Like diaries, I love reading books that are essentially just letters. I love the mail and I love getting letters (although I don’t particularly like writing them), and so reading books composed entirely of letters is a lot of fun! Unless it’s boring, which can sometimes happen.
But mostly it’s not boring! Here’s some of my favorite letter-y novels:
- Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (2001).
- Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart (1914).
- Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (1988).
- Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney (1778).
- The Year Of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (2003).
- Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster (1912).
- Freedom and Necessity by Emma Bull and Steven Brust (1997).
- Persian Letters by Montesquieu (1721).
What’s your favorite epistolary novel?
Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!