10 Epistolary Novels You Must Read if You Like Reading Diaries

10 Epistolary Novels You Must Read if You Like Reading Diaries 1

“The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another”- Sir James M. Barrie

Diaries are written to taste life twice, in the moment and retrospect. When people write diaries, they pen down their deepest emotions. Writing a diary is the ultimate form of expression and reading them is an exquisite joy that gives a deeper insight into the lives of characters who eventually become our heroes, our ideas or maybe a part of ourselves.

Here are a few books (in no particular order) you should read if you like reading diaries:

1. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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‘I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart’ – Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl.

Anne Frank’s famous diary was an account of two years of her life from 1942 to 1944 when she and her family were hiding in the ‘Secret Annexe’ from the German Nazis. The book is a classic bringing out the horrors of the second world war. It is enjoyable novel. The world war depicted from the perspective of a 13-year-old is heart wrenching. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) is a movie based on her diary.

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

‘You can’t expect everyone to have the same dedication as you’ –Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

‘You can’t expect everyone to have the same dedication as you’ –Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a hilarious novel with comic illustrations. The book describes the joys and pains of school in the life of  Greg Heffley, a middle school boy. His diary is an amusing description of his encounters with his mom, dad, his best friend Rowley and his elder brother. Written and illustrated in a wonderful way, this is a must read not only for kids but all age groups. The Wimpy Kid series also has movies standing to its credit.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

‘So I guess we are are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them.’ – The Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chobsky.

‘So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them.’ – The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky.

The book is a diary written by Charlie, an intelligent boy, who is a wallflower and struggles between being shy and enjoying his life. He encroaches upon things he has never done before –into the world of new friends, drugs and sex. With his two close friends – Patrick and Sam, he unfolds what life holds for him. Witty, wild and emotional, this is an excellent diary from the eyes of a wallflower. The book also has a film adaptation.

4. The  Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

‘I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats’ - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

‘I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats’ – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Junior, a budding cartoonist, writes the story of himself growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His diary has beautifully illustrated cartoons, through which he depicts the ups and downs of his life. Humorous and heartbreaking, this National Book Award winning the book, is a must-read.

5. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

‘There's only one thing more boring than listening to other people's dreams, and that's listening to their problems.’ - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

‘There’s only one thing more boring than listening to other people’s dreams, and that’s listening to their problems.’ – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

Aged 13 ¾, Adrian Mole writes all his growing problems in his diary. He writes about his nameless dog, his girlfriend Pandora, and his neighbour hitting on his mother. Filled with hilarious accounts of his life, the book is a fascinating description of a teenager’s life. It is undoubtedly one of the best comedy series one can find.

6. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

I usually know almost exactly how I feel. The problem is, I just can't tell anyone." — Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries, #3) by Meg Cabot

I usually know almost exactly how I feel. The problem is, I just can’t tell anyone.”
— Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries, #3) by Meg Cabot

Mia Thermopolis isn’t just any teenage girl with her growing problems but is the princess of Genovia. To say this about the series is enough. Meg Cabot has weaved magic into this tale. Every thought and emotion made into making this novel are plausible. The series has movies based on it.

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.’ - Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.’ – Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary is every girl’s story. This hilarious novel should be read by everyone who strives for self-improvement. This laugh-out-loud book is happy and perfect in every way.

8. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

diary of a nobodyCharles Pooter, the accident-prone character and writer of the diary, writes about the daily chronicles of his life. He goes on to describe his family, home, relationships and troubles in a hilarious yet painful manner. Describing the life of a Victorian middle-class man, this book is a good read.

9. Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

‘Never underestimate your dumbness!!’ - Never Underestimate Your Dumbness (Dear Dumb Diary, #7) by Jim Benton

‘Never underestimate your dumbness!!’ – Never Underestimate Your Dumbness (Dear Dumb Diary, #7) by Jim Benton

This book is the diary of Jamie Kelly, who says that everything she writes in her diary is true. Describing her friends, her enemies and her problems, Jamie writes her diaries that can make you cry out of laughter.A light and fun read with a lot of sequels.

10. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

‘Dream big dreams, because little dreams have no magic’ -Diaries" — Dork Diaries 3: Tales From A Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

‘Dream big dreams, because little dreams have no magic’ -Diaries.”
— Dork Diaries 3: Tales From A Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

Dork Diaries are the diary entries by Nikki Maxwell, a 14-year-old. Filled with doodles, illustrations and comic strips, this funny series should be read for a lovely time.

Diaries will continue to lighten our hearts and be our best friends..!

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