Announcing Our New Podcast and Book Club: Books of Your Life with Elizabeth

Posted by Elizabeth on September 25, 2018


Dear Readers,

What’s the next best thing to reading an amazing book? Being part of a conversation about amazing books. And that’s what I’m inviting you to do with my new Goodreads podcast and book club: Books of Your Life with Elizabeth.

Over the years, our editorial team has strived to help you discover and discuss great books. We have our newsletters, blog posts, and social channels, but one thing was missing…a way to have more in-depth conversations about books!

Join me as I talk to some of the most creative, dynamic, and interesting people in the world to learn about the books making an impact on their lives.


You can be part of the conversation, too. We’ve created a book club to accompany our podcast, where you can discuss each guest’s recommendations. For every episode, I will share with the group the podcast, my review, and my Kindle Notes & Highlights from the book.

Our first episode is a heart-to-heart with actress Sarah Jessica Parker. She recommends three books, one of which—Golden Child—comes from her new literary imprint, which is focused on publishing books that encourage empathy and open up unfamiliar worlds. Listen to the podcast to learn about the other two books she’s reading as well!



In another episode, you’ll hear from Charity: Water founder Scott Harrison about the new memoir he wrote tracing his incredible journey from New York City club promoter to the founder of a game-changing nonprofit that has brought clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people in 24 countries. Books such as Simplicity Parenting have helped him approach parenting-work-life balance as he travels the world fund-raising and setting up wells in underserved communities.



My talk with Abby Falik, the CEO of the nonprofit Global Citizen Year, focused on a mutual friend of ours, the author and brilliant neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, who wrote When Breath Becomes Air when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. That book completely changed her perspective about her own life.



Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to hear all of my latest interviews and to get great book recommendations from fascinating people. You can listen to episodes of Books of Your Life with Elizabeth on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, and wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

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Happy reading (and listening),
Elizabeth Khuri Chandler
Goodreads Cofounder & Editor-in-Chief




Comments Showing 1-50 of 115 (115 new)


message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying.


message 2: by Krystal (new)

Krystal Rose What about Apple podcasts? I don’t see it on there.


message 3: by Elliard (new)

Elliard Shimaala Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying." I agree


message 4: by Andre (new)

Andre Manoel Not on iTunes?


message 5: by Emily, Goodreads employee (new)

Emily Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Diversity of topics and guests is very important to us and you’ll see a variety of both featured in upcoming episodes this fall. Stay tuned!

Krystal wrote: "What about Apple podcasts? I don’t see it on there."

As soon as iTunes approves our podcast, it will be available! We'll be sure to post an update here.


message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Duke McDonald Krystal wrote: "What about Apple podcasts? I don’t see it on there."

Agreed I just checked there to download and it's not there.


message 7: by Emily, Goodreads employee (new)

Emily As mentioned above, the podcast has not yet been added to iTunes, but it should be soon! We'll post here when it is available.


message 8: by Daniel (new)

Daniel I prefer to use SoundCloud. Please consider posting the podcast there and while you're at it, also consider Spotify.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Great news to hear. I joined the group and will take part. That is one thing that was missing from Goodreads - a good podcast.

I use Pocketcast


Ad Rocks Socks (semi hiatus) I’ve never used Google Music for podcasts, so I’m kinda hoping I’ll get to join in via iTunes or Spotify soon! :) This is so exciting!


message 11: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Emily wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Diversity of topics and guests is very important to us and you’ll see a variety of both featured..."


I hope so. Goodreads seems to always pander to men at the top. It would be good to see less male voices drowning out everyone else!


message 12: by Rainey (new)

Rainey Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

I was just thinking the same thing - Its called Diversity people.


message 13: by Nate (new)

Nate "The Legacy is Protect" is a great read. May have to read it a few times to understand the underlining message from the author.


message 14: by cardulelia (new)

cardulelia carduelis This is awesome, looking forward to the podcast! :)


message 15: by Storyheart (last edited Sep 25, 2018 02:09PM) (new)

Storyheart Rainey wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

I was just thinking the same thing - Its called Diversity people."


And speaking of diversity, how about reflecting the fact that Goodread users don't all live in the US. We live worldwide, we read books from all over the world.


message 16: by Grace (new)

Grace I am so excited for this! Have been wanting a podcast from you guys for a while, always looking for more good books!


message 17: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

I believe anyone interested may join GoodReads. GR does not screen or vet any of their visitors or members.


message 18: by Kate (new)

Kate Rainey wrote: "Emily wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."..."

62% of the US population (given that this is a US based company) is Non White ..."


I think you've transposed your numbers. The American Community Survey (2010-2015) reported that 62% of Americans are white, while the last census in 2010 actually had that number much higher, at 72%.


message 19: by Victoria (new)

Victoria I found it on Stitcher -- don't need it on iTunes.


message 20: by Arnie (new)

Arnie Dilbard YOU HAVE A TAPE!? ABOUT READING???? A TAPE? SO WE DUMB AMERICANS DON'T HAVE TO READ!

WHO HAS THAT KIND OF TIME?????


message 21: by James (new)

James Joyce Elliard wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."
I agree"


Three guests. One male. One person of colour out of three. Two women out of three.

So what you mean is it would be nice if the Goodreads podcast had no men.

That's definitely representative.


message 22: by Arnie (new)

Arnie Dilbard Literary quality has nothing to do with sales. I'm not sure any American publisher cares about a book's quality at all. Publishers sure care about profits, profits, profits----so they can pay NYC's greedy rents and feel superior to the entire rest of the nation.


message 23: by Alice (new)

Alice Would be cool if you could upload it to SoundCloud, too (:


message 24: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Krystal wrote: "What about Apple podcasts? I don’t see it on there."

