Goodreads Challenge and SavvyReaders #50BookPledge: Books 21-40

Goodreads Challenge

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

Here are my books 21-40 of the challenges so far. Each book links through to Goodreads in case you’d like to know more.

Other People’s Dirt – Louise Rafkin

What do housecleaners know? Everything. Everything about what makes life a messy affair. And in her quirky, irreverent book Louise Rafkin shows that a housecleaner finds a lot more than dust bunnies under the bed. Armed with a battery of housekeys, Rafkin takes us on an intimate tour of people

Other People’s Dirt – Louise Rafkin
Beyond Belief – Jenna Miscavige Hill

Jenna Miscavige was raised to obey. As niece of the Church of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this controversial organization. At 21, she made a break, risking everything she’d ever known & loved to leave Scientology once & for all. Now she s

Beyond Belief – Jenna Miscavige Hill
Scourge – Jonathan B. Tucker

A Washington Post Best Book of 2001, Scourge provides a definitive account of the dramatic story of smallpox by a leading “expert on biological and chemical weapons” (The New York Times). Jonathan B. Tucker traces the history of the smallpox virus from its first recorded outbreak arou

Scourge – Jonathan B. Tucker
No Place to Die – Clare Donoghue

Jane Bennett, senior Detective Sergeant for the murder squad at her London police precinct, is having a terrible day. Her boss, Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer, has just returned to work after two weeks on “leave,” though Jane knows it was really more like a suspension. He’s still

No Place to Die – Clare Donoghue
Blindsighted – Karin Slaughter

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it’s only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear.

Sara’s ex-hus

Blindsighted – Karin Slaughter
What Might Have Been – Matt Dunn

A year ago, Evan and Sarah shared one incredible night. Then Evan’s music—the thing that brought them together—suddenly tore them apart.

Since then, Evan’s not been able to forget about her. And try as she might, Sarah can’t seem to get over him either.

With ti

What Might Have Been – Matt Dunn
Cat vs Human – Yasmine Surovec

Cats have long been an inspiration to artists and poets. In this heartwarming collection, artist Yasmine Surovec of catversushuman.com presents an illustrated anthology of literary adulation and poetic tributes to the always-alluring, ever-beloved cat.

From Shakespeare to Blake to Rosetti

Cat vs Human – Yasmine Surovec
Twisted – Andrew E. Kaufman

The psychologist with a troubled past…

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murderi

Twisted – Andrew E. Kaufman
Kiss Me First – Lottie Moggach

Leila has never met Tess, but she now knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. She’s read all of her emails, researched her past and asked Tess for every detail about her friends and family. Tess has never met Leila. But if she wants to slip away fr

Kiss Me First – Lottie Moggach
I Think You’ll Find It’s A Bit More Complicated Than That – Ben Goldacre

The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma. In ‘Bad Science’, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In ‘Bad Pharma

I Think You’ll Find It’s A Bit More Complicated Than That – Ben Goldacre
The Photographed Cat – Arnold Arluke, Lauren Rolfe

The Photographed Cat presents readers with an examination of how human-cat relationships are depicted in early twentieth-century photography.

The Photographed Cat – Arnold Arluke, Lauren Rolfe
Hidden – Catherine McKenzie

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral

Hidden – Catherine McKenzie
The 10 Essential Hugs of Life – Roy Spence

Roy Spence was raised in a family of huggers. When his dad—Big Roy, the biggest hugger of them all—passed away at the age of ninety-five, Roy Jr. started the healing process and discovered a more profound purpose behind the power of hugs.

Roy inherited his dad’s way of greeting both

The 10 Essential Hugs of Life – Roy Spence
Taunting the Dead – Mel Sherratt

Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder has her head bashed in within earshot of her family and friends, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home.

Soon the lies, backtracking, and secrets multiply as each of the suspects tries

Taunting the Dead – Mel Sherratt
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson (5* Read)

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has traveled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us, people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly or made a mistake at work. Once the transgression

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson (5* Read)
Buried – Jussi Adler-Olsen (5* Read)

The 10 million copy international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the fifth crime novel in the Department Q series.

Over three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Missing, presumed dead, the man’s family s

Buried – Jussi Adler-Olsen (5* Read)
The Boston Stranglers – Susan Kelly

In the only definitive book on this case, Susan Kelly investigates Albert DeSalvo’s false confession to eleven murders committed in New England in the early 1960s — and exposes the real killers.

The Boston Stranglers – Susan Kelly
The Tides of Memory – Sidney Sheldon, Tilly Bagshawe

An addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with the hallmark elements that made New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon—”the master of the story-telling game” (People)—an international legend: shocking twists, money, power, and betrayal involving an

The Tides of Memory – Sidney Sheldon, Tilly Bagshawe
Kisscut – Karin Slaughter

Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton–the town’s pediatrician and medical examiner–finds herself entangl

Kisscut – Karin Slaughter
The Worrier’s Guide to Life – Gemma Correll (5* Read)

If you’re floundering in life, striking out in love, struggling to pay the rent, and worried about it all — you’re in luck! World Champion Worrier and Expert Insomniac Gemma Correll is here to assure you that it could be much, much worse.

In her hugely popular comic drawi

The Worrier’s Guide to Life – Gemma Correll (5* Read)
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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