What Katie Read 2020

By Storytellers, Inc.

By Storytellers, Inc.

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.)

Fog Island: A Terrifying Thriller Set in a Modern-Day Cult

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.

Love Is for Losers

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.

The Young Visiters

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.

A Crime in the Neighborhood: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

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.

In Paris With You

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.

Diary of a Confused Feminist: Diary of a Confused Feminist

Kate Weston

£7.99 £7.43

More lolz diary antics for teens this time with extra periods and feminism.

The List of Things That Will Not Change

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.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

Jared Reck

£7.99 £7.43

A little novel about one boy's big first love. Surprising and sweet. Basketball ensues.

The Harpy

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!

I Who Have Never Known Men

Jacqueline Harpman

£8.99 £8.36

40 women are held prisoner in a bunker. Despair ensues.

Rodham: The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller asking: What if Hillary hadn't married Bill?

Curtis Sittenfeld

£16.98 £15.79

Wahey! Curtis Sittenfeld!!! My favourite writer! Always smart, sassy women. Intelligence ensues.

Notes To Self

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.

Wow, No Thank You.: The #1 New York Times Bestseller

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.

The Great Godden

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.

Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood

Grayson Perry

£7.99 £7.43

Totally readable and insightful guide to the modern art world by national treasure, Grayson Perry.

The Six Tales of Christmas: A feel-good festive read to curl up with this winter

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.

Meat Market

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.

Priestdaddy: A Memoir

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.

The Honjin Murders

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.

Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai

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.

This Happy: Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020

Niamh Campbell

£14.99 £13.94

An affair with an older man haunts newlywed Alannah. Sharp writing and atmospheric Irish backdrop.

Rules for Perfect Murders: The 'fiendishly good' new thriller from the bestselling author

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.

Nothing Can Hurt You

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.

Boy Parts

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.

Again Again

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.

How Did You Get This Number

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.

Mr Salary: Faber Stories

Sally Rooney

£3.50 £3.25

A short story that retraces some of the dark territory Rooney developed in Normal People.

You and Me

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.

No One Is Talking About This: 'A literary star' Guardian

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.

The Housekeeper and the Professor: Vintage Classics Japanese Series

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.

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

£10.99 £10.22

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.

The Glass Hotel

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.

August is a Wicked Month


£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...)

The Girl at the Door

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?

The Fever

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.

Homes and Experiences: From the writer of hit BBC shows Ladhood and Pls Like

Liam Williams

£14.99 £13.94

Totally enjoyable! Like an epistolary 'Us' but if Douglas was more of a ... lad?

Leave the World Behind: 'The book of an era' Independent

Rumaan Alam

£14.99 £13.94


Jane: A Murder

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.

Toto Among the Murderers: A John Murray Original

Sally J Morgan

£12.99 £12.08

Happy Like Murderers

Gordon Burn

£10.99 £10.22