These novels, told in diary form, will have you racing ahead for all the juicy details!
- Bridget Jones' Diary (Helen Fielding): Obsessive, humorous Bridget records her observations about her life for a year, including dating, smoking, aging, holidays, and her maddening "will-they-won't-they" relationship with Mark Darcy. This novel owes a nod to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice but is certainly not a remake. Pick it up for some neurotically girly fun.
- The Diary of Mattie Spenser (Sandra Dallas): A diary, found in an old trunk, reveals the trials and tribulations of a pioneer woman traveling to Colorado with her husband. If you are interested in the history of the Old West from a female perspective, this is a place to start.
- The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn (Robin Maxwell): This fictional account of Henry VIII's second, ill-fated wife is told through the prism of her daughter, Elizabeth I, finding and reading her mother's diary after Anne's death. There's plenty of historical detail and royal intrigue to satisfy fans of the Tudor period. This book is the first in a trilogy.
- Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes): A mouse with mental deficiencies becomes a genius after an experimental brian surgery. Will it work for a human? In his diary, Charlie Gordon records his post-surgical progress as his IQ skyrockets and his relationship with the world changes completely. But when Algernon the mouse experiences drastic setbacks...what will happen to Charlie? This story blends the implications of both science and emotion, and was turned into the popular film Charly.
- One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (Jim Fergus): In this alternate history novel, a thousand white women are sent by the government to secure a peace treaty with the Native Americans during the fractious mid-1800s. Its narrator, May, is a wealthy woman who was hidden away in an asylum, but now records the westward journey in her diary. If you are interested in speculative, "what if" history, try this.