In an age when the character count rarely exceeds 140 and many of us communicate in as few syllables as possible, it seems either a luxury or maybe silliness to celebrate Universal Letter Writing Week in its most traditional sense. So consider books written as letters (epistolary format) as a way to add variety to your book life. You’d be surprised how changing the format of a book changes the whole reading experience. Here are some from our collection worth a second look.
Illuminae: Kady thought breaking up with her boyfriend was today’s worst disaster. Then her colony planet world was invaded by warships as two massive corporations compete for control of the resources. SciFi / Action Adventure written as a collection of letters, files, text exchanges. Great if you are really looking for a new format different from the traditional paragraphs.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: You may be entranced by the movie on Netflix but the book is so much better. Give it a try.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares: A little bit of romcom is always nice. Home alone during the winter break holidays, Lily leaves a set of clues and a dare in a journal hidden among the books in a used book store. Dash finds the journal and sets his own challenge in it for Lily. Will they ever meet in person? Or, will it continue to be anonymous clues in the shared journal?
Frome Twinkle with Love: A romcom second helping. When Twinkle Mehra teams up with Sahil Roy to direct a version of Midsummer Night’s Dream for the local film festival, she thinks everything is finally going her way. Then a mystery man begins emailing her and it’s love triangle territory for sure.
Life on the Refrigerator Door: Claire and her mom are always running; busy all the time; never in the same place at the same time. The only consistent thing they can rely on are the notes they leave for each other on the refrigerator door. Can their relationship survive the newest crisis? If you like reading novels written in verse, this is one to check out. It reads in the same quick and powerful way.
Dear Rachel Maddow: Brynn is wrangling some tough stuff in her life: her brother’s death, her crummy relationship with her stepdad and academic disaster at school. She begins drafting letters to her favorite personality, Rachel Maddow, for a school project. Then the stakes get even higher.
Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda: When one of Simon’s sensitive emails gets into the wrong hands, he risks having his secrets revealed. Then life gets really complicated. Can he untangle his trouble, accept some change and find true happiness?
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions: Short, thoughtful non-fiction. Adichie makes 15 suggestions that will make you think, change your perception and perhaps understand the world in a new way.