Introducing the Goodreads Book Club

Posted by Patrick Brown on May 25, 2011
This summer, we'd like to challenge you to read Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad with us!

Today, we're unveiling the Goodreads Book Club. This is a total book immersion experience: It includes a challenge, a writing contest, a live chat with author, and more. It's our fervent belief that reading leads to the sharing of ideas and personal and societal growth. It's also fun. Our goal is to show all of the various ways people can interact with a book and, hopefully, with each other. And we think this book club is just the way to do it.

Take the Goon Squad Challenge with us this summer! Read the book, take a quiz, and more, including chatting live with author Jennifer Egan. Participate in chapter-by-chapter discussions of the book. This is your chance to really dig into A Visit from the Goon Squad. What was your favorite chapter? Who were your favorite characters? What did you think of the slideshow chapter?

Speaking of that slideshow chapter, we're challenging you to write a story using the slideshow presentation program of your choice. Enter your story, and you could win a Barnes & Noble Nook Color or a Kobo eReader! Vote for your favorite entries as part of the challenge.

To kick off the book club, check out this video greeting and interview from Jennifer Egan!



Click here to join the club and take the challenge!

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message 1: by Randall (new)

Randall Have fun. It is a good read. Just read it last month, though. I'll be on the sidelines for this one.


message 2: by ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ (last edited May 25, 2011 01:16PM) (new)

ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ How much did her publisher pay to get her book featured? Enough to cover the writing prize at least. Not about to have a book pushed on me. No thank you.


message 3: by Patrick, Product Manager (new)

Patrick Brown ஐ Briansgirl "Book Sale Queen"ஐ wrote: "How much did her publisher pay to get her book featured? Enough to cover the writing prize at least. Not about to have a book pushed on me. No thank you."

The publisher paid nothing for this -- it's just the book we really loved. The prizes for the writing contest were generously donated by Barnes & Noble and Kobo and have nothing to do with the book chosen.


message 4: by TC (new)

TC I wouldn't mind joining in but as the kindle version is more expensive than the paperback I won't be out to play.


message 5: by Randall (new)

Randall Even a book club is subject to the FoxBeckian gaze of conspiracy paranoia now?

geez louise...


message 6: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Randall wrote: "Even a book club is subject to the FoxBeckian gaze of conspiracy paranoia now?

geez louise..."


No kidding.


message 7: by David (new)

David Housholder Looking forward to it! Like the "vibe" of the reviews for:

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Submitted my four copies of

The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder

for next year's Pulitzer, because I was inspired by Jennifer Egan


message 8: by Miss Ryoko (new)

Miss Ryoko This is neat! Are you going to be doing something like this for Young Adult Fiction? That would be super awesome!!!!


message 9: by Athira (new)

Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) Since I happen to have this book checked out from the library, I'm going to give it a try!


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