Same. I'm surprised not to find it there or Spotify.


message 25: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Looking forward to hearing from ALL of your guests and their book recommendations.
So excited to have another bookish podcast to listen to! Thank you.


message 26: by Maria (new)

Maria Ad Rocks Socks wrote: "I’ve never used Google Music for podcasts, so I’m kinda hoping I’ll get to join in via iTunes or Spotify soon! :) This is so exciting!"

It's on Spotify! I was just able to listen to the first episode.


message 27: by Emily, Goodreads employee (new)

Emily The podcast is also available on Spotify here.

Thanks for your feedback on other platforms where you'd like to see it; I've passed it along to the team and will share any updates here!


message 28: by SJ (new)

SJ I use Overcast - would love to see it added to that podcast app. Thanks!


Ad Rocks Socks (semi hiatus) Emily wrote: "The podcast is also available on Spotify here."

Maria wrote: It's on Spotify! I was just able to l..."

Thank you! :)


message 30: by Nono (new)

Nono Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Whole heartedly agree with you!!!


message 31: by Mariuca (new)

Mariuca Will it be available on Apple Podcasts on iTunes? I would really appreciate that.


message 32: by Sasha (new)

Sasha So excited to hear about this! : )


message 33: by Ante (new)

Ante Zivkovic Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

I appeal to the creators of the podcast and the book club not to fall victim to the pressure of angry people with agendas other than to enjoy good books and interviews with interesting people.


message 34: by Sonja (new)

Sonja Schilhabl I couldn't find it on google podcasts?? Would it be there ?


message 35: by Trish (new)

Trish Totally different question: What are those nice Jane Austen editions she's holding in that picture? Does anyone have more info about those for me? *drools*


message 36: by Beth (new)

Beth SJ wrote: "I use Overcast - would love to see it added to that podcast app. Thanks!"

Me too, I just downloaded Spotify and couldn't find it but another member said it was there. I'll keep checking, maybe I'm not searching correctly? :-) I ditched iTunes after the latest update and love using Overcast!


message 37: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine James wrote: "Elliard wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."
I agree"

Three guests. One male. One person of colour out of three. Two women o..."


Not interested in your mansplaining thanks.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* James wrote: "Three guests. One male. One person of colour out of three. Two women out of three."

I know, right? The first three samples are already with diversity but people are already worried. I don't get it either. The podcast hasn't even officially started yet. Sarah Jessica Parker is wanting to focus on different cultures and minorities with her publishing imprint, the leader of the Podcast is female, there is a non-white of the three (female), one white female, and one male. It's hardly being male dominated, so I'm not sure where people are coming from with this either.


message 39: by DivaColumbus (new)

DivaColumbus Ante wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

I appeal to the creators of the podcast and the book club not to fall victim to the pressure of ..."


wow


message 40: by Linda (new)

Linda Kelly Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Of the three guests two are women and one is a person of colour.


message 41: by James (new)

James Joyce Linda wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Of the three guests two are women and one is a person of colour."


I pointed that out and was accused of "mansplaining".

So... I guess they think you are mansplaining, too?


message 42: by James (new)

James Joyce Rainey wrote: "And whom is the person of colour?"

You actually insult people, even though you didn't bother to look at the three guests?

I'm not saying, since to explain would be, in your world, to mansplain. I'll let you do some due diligence, on your own.


message 43: by Jericho (new)

Jericho Shin I feel bad for you, such a simple comment and these people treating you like some kind of misogynist. Sad


message 44: by Linda (new)

Linda Kelly James wrote: "Linda wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Of the three guests two are women and one is a person of colour."

I pointed that ..."


Sigh!


message 45: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Rainey wrote: "Linda wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Of the three guests two are women and one is a person of colour."

And whom is the..."


*who


message 46: by Elyse (last edited Sep 26, 2018 07:52AM) (new)

Elyse Good lord the podcast is new, RELAX. 2/3 are women, do you not see that? I don't think Abby Falik is a POC but I can't find anywhere. She kind of looks Middle Eastern. But geez, it's their first 3 guests. Let them gain some ground before jumping down their throats.


message 47: by Elyse (last edited Sep 26, 2018 08:06AM) (new)

Elyse Adrienne wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

I believe anyone interested may join GoodReads. GR does not screen or vet any of their visitors ..."


Adrienne, she is referring to the first 3 guests on the podcast, not Goodreads users as a whole, and she's also incorrect.


message 48: by Elyse (last edited Sep 26, 2018 07:55AM) (new)

Elyse Rainey wrote: "Elyse wrote: "Rainey wrote: "Linda wrote: "Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."

Of the three guests two are women and one is a person..."


I'm not agreeing that there's a POC within those 3 guests. I don't think there is. But they might be referring to Abby Falik and I don't know what her heritage is.


message 49: by Rainey (new)

Rainey Elyse wrote: "Good lord the podcast is new, RELAX. 2/3 are women, do you not see that? I don't think Abby Falik is a POC but I can't find anywhere. She kind of looks Middle Eastern. But geez, it's their first 3 guests. Let them gain some ground before jumping down their throats.

reply | flag *
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And that is your opinion and you are entitled to have it, as I am with mine.


message 50: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Hoover Jasmine wrote: "It would be nice to see more guests who weren't either white or male. Just saying."
Please do.


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