Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 epistolatory books I enjoyed and hope you do too
I haven’t participated in Top Ten Tuesdays for ages, but as it’s freebie week, I decided to enter one of my book lists. Do visit the hosting blog, The Broke and the Bookish, and click through to some of the other participating blogs.
- 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. Non-fiction. Lovely, lovely collection of letters between Hanff and the staff of a bookstore in England, written over a period of 20 years. Recommend the movie as well.
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Written as a series of accounts of the theft of a precious stone, using different styles and voices. It’s long, but worth reading.
- Letters to Alice, Upon First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon. What the title says, plus much more besides. Discusses not only Austen, but the art of writing as well.
- Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos. A novel told entirely in letters between the characters, a couple of scheming French aristocrats playing a dangerous game of seduction.
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. A correspondence between a young demon and his "uncle" Screwtape, a senior demon. Occasionally funny, often insightful meditation on Christianity and on good and evil.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written as a collection of letters, diary entries and other writings of various characters occupied with the pursuit of the eponymous count.
- Daddy Long-Legs and Dear Enemy by Jean Webster. Two entertaining romances told entirely in letters. The first one is just a little bit icky due to the age difference between the corresponding couple, but the letters are delightful. The movie makes the age gap even bigger and is therefore somewhat icky.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Written as a series of letters from the protagonist, a poor black woman in the rural southern USA, to God, telling a heartbreaking but also eventually heartwarming story. Recommend the movie as well.
- The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend, and the first two sequels. I haven’t read the rest, so can’t recommend them. The angsty and very funny diary entries of an adolescent boy doomed to perpetual loserhood.
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I found this YA novel, which is presented for the most part as journal entries by Amy, fresh and funny. I hope they make a movie out of it.