Lekhak is a free magazine and blog theme with clean design and good typography.
You can set up homepage via WordPress Customizer: there is a slider, featured, popular and recent posts blocks.
You can choose layout with or without sidebar, fullwidth and boxed. If you choose boxed layout, you may upload additional background image.
Also add your logo or choose the color of the site’s title, change the site’s background color, customize the footer text.
These are such useful elements as scroll to top button, breadcrumbs and navigation between posts.