Goodreads Employees Share Their Summer Reading Plans

Posted by Sharon on May 4, 2020

When you work at Goodreads, it's pretty tough to keep that Want to Read shelf under control. (And let's be honest, most of us don't even try!) Some of us hoard books all year to read at the perfect moment—reserving titles to suit our mood, surroundings, season, or weather. So we asked our colleagues to tell us which three books they're most looking forward to reading over the summer.

Ranging from exciting new releases to deep dives into the classics to every genre under the sun, this list is sure to match you with a book buddy or two whose taste you can trust. 

Don't forget to add the titles that pique your interest to your own Want to Read shelf. And let us know which books caught your eye in the comments!

 

Tony Chan, Senior Software Engineer 

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Cybil Wallace, Senior Editor

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Alexander Reyes, Revenue Operations Associate

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Dana Epstein, Account Executive

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Danny Feekes, Managing Editor

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Priscilla S. Guido, Technical Account Manager I

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Michael van Hardenberg, Senior Marketing Manager

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Mimi Chan, Senior Marketing Manager 

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Lauren Deyce, Instructional Designer 

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Mariana Gamboa, Goodreads Expert 

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Sharon Hsu, Associate Editor 

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Margo Throckmorton, Senior Account Manager 

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Heino Colyn, Program Manager 

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Jaclyn Woods, Content Strategist

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Mahesh Naidu, Quality Assurance Engineer

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Veronica Moss, CEO

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Megan Dormoy, Executive Assistant

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Jon Nguyen, Product Manager, Mobile Apps

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Shivani Sheth, Senior Data Scientist

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Emily Finley, Operations Director

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Sam Julian, Senior Product Designer

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Bella Wong, Account Manager

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Cai Quesada Salazar, Program Manager

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Marisha Murphy, Account Manager

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Yash Sinha, Software Development Engineer

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Jeff Wong, iOS Engineer

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Suzanne Skyvara, VP Marketing & Editorial

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Roshni Patel, Senior Marketing Manager

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Steve Sarner, Head of Sales

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Mila Kankanala, Software Development Engineer

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Lisa Jablonsky, Sales Director

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Laurie Foucteau, Goodreads Expert

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Soma Mitra, Senior Product Manager

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Brian Colombini, Software Development Engineer

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Emily Pardoe-Wessels, Goodreads Support Team Manager

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Karen Bezuidenhout, Goodreads Expert

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Which books do you plan to read this summer? Share them with your fellow readers in the comments below!

 

Comments Showing 1-44 of 44 (44 new)

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message 1: by Theresa (new)

Theresa I would like to do a Jane Austen summer but not sure yet what else. Maybe continue on my Louise Penny and Mary Stewart.


message 2: by Max (new)

Max Theresa wrote: "I would like to do a Jane Austen summer but not sure yet what else. Maybe continue on my Louise Penny and Mary Stewart."

Haha, I'm also going to try to get through the rest of my Gamache books before the new one is released.


message 3: by Pen&Quill (new)

Pen&Quill  Read ❇Pens thoughts...
Ha this is funny both Theresa and maximilian and I all went for Jane Austen. Lol:-)


message 4: by Nnenna (new)

Nnenna Veronica I am new here and hope to thrill myself reading exciting and interesting books.


message 5: by Sara (new)

Sara I just started reading recently since i did not have time to read before now, but now i have read more books that i had thought i could. i might be addicted. Im trying to finish the books in my to-read shelf before new books come out.


message 6: by Elektra (new)

Elektra Lyholm-Raagaard I also want a Jane Austen summer!


message 7: by Literary (new)

Literary Escapades Others: great Books!
Me: oh wow so many Indians work for GR
😋


message 8: by superawesomekt (new)

superawesomekt Theresa wrote: "I would like to do a Jane Austen summer but not sure yet what else. Maybe continue on my Louise Penny and Mary Stewart."

