Wishlist Wednesday

Welcome to Wishlist Wednesday!

The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:

  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
  • Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

For Wishlist Wednesday this week, it’s a two-fer:

If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman

From Goodreads on If I Stay:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Where She Went is a sequel, and I’m not providing a synopsis… because I don’t want to know! In general, I prefer to know only the bare bones of a plot before I read a book, and definitely when it comes to two related books, I don’t want to get spoilers for #1 by reading about #2.

So why do I want to read these?

I’m probably the last person on the planet (well, maybe second or third to last) who hasn’t read one or both of these books. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of reading Just One Day by the same author, and really loved it. (You can see my review here). Her writing is terrific, and the story moved well beyond standard romantic fare to say something truer and deeper about self, identity, independence, and inner strength. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Just One Year, due out this fall — so meanwhile, I thought it would be good timing to go back and read Gayle Forman’s earlier hits!

Have you read If I Stay and Where She Went? Are they must-reads or read-if-you-get-a-chance books? Let me know your thoughts!

So what’s on your wishlist this week?

Have you voted in my vacation reading poll yet? Rather than pick my own reading material for my upcoming trip, I thought I’d let everyone else do it for me! Here’s the link to see the options and cast your vote. Choose wisely! Whichever books get the most votes by Friday are going straight into my suitcase.

12 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday

  1. I am actually finding some great titles thanks to this meme!
    I have never heard of this books before but they do look awesome and I added them immediately to my to-read list, along with Just One Day ^^
    Just like you, I don’t like to read the synopsis that are too long, I just need bits and pieces of the plot to understand if I really want to read a book and then I read it, without spoilers (:

    Here is my WW:

    • Thanks! I actually have copies of both of these that I picked up at a used book sale last year — but need to push myself to take them off the shelf and read them!

    • Thanks, Sarah! I agree about book 1 — which is why I don’t want to read the synopsis for book 2. I don’t want to know how the 1st one turns out before I get a chance to read it! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’ve got Just One Day on my TBR but have yet to read it. Thanks for sharing these others with me. I’ll have to check them out.

    Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post!

    Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva

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