Top Ten Tuesday: Books Using E-mail or Social Media in the Storytelling


Two weeks ago we had the topic Characters I’d Follow on Social Media. This week’s topic is supposed to be Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence. My list really didn’t “sing” with fun. So, I changed the topic slightly to best books with e-mail or social media in the storytelling. As ever, my math skills are not so great. There ARE more than 10 here.


The Short Story Written in Tweets


Black Box by Jennifer Egan

Read the entire story here in the New Yorker.


Note to readers: I feel I use the same books over and over in these posts. Sorry!


The Books I’ve Read


On their trip, Michael uses social media to stay connected to friends. Noah is confounded by this in a fun way. I love this book. Akin by Emma Donoghue. My review is here.


This novel, now a t.v. series, begins with a woman receiving a mysterious, anonymous text.  Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta. My review is here.


Alex and Henry are natural social media users, though of course Henry must be very careful.  Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.


This fun novel of dating life–such as it is, in Saudi Arabia, uses e-mail exchanges to tell the story making it an epistolary novel–one of my favorite storytelling techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed this rom-com-ish book. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea.



Tina and Anders begin with formal letters, but eventually go to emails in their developing relationship. This book is a treasure. Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson.


This novel is not in my usual genres as it is a tad creepy. I read the blurb when it came out and it sounded eerily like something my workplace was trying. Yikes. I had to read it. Creepy is not really strong enough for the “like-” clicking fanaticism of the corporate culture portrayed. This one is unforgettable to me. The Circle by Dave Eggers.


The classic spoof of our phone-obsessed lives. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg.


While making their Camino pilgrimage, Martin and Zoe deal with the predictable problems of cell phone and internet use along the way. Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist.

The Books Still On My TBR

And the anti-social media bestseller still on my TBR




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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Using E-mail or Social Media in the Storytelling

  1. I loved this twist to this week’s topic. Honestly, there aren’t enough books that include email, social media, the Internet, etc. I know a lot of authors want to make their stories seem timeless and I get that, but it would be nice to have more references to this stuff. 🙂

    My TTT .

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    1. I think there are some–I honestly plow through books to enjoy in the moment and not to learn for eternity-so I KNOW I’ve read more. The blurbs rarely mention it though, so when I go back I have to really STRETCH my memory to remember them. LOL


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