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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: 11 Books to Celebrate Daylight Saving Time

Julianna Haubner joined the editorial team at Simon & Schuster in September 2014. A lifelong reader, she is most drawn to literary fiction, biography, cultural history, and narrative non-fiction; it’s her firm belief that every human should own a copy of Cheryl Strayed’s TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and EMPIRE FALLS is the book that changed her life. When Julianna’s not reading and reviewing, she’s downloading podcast episodes as if there are more than 24 hours in a day, watching Bravo, baking, and running the Off the Shelf Instagram. You can follow her on Twitter @jhaubner2.

Attention, bookworms! Spring Daylight Saving is upon us, which means more time with the sun—and more time to read in it. To get you ready, here are some beloved time-travel reads that are known for turning the clock back, forward, and everywhere in between.


Landline
by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage to Neal is in trouble. Two days before Christmas, she tells him that she won’t be joining him and their children at his parents’ place, and prepares herself for the inevitable end of their relationship. That night, however, she picks up the phone and hears Neal on the other end—except it’s Neal from the past, before they got married. She feels like it’s an opportunity to fix things before they even start, but what if it’s really a chance to avoid heartbreak?

Landline
Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage to Neal is in trouble. Two days before Christmas, she tells him that she won’t be joining him and their children at his parents’ place, and prepares herself for the inevitable end of their relationship. That night, however, she picks up the phone and hears Neal on the other end—except it’s Neal from the past, before they got married. She feels like it’s an opportunity to fix things before they even start, but what if it’s really a chance to avoid heartbreak?

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Time and Again
by Jack Finney
When advertising artist Si Morley is offered the chance to join a secret government group exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century life and explore 1880s New York; he also has a mystery to solve involving a half-burned letter from the same year. As he travels along Broadway and through Central Park, he falls in love and must make a decision between two worlds—and two lives.
Time and Again
Jack Finney

When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. Aside from his thirst for experience, he has good reason to return to the past—his friend Kate has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery. But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds—forever.

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Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
The first time that Ursula Todd is born, she dies. From there, she is born again—and dies again—in any number of ways, each time surviving a bit longer and watching more of the twentieth century unfold before her eyes. As she inches closer and closer toward her destiny, decisions are made that have the potential to change her life—and the world.
Life After Life
Kate Atkinson

During a snowstorm in 1910, a baby is born. She dies before she can draw her first breath. During a snowstorm in 1910, the same baby is born and lives. What if there were an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you be able to save the world from its own destiny? What power can one woman exert over the fate of civilization as she lives through the turbulent events of the twentieth century again and again?

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The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell

David Mitchell is known for playing with time, and THE BONE CLOCKS continues that tradition. Fifteen year-old Holly Sykes gets into a fight with her mother and slams the door—literally—on her old life. A lightning rod for psychic phenomena, Holly finds herself deep in the English countryside and in the path of a dangerous cabal that will affect her life, and the lives of everyone she knows (including those not yet born).

The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell

David Mitchell is known for playing with time, and THE BONE CLOCKS continues that tradition. Fifteen year-old Holly Sykes gets into a fight with her mother and slams the door—literally—on her old life. A lightning rod for psychic phenomena, Holly finds herself deep in the English countryside and in the path of a dangerous cabal that will affect her life, and the lives of everyone she knows (including those not yet born).

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The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Clare knows that Henry is her soul mate, but Henry has a rare chromosomal condition that shifts his genetic clock without warning. This throws him back to random points in his past, present, and future, but always brings him back to Clare. Though their love story is unconventional, it is also unconditional and unforgettable.
The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

Is time a parabola? If you asked the couple at the heart of this remarkable story, Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course, they'd probably both say yes. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is on a second honeymoon with her husband when she walks through an ancient standing stone and finds herself in 1743. Suddenly, she is an “outlander,” held back in time by forces she cannot understand. And then she meets James Fraser, a young warrior who she feels inexplicably drawn to. Torn between fidelity, time, and desire, Claire must find a way to choose the life she wants.
Outlander
Diana Gabaldon

The relationship that blossoms from friendship to love between Claire and Jamie is, well, pretty swoon-worthy. Claire is confident with a lot of spunk and Jamie is hotheaded with a lot of heart. The combination of these two could be a recipe for disaster, but they—usually—are in harmony.

Read Kara O’Rourke’s review here.

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11/22/63
by Stephen King
We’ve all asked ourselves, at some point, the same question: how would I change things if I could go back in time? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Maine when he discovers a portal to 1958 and is given the chance to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. As he travels back and forth, tracking Lee Harvey Oswald and falling in love with a beautiful young librarian, Jake contemplates changing the face of history—but what are the consequences?
11/22/63
Stephen King

“Regardless of what genre of literature one prefers, 11/22/63 comes down to this: it is a gripping, harrowing, tragic, and beautiful story about love, memory, evil, and how the best of intentions can go awry... This is King for the faint of heart, for the history buff, for the romantic—for everyone.”

Read the full review here.

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Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler
The first published sci-fi novel written by a black woman, KINDRED is a classic, a combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction that cannot be missed. Dana, a 26-year-old African-American woman living in 1970s California, is suddenly and inexplicably sent through time to antebellum Delaware, where she saves a white child’s life, is almost killed for her bravery, and just as suddenly is transported back to the present. It happens over and over again, until she realizes that it’s happening for a reason: the child is her great-great-grandfather, and he must exist so she does too.
Kindred
Octavia E. Butler

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One Day
by David Nicholls
On July 15, 1988, Dex and Emma meet and spend one day together. It’s not a lot of time, but it completely changes their lives, and David Nicholls’s novel follows their ever-changing relationship over the next twenty July 15s. As they grow apart, come back together, fight, hope, and miss one another, they must come to grips with the nature of love, friendship, and life itself. Keep tissues nearby!
One Day
David Nicholls

“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

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Replay
by Ken Grimwood

Jeff Winston is 43, trapped in a marriage and job he didn’t want, when he dies. Except he wakes up again, this time 18 years old, and somehow with all of his memories intact. He is able to live his life over again, without the mistakes and regrets and with knowledge that could earn him money and happiness. Until he dies again 43 and wakes up again in a Groundhog Day–like tale that will keep the pages turning.

Replay
Ken Grimwood

Jeff Winston is 43, trapped in a marriage and job he didn’t want, when he dies. Except he wakes up again, this time 18 years old, and somehow with all of his memories intact. He is able to live his life over again, without the mistakes and regrets and with knowledge that could earn him money and happiness. Until he dies again 43 and wakes up again in a Groundhog Day–like tale that will keep the pages turning.

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Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
A modern classic, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE follows Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens and is brought back through all the phases of his life, namely the period he spent as a prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. Filled with imagination, tragedy, and profound insight into the human condition, this novel is a must-read, if you haven’t already.
Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut

The absurdist tale of Billy Pilgrim -- an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden -- and his odyssey through time has become a classic of anti-war fiction and reading lists everywhere.

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