I often talk about my current reads on Instagram and Twitter so here's a list of most (available!) things I've been reading in 2020 (not including our Storytellers, Inc. Book Club choices which you can find on a separate list here.)
Mariette Lindstein£7.99 £7.43
Cults! Secrets! Paradise! Lies! Nightmares! Capture! Escape! Recapture! It's a big book but you'll absolutely fly through it.
Mona Awad£8.99 £8.36
Weird, weirder, weirdest. Brilliantly fun story of a sinister clique in an esteemed writing class that reveals dark powers. Murder ensues.
Wibke Brueggemann£7.99 £7.43
Diary format YA in the vein of my beloved Georgia Nicholson. Girl meets girl at a charity shop job. Kittens ensue.
Cho Nam-joo£12.99 £12.08
Fascinatingly quiet novel about the life of Kim Jiyoung as she marries and gives up her career to be a mother. Sexism ensues.
DAISY ASHFORD and Posy Simmonds£10.99 £10.22
One of the funniest books I've read this year. Written in 1890 by a NINE-YEAR-OLD. A pure delight that I will pick up anytime I want a pick-up.
Suzanne Berne£8.99 £8.36
Disturbia. A shocking crime shakes an all american suburb. Ten-year-old Masha knew the victim, and she's sure she knows the killer... Reads like a glossy HBO drama.
Clementine Beauvais£7.99 £7.43
Lovely romance novel in verse. A beautiful book with a heart-stopping ending. Read it quickly, read it slowly, just read it.
Kate Weston£7.99 £7.43
More lolz diary antics for teens this time with extra periods and feminism.
Rebecca Stead£12.99 £12.08
Just buy this. Rebecca Stead only writes brilliant books. Read this one and then read all of her others because honestly they are all gold and she is a genius.
Jared Reck£7.99 £7.43
A little novel about one boy's big first love. Surprising and sweet. Basketball ensues.
Megan Hunter£14.99 £13.94
If you like your novel talons-sharp and your feathers ruffled, you'll want to get your beak into this. A read-in-one sitting that will make you shriek in delight!
Jacqueline Harpman£8.99 £8.36
40 women are held prisoner in a bunker. Despair ensues.
Curtis Sittenfeld£16.98 £15.79
Wahey! Curtis Sittenfeld!!! My favourite writer! Always smart, sassy women. Intelligence ensues.
Emilie Pine£9.99 £9.29
VERY moving personal essay collection from excellent Irish writer Pine. Heart-break ensues.
Jenny (Y) Offill£12.99 £12.08
Sparsely told story of a librarian with a brother battling addiction. It's funnier than it sounds.
Samantha Irby£9.99 £9.29
Easy to read, easy to enjoy, easy to gift (it's very difficult to make writing look this easy); buy this for all the smart women in your life because Irby KNOWS.
Meg Rosoff£12.99 £12.08
Dreamy summer romance that speaks to your teenage self. Rosoff is on point. Another of my favourite writers, giving me exactly what my heart desires as usual. Dive in.
Pretending: The brilliant new adult novel from Holly Bourne. Why be yourself when you can be perfect?
Holly Bourne£14.99 £13.94
Holly Bourne doesn't mess about. Always funny. Always real. Always thoughtful. Always entertaining.
Leonard Michaels£9.99 £9.29
Semi-autobiographical novel of Leonard's first wife, Sylvia, who struggled with depression. Stay for the evocation of 60's Manhattan.
Grayson Perry£7.99 £7.43
Totally readable and insightful guide to the modern art world by national treasure, Grayson Perry.
Anne Marie Ryan£8.99 £8.36
Super Christmassy story just waiting to be a Richard Curtis film. Bookshops and the power of stories warm people's hearts and save their lives; cosy and cute and entirely accurate; we stan bookshops and their booksellers.
Juno Dawson£7.99 £7.43
Very believable teen novel about the fashion industry - newcomer model Jana risks her career when she calls out an abusive photographer. Smarts and sass as usual from reliable YA writer Juno Dawson.
When You Read This: 'Deeply moving but also uplifting, Mary Adkins' debut novel is easy to read but hard to forget' - Anne Young
Mary Adkins£8.99 £8.36
Oh I LOVED this. E-mails! Diagrams! Friendships and romance! Other things that I won't mention here but I laughed and I cried and then I cried some more.
Patricia Lockwood£9.99 £9.29
The funniest, wittiest, most brilliant piece of writing I've read in maybe years? I URGE you to read this book. Do yourself a favour. Treat yourself because she actually lived it and now we get to enjoy it. Thank you, Patricia.
