#5OnMyTBR — 5 Books in An Unconventional Format

Hello darlings!

How was your week? I’m writting this ahead of time so I hope mine was good. Fun fact! This prompt is one of the first prompts I’ve thought up for this meme and I’ve already read one book I’ve planned on including here.


#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (me!) and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.

This week’s prompt is Unconventional Format (e.g. text messages, emails, verse etc.)!

This would be much easier with books we’ve already read as not all books advertise whether they contain some text messages or emails but I love books enriched in such a way so I couldn’t pass up on this prompt.

|| The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ||

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πŸ’› black girl
πŸ’› slam poetry
πŸ’› written in verse

A girl discovers slam poetry.

I love this concept.

I’m not the person who confesses things openly and I’m used to scribbling down my thoughts but slam poetry needs to be performed and it’s scary but it’s also exciting and freeing.

|| Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson ||

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πŸ’› demi rep
πŸ’› anxiety rep
πŸ’› bisexual LI

πŸ’› texts only

I love LOVE unconventional formats so having the whole book be text messages?? Hell yes.

And it has a queer rep! Amazing!!

|| I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin ||



πŸ’› friendship
πŸ’› bisexual rep
πŸ’› anxiety rep
πŸ’› a series of texts and emails

A book about two best friends divided by miles and miles between their chosen universities.

This is supposed to be fun with some darkish humour so I hope it will end up being up my alley!

|| Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett ||



πŸ’› You’ve Got Mail retelling
πŸ’› emails/internet chat?

Look at me! Adding het books to my TBR. Who would have thought?

I enjoyed You’ve Got Mail though so I’ll read this. One day. Probably.

I’m joking — it would be a fun summer read so I hope I’ll find it on Scribd in a few months?

|| Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman ||

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πŸ’› “told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents
πŸ’› sci-fi
πŸ’› mystery

I’ve heard a lot about this series and although this isn’t queer and lately it’s been a requirement to get me to read something I’m still interested since it’s in a format of various hacked documents.

Heard the 3rd book was disappointing but I’m still curious.

Last thought!

What books with unconventional formats have you read?

For me, the most recent was Red, White & Royal Blue with those famous emails! I loved them!! I also read earlier this year Love Is For Losers which is entirely in a form of a diary. Very interesting!


  • Do you participate in #5OnMyTBR?
  • Do you have any of those on your TBR?
  • Have you read them maybe? (Make me read them then!!)


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9 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR — 5 Books in An Unconventional Format

  1. I don’t have any books, that I know of, in an unconventional format, so I went rogue this week with the topic. But, wow, you have some great ones on your TBR. I hope you do get to read Alex Approximately this summer. It does sound intriguing ❀️

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  2. Some of my favourite books are in unconventional formats (Into the Drowning Deep for one!) I think horror books can use this really well because I find that knowing something the characters don’t makes everything way more terrifying and exciting.

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    1. I didn’t know Into the Drowning Deep is in an unconventional format! I have it on my TBR πŸ˜€ Yes, I think it works best for horrors, mysteries, and contemporary — I loved emails in RW&RB and I also read a book in a form of a diary recently πŸ™‚


  3. I loved The Poet X. Form suited subject wonderfully. In my case it was also unexpected: I read it for a book club, not knowing much about it initially. I was surprised that it turned out to be a novel in verse, but it was a pleasant surprise.

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