A Visit From the Goon Squad


Tonight, while drinking a glass of pink champagne and sitting in my bathtub, I finished my second book of the year, A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. This book is another on my books-to-read-in-your-20s list.

I think this book made the books-to-read-in-your-20s list because it is a reality check of sorts – we are all going to get older. It does not always seem like that when you’re in your 20s.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I am a sucker for any book that alternates perspectives, and Egan does this incredibly well. Not only does each chapter change perspectives, it also jumps time periods. There is an entire chapter done in Power Point slides. It’s unique, but Egan keeps it balanced – nothing is too far-fetched.

While I liked the structure of this book, I could not connect well with the music scene that the story revolves around. I’m not particularly interested about the inner workings of the music industry. While well-written, some of the plot did not quite hook my interest.

Egan is creative and her style kept me hooked even when I did not have a particular interest in the story. I will pick up another one of Egan’s books in the future because I am curious to see what else she has written.

Have you read anything else by Egan?


Books to Read in Your 20s

It’s been too long. I’m looking forward to December when I graduate, and will have more time to read for fun. I will have the book I am currently reading, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay done by Thanksgiving, but thought I would provide the 79 book list of “Books to Read in Your 20s,” that I am currently reading through. I’m not reading them in a particular order, just as I get my hands on them.

Books to Read in Your 20s

  • The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)
  • The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
  • Bastard Out of California (Dorothy Allison)
  • What She Saw…(Lucinda Rosenfeld)
  • The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders (Robertson Davies)
    • This is technically 3 books, bringing the list to 82
  • Giovanni’s Room (James Baldwin)
  • A Visit from the Good Squad (Jennifer Egan)
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
  • Lucy (Jamaica Kincaid)
  • The Moviegoer (Walker Percy)
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
  • Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
  • Bright Lights, Big City (Jay McInerney)
  • The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • Call Me by Your Name (Andre Aciman)
  • The Rachel Papers (Martin Amis)
  • Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
  • The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  • Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • A Home at the End of the World (Michael Cunningham)
  • The Group (Mary McCarthy)
  • Quicksand (Nella Larsen)
  • Pastoralia (George Saunders)
  • Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
  • Main Street (Sinclair Lewis)
  • Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (Douglas Coupland)
  • Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
  • I Love Dick (Chris Kraus)
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (Tom Robbins)
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (Toby Young)
  • Lunar Park (Bret Easton Ellis)
  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Nick Flynn)
  • Oh the Glory of it All (Sean Wilsey)
  • Dear Diary (Lesley Arfin)
  • The Complete Poems (Anne Sexton)
  • Actual Air (David Berman)
  • How to be a Woman (Caitlin Moran)
  • My Misspent Youth: Essays (Meghan Daum)
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Joan Didion)
  • Up in the Old Hotel (Joseph Mitchell)
  • How’s Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well (Eric Felten)
  • Cherry (Mary Karr)
  • The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
  • The Collected Stories (Lydia Davis)
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Z.Z. Packer)
  • Villette (Charlotte Bronte)
  • A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf)
  • Bluets (Maggie Nelson)
  • Ariel (Sylvia Plath) ***I can’t wait to read this again, so I’m not crossing it off the list***
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (Aimee Bender)
  • The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
  • The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  • Contents May Have Shifted (Pam Houston)
  • Love, an Index (Rebecca Lindenberg)
  • An Untamed State (Roxane Gay)
  • The Complete Stories (Flannery O’Connor)
  • boygirls (Katie Farris)
  • Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
  • A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of Yoder, a 20-Something Traveler (Stephanie Yoder)
  • The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
  • Yes Please (Amy Poehler)
  • The Liars’ Club (Mary Karr)
  • Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren)
  • Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  • Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  • Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger)
  • Weetzie Bat (Francesca Lia Block)
  • The Best of Everything (Rona Jaffe)
  • The Pursuit of Love (Nancy Mitford)
  • Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (Adrian LeBlanc)
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
  • Heartburn (Nora Ephron)
  • Delta of Venus (Anais Nin)
  • How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale (Jenna Jameson)
  • Self-Help (Lorrie Moore)
  • Making Faces (Amy Harmon)
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker (Dorothy Parker)
  • Alanna: The First Adventure (Tamora Pierce)