15 Incredibly Fun Time Loop Books to Read and Reread!

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15 Incredibly Fun Time Loop Books to Read and Reread! 18

There is a trend in publishing I can’t help but notice – the growing popularity of time loop books!

What is a time loop book? Think of it as a story that repeats itself over and over, much like the famed movie, Groundhog Day.

These stories can be loads of fun or utterly flop. The trick is in the scenarios the writer is conveying. No one wants to read the same scene again and again, so it’s down to how the writer can make the story interesting and nonrepetitive within the same window of time.

Below you will find time loop novels from a variety of different genres. Each of these books will keep you entertained and happily turning pages.

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Best Time Loop Books

Best Historical Fiction Books About 1940s Europe

Historical Fiction Time Loop Books

Life after Life

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd is born one night in 1910 and died before taking her first breath. She is born again on the same snowy night in 1910 as so the story continues.

Ursula lives her life over and over hoping that she can get it right and change her story. As she grows, she grapples with family life and WWII. This unique story is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Why I Love It: This masterful work by Kate Atkinson is a family drama, historical fiction, and magical realism all rolled into one fantastic book.

Find this book in Best WWII Books / Books Like the Time Traveler’s Wife / Magical Realism / Time Loop Books

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11/22/63 by Steven King

This historical fantasy book was brilliantly researched and had an amazing premise in which Jake Epping steps into a time hole to stop the assassination of Kennedy. Every time he leaves history, time resets itself. This means that if something does not go right, he can reset the clock and try again.

My Thoughts: The historic details in this book were immaculate but, as much as everyone loved this book, I thought that it was much too long. You have to be prepared for almost 900 pages.

Find this book in Historical Fantasy / Time Loop Books

Romance Time Loop Books

The Good Part

The Good Part by Sophie Cousens

Lucy Young is 26 and tired of terrible dates and horrible roommates. When she comes across a wishing machine in a convenience store, she wishes to skip to the good part of her life.

When she wakes up, she is married with beautiful children and her dream job. She then asks herself if she actually skipped her life or if she cannot remember living it. Her son is weary of her and she begins to question if she can go back or if she would want to.

Why I Like it: Sophie Cousens never fails to disappoint with her fantastic books and this book lived up to all my expectations. I love the way this book came together. #gifted

Find this book in Time Loop Romance Books

The Deja Glitch

The Deja Glitch by Holly James

Jack has been reliving the same day for months and believes the only way out of this circle is to get Gemma Peters to fall in love with him. The Problem? Gemma has a feeling of deja vu, but she cannot remember Jack and has made a vow not to date musicians again (after her last boyfriend used her.)

Why I Like it: I had high hopes for this time travel romance and it did not let me down. Do not be worried that you will have to read the same things over and over. This book has a refreshing spin that was utterly enjoyable. Thank you for my gifted copy of this book.

Find this book in Time Loop Romance Books / Time Travel Romance / Novels about Musicians

Contemporary Fiction Time Loop Books

night for day

Night for Day by Roselle Lim

Ward and Camille never got over their relationship and there was never a clear reason why it ended. When they meet again in London while both applying for jobs, they reconnect and decide to give their relationship another try. Camille takes a job working at a strange antique dealer during the night shift and Ward’s job is at a high-end jeweler during the day.

When Camille starts her shift she realizes that the ghostly clientele is not what she had envisioned when she took the job. When her shift is over, she realizes she is stuck inside and cannot leave. Ward, on the other hand, is working with selfish and self-centered Gods. Somehow, he and Camille have found themselves trapped in a godly war with no escape other than the short time between night and day when they can speak with one another

Why I Love It: Roselle Lim Never fails to write a creative and addicting story and this book was no exception. This adult fantasy is emotional as well as the characters come to terms with the people they were, the people they are, and who they want to be if they ever escape. This book was unputdownable and unlike any other book I have read.
Find This Book in Jewelry Novels / Best Ghost Books / New Fantasy Books 2024

cassandra in reverse

Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale

June 2023 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

Cassandra Penelope Dankworth has just had the worst day of her life! She has been dumped, fired, and told to move out of her apartment. This is all very unfortunate for someone who likes things to be predictable.

After the worst day of her life (she was fired, dumped, and kicked out of her apartment) Cassie realizes that she can go back and change the past. She is determined to go back until she can fix everything that went wrong. But in doing so, something remarkable happens. Cassie begins to get a new perspective on people and situations. What if the past she thought she wanted wasn’t actually what she wanted?

Why We Love it: This is such a wonderful and unique time loop book. It is a fast-paced book that is emotional, funny, and made me think.

Find this book in Time Loop Books

maybe next time

Maybe Next Time by Cesca Major

November 2023 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

When Reese selected this story for her book club, she announced she’d be making a movie adaption of it as well.

It’s all about Emma, a working mother of two who is reliving the day her husband dies on a Groundhog Day-like loop. She tries in vain to right her life and focus again on what is most important to her.

My Thoughts: I liked this novel, but it wasn’t my favorite Reese book club pick. I’m curious to see how this turns out when it gets adapted.

Find this book in Time Loop Romance Books / Books Becoming Movies /

The midnight Library

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

October 2020 GMA Book Club Pick

The story is about a library with books filled with the infinite possibilities of the lives not lived.  Have you ever wondered about a choice, or a path not taken?