Seishi Yokomizo£8.99 £8.36
Ever heard of a locked room mystery? One's gone down in Honjin, and strange detective Kindaichi is going to solve it.
Nina Mingya Powles and Emma Wright£8.99 £8.36
A beautiful little book that will make your tummy hungry but ultimately feed your soul.
Niamh Campbell£14.99 £13.94
An affair with an older man haunts newlywed Alannah. Sharp writing and atmospheric Irish backdrop.
Peter Swanson£12.99 £12.08
Peter Swanson is my go-to writer for a Hitchcock-style-thriller that will wrap me for a weekend. I love the Boston settings and there's always a big nod to books and bookshops - particularly in this one! Cracking, as usual. Read one and I guarantee you'll be back for more.
Nicola Maye Goldberg£12.99 £12.08
Oh now this was a 24hr read; as bingeable as a boxset. The multi-faceted murder girl novel we all deserve.
Eliza Clark£9.99 £9.29
Dark, darker, darkest. Tesco ensues. But really this was SO bright sometimes it hurt to look at it. I cackled and gasped. I sent it to my best friend.
Raven Leilani£14.99 £13.94
Let's say it now that we will be watching Raven Leilani for years to come because the title here is the perfect descriptor for her luminous, glittering writing; shifting around the light, that's called lustre.
E. Lockhart£7.99 £7.43
Lockhart is a class act so it's no surprise her sliding doors style experiment hits the mark. She's a writer we always pay attention to. Again, Again is challenging and enchanting. For the older teens/young adults in your life, or the young adult in you.
Sloane Crosley£8.99 £8.36
Another great essay collection to dip in and out of when you just want to talk to a friend. Like Irby, Crossley is warm and funny, and wittier than we could ever hope to be.
Sally Rooney£3.50 £3.25
A short story that retraces some of the dark territory Rooney developed in Normal People.
Nicola Rayner£8.99 £8.36
A twisty thriller with an ending that made me cover my mouth and then shout OH NO through my fingers. Reader, I did not see it coming.
Patricia Lockwood£14.99 £13.94
But everyone will be because this is already the book of 2021 and Patricia Lockwood is the most exciting writer of her generation. This is a phenomenal achievement. Experience it.
Halle Butler£8.99 £8.36
The 'feel-bad' novel we all deserve. I enjoyed this even more than Butler's excellent debut, The New Me. On point observations and characters that make your skin crawl. I romped through this, cringing and giggling. Brilliant.
Yoko Ogawa£10.99 £10.22
A gorgeous moment of calm and clarity; this charming story of a housekeeper and her son as they care for a brilliant mathematician who has lost his memory is beautiful book about the family we make and the transformative power of learning about the wonder of a passionate teacher.
An intimate portrait of the complex nature of the mother-child relationship, as told by writers you want to read books by. Dip in, drop out, ring your mum.
Sarah Moss£14.99 £13.94
Drench me in this cool slap of a novel on a hot summer's day. Wry, sly, taught yet tender. I love her on motherhood, particularly, but really a novel for anyone who lives in the world and is a person with feelings about other people, and the rain.
Emily St. John Mandel£14.99 £13.94
Cinematic, thoughTful, original, compelling. Treat yourself and check into some luxury writing, 5* smarts and gourmet adventure. Get comfortable for another low-key yet somehow bigger than the universe reading experience. If you haven't read Emily's novel STATION ELEVEN do yourself a solid and pop that in your basket too. You will not regret it.
EDNA O'BRIEN£8.99 £8.36
IT WAS A BANNED BOOK and now it is not so you can read Edna's tale of a separated housewife on her first solo holiday looking for sex and scandal and finding both. (I'm sorry to say, tragedy ensues...)
Veronica Raimo£8.99 £8.36
A compelling dual narrative story, translated from Italian, set in a new Utopia 'Miden' - but if life is perfect here ,why is there a girl at the door saying she's been raped by her teacher?
Wallace Shawn£9.99 £9.29
A strange short one man play/monologue about communism... I think? Imagine it read in the voice of Vizzini and it becomes more enjoyable.
Liam Williams£14.99 £13.94
Totally enjoyable! Like an epistolary 'Us' but if Douglas was more of a ... lad?
Rumaan Alam£14.99 £13.94
HO-LY-MO-LY WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Maggie Nelson£10.99 £10.22
A memoir in fragments surrounding the death of Maggie's aunt Jane; who was murdered at college. Completely compelling and absorbing. Will definitely seek out more of Nelson's work.
Amina Cain£9.99 £9.29
A wander round the gallery of a woman's mind. Writing about writing. Longing about writing. A haunting little book that I really enjoyed.