2020 In Books And Onwards To 2021

Well 2020 has been quite the year.  I said in my last annual update that I wasn’t feeling optimistic when it started, but even in my wildest dreams I had not anticipated it being this bad or even this long.

For newcomers to the blog, I do a round up of my reading at the end of each year setting out how I did against my (modest) targets, providing a list of my favourite reads for the year and then sharing my To Read List Of Doom, which is testament more to my book acquisition habits than anything else and demonstrates that I am in dire need of an intervention.

For 2020 I set myself the following targets:

  • a total reading target of 130.  I’ve picked this because my commute has changed compared to last year, so it should be achievable while also leaving me some writing time for my personal, non-review projects.
  • a 50/50 gender split.
  • 20% of the books read to be by or co-written by writers of colour.
  • 40% of the books read to be non-fiction.

So let’s start with an admission: I didn’t hit the 130 target.  For those who came here via my Goodreads Account, you’ll know that I ended up adjusting my target down to 75 and I exceeded that with a grand total of 80 for the year, which is the lowest number of books I’ve read since 2015.  The big reason for this was the pandemic, firstly because I no longer had to commute into the office so didn’t have the guaranteed reading time but secondly because the shock of the pandemic made it very difficult for me to focus on reading anything – I just couldn’t keep my attention on books long enough.

Nor did I hit my 50/50 gender split.  In the end 35 of the books I read (43%) were written or co-written by women, which is down slightly on 2019 when I managed 48%.  I do have more women authors cued up on my 2021 list so am hoping to hit it or exceed it next year.

I also didn’t hit my target for books by writers of colour.  In the end, only 8 of the books I read (or 10% were authored or co-authored by writers of colour.  This is lower than in 2019 (when I managed 16%) and it is pitiful. I’m quite ashamed of this and am making a much more conscious effort in 2021 and have already set up a number of WOC authored books for January in a bid to start as I mean to go on.  Some of these books I am very excited about and look forward to sharing.

On the plus side, I exceeded my non-fiction target and managed 35 non-fiction books (or 43%).  I have very much enjoyed my non-fiction reading and have learned a great deal about a wide variety of topics so will definitely be continuing this into 2021.

With this in mind, my reading aspirations for 2021 are as follows:

  • a total reading target of 100.  I will revisit this if/when the pandemic lifts (or not, as the case may be) but for the time being I think I can achieve it.
  • a 50/50 gender split.
  • 20% of the books read to be by or co-written by writers of colour.
  • 40% of the books read to be non-fiction.

I am continuing my tradition of not scheduling regular blog updates.  Long time followers will know that I try to post once or twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays being the most likely days) but this will always be a personal review blog more than a side-hustle and given the stresses of 2020, I really do not want to be putting any undue pressure on myself in terms of running this blog because it is very much a haven for me.

Saying that, I am running an experiment in 2021 in response to some feedback from readers and have set up some affiliate links to Amazon UK and Bookshop.org UK so that anyone who would like to buy a book based on my review can easily do so.  I will earn commission on anything bought via those links and that commission will go to help offset some of the costs of hosting the blog but obviously, there is zero obligation on readers to use those links!

2021 is actually a big year for me because it marks my 15th anniversary of book review blogging.  For those of you looking askew at this claim, I moved my blog to WordPress back in 2017 but originally started on Live Journal way back in 2006 and I maintain an archive of all my reviews on DreamWidth so anyone interested in seeing how I evolved can check them out.

I have been genuinely surprised by how well (by my own modest standards) this Blog has done on WordPress.  The hit count has continued to grow year on year and I’ve been getting a steady trickle of subscribers.  Given that this is purely a review blog, I’m very happy with that and incredibly grateful to all of you who stop by and take the time to like or comment.

My most popular review in 2020 was A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson, which was originally published in October 2019 but I suspect gained popularity after the book hit the New York Times bestseller list.  My most popular 2020 review was Fallen by Benedict Jacka, which really took off in December and I suspect that’s because FORGED was released around the same time and some readers were looking for a catch-up on what had happened before.  (FORGED is actually on my January pile as the series is one of my favourites so I am looking forward to reading it).


Moneyland by Oliver Bullough is a well-researched, easy to follow book that left me incredulous and furious,  setting out how the international finance system (facilitated by Western bankers, accountants and lawyers) permits the rich and the crooked to hide their money while still benefitting from it.  It’s jaw dropping stuff that makes you realise that money conquers all.

The End Of Aspiration by Duncan Exley is a damning, fascinating and thought-provoking book that’s amply supported by statistics and academic studies and uses the anecdotal experience of 16 individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and professions to show how growing inequality and diminishing opportunities for social mobility go hand-in-hand while emphasising the problems faced by those who rise above their background.

Dear Life by Rachel Clarke is a deeply moving memoir that at times had me in tears and which made me reconsider my own attitudes towards dying.  Clarke talks about her journey towards and experiences in end-of-life care and what it’s taught her about life and living, a journey that’s made more poignant by her experiences caring for her father (a GP) who himself developed terminal cancer.

The Econocracy: On The Perils Of Leaving Economics To The Experts by Joe Earle, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkin is a sobering book that highlights how university economics courses almost exclusively focus on neoclassical economics and modelling, to the detriment of other branches, which means that when a crisis hits, economists are poorly placed to explain why or to realise the impact their policies really have on ordinary people.

Supercharg3d: How 3D Printing Will Drive Your Supply Chain by Len Pannett is the book that, had you asked me at the start of the year, I would not have identified as likely to be on my best reads list but shows how wrong I can be.  It’s a clearly written, easy-to-follow, thoughtful and even-handed look at 3D printing and the advantages and disadvantages that it offers for manufacturing businesses with Pannett using case studies and examples from a number of different industries to illustrate his points.  I came away with a much better understanding of a vitally important topic that is already changing manufacturing.


