#5OnMyTBR – Epistolary

#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 time for another 5 On My TBR! And today’s theme is something I don’t talk about nearly enough for how much I love them… epistolary books! What are epistolary books, you ask? According to Google, it is a work of fiction that is written in the form of letters or other documents. I do love a novel that is written in an unconventional format, so these books are right up my alley! Which means I had quite a few on my TBR to choose from, lol.

Let’s see who made the list!


#1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever. I’ve even stuck it on a couple of readathon TBRs and, yet, it remains firmly unread. It’s told through a series of emails and all different types of documents, which is what originally caught my interest. The fact that everyone seems to love it has kept it around this long. I am going to read this, and hopefully soon!

#2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This is one of those books I’m embarrassed I haven’t read yet. I gotta be in the right headspace to read the journal of this young Jewish girl hiding in Holland during WWII. To think what she and her family must have endured… it’s a tragic but important story and I will read it one day. I even have a copy on one of these bookshelves, so I’ll hopefully be picking this one up sooner rather than later.

#3. 84, Charing Cross by Helene Hanff

I feel like this book has made quite a few of my 5 On My TBR lists, but it’s honestly the first one I thought of when I saw the theme was epistolary! Well… this and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but I’ve already read that. (Great book, btw). Anyways! Though the latter book is a work of fiction, this one actually contains the real letters the author wrote to a used book dealer in London! It sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to give it a try.

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

Now, I actually didn’t know this book was written in the form of letters until very recently. Finding that out has definitely bumped it up the TBR! Besides that fact, though, this is a classic coming-of-age story and I’ve always been a little bit curious about it. Hopefully I can find a copy without this particular cover because… dear lord…

#5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

To round out the list, we’ll end with another book I didn’t know was epistolary! At least, as far as I know, the first half is. This is another TBR vet that’s been around for quite some time. I’ve heard great things about it, though, and I’ve always wanted to give it a read. The story of young Black family torn apart by an unjust incarceration, it sounds like it’ll be a hard-hitting and interesting read.


What are some epistolary books on your TBR that you can’t wait to read? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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