When Nora finds herself in the library she is forced to face the choices that she made in her life- relationships, education, profession…

Why I Love It: I loved Matt Haig’s last book and was so excited to read this one. This is a magical time travel book and I loved every minute of getting to know Nora’s paths untravelled. Matt Haig is a master of magical realism.

Find this book in Time Travel Books / Books about Books / Time Loop Books / Magical Realism / Best Books of 2020

Time Loop Books: Mystery

7 12 Deaths

The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This is one of the best books that I have read in a really long time. It is so smart and so well written- the complexity of the plot line is mind-boggling and kept me entranced until the very last page.    

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered every day at 11:00 PM. In order to escape Blackheath, Aiden Bishop must solve her murder. He will wake up every day for 8 days inhabiting a different host body. 

Why We Love It: Everything is explained and in hindsight is so clear but, the book will keep you guessing throughout. This is a locked room mystery but with a twist, and a delightful one at that.
Find this book in Locked Room Mystery / Books About Puzzles

wrong place wrong time

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

August 2022 Reese’s Book Club Pick

Jen is waiting for the 18-year-old son, Todd to return home the night before Halloween when she watches him come from the darkness and murder a total stranger by stabbing him. She does not know why her son would do this but her life is torn to pieces.

When she wakes up the next morning, she is shocked to discover that she has gone back to a day before the murder. Can she stop it from happening? First, she needs to find out why.

Now, each time Jen wakes up, she has gone further back in the past- days, weeks, and years before the murder ever happened.

Why I Love It: This time travel mystery is one of the smartest and most captivating books I have ever read. It is an easy pick for a favorite book of the year.

Find this book in Time Loop Novels / Best Thriller Books

Time Loop Books: Middle Grade

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

When Jacob experiences a family tragedy, he finds himself on a remote island off the coast of Whales. He Discovers a crumbling ruin that was once Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores the ruins, he finds clues that lead him to believe these children might be alive even though it seems impossible.

Why I Like It: This series is full of magic and mystery. The amazing combination of fiction with antique photographs leads to a truly unique story that brings the characters to life.

Find this book in YA Fantasy Books / Middle Grade Fantasy / Halloween Books for Kids / Time Loop Novels

Holiday Time Loop Books

Through the Snow Globe

Through the Snowglobe by Annie Rains

This new Christmas book for 2023 is essentially Groundhog Day set at Christmas time! After Diana’s fiance has a car accident he’s in a coma. That same day, she lost out on a job opportunity she wanted.

Now, she’s gifted a magical snow globe that will allow her to repeat that fateful day over again. And she does, over and over and over. Can she figure out how to save the man she loves and get her life back on track?

Why I Like It: This was such a sweet Christmas book for 2023. It’s a great one for those who love It’s a Wonderful Life! #gifted

Find this book in Christmas Books 2023 / Time Loop Novels

in a holidaze and more Christmas romance books

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Do you love Christmas movies? Are you obsessed with Christmas Romance books? Do you need to swoon? ⁣ If you answered yes to any of those questions, stop everything and order In a Holidaze. This is possibly my favorite Christmas novel of all time and was a must for best holiday books. ⁣

I adored Mae and Andrew’s love story. It’s set up like Groundhog’s Day with Mae repeating the same Christmas vacation until she gets it right.

Why I Love It: This is a time travel romance at its best. And man… does she get it right.⁣ Peppermint kisses, sexy sledding, snowball fights, Christmas Tree trimming… this book oozes cheer-filled holiday goodness with a few scenes that are steamier than a cup of cocoa.⁣

Find this book in Time Travel Books / Best Books of 2020 / Magical Realism / Time Loop Romance Books

Sci-Fi Time Loop Books

Recursion

Recursion by Blake Crouch

This 5-star read is making our best books of 2019 list for sure. When people start to become ill with False Memory Syndrome, nobody knows who will get it or how.

Barry is a cop who sees the devastating effect of FMS on the people who contract it. Helen is a scientist who studies memory. Barry and Helen come together to find answers and stop everyone’s past from becoming one distorted memory. 

Why I Love It: Blake Crouch is so smart, this book made me think about concepts I had never considered.  If you like sci-fi, this is an absolute must-read.

Find this book in Best Sci-Fi Books / Time Loop Books / Best Books of 2019 / Books Set in New York

prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter Book 3) by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back at Hogwarts in The third book in the Harry Potter series. His life is in danger once again but this time, it is from the escaped convict, Sirius Black. He has escaped from the wizard prison, Azkaban, and seeks revenge on Harry.

Sirius Black is a mass murderer and a follower of Voldemort. Now, there are Dementors patrolling the school and Harry can only read of death and destruction in his divination class with Professor Trelawney. What else could go wrong?

Why I Love It: In this story, readers finally meet Sirius Black, a truly iconic character. Not to mention, Hagrid’s first year as a teacher and the incredible new settings of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack! Oh, and did I forget to mention this is the story when the famous Maurader’s Map is finally found?

Find this book in Time Loop Books / Harry Potter Guide

Did you find a fun time loop book to add to your collection?

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