Nobody Walks by Mick Herron.  If you’re a regular to this Blog then you know that I’m a Mick Herron fan girl anyway but this is an excellent standalone spy thriller, which includes characters from the SLOUGH HOUSE SERIES, offering background on Coe and featuring Ingrid Tearney and Sam Chapman.  The plot twists and turns neatly with Herron setting up strands and returning to them in unexpected ways and there’s a sense of sadness and regret going through the book, together a bleak cynicism such that the open ending doesn’t leave the reader with much reassurance or hope.

Gunnerkrigg Court Volume 1: Orientation by Thomas Siddell was a new-to-me author and series. This is a popular, award-winning comic that has been collected into a delightful volume (the first in a series).  It’s a slow burning story that’s largely there to set-up the overriding story but it combines imaginative fantasy and science fiction with a dry and whimsical sense of humour and an underlying sense of mystery that kept me thoroughly engrossed from beginning to end.

Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition by Ursula Vernon sees Ursula Vernon’s Hugo-award winning web comic has been compiled into this stunning omnibus that comes with bonus material, including web commentary and a colour supplement.  It’s a great story filled with great characters all told with humour and humanity and in which Vernon skilfully balancing a number of different plot lines and playing with traditional fantasy archetypes and themes.  In short, it’s worth your time and your money.


Skulduggery Pleasant – Resurrection by Derek Landy is the 10th book in Derek Landy’s YA fantasy SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series, which kicks off a new story arc but you do need to have read the previous novels and novellas.  Valkyrie is older and more damaged by her experiences in the previous books but her relationship with Skulduggery remains sharp and entertaining with Landy’s trade mark smart and funny dialogue while Omen is a welcome introduction and I enjoyed his relationship with both Never and Auger.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta is a contemporary LGBTQ+ YA novel sensitively illustrated by Anshika Khullar.  It’ a sympathetic coming of age tale that’s beautifully told in verse and which is a touching reflection of the intersectionality issues of being bi-racial and gay in modern Britain and trying to find your own place and identity.  It’s a beautifully written book that I found very moving and I can well understand why it’s on so many YA prize shortlists.


Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens is the 9th and final book in Robin Stevens’s MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE SERIES for children aged 9+ and a suitable send-off to the Wongs and Wells detective duo. We know from the start that one girl won’t survive but their friendship remains front and centre even as they both get some romance and Hazel resolves her relationship with her father and sisters.  I’ll miss this series but am looking forward to new adventures with Hazel’s sister May.

Scavengers by Darren Simpson is a debut dystopian novel for children aged 11+ that’s a clever, sophisticated character piece with many layers to it that advanced readers and adults will equally get a great deal from, not least because it constantly makes you question your assumptions.  This is one of those books that deserves to be on book award shortlists and I look forward to reading Simpson’s next novel.

What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers is dedicated to Jeffers’s daughter Mari and Granny Marie and is an utterly charming and emotional story of love and togetherness that’s beautifully illustrated and which I found very moving.  This is the first book by Jeffers that I’ve read but I would definitely check out his other work based on this.

My To Read Pile for 2021 currently stands at a horrific 793.  At the start of the year it was a slightly less horrific 733.  I did manage to stick to my resolution of not taking every ARC and review copy book offered to me in 2020 but this was offset by going a little cray-cray when the bookshops re-opened after lockdown.  Ahem.

The full list is behind the cut and, as always, if there’s anything on there that you’d particularly recommend then please do let me know as I’ll move it up my stack to read it sooner.

Finally, for those of you who regularly check in to my blog, a very big thank you as it is very much appreciated.  I hope that the year has not been too harsh on you and that you and your loved ones are going into 2021 hale and hearty.


  1. The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman.
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
  3. The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome by Robin Lane Fox.
  4. Don’t Know A Good Thing Edited by Kate Pullinger.
  5. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James.
  6. The Accidental by Ali Smith.
  7. The Collected Stories by Arthur C. Clarke.
  8. On Writing by Stephen King.
  9. The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft.
  10. On Beauty by Zadie Smith.
  11. Saturday by Ian McEwan.
  12. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  13. Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre.
  14. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.
  15. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.
  16. China Shakes The World: The Rise Of A Hungry Nation by James Kynge.
  17. The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London by Sarah Wise.
  18. The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.
  19. Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.
  20. Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson.
  21. Leviathan by Paul Auster
  22. The Bone People by Keri Hulme.
  23. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith.
  24. The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.
  25. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
  26. A Handbook On Hanging by Charles Duff.
  27. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
  28. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  29. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.
  30. White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
  31. Blood and Oil by Michael Klare.
  32. Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis by Jeremy Leggett.
  33. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass.
  34. Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg.
  35. The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.
  36. Jaws by Nigel Andrews.
  37. Nemesis by Bill Napier.
  38. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond.
  39. Gridlinked by Neal Asher.
  40. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.
  41. Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker.
  42. Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold.
  43. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones.
  44. Summer Chills Edited by Stephen Jones.
  45. Past Magic by Ian R. MacLeod.
  46. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
  47. Making Money by Terry Pratchett.
  48. Movie Idols by John Wrathall and Mick Molloy.
  49. Kings of Comedy by Johnny Actob and Paul Webb.
  50. Winter Warriors by David Gemmell.
  51. Dark Moon by David Gemmell.
  52. Glasshouse by Charles Stross.


