26. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – Book Club Pick


Read this: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Watch this: The Time Traveler’s Wife – 2009 movie and 2022 series

Why We Made This Selection and Background Knowledge

Julie: I remembered seeing the movie way back when and having a pretty blah reaction. I also knew there was a newer series and had seen some people watch it… but not much more.

Claire: Nothing other than I knew it was a book a lot of people loved. I thought I saw the movie when I was younger, but once I started watching it, I realized I was wrong. I think I was thinking of Tuck Everlasting.

Overall Opinion of the Book

Claire: Ugh. I really did not care for it, but cared enough to finish it.

Julie: I had big issues with the morality of the story and struggled with the story constriction. I found the book entertaining, like I didn’t hate reading it… I kept going.

Overall Opinion of the Series

Julie: Overall, I enjoyed the show and appreciated some of the changes they made.

Claire: It was okay. Better than the movie but still had issues with it.

Overall Opinion of the Movie

Julie: I didn’t love the movie. I think it’s really hard to condense a 500+ page book into an hour and 45 mins. It’s got to move fast. It probably always should have been a series.

Claire: Didn’t love it

Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.

Claire: Audiobook

Julie: I read a paperback.

Which was better?

Julie: The series

Claire: The series


  1. Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
  2. Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
  3. Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
  4. Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? No
  5. Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 4/5

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