Congrats! It’s a Leap Year and that means you have been granted a whole extra day of February to read to your heart’s content. Yes, yes, we know it can be confusing when the calendar changes on you like this, so here are some twisty timeline books we recommend for it!
As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl
Talk about crazy timelines. This book has a The Last Five Years vibe to it with all it’s backwards and forwards timelines, but Shana Youngdahl is sort of brilliant and pulls it off perfectly.
About the book: Scarlett and David have known each other all their lives in small-town Graceville, Colorado, where David is just another mountain in the background, until, one day, he is suddenly so much more than part of the landscape. Magnetic, spontaneous, David is a gravitational force. And Scarlett, pragmatic, wry, eye on the future, welcomes the pull he has on her even as she resists it.
Moving between the present and the past, this is the story of a seemingly grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath. Smart, bold, and emotionally deep, Shana Youngdahl’s debut explores grief, guilt, and reconciling who you think you need to be with the person you’ve been all along. It’s an aching, transporting reminder that between the past that shapes us and the unknowable future, we have only the present to forgive ourselves and forge ahead.
Layoverland by Gabby Noone
Talk about having some extra time. When Bae dies and finds herself in purgatory, she finds she has a lot of extra time on her hands. Because time ISN’T. MOVING. Plus the flashbacks leading up to her *cough* situation makes this book full of dark humor and timeline twistiness the perfect read for Leap Day!
About the book: Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell.
At least, that’s what she believes. Her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most–her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed who knows where, she’s confused, to say the least.
Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: she’s in purgatory. If she ever wants to catch a flight to heaven, she’ll have to help five thousand souls figure out what’s keeping them from moving on.
But one of Bea’s first assignments is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. And as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of eating bad airport food and listening to other people’s problems, she can’t help but notice that he’s kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she’s totally falling for him.
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Can’t go wrong with a mixed media novel. This one jumps all over the place, between video recordings, text messages, interviews, and letters, this will make your mind spin in the BEST way possible. Get ready to binge this straight into March.
We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler
Historical fiction fans, this one’s for you! This book is the perfect balance of past and present in a stunning, multigenerational story about two teenagers: Victoria, who joins the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus fifty years later.
About the book: In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways–the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among the lion tamers, roustabouts, and trapeze artists, Victoria hopes to start a better life.
Fifty years later, Victoria’s sixteen-year-old granddaughter Callie is thriving. A gifted and focused tightrope walker with dreams of being a VanDrexel high wire legend just like her grandmother, Callie can’t imagine herself anywhere but the circus. But when Callie’s mother accepts her dream job at an animal sanctuary in Florida just months after Victoria’s death, Callie is forced to leave her lifelong home behind.
Feeling unmoored and out of her element, Callie pores over memorabilia from her family’s days on the road, including a box that belonged to Victoria when she was Callie’s age. In the box, Callie finds notes that Victoria wrote to herself with tips and tricks for navigating her new world. Inspired by this piece of her grandmother’s life, Callie decides to use Victoria’s circus prowess to navigate the uncharted waters of public high school.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
As if we could leave this off the list. A CLASSIC.
About the book: It was a dark and stormy night.
Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.
Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet.
The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs
Um. HELLO. Did someone say time loop?! Yup. This series understands the idea of Leap Day on a whole new level.