Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time Travel Reading Challenge 2012 - Sign Up


I'm really excited to announce that I will be hosting the 2012 Time Travel Reading Challenge! Alyce who blogs at At Home With Books introduced this challenge two years ago and has now passed it on to me. This is one of my favorite genres, and I hope you will join me in discovering other great time travel books. I've kept it really simple. You need to read only one book if you join at the first level, so why not try it? I am aiming to read at the second level: 4-6 books

  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31st, 2012. You can join anytime.
  • Books from other challenges count as long as they are about time travel.
  • Books can be children's, middle-grade, YA or adult fiction.
  • Write a post and link it below including the URL to that sign-up post.
  • Surprise Trip: 1 to 3 time travel books.
  • Great Adventure: 4 to 6 time travel books.
  • Fantastic Journey: 7 to 9 time travel books
  • Mind-boggling Voyage: 10 to 12 time travel books.
Linking your reviews is optional but I encourage it so that we can discover what time travel books you've read and I can add them to the growing list that Alyce started. Here is the Link Review Page.

Not sure what to read? Here is the list to give you ideas. Please note that Library of Clean Reads is not endorsing any of these books as we have not read all of them and cannot vouch that the content is clean. For those we have read, we will include a link to our review. If you know of other time travel books not mentioned here, please leave me the title in the comment section.

A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson (Laura's review)
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (and others)
A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
A Time to Remember by Stanley Shapiro
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
A Wish in Time by Laurel Bradley
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Angel Time by Anne Rice
Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning (and others in the Highlander series)
Blackout by Connie Willis
Blue Bells of Scotland by Laura Vosika (part of the Blue Bells Trilogy)
Cascade: The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
Catch the Lightning by Catherine Asaro
Charming the Highlander by Janet Chapman (and others of the Highlander Trilogy)
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
From Time to Time by Jack Finney
Green Darkness by Anya Seton
Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove
Heatherfield by M. Jean Pike
If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Kingdom of Shadows by Barbara Erskine
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
Making History by Stephen Fry
Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
Mr. Was by Pete Hautman
My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen
Now and Then by Jacqueline Sheehan
Once Upon a Rose by Judith O’Brien
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (and all of the other books in the Outlander series)
Pirates by Linda Lael Miller
Replay by Ken Grimwood
Return of the Highlander by Sara Mackenzie
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Seasons in the Mist by Deborah Kinnard
Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Halderman
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
The Cross Time Engineer by Leo A. Frankowski (and others in the Adventures of Conrad Stargard series)
The Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey (not exactly time travel, but the character goes into cold sleep and wakes up after an unusual amount of time)
The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (time travel as a minor part of the plot)
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming
The Legend MacKinnon by Donna Kauffman
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser
The Other Elizabeth by Karleen Bradford (Laura's review)
The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
The Reluctant Time Traveler by Lynda Eymann
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (book 2 in a series)
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (Laura's review)
The Shroud of the Thwacker by Chris Elliott
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (Laura's review)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy) by Linda Buckley-Archer (Laura's review)
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (book 3 in a series)
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (Sandra's review)
Three Days to Never by Tim Powers
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Time Enough for Love by Suzanne Brockmann
Time Traveler’s Never Die by Jack McDevitt
Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
Timeline by Michael Crichton
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Torrent: The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
Trapped in Time by Ruth Chew
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Waterfall: The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Authors with multiple time travel books:

Linda Buckley-Archer
Janet Chapman
Jude Deveraux
Barbara Erskine
Leo A. Frankowski
Diana Gabaldon
Lynn Kurland
Madeleine L’Engle
Anne McCaffrey (some of the Pern books)
Karen Marie Moning
E. Nesbit
Susanna Kearsley
Harry Turtledove
Hollie Van Horne
Laura Vosika
Connie Willis

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  1. My friend Jeromey reads time travel books almost exclusively. I have sent him a link to check out this list. I have only read a few. The first one I read was Timeline by Michael Crichton and I remember it being really action packed. Have fun with your challenge!

  2. Some other titles you could possibly consider are Asimov’s ‘The End of Eternity’, The Green Futures of Tycho (William Sleator), Thief! (Malorie Blackman), Time Raiders (Alex Scarrow), Found: The Missing (Margaret Haddix) and Charlie Travers, Time Traveller (Gill Baconnier). Some of these are children’s books. I haven’t read them all yet - they are on my own personal list to read!