  1. The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.
  2. The Golden Age of Censorship by Paul Hoffman.
  3. Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
  4. He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott.
  5. The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.
  6. The Penguin Book of Columnists edited by Christopher Silvester.
  7. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
  8. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson.
  9. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.
  10. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.
  11. The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock.
  12. The Shadow Of The Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski.
  13. The Beach by Alex Garland.
  14. The Consolation Of Philosophy by Alain de Botton.
  15. Empire by Niall Ferguson.
  16. Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.
  17. How To Be Good by Nick Hornby.
  18. The English by Jeremy Paxman.
  19. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.
  20. Wannabe A Writer? by Jane Wenham-Jones.
  21. Checkmate by Malorie Blackman.
  22. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.
  23. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz.
  24. Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry.
  25. Austerity Britain 1945 – 1951 by David Kynson.


  1. The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham.
  2. The Graduate by Charles Webb.
  3. Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen.
  4. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.
  5. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence.
  6. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
  7. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
  8. Triskellion 2: The Burning by Will Peterson.
  9. Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre.
  10. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.
  11. Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne.
  12. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  13. A Journal Of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.
  14. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  15. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers.
  16. The Lady With The Little Dog And Other Stories by Anton Chekhov.
  17. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox.
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
  19. Under Enemy Colours by Sean Thomas Russell.
  20. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.
  21. Marketing Your Book: An Author’s Guide by Alison Baverstock.
  22. The Faerie Conspiracies by Holly Stacey.
  23. Midsummer Legend by Janet Foxley.
  24. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.
  25. Family Britain 1951 – 1957 by David Kynaston.
  26. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.


  1. Nation by Terry Pratchett.
  2. Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan.
  3. The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan.
  4. Tunnels Of Blood by Darren Shan.
  5. The City & The City by China Mieville.
  6. Angel of Death by J. Robert King.
  7. A Web Of Air by Philip Reeve.
  8. The Liberators by Philip Womack.
  9. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.
  10. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  11. Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett.
  12. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.
  13. The Oath by Michael Jecks.
  14. The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans.
  15. Of Saints And Shadows by Christopher Golden.
  16. Time Riders: Day Of The Predator by Alex Scarrow
  17. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.
  18. Clouds of Witnesses by Dorothy L. Sayers.
  19. Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson.
  20. The Hours by Michael Cunningham.
  21. Lustrum by Robert Harris.


  1. 13 Secrets by Michelle Harrison.
  2. Shadow Chaser by Alexey Pehov.
  3. The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski.
  4. Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski.
  5. Altar Of Bones by Philip Carter.
  6. Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy.
  7. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr.
  8. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr.
  9. The Dark And Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan.
  10. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.
  11. The Crowfield Demon by Pat Walsh.
  12. Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie.
  13. The Lancashire Witches by Harrison Ainsworth.
  14. Anno Dracula by Kim Newman.
  15. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré.
  16. Covenant by Dean Crawford.
  17. The True Tale Of The Monster Billy Dean Telt By Hisself by David Almond.


  1. Tideline by Penny Hancock.
  2. Something Of The Night by Ian Marchant.
  3. The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood.
  4. The Humorist by Russell Kane.
  5. Snakes And Ladders by Sean Slater.
  6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
  7. Zombie Apocalypse edited by Stephen Jones.
  8. Huntress by Malinda Lo.
  9. Snuff by Terry Pratchett.
  10. Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale
  11. Immortal by Dean Crawford.
  12. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Jon Richardson.
  13. The Blue Death by Joan Brady.
  14. Johannes Cabal The Detective by Jonathan L. Howard.
  15. The City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton.
  16. Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher.
  17. Dead Man’s Land by Robert Ryan.
  18. The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace.
  19. The Ripper Secret by Jack Steel.


  1. Illegal by Miriam Halahmy.
  2. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
  3. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & The Prison Of Belief by Lawrence Wright.
  4. The Invention Of Murder by Judith Flanders.
  5. The Merchant Of Dreams by Anne Lyle.
  6. Equations Of Life by Simon Morden.
  7. Railsea by China Mieville.
  8. Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys.
  9. The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd.
  10. Jack Glass by Adam Roberts.
  11. The London Of Jack The Ripper Then And Now by Robert Clack and Philip Hutchinson.
  12. Starters by Lissa Price.
  13. Looking For Alaska by John Green.
  14. Every Day by David Levithan.
  15. Feather And Bone by Gus Smith.
  16. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
  17. The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig.
  18. The Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch.
  19. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
  20. Hive Monkey by Gareth L. Powell.
  21. Blood And Feathers: Rebellion by Lou Morgan.
  22. The Burning Circus – A British Fantasy Society Anthology edited by Johnny Mains.
  23. Unexpected Journeys – A British Fantasy Society Anthology edited by Juliet E. McKenna.
  24. Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti.
  25. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.
  26. A Confusion Of Princes by Garth Nix.
  27. Dream London by Tony Ballantyne.
  28. The Watchers: A Secret History Of The Reign Of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford.


