Favorite Epistolary Fiction

List of the Month
March 2023 (see all)
Description
A bringer of news, or of messages of love and affection; a means of fostering connection, of staying in touch—a letter can be a powerful thing. Our List of the Month this March is devoted to our favorite works of epistolary fiction—stories told through letters. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme.
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5,873 members
350 reviews
4.2
27 Members
magid, Osbaldistone, lulaa, jeshakespeare, charl08, LittleTaiko, mbyrne, Cecrow, burneyfan, merrystar, eronn, kac522, endaclon, MDGentleReader, dpakala, 3lilreds, gypsysmom, miller.max, ahef1963, Michael.Rimmer, msjudy, barefootsong, MaryMcCloskey, Tosta, sapphire525, jaybak, MarigoldJackiFitz, ,anglemark ,paradoxosalpha ,Eat_Read_Knit , ,Laura.a
Explanations
anglemark : This isn't fiction.
Eat_Read_Knit : An amazing book which I love dearly and highly recommend - but it's a collection of real letters, not fiction.
Laura.a : Agree with the others. I love this book, but it is not fiction.
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42,820 members
714 reviews
3.8
12
42,509 members
1,147 reviews
4.1
16 Members
librookian, c_why, Cecrow, WildMaggie, birder4106, tina1969, gypsysmom, ahef1963, kara.shamy, madhatter73, timetunnel, UseHerName, pnppl, ManWithAnAgenda, maschi, LenaGibson15,kaulsu ,
Explanations
kaulsu : It’s an awful book, and not too original at that!
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12,876 members
338 reviews
4.1
15 Members
anglemark, cpg, charl08, Cecrow, WildMaggie, burneyfan, Heather39, EMS_24, kac522, perennialreader, Porua, gypsysmom, miller.max, ahef1963, Yuki-Onna,WordMaven
Explanations
WordMaven : It became a quest to finish this novel. Wilkie Collins never wrote a sentence he couldn't stretch to 4 times its natural length, and I hate him for it. Took me 9 months to finish this beast, and when I read the Big Reveal, all I could think was, "that's it? That's the big shocker?" Pardon my French but bitch, please.
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10,839 members
364 reviews
3.9
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18,246 members
1,248 reviews
½ 4.3
13 Members
Aquila, tardis, Caramellunacy, librookian, NorthernStar, ejj1955, SylviaC, 2wonderY, timetunnel, maschi, theofaurez, LenaGibson15, jaybak,Laura.a
Explanations
Laura.a : This is half diary, half third person. It is not written in letter format.
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3,358 members
110 reviews
4.1
18
2,481 members
49 reviews
½ 4.5
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10,834 members
251 reviews
4
20
8,512 members
79 reviews
3.9
21
1,969 members
100 reviews
½ 3.6
22
8,170 members
239 reviews
4.1
23
8,049 members
147 reviews
3.8
24
15,857 members
382 reviews
4.1
25
12,985 members
289 reviews
4
26
1,619 members
50 reviews
½ 3.7
27
7,543 members
543 reviews
3.9
28
1,083 members
39 reviews
½ 3.7
29
1,362 members
40 reviews
3.9
30
1,571 members
26 reviews
½ 3.7
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7,819 members
396 reviews
4.1
32
1,169 members
93 reviews
3.8
33
1,080 members
19 reviews
3.9
34
1,118 members
80 reviews
4.1
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653 members
30 reviews
3.8
37
606 members
46 reviews
4
38
16,926 members
265 reviews
½ 3.6
7 Members
Caramellunacy, charl08, raidergirl3, ejj1955, IceCurler, tina1969, LenaGibson15,noveltea ,passion4reading ,Yuki-Onna ,KeithChaffee
Explanations
Yuki-Onna : Fictional diary, not epistolary.
KeithChaffee : This isn't epistolary; it's a series of diary entries.
