Juno Dawson Shares Her Best Books of 2020

Juno Dawson is a bestselling author, screenwriter, columnist for Attitude Magazine, ambassador/ role model for the LGBTQIA+ charity Stonewall UK and occasionally, also an actress (did you catch her in Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You?) Juno Dawson’s books include; The Gender Games, This Book is Gay, Clean, Meat Market and her most recent YA novel, Wonderland – a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Like most writers, Juno Dawson is an avid reader. She took to Twitter to share her top reads of 2020 and her thoughts on each title and it is a great list of books!

Sisters – Daisy Johnson

“My fave genre: YA or is it YA? Two intensely creepy sisters run from their past in this modern gothic. Suffocating and unnerving from the first page.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Boy Parts – Eliza Clark

“I love a book that makes me question what’s real and what isn’t. A young woman straddles reality and dark fantasy, while trying to remain in control. An outstanding novel.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Expectation – Anna Hope

“A novel exploring the bit somewhere between 25 and 35 where SHIT GETS REAL. Darker than the cover suggests.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Pine – Francine Toon

“Scottish Gothic. Enough said. Another IS IT YA? entry also.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Diary of a Confused Feminist – Kate Weston

“In a year where I’ve read far too little YA, Kate’s debut was funny and fresh and deserves its comparisons to Louise Rennison.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Burn – Patrick Ness

“Lord knows where I’ve put it, but Burn reimagines 1950s small town America with dragons. Ness is always excellent but this could be my fave since since his Chaos Walking days.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review



Reverie – Ryan La Sala

“Sometimes I think YA is getting predictable but then a novel like this reminds me of the boundary-pushing potential of YA. Bonkers, triumphant and queer as fuck.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

What Have I Done – Laura Dockrill

“Harrowing and funny, Laura shares her experience of post-natal psychosis with a unsentimental, unflinching honesty.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Pretending – Holly Bourne

“I thought this was going to be a comedy (and it frequently is) but Holly is adept at exploring the true horror of “romance” like no one else.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

In their Shoes: Navigating Non-binary Lives – Jamie Windust

“A generous and kind introduction to non-binary life, told with great humour and charm.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Sex Power Money – Sara Pascoe

“Very funny exploration of sexuality and evolution and sex work. Allows the reader to make their own mind on the thorny issues.”

Buy Now

Read a Review

After the Silence – Louise O’Neill

“Her most commercial novel, this thriller is also a disturbing account of coercive control.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together – Sam George-Allen

“Essays on different groups of women (nuns, dancers, sex workers, actual witches) working together to create powerful change.”

Buy Now

Submit a Review

How many of Juno Dawson’s reading recommendations have you read this year?

Leave your vote

Leave a Reply

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.