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2019 Read Harder Challenge > Task #1: An epistolary novel or collection of letters

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Book Riot Community (book_riot) | 406 comments Mod
Use this space to discuss books you're reading or that might fit the 1st Read Harder task.


message 2: by Ariel (new)

Ariel | 30 comments Going to go with a classic for this one: Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded The audiobook is 22 hours, which is a little intimidating, so we'll see how it goes.


message 3: by Serendipity (new)

Serendipity | 17 comments I'm probably going to read Jane Austen's Lady Susan. I just finished Last Christmas In Paris which would be a great pick. Its more WW1 than Christmassy.


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Bonnie G. (narshkite) | 1306 comments Ariel wrote: "Going to go with a classic for this one: Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded The audiobook is 22 hours, which is a little intimidating, so we'll see how it goes."

I have been intending to read this for nearly 20 years. Maybe your review will get me moving on that :)


message 5: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy | 87 comments I've got a few options I'm thinking about:
Sabine's Notebook (I read Griffin & Sabine this year)
Attachments
Les Liaisons dangereuses
Daddy-Long-Legs


message 6: by Julie (new)

Julie | 5 comments I recommend Dear Committee Members for this one especially for anybody who works in higher education. As a bonus, you could count it for humor too.

Also, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a great read and the audio book is really well done.


message 7: by Monica (new)

Monica (monicae) | 119 comments I'm going with The Devourers.

Agree with Julie that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a great choice for this task and the audio book is very good.


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) I plan to use 84, Charing Cross Road or Dracula for this task.


message 9: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 85 comments Can anyone confirm whether Dracula or Frankenstein are epistolary novels? I remember hearing that at least one of them is.


message 10: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley (kimirons) | 30 comments https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

I’ll be reading Love Letters collected by Antonia Fraser for this. Got it at a second hand shop and it also will fill the not-many-reviews task too


message 11: by Ariel (new)

Ariel | 30 comments Bonnie wrote: "Ariel wrote: "Going to go with a classic for this one: Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded The audiobook is 22 hours, which is a little intimidating, so we'll see how it goes."

I have been i..."


I'll have to remember to report back when I'm finished!


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Ariel | 30 comments Milena wrote: "Can anyone confirm whether Dracula or Frankenstein are epistolary novels? I remember hearing that at least one of them is."

I know Dracula is. It's been a long time since I've read Frankenstein, but I don't think it's epistolary (someone please correct me if I'm remembering wrong).


message 13: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 85 comments Ariel wrote: "Milena wrote: "Can anyone confirm whether Dracula or Frankenstein are epistolary novels? I remember hearing that at least one of them is."

I know Dracula is. It's been..."


Thank you.


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Laura (affiknitty) | 9 comments Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ wrote: "I plan to use 84, Charing Cross Road or Dracula for this task."

I was going to suggest 84, Charing Cross Road. It is so delightful and who can resist a book about books? :)


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Andrea Wahle | 38 comments I'm ready for a re-read of Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede . If you want to double dip, it can also be an alternate history novel. If you don't want to double dip, you can do as I will and read the sequel The Grand Tour for alternate history.


message 16: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Bloom | 6 comments I found and will be reading Letters from Black America in my library catalog.


message 17: by Kate (new)

Kate | 116 comments Looks like this is the year I finally read The Color Purple!


message 18: by Susanne (new)

Susanne | 48 comments Milena wrote: "Can anyone confirm whether Dracula or Frankenstein are epistolary novels? I remember hearing that at least one of them is."

Frankenstein is also epistolary. Victor Frankenstein tells his story to the captain of a ship, who writes about it in letters to his sister. As far as I remember, the book consists of these letters alone.


message 20: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthag503) | 168 comments This isn't a novel, but it is a book where each chapter is written like a letter: Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World. I'm reading it now and love it.


message 22: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 6 comments Griffin and Sabine is a series of letters and postcards between the two titular characters.


message 23: by Megan (new)

Megan | 131 comments Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ wrote: "I plan to use 84, Charing Cross Road or Dracula for this task."

I’m using 84 Charing Cross as well.


message 24: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 5 comments My book comes out in May and is epistolary. One-sentence pitch: Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde hunt vampires. (Apologies if self-promotion is against the rules. I looked for a "rules" post but couldn't find one.)

https://smile.amazon.com/Stokers-Wild...


message 25: by Sheri (new)

Sheri Lisker | 48 comments Can Between the Word and Me by Coates count? It's not a novel or a collection of letters
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message 26: by recoveringreader (new)

recoveringreader | 1 comments Almost Like Being In Love by Steve Kluger is a fave of mine.


message 27: by Theresa (new)

Theresa | 129 comments I'm finally going to read The Historian.


message 28: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 5 comments The Year the Music Changed is a really sweet epistolary novel featuring a young Elvis Presley corresponding with a fan.


message 29: by Three Boys Mom (new)

Three Boys Mom Would 1000 White Women the Journals of May Dodd work for this one?


message 30: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 85 comments Susanne wrote: "Milena wrote: "Can anyone confirm whether Dracula or Frankenstein are epistolary novels? I remember hearing that at least one of them is."

