Novels That Feature a Character’s Diary or Journal

In Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, Amy creates a fake diary to cast suspicion about her disappearance on her husband. Although Amy’s diary is only one piece in this novel’s central puzzle, some other works of fiction feature a diary format as their primary structure.

writingHere are some fictional works that incorporate a character’s diary or journal. Please suggest additions to this list in the comments.


  • One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
  • No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside
  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • The Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol
  • A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Rustication by Charles Palliser
  • The Diaries of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (and sequels) by Jeff Kinney
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