My first read of the new year was “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, a book that I’ve had on my shelves for almost a year but never had the time to read. With Snowpocalyse 2011 hitting Atlanta and everything being shut down, I took the time to finally get through this book, to see if I would love it as much as I loved the film adaptation. The answer was a resounding yes.
The supernatural element of time-traveling added to the appeal of this book for me, but overall, it was the love story that sucked me in and made me fall in love with it. Being a hopeless romantic myself, to read a story that talks about not only romantic love, but maternal love and how powerful and impactful they can both be was very moving for me. The story shows that love really can transcend time and space, and who doesn’t want that kind of love in their life?
I think the only thing that slightly bothered me was the age difference and some interactions between Henry and Clare when he was older, traveling back to see her younger self. But again, in this instance since they ended up married anyway, it wasn’t so bad; just a bit weird to read.
All in all, I think this was a great story, and I’m glad that I chose it to kick of my year of reading for 2011.