Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks prompt is a little open: “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101.”
My initial thought for this was going to be “British Mysteries 101.” But seriously. Take a look at the graphic below.
Now please don’t get me wrong. These are all fabulous books. I love them all, and I recommend them all! But…It feels the same as so many of my TTT lists recently – favorite authors, read the most books from, auto-buy, I’m sure the list goes on. And I’ve only been doing these since March. So for me to pick British Mysteries 101 makes this topic a snooze fest, right?
Never fear, my TTT friends! Instead, I’ve decided to go with “Time Travel 101.” I should warn you, though. My class is not your traditional time travel…
Ten Books Needed for (Unconventional) Time Travel 101
Students, please make sure you’ve acquired the following ten books before our class begins.
These first seven books you’ll be reading independently throughout the semester.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – because everyone needs a Time Turner.
- Timebound by Rysa Walker – What happens when someone travels in time and changes something? What if someone realizes they can use time travel for personal gain? What happens when it threatens to change not only your way of life, but your very existence?
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell – A magic phone connects 2013 Georgie McCool to her 1998 (not yet) husband Neal. Is the magic phone real, or is it all in Georgie’s imagination? If it is real, is she supposed to change something? Fix something in her marriage? Make something happen? Is she messing things up? Is this the way it happened all along?
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King – What if you found a rabbit hole in time that would give you the chance to go back in time and prevent John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas?
- The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens – The Emerald Atlas isn’t your ordinary book. Drop a picture onto a page, and the book transports you to not only where, but when the picture was taken.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – If you could re-live your life and make a small change somewhere, what affect would it have? Each time Ursula Todd dies, she is reborn again on that snowy day on 11 February 1910 to try again.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Time travel courtesy of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to help Ebenezer Scrooge learn the values of kindness and generosity.
These last three books on the list will be read as a group during class. (Because your instructor has not yet read them either. 😉 )
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
- Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Some people yearn for opportunities to go above and beyond the standard class materials. For extra credit, please watch and analyze the following television shows and films:
- Blink – Doctor Who, Season 3, episode 10. (2007) My favorite Doctor Who episode, I love the way time travel is used in this story. Here’s a clip:
- Back to the Future (1985) Time travel via DeLorean.
- Midnight in Paris (2011) Each night at midnight, Gil finds himself inexplicably in 1920’s Paris.
What do you think? Would you sign up for my class? What unconventional time travel books did I miss? What subject did you choose for your TTT Syllabus? Comment away and as always, link up to your own TTT. I look forward to taking your class!