Mary Stewart is so great! I'll have to look into Louise Penny...


message 9: by Sophia (last edited May 12, 2020 07:22PM) (new)

Sophia Zhong I also highly recommend the book series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.


message 10: by Bugra (new)

Bugra Mr. Tony Chan has a wonderful taste. I am sure he will have a fantastic summer reading those masterpieces.


message 11: by Allen (new)

Allen Literary wrote: "Others: great Books!
Me: oh wow so many Indians work for GR
😋"


Racist much?


message 12: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Karren wrote: "Theresa wrote: "I would like to do a Jane Austen summer but not sure yet what else. Maybe continue on my Louise Penny and Mary Stewart."

Mary Stewart is so great! I'll have to look into Louise Pe..."


Louise Penny is really good. You will have to start at the beginning to learn all the characters but it is just a nice mystery series.


message 13: by Ann (new)

Ann Mostly sticking to a science/nature theme this summer.

The Forest Unseen by David Haskell
Darwin Comes to Town by Menno Schilthuizen
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


message 14: by Lilo (new)

Lilo Finally going to finish the Throne of Glass series, plans after will depend on the bookhangover it gives me...


message 15: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Sara wrote: "I just started reading recently since i did not have time to read before now, but now i have read more books that i had thought i could. i might be addicted. Im trying to finish the books in my to-..."

I think you’ll come to find your TBR, to be read, will grow into a monster, though a pretty nice monster. The more you read the more you’ll want to read. I’m on disability so I have plenty of time to read yet my TBR grows ever larger. The best you can do is figure out what you want to read most in the moment. Welcome to the wonderful world of reading!


message 16: by Maggie (last edited May 25, 2020 04:43AM) (new)

Maggie Tucker Theresa wrote: "I would like to do a Jane Austen summer but not sure yet what else. Maybe continue on my Louise Penny and Mary Stewart."

Try Rumer Godden -- In this House of Brede is my favorite, but she wrote beautifully and everything she wrote is worth reading.


message 17: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Brenza I can’t wait to read Hidden Valley Road and The Lions of Fifth Avenue


message 18: by Hazel Bee (new)

Hazel Bee Wonderful choices. I plan on having a Louise Penney, William Kent Kruger, Harlan Coben and Laura Childs summer.


message 19: by Amber (new)

Amber Since I consider May the start of Summer, I've already started on my Summer reading and looking forward to more awesome reading for pleasure discoveries in the future! Right now I am enjoying Descendant of the Crane which is a pretty good Asian fantasy so far.


message 20: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Need five more online Book Clubs so I can completely eliminate choice and the possibility of finishing Moby Dick from my life.


message 21: by Ojevwe okeoghene (new)

Ojevwe okeoghene This is epic


message 22: by Ojevwe okeoghene (new)

Ojevwe okeoghene What are you doing


message 23: by Ojevwe okeoghene (new)

Ojevwe okeoghene Why do everything have to be so boring I I like you guys but when are we doing at the boring but we still get to have more fun


message 24: by TMR (new)

TMR This sounds like an interesting collection.


message 25: by Mimi, Goodreads employee (new)

Mimi Amber wrote: "Since I consider May the start of Summer, I've already started on my Summer reading and looking forward to more awesome reading for pleasure discoveries in the future! Right now I am enjoying [book..."

So glad you shared this - I added it to my shelf


message 26: by Heather (new)

Heather This is the most fun and interesting TBR listing you guys have done in a long time! Thank you for sharing!


message 27: by Literary (last edited May 26, 2020 08:50AM) (new)

Literary Escapades Allen wrote: "Literary wrote: "Others: great Books!
Me: oh wow so many Indians work for GR
😋"

Racist much?"

