Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Books That Use an Epistolary Style of Writing

Posted November 15, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 61 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

Today’s Top 10: Top Ten Books that use an epistolary style of writing, or use the epistolary trope.

Today’s topic is Favorite “Aww” Moments In Books, but I feel like I get these in almost every book I read so today I went with, Top Ten Books that use an epistolary style of writing, or use the epistolary trope.

An epistolary novel is a book that is told mainly through letters, and written communications.

An epistolary trope is a trope where the main characters communicate mainly through written communication. A good example of the epistolary trip is the popular movie, You’ve Got Mail

1. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

2. The Meeting Point by Oliva Lara

3. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

4. In the Margins by Melissa Ferguson.

5. Authentically, Izzy by Pepper Basham

6. To Sir With Love by Lauren Layne

7. One Last Gift by Emily Stone.

8. Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

9. Thank you for Listening by Julia Whelan.

10. Wish You Were Here by Jodie Picoult.

Do you enjoy !

61 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Books That Use an Epistolary Style of Writing

  1. A great list. I am glad that you included a definition though as I was about to type it into Google! I have learnt something new today/this evening!

    I read a mix of Aww moment books and thrillers/crime so I wondered if I would have enough Aww moments to showcase!

    Have a great week.

  2. I love this topic! I’ve read none of these but Daisy Jones and The Flat Share are both on my TBR. My favorite books in the epistolary style are Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and 84, Charing Cross.

  3. Jenny+McClinton

    Great theme, although I am glad you explained what it meant 😂 Great list, I do enjoy books in this format 😊

  4. I’ve enjoyed epistolary style since I first read Lady Susan by Jane Austen and then later The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Illuminata trilogy. I’ve added a few from your Top Ten to my list.

  5. I wanted to love Daisy Jones more than I did.

    I’ve read oral histories of things like Star Trek or ESPN and enjoyed them. But part of that was I could identify or hear the people speaking in my head.

    I never quite got that same sense with Daisy Jones. I could just not be as immersed in the world of music and that took me out too.

    • It’s not a book for everyone, I think I enjoyed Daisy Jones so much because it was set in a time and place I was really familiar with.

  6. Such a clever idea! I love this list! The Flatshare was SO good, and it helped me realize some things in my life. It was eye opening.

  7. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette

    I didn’t know there was a trope for that! Thanks for the info. I loved The Flat Share

  8. I had no idea there were so many epistolary novels. I have only read a few, but recently more have come across my radar. The ones I have read, I did enjoy.

  9. I enjoyed Daisy Jones a lot but I put off reading it for years because I thought I wouldn’t like it. Boy was I wrong! Another epistolary one I really liked and you might enjoy it too is To Night Owl From Dogfish. If you haven’t read it, it seems like one you’d like. Hope you find time to read a good book this week. (and thanks for visiting me!)
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  10. Great topic, Wendy. I have read 4 of these and have 3 on my TBR, which actually surprises me as I didn’t think I read many epistolary books.

  11. I love epistolary! My favs include Last Christmas in Paris, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Meet Me at the Museum