Frankenstein is also epistol..."


Thank you! That's great news, I can use it for the Reading Women challenge also.


message 31: by Stine (new)

Stine Hopsdal | 19 comments My favorite book EVER fits in this category, the beautiful The Perks of Being a Wallflower

For me, this is a must-read, AND a re-read.


message 32: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (igem36) | 4 comments I'll probably go with The Screwtape Letters.

A possibility for those who like YA: I'm substituting in a high school library this week and noticed Dear Rachel Maddow in a display -- couldn't resist flipping through it, and it looks really good.


message 33: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Harbeke Melissa wrote: "The Year the Music Changed is a really sweet epistolary novel featuring a young Elvis Presley corresponding with a fan."

This looks pretty good!

Margaret, The Screwtape Letters is a fantastic book. You've chosen well.


message 34: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Cook | 1 comments I found 'We need to talk about Kevin' in my Kindle library so killing two birds with one stone by reading for task 1 AND getting through the mass of Kindle books I've bought but not read


message 35: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 9 comments Sharon wrote: "I found 'We need to talk about Kevin' in my Kindle library so killing two birds with one stone by reading for task 1 AND getting through the mass of Kindle books I've bought but not read"

I have the same plan lol.

I also thought about 84, Charing Cross Road or I could do a re-read of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, since I don't remember reading it.


message 36: by Madzia (new)

Madzia (madziamcc) | 3 comments I haven't read Cloud Atlas but I read online that part of it is written in an epistolary style. I might read that, or The Color Purple.

Microserfs and Flowers for Algernon also count.


message 37: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 9 comments Madzia wrote: "I haven't read Cloud Atlas but I read online that part of it is written in an epistolary style. I might read that, or The Color Purple.
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The Color Purple is excellent!!!!


message 38: by Mercedes (new)

Mercedes (villadinorah) | 125 comments Sheri wrote: "Can Between the Word and Me by Coates count? It's not a novel or a collection of letters
."


Coates calls it a letter to his 15 year old son. I'd say it counts. I'm reading it right now, and it's eye opening.


message 39: by Mercedes (new)

Mercedes (villadinorah) | 125 comments If you're looking for a book to inspire you creatively, read Letters to a Young Poet. I keep a copy by my bed, and reread parts every now and then.


message 40: by Mercedes (last edited Dec 18, 2018 06:41PM) (new)

Mercedes (villadinorah) | 125 comments I'm reading this one for another challenge:

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

by a much missed former USA president.


message 41: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 115 comments Tulips for Alice, by Sandra Dallas, we read lettersone sister writes to another during the Civil War. The newlywed bride whose husband has enlisted, is living with her mother-in-law.
I enjoyed it, and I’ve met the author. If you like quilting there’s some of that as well


message 42: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 115 comments Y’all have mentioned some of my favorites! We Need to Talk About Kevin, is excellent


message 43: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha D (windmillstilt) | 49 comments First Light and its following books in the Dawn of Steam series works for this challenge. If you're a multi-dipper, it also works for self-published, published before Jan 2019 w/ fewer than 100 reviews on GR, and alternate history novel.

Also I think I heard World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and The Handmaid's Tale works for this one.


message 44: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (apsalar) | 15 comments I'll maybe read S. if that fits as an epistolary novel. Otherwise The Handmaid's Tale, both have been on my TBR list for a while now.


message 45: by April (new)

April | 1 comments Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt
by: Kristin Hersh


message 46: by Anna (new)

Anna | 7 comments The Book of Letters I Didn't Know Where to Send will most likely be my collection of letters. It could also be humor, but I'll likely read another of those within the year.


message 47: by Christina (last edited Dec 19, 2018 11:29AM) (new)

Christina (defarge) | 6 comments Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails would work for this and for the humor book.

I have Vladimir Nabokov's Letters to Vera on my shelf, so I might take this opportunity to dive into it.


message 48: by Brandy (new)

Brandy Shark | 8 comments I've finally managed to get my hands on In Albert's Shadow: The Life and Letters of Mileva Maric. It's the collection of letters written between Mileva and the author's grandmother (or great-grandmother).


message 49: by Tina (new)

Tina Mendenhall | 11 comments I was just gifted House of Leaves which has been on my TBR list forever. Leafing through I though it seems like it might count. Does anyone know if it would?


message 50: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jpetersonreads) | 4 comments I was able to find a few already on my list to read this year, so I should be able to get to at least a few of them (if not all):

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Only Human
Gemina


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