    I would like to add my own novel, but haven’t finished writing it yet!

    Not sure whether The Time Traveller’s Wife can be considered a clean read. There is one section in particular which, in my opinion, was gratuitously and unnecessarily obscene.

  3. @ bybookorbycrook
    Thanks for the referral.

    @Don't Call Me Dave
    Thanks for all the book suggestions! You're right about the Time Traveller's Wife. I stopped reading it partway precisely for that reason.

  4. The key issue for me is whether something is crucial and relevant to the plot. The particular scene in TTTW could have been deleted and it would have made no difference whatsoever. In fact, about 150 pages of the book could have been safely edited out! It was very frustrating as there was a clever story buried deep within the superfluous waffle! Note for budding authors: Please don’t tell us what the ending is going to be five chapters before the end!

    Although I am not averse to using strong language personally, I am not comfortable reading it in a novel unless it really is necessary. If a character is shot, you would not expect him to say “Oh dear, that’s a pity” but unwarranted use of expletives is, in my view, a distraction.

  5. @ Don't Call Me Dave
    My sentiments exactly! For example, when I read Still Alice by Lisa Genova, there were a few f-words in the text. Now I work with those that have Alzheimers and I know that the disease causes inhibitions to be lowered and even persons who have never sworn in their life may start doing it. Therefore in this context, the language made sense as it demonstrated how the disease progressed.

  6. Thanks for adding my books to your potential list. Off to Tweet about the Challenge!

  7. Hey just wanted to give a suggestion I didn't see you linked up on a novel challenge and think it would be great for you if you went and linked up on there. A lot of people find reading challenges over there. Good luck!

  8. @ Melissa
    Thanks for the suggestion! And for helping me promote my challenges.

  9. I love time travel books. I just finished "The Map of Time" by Felix J. Palma and "Dreams Unleashed" by Linda Hawley. Both of those books have a different take on time travel.

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  10. I just read one that you might want to include in your list- The Christmas Village by Melissa Ann Goodwin. It was wonderful. Also, an older one by Philippa Pearce - Tom's Midnight Garden. And there's Maggie Again by John D. Husband. I enjoyed all three.

  11. Excited to give this a whirl. I thought I would start slow tho with the Surprise Trip. :)

  12. I love time travel so was happy to find this challenge!

  13. This is the first challenge I've signed up for on my first official blog day. Time travel is not a genre of books that I'm naturally drawn to or would have listed as a favorite reading topic. After thinking about it I realized that many books I've loved have fallen in this category. Books by E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle come to mind.
    I'm ready to expand my horizons.

  14. This will be a fun challenge for me. I love time travel reading.

  15. I am being conservative at 1-3 reads but hopefully I'll pass that right up!

  16. I'm starting with the 1-3 books, but hopefully I'll get to a higher level!

  17. I'm happy to see that catching up with the Outlander series qualifies for this challenge too! I'm setting a low goal because Echo in the Bone is as long as 3 or 4 regular-sized books :-)

  18. Oh, how I love me some time travel! Thanks for hosting this challenge :)

  19. Nice challenge! I love reading books about time travel. I'm starting with 4-6 books, but hope to read more.

  20. One of my favorite genres! One of my favorites is Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, by Orson Scott Card.

  21. HOURGLASS and RUBY RED were two fun reads. Check them out!

  22. Also, not to over-plug my own books, but if you're remotely interested and have a Kindle, all 3 are on sale on Amazon until mid-January: WATERFALL ($.99), CASCADE (2.99) and TORRENT (2.99). No worries if you're not! Just thought I'd share the deal before it was over.

  23. @Lisa T. Bergren
    Thanks for the heads up on your books sales. I will add the other two books you mentioned as I'm sure if you recommend them they are clean reads!

  24. I'm signing up for the surprise trip level, but hope to read more than that. What a fun challenge!

  25. Hi, I'm excited to be here. I love time travels especially Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I'm looking forward to reading reviews and hearing about what everyone else is reading. I want to do the Mindboggling Adventure. Keep your fingers crossed.

  26. Absolutely love time travel books. I'm totally doing this.

  27. Thanks for hosting! I love that gorgeous button!


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