  1. The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer.
  2. We Danced All Night by Martin Pugh.
  3. Harbringer Of The Storm by Aliette de Bodard.
  4. Ripper by Stefan Petrucha.
  5. Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas.
  6. The Art Of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar.
  7. The Mammoth Book Of Steampunk edited by Sean Wallace.
  8. The Victorian City by Judith Flanders.
  9. A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz.
  10. A Million Suns by Beth Revis.
  11. The Bone Dragon by Alexia Castle.
  12. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.
  13. Homunculus by James P. Blaylock.
  14. The Lives Of Tao by Wesley Chu.
  15. The Prince Of Lies by Anne Lyle.
  16. Ashes Of Honour by Seanan McGuire.
  17. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire.
  18. Seasons In The Sun by Dominic Sandbrook.
  19. Hang Wire by Adam Christopher.
  20. Lockwood & Co – The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.
  21. A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  22. Murder On The Home Front by Molly Lefebure
  23. Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan.
  24. Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson.
  25. Shadowplay by Laura Lam.
  26. Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Thomas Siddell
  27. Wounded: From Battlefield To Blighty by Emily Mayhew
  28. Our Lady Of The Streets by Tom Pollock.
  29. The City Of Silk And Steel by Mike, Linda and Louise Carey.
  30. Adam Robots Short Stories by Adam Roberts.
  31. The Path Of Anger by Antoine Rouaud.
  32. The House Of War And Witness by Mike, Linda and Louise Carey.
  33. The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel.
  34. Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters.
  35. Role Models by John Waters.
  36. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link.
  37. Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes.
  38. Letters Between Gentlemen by Professor Elemental and Nimue Brown


  1. Forensics: The Anatomy Of Crime by Val McDermid.
  2. Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge.
  3. Moon’s Artifice by Tom Lloyd.
  4. Son Of The Morning by Mark Alder.
  5. Half Wild by Sally Green.
  6. Hack Attack by Nick Davies.
  7. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.
  8. The Establishment And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones.
  9. Modernity Britain 1957 – 62 by David Kynaston.
  10. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
  12. Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
  13. The Peripheral by William Gibson.
  14. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward.
  15. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.
  16. Messenger Of Fear by Michael Grant.
  17. Lock In by John Scalzi.
  18. The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne Harris.
  19. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson.
  20. Long Reach by Peter Cocks.
  21. Body Blow by Peter Cocks.
  22. Gilliamesque by Terry Gilliam.
  23. A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install
  24. The Wolves Of London by Mark Morris.
  25. The Society Of Blood by Mark Morris.
  26. The Lazarus Gate by Mark A. Latham.
  27. Marked by Sue Tingey.
  28. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell.
  29. The Knight by Pierre Pevel.
  30. Farlander by Col Buchanan.
  31. Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes.
  32. Absolute Pandemonium by Brian Blessed.
  33. No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill.
  34. Station Eleven by Emile St John Mandel.
  35. Sleepless by Lou Morgan.
  36. I Think You’ll Find That It’s A Bit More Complicated Than That by Ben Goldacre.
  37. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers.
  38. Digital Divide by K. B. Spangler.
  39. Mr And Mrs Prince by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina.


  1. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
  2. The Big Short by Michael Lewis.
  3. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.
  4. Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.
  5. The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.
  6. The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar
  7. Demon Road by Derek Landy.
  8. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.
  9. Ace Of Spiders by Stefan Mohamed
  10. Spy Out The Land by Jeremy Duns.
  11. The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury.
  12. Half Lost by Sally Green.
  13. Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
  14. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty.
  15. Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh.
  16. The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald.
  17. Desolation by Derek Landy.
  18. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab.
  19. The Somnambulist And The Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle.
  20. And I Darken by Kiersten White.
  21. This Is London by Ben Judah.
  22. SS-GB by Len Deighton.
  23. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.
  24. The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.
  25. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith.
  26. They All Love Jack: Busting The Ripper by Bruce Robinson.
  27. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.
  28. Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott.
  29. Iraq + 100: Stories From A Century After The Invasion edited by Hassan Blasim.
  30. My Gym Teacher Is An Alien Overlord by David Solomons.
  31. A Pocket Full Of Murder by R. J. Anderson.
  32. Demon Hunters: Trinity by Olivia Chase.
  33. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.
  34. The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee and David John.
  35. Intercept: The Secret History Of Computers And Spies by Gordon Corera.
  36. Skyfaring: A Journey With A Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker.
  37. Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe.
  38. The Wrong Case by James Crumley.
  39. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us And A Grander View Of Life by Ed Yong.
  40. Queen Bees: Six Brilliant And Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between The Wars by Sian Evans.
  41. The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle.


  1. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.
  2. Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell.
  3. The Rain-Soaked Bride by Guy Adams.
  4. Those Above by Daniel Polansky.
  5. The Famished Road by Ben Okri.
  6. The One From The Other by Philip Kerr.
  7. The Silk Weaver by Liz Trenow.
  8. Die Of Shame by Mark Billingham.
  9. You Can Run by Steve Mosby.
  10. Straight Outta Crongton by Alex Wheatle.
  11. The Death House by Sarah Pinborough.
  12. Dead Man’s Blues by Ray Celestin.
  13. Who Runs The World by Virginia Bergin.
  14. After The Fire by Will Hill.
  15. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin.
  16. Contagion by Teri Terry.
  17. Under My Hat: Tales From The Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  18. Dangerous Women Part III edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois.
  19. Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence.
  20. Theft By Finding: Diaries (Volume 1) by David Sedaris.
  21. Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl.
  22. My Evil Twin Is A Supervillain by David Solomons.
  23. Enemies And Neighbours: Arabs And Jews In Palestine And Israel, 1917 – 2017 by Ian Black.
  24. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs.
  25. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.
  26. Tarnished City by Vic James.
  27. Lost Kingdom: A History Of Russian Nationalism From Ivan The Great To Vladimir Putin by Serhii Plokhy.
  28. What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past And The Journey Home by Mark Mazower.
  29. Auntie Poldi And The Fruits Of The Lord by Mario Giordano.
  30. Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin
  31. The Internationalists And Their Plan To Outlaw War by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro
  32. Zen And The Art Of Murder by Oliver Bottini.
  33. Now You See by Max Manning.
  34. While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
  35. No Good Brother by Tyler Keevil.
  36. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.
  37. I Still Dream by James Smythe.
  38. The Bees by Laline Paull.
  39. A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr.
  40. What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford.
  41. Witchsign by Den Patrick
  42. The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris
  43. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
  44. The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave
  45. The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
  46. A Hero Born by Jin Yong
  47. The Siege by Helen Dunmore.
  48. Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky.
  49. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
  50. Hole In The Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer.


