Recommendations by Kelsey

Do you ever feel as though time is moving too quickly? Or, if only you could rewind time and make a different choice? If only you could right that wrong, eliminate that one regret?

I particularly love novels with characters who either manipulate time or experience time differently. I have compiled a list of some of my favourite stories with time loops, alternate timelines, and ageless characters. While fantastical, these types of stories often bring up themes that many of us can relate to. There are certainly elements of science fiction in each, however, the level of character development gives them a more literary feel. These characters often try to make sense of their existence and find greater meaning and purpose in their lives. They explore consequences and regrets. There are also some epic love stories.

What about you? If you could, would you choose to live forever? Would you go back in time and right a wrong? Would you choose to make a different decision and start an alternate timeline? 

 

The invisible life of addie larue book coverThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

France, 1714. In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever — and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie LaRue’s life will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art. After nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore. 

He remembers her name — and everything changes. How far will she go to leave her mark on the world?

 

 

My name is memory book coverMy Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together — and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of people he has previously known. It is a gift and a curse.

For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

 

The first fifteen lives of Harry August book coverThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Harry August isn’t human. Well, that’s not quite accurate. He is human but a different sort of human from the rest of us: he was born in the ladies’ washroom of a train station in England in 1919 he lives a certain number of years, and he dies—and then he’s born again, right back where he started, and a handful of years later memories of his  earlier lives return.

Harry is, like a few others, a kalachakra, an immortal who is constantly reborn, each time with all the memories of his previous lives.

 

Harry August receives a message on his eleventh death bed from a little girl who tells him that the world is about to end, and it is up to him to stop it. 

 

Life after life book coverLife After Life by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd is born on a cold snowy night in 1910 — twice. As she grows up during the first half of the twentieth century in Britain Ursula dies and is brought back to life again and again. With a seemingly infinite number of lives it appears as though Ursula has the ability to alter the history of the world, should she so choose.

 

 

 

How to stop time book coverHow To Stop Time by Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history — performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

So, Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher — the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him.

But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love.

 

The midnight library book coverThe Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, or realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist, she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

 

 

 

About time DVD coverAbout Time (DVD)

The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens, and has happened, in his own life, so he decides to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend.

But as his unusual life progresses, Tim discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.