Monday, October 17, 2016

Epistolary Reading Challenge 2017

One year I did a reading challenge that had a postal/epistolary theme. It hasn't been offered since, nor have I seen any similar challenges.  So I decided to try putting one together for 2017.  I want to try writing a diary-based book, so I want to try reading more such books and any other books in epistolary formats.

10 Epistolary Books To Add To Your Winter Reading List
Epistolary Reading Challenge 2017

An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries,newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic "documents" such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use. The word epistolary is derived from Latin from the Greek word ἐπιστολή epistolē, meaning a letter (see epistle).

The epistolary form can add greater realism to a story, because it mimics the workings of real life. It is thus able to demonstrate differing points of view without recourse to the device of an omniscient narrator.  

The challenge, then, will be to read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way. Here are some links to get some reading ideas:
Goodreads Best Diary Novels
Goodreads YA Diary Novels
List of Fictional Diaries
7 Variations on the Epistolary Novel

Guidelines for the Challenge

  • Challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2017.  Books must be started on or after January 1 to count.  Re-reads will be allowed as long as they are read during the specified time period.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.  
  • Fiction (all genres and subgenres) and nonfiction that fit the challenge description may be read.
  • All book formats are allowed (paper, audio, electronic, graphic novels/manga, picture books). 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • There will be no levels.  I will let you choose how many books to read.
  • You do not need a blog to sign up.  You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge.  Or sign up on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • You do not need to post reviews, nor will there be any check-ins.

NOTE: I have been having issues with Linky, so I will now have those wishing to participate sign up below in the comments. If you've already signed up via the Linky, please leave your sign-up link in the comments. Sorry for any inconvenience.


Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I'm in - just let me get a post sorted and I'll sign up :D

Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind said...

This is a challenge. At least it's really close to this:

Vicki said...

This challenge sounds fun!
Here's My Link

Irene said...

I'm in, love this type of reading.

Susan said...

I'm in! I've been meaning to read 2 epistolary TBRs for years, a diary and a collection of letters. Perfect for this challenge.

Edith LaGraziana said...

Hello! What a wonderful idea for a challenge - and it fits perfectly into my plans. So I'm in! Here's my sign-up post for all reading challenges that I'm doing this year:
A book list for this Epistolary Reading Challenge in particular will come up by the end of January at latest.

Alyssa said...

I want to sign up by the end of January for this challenge.
I want to read 5 books for this challenge.

Edith LaGraziana said...

On 1 February I posted my announced list of 100 Novels in Letters, i.e. my long longlist of epistolary fiction for everybody's inspiration rather than for this challenge. I can impossibly read and review so many in just one year!
Find the list at

LaGraziana @ Edith's Miscellany

Hopewell said...

I just did 4 posts on my favorites then found this in a master list of reading challenges.
Lisa @