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List of famous personal journal books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular personal journal books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best personal journal novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

List is made up of many different books, including Henry and June and Two Years Before the Mast.

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In Search of a Concrete Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Pierre Schaeffer
In Search of a Concrete Music, written and published in 1952, is a French language publication which forms a major part of the experimental composer and theoretician Pierre Schaeffer's ...more
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A Year with Swollen Appendices is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Brian Eno
A Year with Swollen Appendices is a book by Brian Eno.
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Blood, Sweat & Tea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Tom Reynolds
Blood, Sweat & Tea is a book by ambulance technician Brian Kellett, writing under the pseudonym Tom Reynolds, about life in the London Ambulance Service. The book is compiled from posts and ...more
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Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of C... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Courtney Love
Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love is a memoir by rock musician and actress Courtney Love. The book, published by Faber & Faber and released in October 2006, contains journal ...more
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Fire: From A Journal of Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Anaïs Nin
Fire: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin is a 1995 book that is based on material excerpted from the unpublished diaries of Anais Nin. It corresponds temporally to part of Anaïs ...more
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My Opposition is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Friedrich Kellner
My Opposition is a diary secretly written by the German social democrat Friedrich Kellner during World War II to describe life under Nazi Germany and to expose the propaganda and the crimes of ...more
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Henry and June is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Anaïs Nin
Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin is a 1986 book that is based upon material excerpted from the unpublished diaries of Anaïs Nin. It corresponds temporally to ...more
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Incest: From a Journal of Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Anaïs Nin
Incest: From a Journal of Love: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin is a 1992 non-fiction book by Anaïs Nin. It is a continuation of the diary entries first published in Henry and ...more
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Journal of a Novel: The East o... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
John Steinbeck
Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters is a series of letters written by John Steinbeck to his friend and editor Pascal Covici, in parallel with the first draft of his longest novel. The ...more
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Journals of Expeditions of Dis... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Edward John Eyre
Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia, And Overland From Adelaide To King George's Sound, In The Years 1840-1 is an 1845 book written by Edward John Eyre and illustrated by ...more
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My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomf... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Kevin Smith
My Boring Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith is the second book composed of writings by filmmaker Kevin Smith, the first being Silent Bob Speaks.
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Nearer the Moon: From A Journa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Anaïs Nin
Nearer the Moon: From a Journal of Love is a 1996 book based upon material excerpted from the unpublished diaries of Anaïs Nin. It corresponds temporally to part of Nin's published diaries. ...more
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Of Walking In Ice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Werner Herzog
Of Walking In Ice is the published diary by German film director Werner Herzog published in 1978. It was written in German and translated to English.
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On Overgrown Paths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Knut Hamsun
On Overgrown Paths is the English title of a 1949 novel by Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, and is seen as the author's attempt at proving his soundness of mind after his sanity was called into ...more
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Sound Bites: Eating on Tour wi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand is a book written by Alex Kapranos from the band Franz Ferdinand. It was published on 2 November 2006. In September 2005, whilst touring the ...more
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The Bolshevik Myth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Alexander Berkman
The Bolshevik Myth is a book by Alexander Berkman describing his experiences in Bolshevist Russia from 1920 to 1922, where he saw the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Written in the ...more
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The Pianist: The Extraordinary... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Władysław Szpilman
The Pianist is a memoir of the Polish composer of Jewish origin Władysław Szpilman, written and elaborated by the Polish author Jerzy Waldorff, who met Szpilman in 1938 in Krynica and became a ...more
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The Reagan Diaries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Ronald Reagan
The Reagan Diaries is an edited version of diaries written by President Ronald Reagan while in the White House. The book is edited by Douglas Brinkley, while the full, unedited diaries were ...more
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The Via Veneto Papers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Ennio Flaiano
The Via Veneto Papers is a memoir collection by Ennio Flaiano, originally published in Italian in 1973, with a new expanded edition by Rizzoli in 1989 and translated into English by John ...more
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Tommy's War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Tommy's War: A First World War Diary 1913–1918 is a diary written by Thomas Cairns Livingstone. Written by Cairns Livingstone, a mercantile book keeper, the diaries cover a period from 1913 to ...more
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Two Years Before the Mast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834. A film adaptation under ...more
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Venice for Lovers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
Anka Muhlstein, Louis Begley
Venice for Lovers is a collection of essays and travel impressions about the city of Venice in Italy, written by Louis Begley and wife Anka Muhlstein.
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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Personal Journal Books and Novels
W. G. Sebald
Vertigo is a 1990 novel by the German author W. G. Sebald. The first of its four sections is a short but conventional biography of Stendhal, who is referred to not by his pen name but by his ...more