The Best Time Travel Books To Escape Real Life

The Best Time Travel Books to Escape Real Life

Is there anything better than being stuck in an accidental time machine? Be a time traveler with the best time travel books, including new releases in 2024.

If there is one genre I’m a sucker for, it is time travel, and I’m not the only one obsessed with books about time.  

From the H.G. Wells classic, The Time Machine to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, time travel books have been a popular genre in literature for a long time.

In these books, authors explore the idea of traveling through time, either backward or forwards, and the potential consequences of it. 

On the Book Gang podcast, we invited our first time travel writer to share the challenges of writing time travel. 

Cesca Major decided to tackle the trickiest literary time machine genres to write- the Groundhog Day story. 

She shares her strategies to keep readers engaged and how she used her background writing thrillers to build in a clue sequence. You can learn more about her debut novel below! 

Listen to the full episode (the show notes are located here) below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one.

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At the end of today’s post, I’ve also included our book club member favorites for browsing today.

New Time Travel Books

The Best Time Travel Books To Escape Real Life

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction, historical fiction, or romance, this book list has a time travel adventure for you to explore. 

Let's take a journey through time in our book stacks!

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For time travel enthusiasts, these new time travel novels are perfect for your book stack!


Revisiting the past is something we often discover in classic time travel stories.

In reverse time travel stories, the characters travel back in time, but they often cannot change the past or interact with it meaningfully.

Here are a few of my favorite reverse time travel books to explore.


Do you love to imagine the future in your stories?

In forward time travel stories, the characters travel to a future that is often vastly different from their own time.

The characters may be trying to prevent a catastrophe or simply exploring future possibilities.

Here are a few of my favorite forward time travel stories.


Time travel doesn't always follow a linear path. Let's get mixed-up with these selections.

Looking for more time travel books? Here is a short list of our book club member favorites:

Just One Damned Thing After Another (Chronicles of St. Mary’s Book 1) by Jodi Taylor

I’ll Stop the World by Lauren Thoman

The Little Shop of Found Things Series by Paula Brackton

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

The Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Searle

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

This is How You Lose the Time War (novella) by Amal El-Mohtar

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

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel LivesBooks like Sliding Doors are featured in this book list, including Maybe Next Time and The Midnight Library.

The Best Time Travel TV & MoviesThis TV list celebrates the new TV shows and movies to stream for your best weekend of traveling…on your couch.  

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. 

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse Stories—This book list features books like Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. I explore the multiverse and parallel universe through science fiction stories like Dark Matter, A Darker Shades of Magic, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Article Updated: March 14, 2024

What is your favorite time travel story? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites too!

The Best Time Travel Books to Escape Real Life

Published March 14, 2024 by:

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