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.
- Boyfriend Material--Alexis Hall
- What Happens in Paradise--Elin Hilderband
- Troubles in Paradise--Elin Hilderbrand
- Ziggy, Stardust and Me--James Brandon
- The Happy Ever After Playlist--Abby Jimenez
- Girl in Blue--Ann Rinaldi
- Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend--Matthew Dicks
- Incendiary--Chris Cleave
- Sophie's Choice--William Styron
- SLAY--Brittney Morris
- Dear Justyce--Nic Stone
- Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine--Kristiana Gregory
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo--Taylor Jenkins Reid
- You--Caroline Kepnes
- One to Watch--Kate Stayman-London
- The Blue Bistro--Elin Hilderbrand
- Girl on a Train--A.J. Waines