Read 2020

My reading list for 2020.

All books link back to the original review.

Key to Abbreviations.

  • O = Own copy – I bought / swapped / was given / inherited it
  • RC = Print review copy / freebie from publisher / Amazon Vine etc
  • L = borrowed from the Library
  • NG = Review copy via Netgalley
  • NF = Non Fiction
  • Tr = Translated
  • DNF= Did not finish
  • And finally, an asterisk * = from the TBR (acquired by any of the above routes before 1.1.20)

Finished in 2019, reviewed in 2020
– Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton – RC (10/10) Review

JANUARY
1. How It Was by Janet Ellis – RC* (9/10) Review
2. The Rapture by Claire McGlasson – RC*(9/10) Review
3. All the Rage by Cara Hunter – RC* (9/10) Review
4. The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri – O* (NF, Tr) (7.5/10) Review
5. Feast Days by Ian MacKenzie – L* (8.5/10) Review
6. The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch – O* (NF) (10/10) Review
7. Meat Market by Juno Dawson – RC* (8.5/10) Review
8. A Sixpenny Song by Jennifer Johnston – L* (7.5/10) Review
9. Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas – O* (7/10) Shiny Review
10. The Cake Tree in the Ruins by Akiyuki Nosaka – L (9/10) Review
11. A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines – L (10/10) Review
12. Bad Island by Stanley Donwood – RC (9/10) Review
13. Silver by Chris Hammer – RC* (8.5/10) Review
Short story single – The Lotus Eaters by Somerset Maugham – O Comment

FEBRUARY
14. City of Glass by Paul Auster, (graphic novel) – O* (9/10) Review
15. Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe – O* – (8.5/10) Shiny Review
16. The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster – O* (10/10) Review
17. Weather by Jenny Offill – RC (8.5/10) Review
18. Man in the Dark by Paul Auster – O* (re-read) (8.5/10) Review
19. A Life in Words – Paul Auster in conversation with IB Siegumfeldt – O* (10/10) Review
20. It gets me home, this curving track by Ian Penman – O* (10/10) Review
21. Exquisite Cadavers by Meena Kandasamy – RC (8/10) Review

MARCH
22. The Dig by Cynan Jones – O* (10/10) Review
23. The Ruins by Mat Osman – RC (9.5/10) Shiny Review
24. Spark by Naoki Matayoshi – RC (7.5/10) Review
25. Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan – O* (8/10) Review
26. Constellations by Sinéad Gleeson – RC (10/10) Review
27. I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast by Michael Holland, illus Philip Giordano – RC Review
28. The Man Among the Seals & Inner Weather by Denis Johnson – O* (6.5/10) Review
29. Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards – RC (8/10) Review
30. A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier – RC (10/10) Shiny Review
31. Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman – RC (7.5/10) Review

APRIL
32. Dan Leno & the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd (re-read) – O* (8.5/10) Review
33. The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley – RC (9.5/10) Shiny Review
34. Department of Mind-Blowing Theories; Science Cartoons by Tom Gauld – O (10/10) Review
35. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – O (9/10) Review
36. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
37. Night Raiders by Eloise Moss – RC (6.5/10) Review
38. Keeper by Jessica Moor – RC (9/10) Review
39. Death Magazine by Matthew Haigh (Poetry) – RC (9/10) Review
40. Becoming by Michelle Obama – RC (8.5/10) Review
41. Body Tourists by Jane Rogers – L (7.5/10) Review
42. Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain – RC (7/10) Review

MAY
43. The Sixties by Jenny Diski – O (8.5/10) Review
44. The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick – O* (10/10) Review
45. War Doctor by David Nott – O* (8.5/10) Review
46. The Woman Who Didn’t Grow Old by Grégoire Delacourt – RC (8.5/10) Review
47. Notes From an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell – O (8.5/10) Shiny Review
48. A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea – RC (7.5/10) Review
49. The Third Magpie by MS Clements – RC (7/10) Review
50. In Love by Alfred Hayes – O* (10/10) Review
51. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – O* (8/10) Review
52. The End of Me by Alfred Hayes – RC (8.5/10) Review

JUNE
53. The Maths of Life and Death by Kit Yates – RC (8.5/10) Review
54. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – O* (9/10) Review
55. Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs – RC (8.5/10) Shiny Review
56. Awakening of Spies by Brian Landers – RC (8.5/10) Review
57. Dune by Frank Herbert – O (re-read) (8/10) Review
58. Electricity by Ray Robinson – O* (re-read) (10/10) Review
59. Lake of Urine by Guillermo Stitch – RC (8/10) Review
60. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – O* (9/10) Review
61. Mother: A Memoir by Nicholas Royle -RC (10/10) Review
62. Never Mind by Edward St Aubyn – O* (10/10) Review
63. The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin by Georges Simenon – O* (6.5/10) Review
Pamphlet: Depth Charge – poems by Chris Emery – RC Review

JULY
64. The Less Deceived by Philip Larkin – O* Review
65. This Happy by Niamh Campbell – RC (6/10) Review
66. Bad News by Edward St Aubyn – O* (10/10) Review
67. Some Hope by Edward St Aubyn – O* (9/10) Review
68. Vernon Subutex 3 by Virginie Despentes – RC (9.5/10) Review
69. Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknovitch – L (9/10) Review
70. The Man Who Walked Through Walls by Marcel Ayme – O* (9/10) Review
71. The Manual of Darkness by Enrique de Hériz – O* (10/10) Review
72. Mother’s Milk by Edward St Aubyn – O* (8.5/10) Review
73. Grave’s End by William Shaw – RC (9.5/10) Shiny Review
74. Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela – RC* (9/10) Review
75. A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet – RC (8.5/10) Review

AUGUST
76. The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada – O* (7.5/10) Review
77. At Last by Edward St Aubyn – O* (10/10) Review
78. The Search Party by Simon Lelic – RC (9/10) Review
79. King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes – RC (10/10) Shiny Review
80. Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin – RC
81. Sword by Bogdan Teordorescu – RC
82. The Sleeping Car Murders by Sébastien Japrisot – RC (7/10) Review
83. There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee – RC* (8.5/10) Review
84. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – RC (10/10) Review
85. The Two-Penny Bar by Georges Simenon – O* (8/10) Review
86. Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh – O* (8.5/10) Review
DNF: A Strange Country by Muriel Barbery – RC (p118) – Comments
Single Short: Mr Salary by Sally Rooney – O*

SEPTEMBER
87. Red Pill by Hari Kunzru – RC (9/10) Shiny review
88. The System by James Ball – RC (7/10) Review
89. Summerwater by Sarah Moss – O (8.5/10)
90. The Harpy by Megan Hunter – O (9/10)
91. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – RC (11/10!) Shiny Review
92. The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos – RC
93. Spoon-Fed by Tim Spector – O (8.5/10) Shiny Review
94. Vlad by Carlos Fuentes – O* (7.5/10) Review

OCTOBER
95. The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon – O* (10/10) Review
96. Just Like You by Nick Hornby – RC
97. Everything You Wanted to Know About the Universe by Andrew Newsam – RC (8.5/10) Shiny review
98. Earthlings by Sayaka Murata – RC
99. Daughters by Lucy Fricke – RC
100. Mr Cadmus by Peter Ackroyd – RC
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Short Story: Minority Report by Philip K Dick – O* (7/10) Review

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER