Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse to Read Now

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse Stories to Read Now

Let’s explore books about parallel universes and multiverse stories with this new book list. These fun books for adults will make you feel like a kid again!

This final article in our time travel series explores the world of parallel universes and the multiverse. This is one of my favorite book playgrounds because there are so many places to visit in a single book. 

Are Parallel Universes Time Travel?

Books about parallel universes or the multiverse often involve elements of time travel. Still, not all of them are strictly categorized as time travel books. 

While time travel may play a role in some narratives, the primary focus of these books is typically on exploring alternate realities and the concept of multiple universes coexisting simultaneously.

These are wonderful time travel adjacent stories, and much like magical realism books, they have some beautiful overlaps for readers. 

In these parallel world books, the concept of multiple realities exists alongside our own. These stories often feature characters traveling between different dimensions and encountering alternate versions of themselves and their worlds.

What is the Difference Between Parallel Universes and Parallel Lives?

I have an incredible book list on alternate realities and parallel lives (linked below).

Still, for point of reference, a parallel universe typically refers to entire alternate realities with different laws of physics and even history. 

But in a story of parallel lives, you typically encounter different opportunities that take a character on a different path. Books like Sliding Doors include variations of a person’s life within the same universe.

What is the Difference Between Multiverse and Parallel Universe?

In contrast, the multiverse can encompass many versions of parallel universes, each with unique circumstances and possibilities in each world. When these different versions are combined, they can create movie magic AND book magic.  

My favorite examples of this would be Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, and Into the Spiderverse for incredible movie contexts.

So, today, we head into the world of the parallel world and multiverse with this new book list. 

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse Stories to Read Now

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Books About Parallel Universes and the Multiverse

Books About Parallel Universes or the Multiverse

From mind-bending twists to epic quests across worlds, these books will keep you on the edge of your seat as you journey through multiple universes.


Explore the multiverse through these books that alter our realities in parallel worlds.

MomAdvice Book Club Favorites:

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass)

If you crave more time travel moments like this, don’t miss these book lists:

Time Travel BooksIf you like to move forward or backward through time travel- this is your perfect book list. I’ve included many new release books and classics like Stephen King (11/22/63), The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, or The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel LivesBooks like Sliding Doors offer glimpses into second chances…or sometimes three, four, or nine pivotal life moments. This book list includes Maybe Next Time and The Midnight Library.

The Best Time Travel TV & MoviesThis TV list celebrates the new TV shows and movies you haven’t heard about yet and can stream for your weekend! Totally Killer topped my list and is perfect for campy time travel fans. 

Time Loop BooksThis book list is for readers who love Groundhog Day loop stories, which involve time travel repeating in a loop. You can visit this book list or head to the Book Gang podcast to hear us discuss our favorite finds. 

What do YOU think are the best books about the parallel universe or multiverse books? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs! Happy time traveling, friends!

Published March 14, 2024 by:

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