  1. The Astonishing Colour Of After by Emily X. R. Pan.
  2. Kiss Me Kill Me by J. S. Carol
  3. Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto For Science, Reason, Humanism And Progress by Steven Pinker
  4. The Long ’68: Radical Protest And Its Enemies by Richard Vinen.
  5. Splinter In The Blood by Ashley Dyer.
  6. Marx And Marxism by Gregory Claeys.
  7. God Save Texas: A Journey Into The Future Of America by Lawrence Wright.
  8. Europe’s Crisis Edited by Manuel Castells
  9. The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor.
  10. Defectors by Joseph Kanon.
  11. Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr
  12. American By Day by Derek B. Miller
  13. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.
  14. King Of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist.
  15. Property by Lionel Shriver.
  16. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
  17. Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser.
  18. Understanding Business Accounting For Dummies by Colin Barrow and John A Tracy
  19. The Queens Of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton.
  20. Think Again: How To Reason And Argue by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.
  21. Digital @ Scale by Anand Swaminathan and Jürgen Meffert.
  22. Reinventing Capitalism In The Age Of Data by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Thomas Ramge
  23. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen.
  24. The Silenced by Stephen Lloyd Jones.
  25. The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox
  26. Tin by Pádraig Kenny.
  27. Lovel Like Blood by Mark Billingham
  28. Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan.
  29. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada.
  30. From Cold War To Hot Peace: The Inside Story Of Russia And America by Michael McFaul
  31. The Wolf by Leo Carew
  32. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis.
  33. Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh
  34. The Value Of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato.
  35. Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan.
  36. The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers.
  37. The Death Knock by Elodie Harper.
  38. State of Emergency: Travels In A Troubled World by Navid Kermani
  39. Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart
  40. Brazil: A Biography by Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling.
  41. If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio.
  42. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay.
  43. The Summer Of Us by Cecilia Vinesse.
  44. The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic.
  45. Liar Liar by Lisa Jackson.
  46. A Brush With Death by Quintin Jardine
  47. The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  48. The Adults by Caroline Hulse.
  49. City Of Devils by Paul French
  50. The Truth Of Different Skies by Kate Ling
  51. The Old Religion by Martyn Waites
  52. Wyntertide by Andrew Caldecott
  53. A Gathering Of Ghosts by Karen Maitland
  54. The Inner Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
  55. Outpost H311 by Sara Jayne Townsend.
  56. The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath.
  57. The Unexpected Inheritance Of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan.
  58. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews.
  59. Private Equity In Action: Case Studies From Developed And Emerging Markets by Claudia Zeisberger, Michael Prahl and Bowen White.
  60. Inhuman Resources by Pierre Lemaitre.
  61. Promise At Dawn by Romain Gary.
  62. Lou Out Of Luck by Nat Luurtsema.
  63. Release by Patrick Ness.
  64. The Huntress: Storm by Sarah Driver.
  65. The Returned: They Left To Wage Jihad, Now They’re Back by David Thomson.
  66. Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott.
  67. The Huntress: Sky by Sarah Driver.
  68. Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh.
  69. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.
  70. The Ultimate Finance Book by Roger Mason.
  71. The Hunter by Andrew Reid.
  72. Capitalism: A Conversation In Critical Theory by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi
  73. Mastering Private Equity: Transformation Via Venture Capital, Minority Investments And Buyouts by Claudia Zeisberger, Michael Prahl and Bowen White.
  74. Radicalized Loyalties: Becoming Muslim In The West by Fabien Truong.
  75. Seduction: Men, Masculinity And Mediated Intimacy by Rachel O’Neill.
  76. Digital Human: The Fourth Revolution Of Humanity Includes Everyone by Chris Skinner
  77. The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative To Central Banking by Saifedeen Ammous.
  78. From The Corner Of The Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein.
  79. The Coddling Of The American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.
  80. Inbound PR: The PR Agency’s Manual To Transforming Your Business With Inbound by Iliyana Stareva.
  81. Inbound Selling: How To Change The Way You Sell To Match How People Buy by Brian Signorelli.
  82. No Small Change: Why Financial Services Needs A New Kind Of Marketing by Lucian Camp and Anthony Thomson.
  83. The Impossible: On The Run by Mark Illis.
  84. Force Of Nature by Jane Harper.
  85. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.
  86. The Future Of Capitalism by Paul Collier.
  87. The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story Of Cold War Espionage And Betrayal by David E. Hoffman.
  88. City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
  89. Under My Skin by Lisa Unger.
  90. Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein.
  91. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths.
  92. National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin.
  93. A Well Behaved Woman: A Novel Of The Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler.
  94. Attention Pays: How To Drive Profitability, Productivity And Accountability by Neen James
  95. This Book Is Not Rubbish by Isabel Thomas.
  96. Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.
  97. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions Of A Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday.
  98. Snap by Belinda Bauer.
  99. Floored: When Seven Lives Collide by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.
  100. That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger.
  101. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth.
  102. Shadow Of The Fox by Julie Kagawa.
  103. Brothers In Blood by Amer Anwar.
  104. A Darkness Of Dragons by S. A. Patrick.
  105. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke.
  106. The Bus On Thursday by Shirley Barrett.
  107. The Right Amount Of Panic: How Women Trade Freedom For Safety by Fiona Vera-Gray.
  108. The Lost Man by Jane Harper.
  109. The Rumour by Lesley Kara.
  110. A Fistful Of Shells: West Africa From The Rise Of The Slave Trade To The Age Of Revolution by Toby Green.
  111. Tombland by C. J. Sansom.
  112. 84K by Claire North.
  113. Touch by Claire North.
  114. Bright Ruin by Vic James.
  115. The End Of The Day by Claire North.
  116. Skycircus by Peter Bunzl.
  117. Battle Sight Zero by Gerald Seymour.
  118. The Suspect by Fiona Barton.
  119. Artifictional Intelligence: Against Humanity’s Surrender To Computers by Harry Collins
  120. Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod.
  121. Cold Case by Quintin Jardine.
  122. AngloArabia by David Wearing.
  123. Cold Bones by David Mark.
  124. Forgotten Women: The Writers by Zing Tsjeng.
  125. Light Years by Kass Morgan.
  126. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch.
  127. Fated by Teri Terry.
  128. Across The Void by S. K. Vaughn.
  129. Flowers Over The Inferno by Ilaria Tuti.
  130. How To Hold A Grudge: From Resentment To Contentment – The Power Of Grudges To Transform Your Life by Sophie Hannah.
  131. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.
  132. The Wolf And The Watchman by Niklas Natt Och Day
  133. Deliver Me by Karen Cole.
  134. Diary Of A Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide To Awesomness. By Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey.
  135. To Kill The Truth by Sam Bourne.
  136. Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain.
  137. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu.
  138. The Familiars by Stacey Halls.
  139. How To Present To Absolutely Anyone by Mark Rhodes.
  140. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo.
  141. Our Child Of The Stars by Stephen Cox.
  142. The Expertise Economy by Kelly Palmer and David Blake.
  143. Leadership At Scale by Claudio Feser, Michael Rennie and Nicolai Chen Nielsen.
  144. Farsighted: How We Make The Decisions That Matter The Most by Steven Johnson.
  145. The Odysseum: Strange Journeys That Obliterated Convention by David Bramwell and Jo Tinsley.
  146. A Long Night In Paris by Dov Alfon.
  147. After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe.
  148. The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays To Be Privileged by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison.


