Goodreads Challenge and SavvyReaders #50BookPledge: Books 1-20

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I’ve done the Goodreads reading challenge several times now – see my 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 challenges here – but this year I’m combining the Goodreads challenge and the SavvyReaders 50 Book Pledge.

Goodreads Challenge 11-20

Here are my books 1-20 of the challenges so far. Each book links through to Goodreads in case you’d like to know more.

Alex Through The Looking-Glass – Alex Bellos

From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit, engaging stories and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-openin

Alex Through The Looking-Glass – Alex Bellos
The Last Juror – John Grisham

In 1970, one of Mississippi s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college dropout, named Wi

The Last Juror – John Grisham
Gray Mountain – John Grisham

John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha,

Gray Mountain – John Grisham
The Racketeer – John Grisham

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Ra

The Racketeer – John Grisham
The Associate – John Grisham

If you thought Mitch McDeere was in trouble in “The Firm,” wait until you meet Kyle McAvoy, “The Associate”

Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father’s small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of “The Yale

The Associate – John Grisham
The Street Lawyer – John Grisham

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins int

The Street Lawyer – John Grisham
Accused – Mark Gimenez

‘Scott, it’s Rebecca. I need you.’After years of silence, Texan lawyer Scott Fenney receives a devastating phonecall from his ex-wife. She has been accused of murdering her boyfriend, Trey – the man she left Scott for – and is being held in a police cell. Now she is

Accused – Mark Gimenez
Con Law – Mark Gimenez

John Bookman – Book to his friends – is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He’s thirty-five, handsome and unmarried. He teaches Constitutional Law, reduces senators to blithering fools on political talk shows, and is often mentioned as a future Supreme

Con Law – Mark Gimenez
The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that all

The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
Twitter For Writers – Rayne Hall (5* read)

Use Twitter to improve your writing, network with other authors, meet fans, build a platform, gain exposure, find reviewers and sell books.

Rayne Hall has one of the best platforms any writer has on Twitter – with over 50,000 genuine, engaged followers who enjoy her tweets and buy her bo

Twitter For Writers – Rayne Hall (5* read)
Before We Met – Lucie Whitehouse

Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might me

Before We Met – Lucie Whitehouse
Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey (5* read)

In this darkly riveting debut novel—a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging—an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search

Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey (5* read)
The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes

Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side – she’s back to normality with a bang. And she’s got writer&

The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes
The Dead Hand – David E. Hoffman

“In “The Dead Hand,” David Hoffman has uncovered some of the Cold War’s most persistent and consequential secrets-plans and systems designed to wage war with weapons of mass destruction, and even to place the prospective end of civilization on a kind of automatic pilot

The Dead Hand – David E. Hoffman
Age, Sex, Location – Melissa Pimentel

A hilarious and refreshingly honest foray into modern dating, Age, Sex, Location is Bridget Jones’s Diary for HBO’s Girls generation.

The last thing twenty-eight-year-old Lauren is looking for is love, so why do the men she’s dating assume she&#

Age, Sex, Location – Melissa Pimentel
The Magpies – Mark Edwards

Fear lives next door…

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too: the horror writer and the middle-aged herba

The Magpies – Mark Edwards
The Bubble Gum Thief – Jeff Miller

It is barely a crime — just the theft of a single pack of gum. But each crime that follows is bigger, and each accompanying note promises the next crime will be even worse.

When FBI Special Agent Dagny Gray is asked to investigate the gum thief’s fifth crime, a bank robbery, it seems l

The Bubble Gum Thief – Jeff Miller
Without Conscience – Robert D. Hare PhD

Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society’s rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Ga

Without Conscience – Robert D. Hare PhD
Second Life – S J Watson

The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep.

She loves her husband. She’s obsessed by a stranger.

She’s a devoted mother. She’s prepared to lose everything.

She knows what she’

Second Life – S J Watson
The Silent Wife – A.S.A Harrison

A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they l

The Silent Wife – A.S.A Harrison
Are you doing any challenges? Which have been your favourite reads of 2015 so far?

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Donna Brown

Ever developing teacher and learner (online and offline!). Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.
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