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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahreadsroyals) | 20 comments Hello everyone! I saw via Abigail's tweet minutes earlier that you all have formed a group and you have no idea HOW EXCITED I AM! :D I had been searching around the wide world of internet to share my passion of history, books and of course Timeless!

Anyway! I'm here to ask you all if you know any good books that can feed my obsession for a little bit while we wait to hear the word of S3. I generally prefer YA books but I'm perfectly ok with everything else.


message 2: by Kerza (last edited Jun 01, 2018 09:39PM) (new)

Kerza (handler) | 11 comments The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare originally published in 1958. Still a good read. Isn't about time travel but a good period piece.


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Isabella (ladybellefiske) | 5 comments Seems like a wonderful idea! It will get me to go back to good reads which I haven’t been paying much attention to for a while!


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Amarah Alghadban | 2 comments The Outlander series is wonderful! It's about a woman from 1945 who travels back to the early 1700s of Scotland! Absolutely amazing!


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Debbie | 2 comments Sarah wrote: "Hello everyone! I saw via Abigail's tweet minutes earlier that you all have formed a group and you have no idea HOW EXCITED I AM! :D I had been searching around the wide world of internet to share ..."

I haven't read this myself, but I saw a post on, I think a facebook Timeless page, about one called, "When you reach me" by Rebecca Stead. She said she was a teacher and her kids loved it, and so did she, even though it was YA. I have it in my amazon cart, just haven't ordered it yet. It might be something you'd want to check out.


message 6: by Debbie (new)

Debbie | 2 comments Lynn Kurland has a couple of good series about The MacLeods and The De Piagets, that are time travel and romance. Most go back and forth between modern day and somewhere around 13th or 14th century Scotland. It's been a little while since I've read them, so I'm not positive about the century, but I just remember how much I loved them, and couldn't get enough. I think I may go back and re- read them now!


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madsenmel | 5 comments Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is a fantastic time travel book about a girl who discovers she's a member of a time-travelling family very late in the game and must learn all about time travel while fighting to find her mother and navigate the politics of the other time-travelling families. Shades of Timeless...plus a great love story! There's a sequel, too - Wayfarer. YA books, technically, but I really loved them.


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Jamie (wonderwaugh79) | 45 comments Mod
I added a Book Shelf for Time Travel related novels!


message 9: by Aileen (new)

Aileen | 20 comments I just added Sound of Thunder and the Time Machine. They really started the whole genre.


message 10: by Natasha (new)

Natasha | 8 comments In addition to suggestions I added to the Books for Kids thread (https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...), a few of my other favorite time travel novels are:

- the Oxford Time Travel series by Connie Willis (Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout, and All Clear)
- Jack Finney's Time And Again and From Time to Time
- Timeline

If you like short fiction, Jack Finney also has some collections that include travel stories or stories that feel similar (About Time: 12 Short Stories and Three by Finney: The Woodrow Wilson Dime / The Night People / Marion's Wall)

But it really started with Time at the Top with me. Elevators, smallpox, and buried treasure? I wore my copy out with rereads.


message 11: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 27 comments Mod
I added The Time Traveler's Wife to the bookshelf.


message 12: by kathleen (new)

kathleen | 1 comments I agree wholeheartedly with Natasha’s suggestions of books by Jack Finney and Connie Willis....and including Time at the Top (loved loved loved that book!)

I would only add Kage Baker’s “company” series (9 volumes starting with “In the Garden of Iden,” plus several short story compilations). This series examines a secret company that uses time travel (and an army of cyborgs) to control the world (shades of Rittenhouse!). Baker is a great storyteller who deserves a wider following, but unfortunately she passed away not long ago in her prime writing years.


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahreadsroyals) | 20 comments Debbie wrote: "Lynn Kurland has a couple of good series about The MacLeods and The De Piagets, that are time travel and romance. Most go back and forth between modern day and somewhere around 13th or 14th century..."