  1. Village Of The Lost Girls by Agustín Martínez.
  2. A Shadow Intelligence by Oliver Harris.
  3. Kingdom Of The Blind by Louise Penny.
  4. Scrublands by Chris Hammer.
  5. Dead Man’s Gift And Other Stories by Simon Kernick.
  6. The Art Of Statistics: Learning From Data by David Spiegelhalter.
  7. Places And Names: Dispatches Of War by Elliot Ackerman.
  8. The Hunted by Kerry Barnes.
  9. The Peculiar Peggs Of Riddling Woods by Samuel J. Halpin.
  10. What Dementia Teaches Us About Love by Nicci Gerrard.
  11. Greece: Biography Of A Modern Nation by Roderick Beaton.
  12. Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration And The Future Of White Majorities by Eric Kaufmann.
  13. The Feminism Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
  14. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  15. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.
  16. Death Notice by Zhou Haohui.
  17. The Blood Road by Stuart MacBride.
  18. Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan.
  19. Past Life by Dominic Nolan.
  20. Principled Spying: The Ethics Of Secret Intelligence by David Omand and Mark Phythian.
  21. Doing Philosophy: From Common Curiosity To Logical Reasoning by Timothy Williamson.
  22. The River by Peter Heller.
  23. Metropolis by Philip Kerr.
  24. The Little Book Of Results: A Quick Guide To Achieving Big Goals by Jamie Smart.
  25. Pie Fidelity: In Defence Of British Food by Pete Brown.
  26. Master Of Sorrows: The Silent Gods by Justin Call.
  27. The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan.
  28. The Secret Runners Of New York by Matthew Reilly.
  29. Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
  30. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay.
  31. The Language Of Birds by Jill Dawson.
  32. Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly
  33. You Came Back by Christopher Coake.
  34. Nocturna by Maya Motayne.
  35. Genesis: On The Deep Origin Of Societies by Edward O Wilson.
  36. Viper by Bex Hogan.
  37. Deadland by William Shaw.
  38. Agatha Oddly – Murder At The Museum by Lena Jones.
  39. How To Rob A Bank by Tom Mitchell.
  40. The Polymath: Unlocking The Power Of Human Versatility by Waqas Ahmed.
  41. Black Enough: Stories Of Being Young And Black In America edited by Ibi Zoboi
  42. Bloomberg By Bloomberg by Michael R. Bloomberg.
  43. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story Of The Future by David Wallace-Wells.
  44. Kill The Black One First by Michael Fuller.
  45. Licence To Be Bad by Jonathan Aldred.
  46. The Hidden Wife by Amanda Reynolds.
  47. One Of Us by Craig Dilouie.
  48. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman.
  49. Righteous by Joe Ide.
  50. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
  51. Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre.
  52. The Sharp Edge Of A Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdóttir.
  53. The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie.
  54. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
  55. A Stranger City by Linda Grant.
  56. No Way by S. J. Morden.
  57. Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri.
  58. The Wisdom Of Bones by Kitty Aldridge.
  59. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker.
  60. The Case Against Reality by Donald D. Hoffman.
  61. Sanctuary by Luca D’Andrea
  62. The Anxious Triumph: A Global History Of Capitalism, 1860 – 1914 by Donald Sassoon.
  63. The Russia Anxiety And How History Can Resolve It by Mark B. Smith.
  64. Contender: The Chosen by Taran Matharu.
  65. The Cosmic Atlas Of Alfie Fleet by Martin Howard and Chris Mould.
  66. Witchcraft: The Invention Of Philosophy In English by Jonathan Rée.
  67. City Of Thieves by David Benioff.
  68. Skulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam by Derek Landy.
  69. Where The River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari
  70. Brightfall by Jaime Lee Moyer.
  71. The Boy Who Fell by Jo Spain.
  72. Clear Bright Future by Paul Mason
  73. Gods of Jade And Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  74. Can Everyone Please Calm Down? by Mae Martin.
  75. Missing Person by Sarah Lotz.
  76. Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need by Bruce Hood.
  77. Novacene: The Coming Age Of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock.
  78. Murder By The Minster by Helen Cox.
  79. The Responsible Globalist: What Citizens Of The World Can Learn From Nationalism by Hassan Damluji.
  80. This Is Gomorrah by Tom Chatfield.
  81. The Other Half Of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen.
  82. Nothing To Hide by James Oswald.
  83. Girl At Midnight by Katarzyna Bonda.
  84. The Bone Fire by S. D. Sykes.
  85. The Perfect Wife by J. P. Delaney.
  86. Call Him Mine by Tim MacGabhann.
