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#ReadThis Books Featuring Parallel Universes and Different Dimensions

Continuing with our time traveling theme of the month, we’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite books that feature parallel universes and different dimensions…

A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab

Schwab’s Shades of Magic introduces us to Kell who is one of the last people alive who has the ability to travel between parallel universes. In this case it’s Red London, Gray London, and Black London. Things get crazy when he starts bringing things and people back and forth.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

The Magicians, Lev Grossman

At first I thought the magical land of Fillory was a bit cheesy but the craziness of it has grown on me. Plus, the TV rendition of the book is out now and it’s helping me see it in a different light. Much cooler than I imagined when I read the first book.

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey.

Nil, Lynne Matson

I flew through this book and wanted to find out more. The story is pretty simple but that made for a quick read and I enjoyed it.

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die. Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Have you chosen your book for this months Time Travel Monthly Motif theme?

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Kim and Tanya
Kim is a librarian | life hacker | ancient history nerd | mom to 2 little boys | Utah native | digital archivist | British comedy/British detective show junkie | outdoor lover. Tanya is a digital lifehacker | Food Science guru | teenage boy wrangler | husband tamer | adventure seeker | avid reader.

4 comments

  1. Ooooh time travel and parallel universe books are my FAVORITE. I usually read ones under the contemporary genre (like a decision splits someone’s life in two alternate universes or something). I haven’t read any of these! Adding to my TBR for sure.

    1. @Lauren would love a recommendation!

  2. I will note some of these good selections for the future. I am the proud owner of Stephen King’s book 11/22/63 and that is my pick for March. Picked it up for only $7 at a used book store and you know what – I think it’s brand new! You can’t tell if the spine was cracked, or a page flipped. It’s a fattie and I just started it.

    1. @Tina that’s a good choice! Have you seen the series yet – or plan on watching it?

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