A – A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

Loved: This was one of the first sci-fi/fantasy books I read as a kid. I loved that Meg was a smart, strong lead character, who still managed to be vulnerable and imperfect. I really identified with her. I also love L’Engle’s ability to make great secondary characters like Charles Wallace and Calvin. Plus, the logic, intellect, riddle aspect of the plot was so fun – to this day, I wish tesseracts existed!

Learned: Over the years, I keep coming back to this one as an example of how to build tension through strong personal stakes. Meg’s sole focus (almost to a fault) is saving her father…if she happens to save the world in the process, all the better. And I loved her for that!


  1. One of my favorite books. I also stumbled upon it when I was a child, and husband surpirsed me with the audio book a few years ago. I'm still amazed at how creative and different the worlds and characters L'Engle made are.

  2. I just reread this. Fantastic book. Though I'd have to say A Swiftly Tilting Planet is my favorite.

  3. I suspect I may be the only person who doesn't love this book. It's especially heinous when you know I'm a fantasy writing (former) English teacher.

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  4. Sounds like a really interesting book. Another one for my TBR list. :-)

  5. I'm going to have to have a read. Nice to meet you

  6. I read this with my son a few years ago. I'm a new follower from #atozchallenge.

  7. I've heard such good things about this book. I need to bump it up on my TBR list.
    New follower here :)

  8. Oh gosh, I haven't thought about that book in years! Thanks for the memory jolt! I'm a new follower via the A to Z. Nice to meet you, Nicole!

  9. Nicole, I'm really looking forward to your posts--this topic is great!

    As for A Wrinkle in Time, I'm a huge fan as well. I bought a copy from Amazon a few years ago to bring some of my childhood back to my bookshelf!

  10. I still need to read that one. It's been on my reading list since I was like eight. I love that you found a book that helps inspire you're writing!

  11. Janna - She does worldbuilding so well!

    Sarah - I have the entire set and "Swiftly Tilting Planet" is also amazing! She does such a nice job of growing the characters over the series.

    M.J. - You're forgiven. :)

    Misha and Laura - Definitely check it out. It's a fast read and you won't regret it!

    Ciara - Thanks for following! What a fun family read it must have been for you and your son. ;)

    Cristina - Also thanks for following, and it's well worth a read.

    Nancy - Haha, you're welcome! Glad to have you as a follower.

    Tricia - Thanks, I'm so excited too! And I'm a big believer in have a bookshelf that's well-stocked in childhood. :)

  12. Loved "Wrinkle" and L'Engle. Fabulous choice for an "A" Day post!

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  13. Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comments! Here's to a fun A-to-Z Challenge! :)

  14. Great choice, Nicole. And what a super theme idea you have. I'm looking forward to increasing my TBR list.

  15. I really must get round to reading this one day, I've heard very good things about it!

  16. A WRINKLE IN TIME has always been one of my favorite books, too. Great post, Roland

  17. Good luck with the A-Z challenge.. :-)

  18. I have this one somewhere around the house, but I've never read it. Now I definitely need to!!!

  19. I read this when I was younger. Loved it. A really nice post, I look forward to reading the rest of your A-Z Challenge posts.

  20. BOOKS. What a fantastic idea for the A-Z challenge! I'm a huge sci fi and fantasy lover, but I'm ashamed to admit that I've never actually read this classic.

  21. Oooh! Fun choice. I love it. I think my son just started reading this. I need to double check. :) Maybe I'll steal it from him!

  22. Yes, a great book and a great example of personal stakes. I also think it's a good example of how cliches can be used well - the book actually starts with the terribly cliche line, "It was a dark and stormy night!"

    I remember going to see the film version at the Sprockets film festival with my mother - the one that became an ABC TV-movie. It was a pretty good adaptation, I think - bringing some elements of the Earth storyline into the 21st century, and great casting of the roles of Meg and Calvin in particular!

  23. Oh my gosh!!! this is like a classic of a novel!!! I love this book!

  24. Hi Nicole! Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. I love to read and am really looking forward to following some of your favorites. I've never read A Wrinkle in Time...I'll have to add it to my "to read" list. -Sarah :)

  25. Emily - Thanks! It's so fun to find great books that inspire. :)

    Texas - You too!

    Kittie - I've got some good ones lined up for later in the month.

    Kyra, Susan and Stephanie - Hope you enjoy it if you pick it up!

    Emma - Thanks!

    Leigh - One of the other commenters said she read it together with her son. I loved that idea!

    kelworthfiles - I had totally forgotten that's how it starts! You're so right. Another example of L'Engle's skill. :)

    Ms. Saba - So glad you enjoyed the post.

  26. Roland and American - Oops, somehow missed you in my previous reply post! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  27. I think that was my first as well. I remember I loved it. I need to reread it.

    New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.