Hey all, Dani here.
So, the first thing I need to say is that I am currently working on trying to catch up on all of your lovely blog posts from the last couple weeks. Aside from checking for comments or replies to comments, I pretty much avoided the internet for the week and a half that I was off work at the end of 2017. I’m hoping to be caught up by the end of the week…maybe. I’m on December 25/26 right now. But I will catch up soon enough, so be patient with me when it comes to tags and such.
Okay, and now, hello, and welcome to my first recommendation post for 2018. You may notice a tiny bit of a change to these posts this year. Not only will I be discussing different book recommendations, but also recommendations for games, bookish items, and maybe even shows and/or movies. It all depends on how I’m feeling and what all topics/themes/genres I have on my future post idea list.
As always, if you have any suggestions for book genres or themes you’d like to see my recommendations for, please leave those in the comments.
And now let’s jump into my recommendations for time travel reads.
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (also the concluding novel to the duology, Time After Time). The first time I tried to get through this book I simply couldn’t do it. The narrator just sounded lifeless and mechanical to me. If you haven’t figured it out, I tried to listen to the audiobook and it just wasn’t working for me. I’m picky about the narrators. So eventually I picked up the hardcover and I flew through this book. It was cute and fun and made me a fan of Tamara Ireland Stone.
Tempest by Julie Cross. I never continued on with this series, but I do have to say that the overall concept seemed interesting. The problem I had with this book was that the first 1/3 to 1/2 felt a little slow and I didn’t quite believe the details of how the main character traveled through time. But the second half or two-thirds of the book was really great and it made me say in my review that I planned to pick up the sequel. Now that it has been a couple years since then, I don’t know if I will. Perhaps a re-read of this one is in order so I can determine if I want to read more or not.
Okay, these next two might be cheating a little bit on the theme of time travel, but I’m going to include them anyway.
The Dreamer by Lora Innes. This doesn’t have any sort of traditional time travel. Main character Beatrice, otherwise known as “Bea” goes back in time to the American Revolution when she falls asleep in modern day, and then when she falls asleep in Revolutionary times, she wakes up in modern day. Nevertheless, this web comic that has also been released in print, is so interesting and also educational.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. So the world of this series features special places that live on loops, reliving the same day over and over again. But if you are a peculiar and you know where to go, you can sort of time travel by entering the area where the loop is. Which is what happens with main character Jake, when he ends up back in the time of WWII where he encounters the peculiars who feature heavily in his grandpa’s stories.
Timebound by Rysa Walker. This may be one of my favorite time travel reads, and I feel so disappointed with the fact that I never read the second or third books. I really need to reread this one and then finally read the others. The cover to this book is awesome and the story inside was really intriguing as well.
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. This one takes a little time to get into the time travel portion of the story, but I think it is really cool, and it is also nice that the main character has done a lot of studying to help know a lot about the time period. I really need to pick up the sequel to this one as well.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I very much enjoyed this book. The prologue instantly hooked me, but after that it was a slow build until I was absolutely submerged in the story and furiously turning pages to see what would happen next and where each passage would take Etta and Nicholas.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin. This one definitely feels a little more like sci-fi time travel, with the main characters being based in the future and then traveling to the past. But it was a really cool team of characters and I really enjoyed the story.
Finally, I have to mention one of my favorite trilogies from my childhood. Of course, this is soon to expand to more stories. Apparently there was meant to be more years ago but the author had to deal with some major health obstacles, and the recovery took a while. Nevertheless I am so very excited (and a bit impatient) for more news about the fourth book. I need a title, a cover, a summary, a release date. The story was interesting, and I really enjoyed the decently sized cast of characters, both on the side of good and the not so good characters. This is yet another set of books where I desperately need to reread them, especially considering the upcoming fourth book. I need more Arkarian in my life.
All right, well I think that is it for now. If you have any time travel books you would recommend, please let me know in the comments!