Don't worry Allen I'm an Indian myself, just surprised to see more Indians working for GR since GR isn't Indian.....


message 28: by Anne (new)

Anne  Beagle The reason why most people make so many excuses about their finances is because excuses cost a dime and are very affordable. Talk is cheap. Learn to listen with your eyes because actions do speak louder than words.


message 29: by Marylou (new)

Marylou I am looking forward to reading Beach Read, Eight Perfect Murders, and The Jane Austen Society (among others lol)


message 30: by J (new)

J I was trying to follow The Jane Austen Book Club (movie) order of reading the Austen books, but I fell off schedule so I've got four to read this summer yet. Yay, Austen summers all around!


message 31: by Joanna (new)

Joanna Moore I too am going to do a summer of Jane Austen! I'd also like to add some adaptations / inspired by Austen books, if I am able (Eligible, Ayesha at Last, etc.). I have already had to modify my "on hold" list for e-books from my library... I also want to read The Jane Austen Society - debating whether to borrow it as an e-book or buy a copy to keep.


message 32: by Judi (last edited Jun 02, 2020 11:34AM) (new)

Judi Thanks to this list I just add 18 more books to a list of several thousand, a list that grows at a much faster rate than I can possibly attend to. And then there's always the READ THIS NOW book which I get around to months later (in this case 3 of them: Ten Thousand Doors of January, Nottingham, and that sleep book) but first I must finish the random urge I got to read my way through Robert B Parker's Virgil Cole /Everett Hitch westerns, which could very well lead to the entire Spenser series, then his Sunny Randall one, etc, unless his "less is more," irreverent, witty sparse dialogue becomes a bit much and I derail the train for something interesting I found at the library (and if it never opens again I certainly have enough books on my list to be content with the curbside pick up program....) Anyone else have this kind of book pattern in their life? LOL


message 33: by Judi (new)

Judi Lauren wrote: "I can’t wait to read Hidden Valley Road and The Lions of Fifth Avenue"
LOL - per my below post, I just added 18 books to my list of thousands (read in no particular order) Thank you - now i just added Lions of Fifth Avenue....and I truly hope I actually read it at some point because it sounds quite good.


message 34: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Props to those planning to read Three Kingdoms! I've been wanting to read it and you guys have inspired me to give it a try!


message 35: by Emma (new)

Emma Weidenhamer I’m going to continue on my Stephen King kick. Pet Sematary, The Bill Hodges trilogy, The Outsider, and If It Bleeds.


message 36: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Joanna wrote: "I too am going to do a summer of Jane Austen! I'd also like to add some adaptations / inspired by Austen books, if I am able (Eligible, Ayesha at Last, etc.). I have already had to modify my "on ho..."

I read the Pride and Prejudice graphic novel and really liked it.


message 37: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Groves Judi wrote: "Thanks to this list I just add 18 more books to a list of several thousand, a list that grows at a much faster rate than I can possibly attend to. And then there's always the READ THIS NOW book whi..."

Sounds like me. BTW, I read all the Spencer books as they came out. Good reading to you.


message 38: by LyLttf (new)

LyLttf I really want to finish the Gentleman Bastard trilogy by Scott Lynch. Trinity rising and the Licanius. I'm also trying to get into other genres than fantasy as well.


message 39: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Dargain Lilo wrote: "Finally going to finish the Throne of Glass series, plans after will depend on the bookhangover it gives me..."

Ha ! I thought I was the only one who got book hangovers . ENJOY .


message 40: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Allen wrote: "Literary wrote: "Others: great Books!
Me: oh wow so many Indians work for GR
😋"

Racist much?"


Dude, it took me five seconds to check her profile and see that she is Indian herself. Might I suggest you try that next time?


message 41: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Allen wrote: "Literary wrote: "Others: great Books!
Me: oh wow so many Indians work for GR
😋"

Racist much?"

If you read her bio it says she is from India. We should not be so quick to judge; I did too.:-((


message 42: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca B I have nothing in common with all but one project manager lol


message 43: by Madilynn (new)

Madilynn Children of Blood and Bone


message 44: by T.HiggsReviews (new)

T.HiggsReviews Allen wrote: "Literary wrote: "Others: great Books!
Me: oh wow so many Indians work for GR
😋"

Racist much?"

Not racist at all. The person who posted that comment is Indian and happy that GR employees come from diverse backgrounds including their own.


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