Ooohhh! I love 14th-century histories! I'll have to read them! :)


message 14: by Sarah (last edited Jun 02, 2018 01:19PM) (new)

Sarah (sarahreadsroyals) | 20 comments Thank you all for the recs! Now off to look at my library to see if they have them! Keep them coming :)

P.S. I just cleaned my bookshelf and I found three books that I read when I was in my teens, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green. What I remembered reading the story was that they're similar to Timeless, but instead it took place in London and I don't think the secret society, that mentioned in the story, was trying to manipulate history. I'll have to reread them since it too long ago...


message 15: by Dee (last edited Jun 02, 2018 03:51PM) (new)

Dee Coyle | 1 comments Love this. Thank you all for setting up this group.

One of my favourite time travelling books:
A Knight In Shining Armour

I'm going to love reading some of these recommendations.


message 16: by Heather (new)

Heather Wise | 3 comments How do you get to “the bookshelf”. I’ve never really used the app until now. I want to look at the time travel book suggestions. Group members said they put them on the bookshelf. Maybe I am too short to reach the shelf?😉


message 17: by Margie (new)

Margie Roberts | 2 comments I am enjoying "The Chronicles of St. Mary's" series by Jodi Taylor. It has been a great summer read so far. Light fiction-good for the beach or pool.


message 18: by Aileen (new)

Aileen | 20 comments Heather wrote: "How do you get to “the bookshelf”. I’ve never really used the app until now. I want to look at the time travel book suggestions. Group members said they put them on the bookshelf. Maybe I am too sh..."

If only. The app doesn't give you access to the bookshelf in groups. It's a known issue. :( Log in to the full website to see the bookshelf.


message 19: by Lorianne (new)

Lorianne | 6 comments Jenna wrote: "I added The Time Traveler's Wife to the bookshelf."

Natasha wrote: "In addition to suggestions I added to the Books for Kids thread (https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...), a few of my other favorite time travel..."

One of the best! A very different approach to fate vs free will than Timeless.


message 20: by Lorianne (new)

Lorianne | 6 comments Another really good time travel novel is 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Actually, it's the only Stephen King book I've ever read! Present day man finds a portal to the past, decides to prevent the assassination of JFK. I think they made it into a tv show, which I have not seen.


message 21: by Susan (last edited Jun 10, 2018 03:09PM) (new)

Susan Rubinstein | 7 comments I've read the Connie Willis series. My favorite (and I think her best) was the one dealing with the plague. (it's been ages since I read this) I devoured the series on the Blitz, although I had a lot of criticism about those particular novels, even commenting on GR about the series.

I can recommend "Time after Time" by Karl Alexander...also made into a great movie.


message 22: by Mona (new)

Mona I just added Kindred by Octavia Butler to the time-travel-novels shelf and also wanted to mention it here. I read it a few years ago, and it's excellent.

The protagonist is an African-American woman living in the mid-seventies USA (the book was published in 1979 but didn't feel dated to me) who inadvertently travels back in time to a plantation in 1815. So she is assumed to be a slave.

It is much less science-fictiony than Timeless (no time machine, for example) but if you're looking for something that embodies Rufus' experience traveling through time (constantly in danger, no good time in American history to be a black man, etc.), you can't go wrong with this book. Plus, if one of the things that you like about Timeless is the diversity of BOTH the cast and writers/creators, this fits in with that theme too. It's an "own voices" novel.


message 23: by Aileen (new)

Aileen | 20 comments Smithsonian Magazine just published this article online with links to various time travel/alternative history novels if anyone is interested.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/histor...


message 24: by Anna (new)

Anna (acdellica) | 4 comments Amarah wrote: "The Outlander series is wonderful! It's about a woman from 1945 who travels back to the early 1700s of Scotland! Absolutely amazing!"

I read Green Darkness in college and just loaned it to a coworker. She's said it reminds her a lot of Outlander and she's really enjoying it.


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