While I’m probably going to create my own custom theme, I might do well to consider one of these premium storyteller themes.
First of all, here’s an article I found about story telling themes… https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-themes-storytelling/
Here are some themes I like
Novella has a nice progress bar
Fall has a nice card layout
The Writer is pretty good (not in love with the font).
Fable is a really nice theme I might consider using
Rain has an interesting layout with a video background.