: "The covers of many of these books are intriguing. But, I would really like a brief synopsis -- a paragraph will do -- of what the book is about. Maybe something similar to the synopsis found for ea..."
If you hover over the book cover a pop-up window with a synopsis comes up. Or you can fully click on the cover and it takes you to the book's page.


message 22: by S (new)

S H Oh, thank you, Victoria! I did not know about that. Very helpful! I will go back through the books again.


message 23: by LeAnna (new)

LeAnna Several of these were already on my to-read shelf, but I added several as well: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, The Bright Hour, Purple Hibiscus, Homo Deus, ayiti, The Birthday of the World, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, The Doomsday Machine, Feminism: South Africans Speak Their Truth, A Higher Loyalty, and Columbine. Great recommendations - thank you!


message 24: by Gina (new)

Gina You should link their page, it would be interesting to follow :) THE POWER is amazing!


message 25: by S (new)

S H Good idea! I had not considered that, but I am a voracious reader! I read ebooks on my smartphone (BlackBerry Z10) and on my tablet or laptop. I am never without something to read, wherever I am. Sometimes I have several books going at once, depending on my mood. I love the feel and smell of hardback and paperback books. But the convenience and light weight of ebooks can't be beaten.


message 26: by LeAnna (new)

LeAnna Gina wrote: "You should link their page, it would be interesting to follow :) THE POWER is amazing!"
Link whose page? And how? And The Power is one that I REALLY want to read. (It's already on my to read list - at the top!). I have heard great things about it!


message 27: by Gina (new)

Gina LeAnna wrote: "Gina wrote: "You should link their page, it would be interesting to follow :) THE POWER is amazing!"
Link whose page? And how? And The Power is one that I REALLY want to read. (It's already on my t..."


The employees' pages!


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Colleen wrote: "Lots of good ones - some I've read, some I've added to the TBR & some I already had on the TBR!"

Same here! I was happy to see Radium Girls pop up on several lists because it is an excellent book!


message 29: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Meghan wrote: "My summer reading is the same as my rest-of-the-year reading list. More than 50 books that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. These range from children's historical fiction to medical non..."

This is probably how my summer reading will work...


message 30: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Elizabeth wrote: "I love that these are authentic lists, not just promotions of new releases. You guys are the best!!"

YESSSSSS


message 31: by Karolina (new)

Karolina This is amazing ! Want to read shelf has expanded dramatically ! Thanks guys !


message 32: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro I'm glad to see a fellow Warhammer 40,000 fan on the list!


message 33: by Härðìkä (new)

Härðìkä Gäûtäm Got new books to immerse myself into. The recommendations suggest that the Goodreads HQ is gonna be the party place for all book lovers .


message 34: by David (new)

David Steven Cool


message 35: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I love this! I'm going to try to read one or two of these by the end of the year!


message 36: by Chris (new)

Chris Wheeler Regarding a “men’s” reading list, just put ond together yourself and then look up “books similar to”.
I looked at the Men’s 100 list and would agree with many but certainly not all: but I do like reading what others find interesting to find new things and ideas.


message 37: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Chris wrote: "Regarding a “men’s” reading list, just put ond together yourself and then look up “books similar to”.
I looked at the Men’s 100 list and would agree with many but certainly not all: but I do like r..."


Are you sure this is the article you want to post this comment to? There was another article where there was a discussion of a men's list.


message 38: by Brooklyn (new)

Brooklyn this is a great list - thought provoking interesting choices! not the usual "latest" and what's "hot" or being promoted.


message 39: by Jayna (new)

Jayna No wonder you almost never recommend traditional mysteries. Not a single employee above has even one on their list.


message 40: by Eglizard (new)

Eglizard Rosemary wrote: "Maybe someone can help me. I was reading a book about a girl that was badly scared on one side of her face. She moved out to a small cabin owned by her dad, if I remember right. Had a garden, chick..."

Message 18 here (above) from Rosemary asks a book to be identified by story description. It is probably Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy.


message 41: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Miller Not much horror..... we need to fix that! ;)


message 42: by Mimi, Goodreads employee (new)

Mimi Alondra wrote: "Not much horror..... we need to fix that! ;)"

Give us a recommendation!


message 43: by Michael (new)

Michael Thanks Tony for making Age of War one of your picks for this summer. And an extended thanks, too, for Brian McClellan, he's a great guy that I've had the privilege of meeting on several occasions. So glad to see he made your list as well.


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