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2,497 members
39 reviews
½ 3.7
40
3,585 members
65 reviews
3.8
41
814 members
78 reviews
3.8
42
350 members
21 reviews
3.9
43
2,987 members
64 reviews
4.2
44
8,085 members
127 reviews
½ 3.6
45
213 members
4 reviews
3.9
46
285 members
36 reviews
½ 3.6
3 Members
dara85, c_why, eshoug
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172 members
32 reviews
4
48
1,540 members
25 reviews
½ 3.6
49
3,490 members
137 reviews
3.8
50
2,783 members
37 reviews
4.1
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1,513 members
29 reviews
½ 3.5
52
1,170 members
43 reviews
4
4 Members
Osbaldistone, kaulsu, MDGentleReader, Tosta,Laura.a
Explanations
Laura.a : Like her other book in the series, lovely, but not fiction.
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402 members
35 reviews
4.1
54
2,936 members
73 reviews
½ 3.4
55
1,042 members
44 reviews
3.9
3 Members
Caramellunacy, EMS_24, passion4reading
Explanations
passion4reading: Epistolary fiction brought into the 21st century in the shape of emails, texts and WhatsApp messages
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662 members
24 reviews
4.1
57
1,266 members
58 reviews
4.1
3 Members
magid, Tess_W, msjudy
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1,094 members
38 reviews
4
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1,260 members
194 reviews
3.9
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1,198 members
79 reviews
½ 3.7
3 Members
terran, Tosta, yourCLYA
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1,179 members
30 reviews
½ 3.6
62
4,838 members
387 reviews
½ 4.3
63
645 members
12 reviews
3.9
64
3,801 members
101 reviews
4
2 Members
cbl_tn, Tess_W
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262 members
4 reviews
3.8
66
2,002 members
192 reviews
3.8
67
1,756 members
18 reviews
½ 3.7
68
15,531 members
713 reviews
4
2 Members
Tosta, slimikin
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3,870 members
228 reviews
4.2
70
711 members
39 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
magid, lulaa
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2 Members
karenb, sqr3cls3
Explanations
karenb: Funny as hell. (Odysseus: Circe, where did my men go?)
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102 members
12 reviews
4
2 Members
cbl_tn, Sissalou
73
1,438 members
28 reviews
½ 3.5
74
2,954 members
252 reviews
4
2 Members
Cecrow, timetunnel
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6,155 members
539 reviews
½ 4.5
2 Members
Tess_W, slimikin
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655 members
5 reviews
½ 3.3
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240 members
28 reviews
3.9
2 Members
terran, Tosta
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1,383 members
22 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
burneyfan, HelgeM
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775 members
33 reviews
½ 3.4
80
456 members
7 reviews
½ 3.3
2 Members
burneyfan, HelgeM
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4,225 members
194 reviews
3.8
Member
Jenson_AKA_DL
Explanations
Jenson_AKA_DL: This book made me laugh so hard. The main character is absolutely ridiculous in every way.
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3,408 members
63 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
pnppl
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3,330 members
58 reviews
3.2
84
2,522 members
60 reviews
4
Member
nrmay
85
1,270 members
75 reviews
½ 4.3
Member
Moloch
86
1,122 members
46 reviews
½ 3.5
Member
al.vick
87
1,016 members
11 reviews
3.9
88
574 members
17 reviews
3.9
89
565 members
5 reviews
3.9
90
472 members
27 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
paulmdh
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395 members
6 reviews
4.2
92
250 members
9 reviews
½ 3.5
Member
EMS_24
Explanations
EMS_24: Der Klavierstimmer. Letters between the son and the daughter, trying to understand: Why?
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238 members
8 reviews
½ 4.3
Member
eshoug
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222 members
8 reviews
½ 3.7
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214 members
5 reviews
3.2
Member
deb80
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133 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
slimikin
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116 members
13 reviews
4.2
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110 members
4 reviews
4.2
Member
feanor451
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94 members
2 reviews
3
Member
terriks
100
81 members
4 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
dara85