Top Ten Tuesday: Time Travel – As cool yesterday as it was tomorrow.


March 13, 2012 by Heidi

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  They love lists as much as I do, so it’s only fair to tip my hat.

I love me some good ol’ fashioned time travel.  So here are my Top 10 Time Travel books.  I know I’m missing some staples because I honestly haven’t read things like Time After Time yet.  You don’t need to tell me, believe me, my tbr time travel list is loooooong…as always, clicky for GoodReads, and enjoy!

#10 – A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle: Like many young readers, this was my first run in with time travel and I freakin’ loved it!  I’m sad to say, however, that this is in my pile of books I should never have reread.  I reread A Wrinkle in Time about two years ago, and was incredibly disappointed.  It didn’t hold up for me, or it would have been higher on this list.
#9 – The Time Machine – H.G. Wells: This classic is much better than the movies would have you believe.  A must-read-staple for any time travel fan.
#8 – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain: Again, I insist, do not judge this book by its movie.  Judge it by Mark Twain’s wit.
#7 – Bearing an Hourglass – Piers Anthony: Piers Anthony may be one of the most misogynistic, formulaic fantasy authors out there, but I still thought The Incarnations of Immortality series was pretty cool.  While my favorite of these books was actually Death (On a Pale Horse), Bearing an Hourglass had a pretty sweet take on Time.
#6 – When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead: So…this is where I put a book I haven’t actually read fairly high on my list.  Why?  Because I know I’m going to love it, and I am going to read it this year!  It’s on my list for the Award Winning Reads Challenge.
#5 – The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger: I loved this book.  I almost wish it had a different name, because it is so hard to get men to read this one.  Sure, there’s romance, but there’s also a really cool and unique take on time travel that I haven’t seen anywhere else!
#4 – A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickons: A lot of people overlook this one as time travel, but think about it!  It totally fits the bill.  One of my favorite Christmas stories, ghost stories, and time travel stories all in one.  I plan on rereading this one this year.
#3 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling: Here’s where we’re getting into some of my all-time favorite books.  One of my favorite Harry Potter and Time Traveler books, I covet a time turner like it’s nobody’s business.
#2 – Rant – Chuck Palahniuk: Forget Fight Club, Rant is by far my favorite Palhaniuk.  Another unique take on time travel and immortality.
#1 – Blackout/All Clear – Connie Willis:  I love love loved this duology.  I’m dying to read the rest of Connie Willis’s Oxford Time Travel books, but I find it hard to believe anything could top Blackout and All Clear as they’re set during WWII.  Learn British history in an entertaining way! <A HREF=””> Widgets</A>


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  1. Yay I've read 5 of these.I want to read the Connie Willis ones, because I've read To Say Nothing Of The Dog and loved that and imagine I'd like reading Blackout.Sigh. The Time Traveler's Wife. I need to re-read that one. It's been years.

  2. I've only read 2 of these list, but 2 are on my still-to-read-list. You can find my list on my blog, if you like :)

  3. Great list! There are several on here that I haven't read but want to check out – like Blackout. And I loved The Time Traveler's Wife.

  4. Julie says:

    Oh hey, this is a cool topic! I just got When You Reach Me on my Kindle from the library. I didn't know it had to do with time travel, though. Now I'm even more excited to read it! Thanks for the list.

  5. Jasmine Rose says:

    I haven't really read any of these, but I'm loving the list idea. :]I definitely need to read A Wrinkle in Time soon!

  6. Allison says:

    I love that you chose time travel – awesome! Also, I hadn't heard of When You Reach Me so I'm off to Goodreads to check it out.

  7. Ah, this is a great list. When You Reach Me is a ridiculously quick read; I'm sure you'll knock it out in no time at all. I've only read a bunch of Connie Willis' short stories but I love (LOVE.) time travel books so I guess I better get on top of that sooner rather than later. I've read a bunch of Pahlaniuk books but never Rant AND I had no clue that it dealt with time travel. I think I'm still scarred from listening to that Guts story on audiobook hahaha. Great list, Heidi.

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