Hi Virtually Readers! Heather at Sometimes I’m a Story tagged us for the reread, rewrite, burn tag, which is what I’m going to be doing today.
- Choose 15 books
- Divide into groups of 3
- For each group, choose one to burn, one to rewrite, and one to reread
(basically Kiss, Kill, Marry except better because it’s BOOKS)
I chose a whole lot of books from my bookshelf and wrote their names down and drew groups from the Plastic Box of Doom then used my Sticky Notes of Decision to decide which to do what to.
- Reread: Jane Eyre because it is wonderful and has interesting language, even if it’s a bit depressing.
- Rewrite: A Mad, Wicked Folly. I just finished this and it dealt really well with women’s rights in the early 20th century, but some of the language/characters didn’t fit that well with the time period.
- Burn: The Circle. I feel bad about this (sorry!) because the premise is good, and it’s not an awful book. But I didn’t like some of the characters, and how they basically died all over the place.
- Re-Read: The Girl With All The Gifts because it’s quirky and original and sad and will give you feels.
- Re-Write: Ketchup Clouds. It’s been quite a while since I read this, but the main problem with it is that the ending was… anticlimactic. No spoilers, but the MC spends the entire book thinking she did this thing and then she just decides she didn’t.
- Burn: The Girl Who Could Fly. I feel really bad about this, because it’s an amazing MG about a girl who can fly (surprise), but I’ve probably grown out of it just a bit.
- Reread: The Crossing of Ingo because it was an amazing series finale with wonderful character development and settings. I loved the way it tackled the theme of dual belonging.
- Rewrite: Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I LOVED Days of Blood and Starlight, but this felt like a really long prologue whose purpose was just to introduce characters and settings and put in a bit of world building. I would make it more plottish rather than introductiony.
- Burn: Solitaire. This book was fine, but the MC really annoyed be and it didn’t change my life or anything.
- Reread: Good Enough because it is just about finding where you belong and what makes you happy in a world full of expectations. The MC is amazing and I really identified with her.
- Rewrite: Apple and Rain. It dealt well with issues of family and belonging, but could be written better, I think. Then again, it’s been over a year since I read it and I don’t remember it too well.
- Burn: Waves by Sharon Dogar. This book had a good premise but didn’t really work for me. It was supposed to be contemporary with maybe a bit of magical realism but it didn’t seem that realistic.
- Reread: When We Wake. I loved the narrative style, the characters, the themes it tackled.
- Rewrite: Fairest, which made me be like ‘I get why you suck, Levana, but I still hate you’. I don’t know how I would make it better, because it was pretty well written, but I didn’t like it as much as When We Wake.
- Burn: A Corner of White, which I was somewhat reluctant to do. Mainly I can’t remember a lot of it, so I’m just going to burn it. (I should stop apologising to the burned books)
Which of these would YOU read/rewrite/burn? Which would you refuse to do anything to? Is this a fun tag or what?