  87. We Need New Stories by Nesrine Malik.
  88. The Unsettling Of Europe by Peter Gatrell
  89. Learning From The Germans by Susan Neiman.
  90. Starfell by Dominique Valente.
  91. The Liars by Jennifer Mathieu.
  92. The Secret Summer by Ali Standish.
  93. Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland.
  94. Black Flowers by Steve Mosby.
  95. No Time To Cry by James Oswald.
  96. Life Scale – How To Live A More Creative, Productive And Happy Life by Brian Solis.
  97. Don’t Look Back In Anger by Daniel Rachel.
  98. Top 10 Vienna:2020 (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide).
  99. The Light That Failed: A Reckoning by Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes.
  100. The Rules Of Security: Staying Safe In A Risky World by Paul Martin
  101. India In The Persianate Age 1000 – 1765 by Richard M. Eaton.
  102. Dopeworld: Adventures In Drug Lands by Niko Vorbyov.
  103. The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory.
  104. The Undying: A Meditation On Modern Illness by Anne Boyer.
  105. The Great Successor: The Secret Rise And Rule Of Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield.
  106. Bad Day At The Vulture Club by Vaseem Khan
  107. Empire Of Democracy: The Remaking Of The West Since The Cold War 1971 – 2017 by Simon Reid-Henry
  108. The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike.
  109. The Meritocracy Trap: The Tyranny Of Just Deserts by Daniel Markovits.
  110. The July Girls by Phoebe Locke.
  111. What You Pay For by Claire Askew
  112. Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell.
  113. Say Nothing by Brad Parks.
  114. What’s That In Dog Years? By Ben Davis.
  115. Queen Of Ruin by Tracy Banghart.
  116. Just One Damed Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor.
  117. Bitterseeds by Ian Tregillis.
  118. You Won’t Believe It by Adam Baron.
  119. By The Pricking Of Her Thumb by Adam Roberts.
  120. The Holiday by T. M. Logan.
  121. The Last by Hanna Jameson.
  122. Why We Get The Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman.
  123. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.
  124. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang.
  125. Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up The Wall And What To Do About It by Dean Burnett.
  126. Forgotten Bastards Of The Eastern Front by Serhii Plokhy.
  127. How To Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss.
  128. Duet In Beirut by Mishka Ben-David.
  129. Winterland by Alan Glynn.
  130. Inland by Téa Obreht.
  131. The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson.
  132. The Village by Nikita Lalwani.
  133. Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech by Rana Foroohar.
  134. In A Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
  135. Final Girls by Riley Sager.
  136. Death Is A Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh.
  137. The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow.
  138. Cold Granite by Stuart Macbride.
  139. Night Passage by Robert D Parker
  140. Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
  141. Me Me Me? by Jon Lawrence
  142. Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall.
  143. The 24 Hour Café by Libby Page.
  144. Boy In The Well by Douglas Lindsay.
  145. The Toll by Neal Shusterman.
  146. Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.
  147. The Boy Who Lived With The Dead by Kate Ellis.
  148. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained by Michael B Neville
  149. Food Or War by Julian Cribb.
  150. Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran And The Rivalry That Unravelled The Middle East by Kim Ghattas.
  151. Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd.
  152. In Your Defence by Sarah Langford.
  153. Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe.
  154. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou.
  155. Last Christmas edited by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson.
  156. Orphans Of The Tide by Struan Murray.
  157. We Germans by Alexander Starritt.
  158. Climate Change And The Nation State by Anatol Lieven.
  159. The Return Of The Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev.
  160. Lightspeed: The Ghostly Aether And The Race To Measure The Speed Of Light by John C. H. Spence.
  161. Buzz by Kenneth Carter.
  162. The Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey.
  163. The Binding by Bridget Collins.
  164. Midnight In Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.
  165. Stonemouth by Ian Banks.
  166. Son Of The Night by Mark Adler.
  167. Seven Lives From Mass Observation by James Hinton.
  168. The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken.
  169. Soul Cage by Tetsuya Honda.
  170. Without The Moon by Cathy Unsworth.


