Book Tag | Burn, Rewrite, Reread

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Hey everyone! Today I thought I’d bring to you an awesome, super unique tag. I was tagged by Jesse @ Books at Dawn, so thanks again Jesse for always tagging me in the coolest stuff. My blog would be dull without your tags. XD To everyone, you should go check out his blog. He posts quality stuff!

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. Thanks for that tip, it makes this so much easier)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or five) 🙂

Okay, let’s get into it!


Round One:

Burn: Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran. I didn’t hate this book, tbh. I thought it was a decently entertaining historical fiction. I don’t know if it was accurate, and I didn’t think it was the most critically appealing book, but I had an okay time reading it. But from among these three, this is my least favorite so *sets it on fire*

Rewrite: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. Again, this wasn’t a bad book whatsoever. I actually thought it was extremely enjoyable and entertaining. It was definitely my favorite from among the series (I’ve only read the first 3, though). But I do think I’d change some things here and there.

Reread: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series is the only series I would gladly re-read. I don’t usually re-read stuff just because there are so many other stories yet to be discovered. But this series reminds me of better times and childhood and magic.


Round Two:

Burn: The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski. I expected good things from this book before going into it. The premise sounded interesting, and I love Rutkoski as a writer. But the book fell flat for me – the plot was done well, but the lackluster characters couldn’t carry it through and the world-building was ordinary.

Rewrite: The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. I would change a lot about this book, which is not to say that I didn’t like or appreciate it in its existing form. Tartt is such a talented writer; I strive to be as good as she is with her words. But this book left me feeling unsatisfied with the mystery element of it. I would have made it shorter, and would have done something very differently when it comes to the mystery. I won’t reveal what, because that would somewhat spoil it for you.

Reread: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. This book is such a sweet, lovely, feel-good story. It gives you the feels but in the best way possible. The characters were drawn out nicely, and it was a book lover’s dream without seeming overbearing at all. Also, the main character is Indian. YAY for diversity.


Round Three:

Burn: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Usually, I’d feel bad about burning a book but I wouldn’t feel bad about burning this. This book is a steaming pile of shit full of bad writing, abusive relationships, ridiculously dull and weak female characters, cheesy dialogue and crappy plot.

Rewrite: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I would change a lot about this book. I don’t like some of the decisions Maas has been making regarding her characters in the latest books, and that’s not just because I love Chaol so much. I would have never introduced Rowan into the story, because he’s so freaking dull and serves very little purpose. I liked the dynamic between the original trio, which was lacking in this book, so I was pretty much bored throughout the entire thing.

Reread: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Ooh, I loved this one. I know a lot of people thought this suffered from the Sequel Syndrome, but I thought it was a great installment – better than the first one, actually. I liked Scarlet much more as a character, and the relationship was also more appealing. Also, Wolf is my bae.


Round Four:

Burn: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I will never, ever, ever get behind relationships whose basis is cheating. I hate them with a burning passion, and it’s only worse when the author tries to justify it. Awful.

Rewrite: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. I liked this book quite a lot, but I talked about the end in my review, and how it brought the rating down for me. I would change the ending – the paranormal aspect introduced fit the book, yes, but it raised more questions than it answered, imo.

Reread: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Another heart-warming, beautiful read. The characters felt so real, and the plot was cohesive despite being told in many differing points of view. This is marketed as a middle-grade read, but it’s definitely a book that everyone – regardless of age – should pick up and give a try.


Round Five:

Burn: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. This probably near the top of my ‘Least Favorite Books Ever’ list. Usually, I don’t discourage people from reading something because you know, you may like it even though I didn’t. But I discourage people from reading this because it was awful. There was nothing about this worth reading. Just… don’t do it.

Rewrite: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. My main issue with this book was the characterization and the mechanical, calculated writing style. I wouldn’t change anything about the plot at all, nor the world-building. But I’d give the characters a little more depth, and make the writing more emotional.

Reread: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I read this book a long time ago, so I don’t remember it much. But I do remember really liking it. Also, I think Ari and Dante are one of my OTPs because they’re just so freaking cute.


I Tag:

Ashley | Melanie | Josephine | Marie | Joey | Nick

If you’ve already done this, or have no interest in doing it, feel free to ignore this post! If you do plan on doing it, I can’t wait to see your answers! <3

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Comments

  1. Great post- I actually love the direction Maas has taken (I’m not a Chaol fan) so I would definitely reread that one, And no one would feel guilty about burning 50 shades- it’s probably the only book on the planet that deserves that treatment. Ah no I could never have rewritten Mistborn- but I don’t know how anyone could rewrite Dante either- that would’ve been an impossible choice for me!

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