The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: To be honest, I didn't love this book. I found whole morlock/eloi conflict creepy, and I much prefer the idea of traveling to the past or to the near future, rather than thousands and thousands of years ahead. Wells' book, however, has to get credit for capturing the imaginations of many. The whole idea of a time travelling machine in popular culture stems from this one novel, so I couldn't leave the book off my list.
PS Does anyone else remember the old Lois and Clark episodes when H.G. Wells visited and took Lois and Clark through time. So fantastic!
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: This book was on the top of both my and my dad's list. It's the story of a man named Henry who has a genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel through time, and of his life-long romance with Clare. (Readers should be aware, however, that there are some pretty racy passages in this one.)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: If I had to pick a favourite of the HP series, it would be this book. I love how the time travel is worked on, and also how it was portrayed in the movie.
11/22/63 by Stephen King: The story of a man who discovers a portal into the 1950s, so he goes through it in order to stop the Kennedy assassination. I love the attention to the small details of the 1950s and 1960s; King must have done a whole lot of research for the writing of this book. It was great that he covered the good aspects of the period as well as the negatives (racism, women's rights, etc.) I especially enjoyed seeing Jake's little flubs when he hums songs that haven't been written yet.
The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma: I found this by accident at the library a while back and of course had to pick it up. It has three intersecting stories of time travel during H.G. Wells' time, but there's a twist... which of course I can't reveal if you haven't read it. :-)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: This one is possibly a debatable item on the list; does Scrooge actually travel through time, or is it all a dream? Still, it's difficult to leave out, as it's a classic, and asks the question of what we would do differently if we had the chance to go back.
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov: This one is a bit different from most in that it doesn't spend a lot of time in different time periods, but rather in Eternity, a construction that allows people - called Eternals - to go through time and enact small changes for the good of mankind.
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: My dad recommended this book to me and I couldn't put it down. It's the story of a student who goes back in time to the Middle Ages, and something goes terribly wrong. The story goes back and forth between the 1300s and the 2050s. I found the portrayal of the 2050s somewhat amusing. The book was written in 1992, and while Willis didn't make the mistake of having the near-future be some ridiculous construct with flying cars everywhere, she obviously didn't anticipate the telecommunications revolution. It made me laugh to see all these people in 2050s using land telephones and complaining the the "lines went down".
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle: Featuring characters from L'Engle's famous book A Wrinkle in Time, this book involves Charles Wallace traveling back to the 1200s to make a change that will prevent nuclear war 800 years later.
The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn: A lonely orphan at her aunt's country home discovers that at a certain time of day, the root cellar turns into a portal into the 1860s. She ends up traveling through post-Civil War America to find a lost Canadian soldier. I loved this when I was a child, and recently re-read it.
Do you like time travel books? What are your favourites? Did you love or hate some of the ones on my list? Please feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment!