Sunday, October 4, 2020

Epistolary Reading Challenge 2021

 Another I will be hosting again for 2021.

Definition of an Epistolary Novel (from Wikipedia):

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

  • Challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2021.  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). 
  • 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.
  • Sign up below in the comments. I will not be using linkys this year.

My books:


  1. Book Riot has a list of 100 novels -

    I'll be trying this one I'm sure

  2. I'm joining your challenge. Sounds great. I look forward to expanding my horizons. I love the epistolary style. In fact, I'm about to publish a series of three WWII novels in this style. :)

    1. Jamie, I'm in again this year. Thanks for hosting again.

      Janet, I'm intrigued. Will all 3 be published in 2021, in time for reading for this challenge? I'm in a WWII reading challenge too. It would be fun to read the same books for both. And I am very fond of reading series. Avid Series Reader

  3. My sign-up + tracking post:
    Avid Series Reader