  1. The Uncounted by Alex Cobham.
  2. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.
  3. Rag And Bone by Lisa Woollett.
  4. Into The Black by Rowland White.
  5. Aftershock by Adam Hamdy.
  6. Freefall by Adam Hamdy.
  7. Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt
  8. Steps To The Gallows by Edward Marston.
  9. The Fifth To Die by J. D. Barker.
  10. The Wolves Of Winter by Tyrell Johnson.
  11. Day Of The Dead by Mark Roberts.
  12. Accursed Tower by Roger Crowley.
  13. The Five by Hallie Rubenhold.
  14. The Better Half: On The Genetic Superiority Of Women by Sharon Moalem.
  15. Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain
  16. A Super Weird! Mystery: Danger At Donut Diner by Jim Smith
  17. Dear Child by Romy Hausmann.
  18. The Debt Delusion by John F. Weeks.
  19. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
  20. The Haven Deadfall by Simon Lelic.
  21. Bury Them Deep by James Oswald.
  22. Framed by S. L. McInnis.
  23. After Dark by Dominic Nolan
  24. The Nightmare Place by Steve Mosby.
  25. The Natural Way Of Things by Charlotte Wood.
  26. The Liar by Steve Cavanagh.
  27. Vox by Christina Dalcher.
  28. No Smoke Without Fire by Paul Gitsham.
  29. The Last Straw by Paul Gitsham.
  30. Teachers vs Tech? The Case For An Ed Tech Revolution by Daisy Christodoulou
  31. Murder On The Moorland by Helen Cox
  32. Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestley.
  33. Venom: Isles Of Storm And Sorrow by Bex Hogan
  34. Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias In A World Designed For Men by Caroline Priado Perez
  35. The Octopus by Tess Little.
  36. Providence by Max Barry.
  37. Saturday Night Live And Philosophy edited by Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman
  38. Be Less Zombie by Elvin Turner.
  39. The Disappearance Of Stephanie Mailer by Joël Dicker.
  40. Grow The Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose And Profit by Alex Edmans
  41. The Audacity To Be A Queen by Gina DeVee.
  42. Bedlam by Catharine Arnold.
  43. City Of Sin: London And Its Vices by Catharine Arnold.
  44. Necropolis: London And Its Dead by Catharine Arnold.
  45. Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst.
  46. Closed For Winter by Jorn Lier Horst.
  47. A Line Of Forgotten Blood by Malcolm Mackay.
  48. I Always Find You by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
  49. The Possession by Michael Rutger.
  50. The Dinner Party by R. J. Parker.
  51. Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson.
  52. Children Of Virtue And Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi.
  53. Choose Your Own Adventure: Mountain Survival by Edward Packard
  54. The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford
  55. Down Cemetery Road by Mick Herron.
  56. Paper Dolls by Lisa Bradley
  57. Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar.
  58. The Other People by C. J. Tudor.
  59. The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware.
  60. Innocent by Erin Kinsley.
  61. Agent Running In The Field by John le Carré.
  62. Blood Line by Mark Billingham.
  63. The Bear Pit by S. G. MacLean.
  64. The Alibi Girl by C. J. Skuse.
  65. Purged by Peter Laws.
  66. This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre.
  67. Acts Of Omission by Terry Stiastny.
  68. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith.
  69. The Tent, The Bucket And Me by Emma Kennedy.
  70. Wool by Hugh Howey.
  71. Dead Girls Dancing by Graham Masterton.
  72. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver.
  73. The Reunion by Guillaume Musso.
  74. A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay.
  75. The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown.
  76. Billy Connolly: Tall Tales And Wee Stories by Billy Connolly.
  77. The Bloomsbury Look by Wendy Hitchmough
  78. The Rose In Fashion by Amy De La Haye.
  79. The Invention of China by Bill Hayton.
  80. Manage Your Stress by Clare Wilson
  81. Think Critically by Tom Chatfield.
  82. Avoid Plagiarism by Thomas Lancaster.
  83. 65 Roses And A Trunki: Defying The Odds In Life And Business by Rob Law and Dr Peter Hughes
  84. Give Great Presentations by Lucinda Becker
  85. Greener Marketing by John Grant.
  86. Starfell: Willow Moss And The Forgotten Tale by Dominique Valente and Sarah Warburton.
  87. 25 Myths About Bullying And Cyberbullying by Elizabeth K. Englander.
  88. David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian by Rick Poynor
  89. Fur: A Sensitive History by Jonathan Faiers.
  90. The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle For Power In Pakistan by Owen Bennett-Jones.
  91. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  92. Firewatching by Russ Thomas.
  93. Fire Season by Stephen Blackmoore.
  94. Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore.
  95. Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore.
  96. Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore.
  97. Ghost Money by Stephen Blackmoore.
  98. What Is At Stake Now: My Appeal For Peace And Freedom by Mikhail Gorbachev.
  99. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  100. Bauman: A Biography by Izabela Wagner.
  101. The Empire of Depression: A New History by Jonathan Sadowsky.
  102. Trampled By Unicorns: Big Tech’s Empathy Problem And How To Fix It by Maëlle Gavet
  103. The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo.
  104. Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray.
  105. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo.
  106. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson.
  107. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff.
  108. Forged by Benedict Jacka.
  109. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu.
  110. Red Notice by Ben Browder.
  111. The Black Angel by John Connolly.
  112. Cause Of Death by Patricia Cornwell.
  1. Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen.
  2. Burned by Thomas Enger
  3. Pearl by Frank Delaney.
  1. Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan and Paul Kidby.
  2. A Bit Of A Stretch by Chris Atkins.
  3. Dark Pines by Will Dean
  4. Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield
  5. The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji

2 thoughts on “2020 In Books And Onwards To 2021

  1. I do enjoy looking through your TBR pile, and waving at some familiar titles! 😀

    I would recommend bumping Keri Hulme up your priority list, but that’s not going to surprise you.

    Given your (not uncommon) problems with concentrating enough to read, is it worth setting yourself a few shorter volumes to start with?


    • Ha! I have actually moved up the Hulme because it’s been on the list for such a very long time …

      Swapping to shorter books is a good idea – I did bring in more picture books in 2020 and I might mix it up again now.


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