Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing Goodreads I stumbled upon Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

where things come back coverJust when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . . 

In the summer before Cullen’s senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone’s eating “Lazarus burgers.” But as absurd as the town’s carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen’s sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared. 

While Cullen navigates his way through a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it. As distant as the two stories seem at the start, they are thoughtfully woven ever closer together and through masterful plotting, brought face to face in a surprising and harrowing climax.

It sounds compelling and engaging and thus has earned a spot on the official wish list. I think it takes a strong writer to weave two separate tales into one story, not everyone can do it well and most fail to do it seamlessly. But I’ve read raving reviews about the author and novel so I have high hopes. Let’s hope they are not crushed!

Have you ever read this novel? What did you think? What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Comment below and happy reading!

14 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday

  1. There is some fact in the story. A type of woodpecker thought extinct was spotted near Brinkley, Arkansas, my home town. When it hit the news hundreds of people came to Brinkley and the surrounding area for a chance to see the bird. Sounds to me like there is enough to pique my interest and read the book. Thanks for the post Ms. Lindsey.

  2. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK! I’ve read it two or three times, and I absolutely love it! The writing reminds me a lot of John Green’s writing style, and the dual perspectives come together at the end in a really intriguing way. I hope you like it! 🙂

    • I know, right! I literally stumbled upon this book on accident on Goodreads, and was so caught off guard because the premise sounds completely different than its title. I’ll let you know if its worth reading. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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