Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was ten books for people who’ve never read “x”, so I chose time travel because it’s something I love to think about and read about and dream about.
Blackout by Connie Willis → Blackout (and its sequel All Clear) features time-traveling historians from Oxford University in 2060 and focuses heavily on how individuals initiate cause-and-effect during World War II in England. A must read for anyone even remotely interested in time travel or who just loves books set in England during the 1940s. Willis did a phenomenal job doing her research.
The Boy I Loved Before by Jenny Colgan → Flora (and her parents) go back in time in body only—and only a handful of people (including Flora’s bestie Sashy) are aware that Flora’s current consciousness has been transferred to her seventeen-year-old body. A fresh take on the theory of time travel and what it means to get a second chance.
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler → For all you Austenites out there! This is a cute romance about what happens when Courtney is abruptly pulled from her present-day Los Angeles life and wakes up in the body of Jane, a “gentleman’s daughter” from Regency England. Check out Rigler’s sequel, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, for Jane’s side of the story.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness → Book one of Harkness’ All Souls trilogy about closeted witch Diana, vampire geneticist Matthew, and how the underground paranormal society turns upside when they meet. It’s a must read, even if you don’t like witches, magic, or vampires. The trilogy’s conclusion, The Book of Life, just came out in 2014 as well.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson → A modern take on time-travel through memory and reincarnation via its unnamed narrator, recovering in a burn ward following a car accident, and Marianne, a sculptor who insists the two were once lovers in medieval Germany. Davidson’s ability to write about (and totally inhabit) the different cultures and time periods is enough of a reason to pick up this book.
Hourglass by Myra McEntire → The first book in McEntire’s Hourglass trilogy about people who have the time gene, Hourglass focuses on seventeen-year-old Emerson who sees apparitions, glimpses of what was bleeding into what is, and her gradual acceptance of how she fits into the larger time-travelling word. Check out the novel’s sequels, Timepiece and Infinityglass.
I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale → The summary pretty much sums up why I love this book: “A microwave mishap blasts a modern-day ad executive back into 1959 – a strange new world with no Internet and no iPods, but one very hot next-door neighbor.” A quick read that still manages to pack in humor and critiques of 1950s society.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger → One of more well-known books about time-travel, focusing on Henry and Clare – how and when they meet, the love between them, and fate. Trust me: the movie did not live up to how much I adore this book.
And to round out my top ten, here are some books I haven’t yet read:
11/22/63 by Stephen King → “Al, owner of the local diner, enlists high school teacher Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession – to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke.”
The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
“Zed is an agent from the future, a time when the world’s problems have been solved. His mission is to keep it that way – even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course, especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.”
A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson
“Euclid, Illinois, is a town of many shortcuts, between houses, through orchards, and across fields. Josh, a local artist and longtime resident, knows these irregular pathways well, but is thoroughly taken aback when a hasty dash down a familiar walk deposits him fifteen minutes in the past–literally. At first, Josh is more intrigued than alarmed by this accidental time travel. Then a lost young woman appears, claiming to be from 1908.”