#5OnMyTBR – Unconventional Formats

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#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

It’s the start of another week and that means it’s time for another #5OnMyTBR! This week, I’ll be talking about books that are a little different from the norm. They aren’t told through normal prose, but in an unconventional format. Think of books told through letters, diary entries, or a combination of different forms! I’m always intrigued by books that a little different from the norm, so there are quite a few on my TBR. That being said, let’s dive in!


#1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I feel like one of just a few people who haven’t read this iconic book. It’s a coming of age story told through a series of letters. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. It sounds like it will be a powerful, if heartbreaking, story. And we all know how much I love to have my heart crushed by a book! …I have a problem 😅

#2. S. by J.J. Abrams

This book sounds incredibly interesting and only partly because of the plot. The premise is that two people are reading this rare, odd book and leaving each other notes in the margin! The notes and little slips of paper included in the book are part of the story, as well. Doesn’t that sound incredible?! I just want to get my hands on the book so I can flip through it and find out what the mystery is all about.

#3. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

This a non-fiction book that brings together the correspondence between the author and a used book dealer in London. I’ve heard this is a compelling story where you can watch their relationship blossom on the page. It seems like it would be incredibly moving and I’m excited to pick it up. I do tend to love epistolary novel and I can’t imagine that will change just because it’s non-fiction.

#4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The ultimate mixed media novel on my TBR. I’ve been dying to read this book because the format captured my imagination. I’ve flipped through and it just looks like a lot of fun! But everyone seems to love the plot, itself, as well. I’m so curious to see how the story can progress with such an odd format. I’m so confident that I’ll love it, though, that I’ve already bought the other two books in this trilogy 😂

#5. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

My best friend suggested this book to me, going so far as to give me her only copy! I had heard about it before and I must admit I’m interested. This is the story of a mom writing to her ex-husband about her titular son who murdered several people in a school shooting. My friend said that it packs a punch and I’m excited, if a little nervous, to read it.


What are some books written in unconventional formats on your TBR? Did you do your own #5OnMyTBR? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

6 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR – Unconventional Formats

  1. Yes, yes, YES to Illuminae. You HAVE to read that series! *flails* It’s one of my absolute favorites, and the format is just so unique and engaging and fun. But yes, also, the plot is fabulous and the characters are memorable and fun. I hope you end up loving it when you get a chance to read it. :3

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