#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | My Time Travel TBR


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This week’s TTT theme is all about our favourite bookmarks, but as it’s Sci Fi Month I’ve decided to talk about something else this week!

Sci-fi is a genre I’m still exploring and still learning what I like, but a genre I’m far more familiar and comfortable with is historical fiction. Historical fiction has been one of my favourite genres since my late childhood/early teens, when I discovered Pirates! and then Witch Child by Celia Rees and became hooked on the fiction that combined two of my great loves: books and history.


So when it comes to science fiction you’d think books featuring time travel would be the perfect subgenre for me, and yet I’ve never been drawn to time travel books. One of things I love about historical fiction is following characters who are from the time I’m reading about, whether it’s the Dark Ages or the Second World War. When it comes to time travel books, on the other hand, the main character is usually also someone from the 21st century, and if I want to know how a 21st century person would react any historical period, I’d just read some non-fiction instead.

Often time travel novels include a romance element, too, usually between the time traveller and one of the people from the past that they meet, and I can never completely believe it.

Let’s face it, ladies and enbies, who would travel back to the 14th century and want to remain in a time without indoor plumbing, modern medicine or potatoes in a society where women are second class citizens, the Black Death is rampant and your lover has never brushed their teeth? No thank you.


I have managed to accumulate a few time travel novels over the years that I still haven’t read, though, so today I thought I’d share them with you with the hope that you’ll tell me which one I should read first!

33195435The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Some things should not be stolen.

After what seems like a lifetime of following her father across the globe and through the centuries, Nix has finally taken the helm of their time-traveling ship. Her future—and the horizon—is bright.

Until she learns she is destined to lose the one she loves. To end up like her father: alone, heartbroken.

Unable to face losing Kashmir—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—Nix sails her crew to a mythical utopia to meet a man who promises he can teach her how to manipulate time, to change history. But no place is perfect, not even paradise. And everything is constantly changing on this utopian island, including reality itself.

If Nix can read the ever-shifting tides, perhaps she will finally harness her abilities. Perhaps she can control her destiny, too.

Or perhaps her time will finally run out.

29248955._SY475_Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

Merry Owen is desperate for her family to stay on their struggling farm in Wales, in the shadow of the Black Castle, owned by the de Courcys who have been enemies of Merry’s family for generations. Skilled in the family tradition of archery, Merry is happiest out riding – but when she finds an overturned tree and a buried chest containing an ancient Welsh text, it leads her into a past filled with treasure, secrets and untold danger.

28428486A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

18867162._SY475_Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary’s, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don’t do ‘time-travel’ – they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power – especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.

Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back – to the death. And, as they soon discover – it’s not just History they’re fighting.

Follow the catastrophe curve from 11th-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake….

19231962Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin–barely of age herself–finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history’s darkest hours.

Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering, and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

20983362._SY475_Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods – a powerful family in the Colonies – and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to their target, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.

38190066._SY475_Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he’s drowning. She saves his life – and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it’s even begun.

Octavia E. Butler’s ground-breaking masterpiece is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.

30315614The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier

In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present.

Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher, asks his friend Richard Young and Young’s family to stay at Kilmarth, an ancient house set in the wilds near the Cornish coast. Here, Richard drinks a potion created by Magnus and finds himself at the same spot where he was moments earlier—though it is now the fourteenth century. The effects of the drink wear off after several hours, but it is wildly addictive, and Richard cannot resist traveling back and forth in time. Gradually growing more involved in the lives of the early Cornish manor lords and their ladies, he finds the presence of his wife and stepsons a hindrance to his new-found experience. Richard eventually finds emotional refuge with a beautiful woman of the past trapped in a loveless marriage, but when he attempts to intervene on her behalf the results are brutally terrifying for the present.

Echoing the great fantastic stories of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, The House on the Strand is a masterful yarn of history, romance, horror, and suspense that will grip the reader until the last surprising twist.

22059569TimeBomb by Scott K. Andrews

New York City, 2141: Yojana Patel throws herself off a skyscraper, but never hits the ground.

Cornwall, 1640: gentle young Dora Predennick, newly come to Sweetclover Hall to work, discovers a badly-burnt woman at the bottom of a flight of stairs. When she reaches out to comfort the dying woman, she’s knocked unconscious, only to wake, centuries later, in empty laboratory room.

On a rainy night in present-day Cornwall, seventeen-year-old Kaz Cecka sneaks into the long-abandoned Sweetclover Hall, determined to secure a dry place to sleep. Instead he finds a frightened housemaid who believes Charles I is king and an angry girl who claims to come from the future.

Thrust into the centre of an adventure that spans millennia, Dora, Kaz and Jana must learn to harness powers they barely understand to escape not only villainous Lord Sweetclover but the forces of a fanatical army… all the while staying one step ahead of a mysterious woman known only as Quil.

10964._SY475_Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Do you enjoy books about time travel? Which one of these do you think I should read first?

24 thoughts on “#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | My Time Travel TBR

  1. Laura says:

    Here from the #SciFiMonth tag! I love time travel fiction, but I’m usually not at all interested in time travel into the historical past (as a historian, I’ve actually been asked which period I’d like to time travel back to, and my boring answer is always ‘The 1990s so I could live more affordably and sell novels more easily’.) I’ve read Outlander and the first Jodi Burkett novel but didn’t really like either. Having said that, I LOVED Susan Price’s The Sterkarm Handshake and A Sterkarm Kiss, despite them both featuring romance tropes I normally don’t like.

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  2. Classy x Book Reviews says:

    I haven’t read that’s many time travel novels now that I think about it. But I did read (and love!) the ship beyond time. Another that I really loved was Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen. Have you read any alternate history sci-fi? The first that comes to mind is The Calculating Stars.

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  3. girlplusbooks says:

    I haven’t read a lot of time travel books but there have been some that I loved. I first read Outlander probably 20 years ago and I was *obsessed* with it. I was so in love with that series. I’ve fallen behind on it now but it’s an easy one to get immersed in.

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  4. Lisa says:

    I love the Outlander GIF!!! Little Fergus is such a cutie pie. I love time travel books, but have only read two of these. Outlander is my true love, so that one’s highly recommended! Kindred is incredible and powerful and amazing — a must read. Have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife already? I’d definitely recommend that one as well.

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  5. Greg says:

    A lot of these are new to me, but if I can recommend a time travel book it would probably be Here And Now And Then by Mike Chen. I thought it was awesome. I also like the look of Longbow Girl and the Jodi Taylor book. Oh and Murder in time doesn’t look bad either haha!

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  6. Sahi says:

    Sci-fi itself is something I rarely read so I am quite surprised that I’ve read Kindred from your list … but I’m definitely trying to get into the genre more…. So thank you for these interesting set of recommendations and hope you get to read them all soon 😊😊😊

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