Top 5 Wednesday: Books that Feature Time Travel

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group

  1. The Girl from Everywhere
  2. Timeline
  3. Passenger
  4. Shadow of Night
  5. The Time Machine

Lately there has been an onslaught of books involving time travel that are being released. It makes sense though. How cool would it be to go back to the past or move into the unknown of the future? Stories allow us to explore those possibilities and there is so much to be done with the vastness of time. These are just a few of my favorites both new and old.

First up is actually the most recent of the five. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig has one of the coolest modes of time travel I’ve ever seen. Essentially it is all about the maps and once you’ve used it, you cannot use it again. This book has got everything I could want: pirates, Hawaii, the swooniest of book boyfriends, and extremely intriguing character dynamics.

Timeline by Michael Crichton may have been the first time travel book I ever read. Crichton always seems to meld realistic science into his stories and this quest by historians and archaeologists to go back to medieval France is no different. Any history buff understands the desire to discover first hand what actually happened. So this one speaks to me.

Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger is another more recent time travel tale. Only select people have the power to travel through portals and it definitely takes some practice so getting thrown into it makes for an interesting experience. The characters certainly stand out in this one and I’m looking forward to dig deeper into the time travel mythos with Wayfarer.

A combination of witches, vampires, and traveling back in time for understanding to save the future is the basis of Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night, the second in the All Souls Trilogy. I love the entanglement of all these magical creatures being tied up with so many historical figures and events. I also enjoyed how the time travel impacted the future as decisions were made. I really need to finish this series.

Last but not least is H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. This one allows for time travel inside the confines of a vehicle and explores opposite sides of the time stream. Past, present, and future all feature but all in the same location. We owe Wells a debt a gratitude for popularizing time travel in storytelling so its only fitting this one is on the list.

So, have you read any of these time travel books? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below and check back next week for another Top 5 Wednesday!


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