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The Time Traveler's Wife
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I have just finished reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, and it has been one amazing read!

It tells the love story of Henry and Clare, who meet when Clare is 6 and Henry is 36, and who marry when Clare is 22 and when Henry is 30. Henry is a time-traveler who constantly gets pulled into his past or his future at random intervals due to a genetic hiccup.

This fascinating book shows Henry and his relationship with Clare, as they both try to live normal lives while living with the consequences of Henry’s time-travelling experiences. Present-time Henry travels back and forth through time, meeting Clare at different times in her life, as well as meeting his future or younger selves as he time-travels. It gets a little confusing at times trying to work out which Henry is which, but each segment of the book opens with the date and the ages of Henry and Clare.

There are some lovely moments in the book, some amusing ones where Henry gets into difficulty when he turns up naked in unfortunate situations, and then some really sad moments. The sad moments caught me by surprise as they occur quite suddenly in the later parts of the book. There are some difficult parts to read in this books, but they are inevitable in a book about such an unpredictable time-traveler.

I loved this book, it kept me hooked all the way through because all the little clues provided throughout the books hint at what will happen in the future and what happened in the past which we don’t know about yet. There is always the mystery of why Henry time-travels at all, and why he goes back to certain dates so often. I really feel for Clare who loves Henry so much and is so patient waiting for him to return to her.

I give it 10/10 because it is so well written, and evokes so many emotions. You are rooting for a happy conclusion and it gives you that but at the same time you know something will go wrong eventually. I will recommend this to everyone because it is a fabulous book!

After writing my first post on books i recommend, i thought i would give a list of non-fiction books as well (although i don’t have many of them):

  • If you like cute comics, try “Simon’s Cat” which explores the activities of a mischievous little cat.
  • If you like comics but fancy something a bit more adult and humourous, try any of the books from the “Cyanide and Happiness” collection.
  • If you are a fan of “The Bunny Suicides” series, maybe try “Great Lies to Tell Small Kids” also by Andy Riley.
  • If you are into self-help, “The Little Book of Confidence” by Susan Jeffers is worth a look, as it’s full of little tips and advice on how to feel more in control of your life.
  • If you are into language and linguistics, try “The Fight For English” by David Crystal, which explores the development of the English Language. Or the “Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language” also by Crystal, which has everything you could want to know about the English Language in it.
  • If you liked the TV series “Friends”, try the tie-in book “Friends… til the End”. (One of my favourites!)
This is all i can recommend at the moment, as i don’t have as many non-fiction books as fiction! But i am hoping to buy Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson’s book about the crazy popstar herself as it looks interesting!

I thought i would post a list of books which i would recommend people to read, based on the sort of thing they like!

  • If you like “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, you might like ” Funny Valentine” by Amy Jenkins. A journalist follows a famous film star and develops feelings for him unexpectedly. 
  • If you like easy read chick lit, try “I Heart New York” by Lindsey Kelk, a tale of heartbreak, recovery, escape and shopping.
  • If you like dystopian fiction, and particularly something a bit chilling, try “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman. It is a YA fiction title but works as a crossover title as well so adults should try it too.
  • If you like vampires, but would rather avoid “Twilight” teenage angsty vampires, try “Let The Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It’s proper Horror fodder.
  • If you like “Twilight” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and want something that’s equally about teenage issues as well as supernatural, try the “Wicca” series by Cate Tiernan – A teen discovers that she’s a witch and other witches want to steal her powers because she is so powerful (There’s 15 books to keep you going!).
  • If you like dystopia, try George Orwell’s “1984″, or if you want something a bit more feminist try Magaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, where the human race is struggling due to mass infertility. Or maybe try “Woman on the Edge of Time” by Marge Piercy, which describes a woman’s life in an institution for supposedly mentally unstable/hysterical women and her escape to a utopian dreamland. 
  • If you like utopian themed books, and specifically something more feminist, try “Herland” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, where three men discover a colony of women who learned to live and reproduce without men.
  • If you are curious about life after death (who isn’t?!), try David Eagleman’s book of very short stories about the afterlife, “Sum: Tales of the Afterlives”.

If you want to read fiction from other cultures:

  • If you like books about confused teenagers trying to come to terms with their identity and something a bit dark, try “At the Edge of Light” by Maria Peura. It’s a little confusing and intense, but it brings together all the feelings of trying to work out who you are as a teenager, while set in the harsh atmosphere of  Finland’s grim north.
  • If you like a bit of horror, try John Ajvide Lindqvist, the Swedish horror writer. Maybe try his books “Let the Right One In” (recently made into a film) or “Little Star”.
  • If you are interested in how the digital age affects our relationships with our loved ones and total strangers, try “Love Virtually” by Daniel Glattauer.