I’d never read this book, but the description made me want to:
I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle”–and the heart of the reader–in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.
I have to admit I had a hard time thinking of other books like this that I’d actually read. One favorite I’d have to mention would be Bridget Jones’s Diary– not exactly serious literary fare, but very clever and funny. And of course there’s The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
I turned to the helping hands of Google for more ideas:
A list on Goodreads
A discussion forum at AbsoluteWrite.
The Wikipedia page for “epistolary novel,” though most of the examples are written in the form of letters or other documents, rather than diaries.
How about you? Please share any other favorite books featuring diaries or written in diary form!