Last year, I stumbled across a tag called Burn, Rewrite, Re-read, which was a simple yet brilliant tag that I found over at lovely Ali @ Devouring Books and Lattes. The tag has a very simply premise, and set of rules, so let’s not let rambling on destroy the name of the game, and get on with round 2:
- Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
- 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 six)
Please, if you read this or like this, then consider yourself tagged!
Round One: The Mistake (Off Campus #2) | Stalker | Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1)
This is an easy round, that took no thought:
Burn: The Mistake (Off Campus #2) Elle Kennedy: This was a piece of throwaway new-adult fiction that I read when I was ill last year and would not be sad if I ever thought about again.
Re-write: Stalker Lars Kepler: I am not really sure that I could improve this book a lot by re-writing it, but I don’t want to re-read or burn it, so re-writing it is. It was quite long, maybe re-writing could solve this?
Re-read: Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) Leigh Bardugo: It may not be her highest quality piece of writing, but I would happily go right back to the beginning of this trilogy and re-read this!
Round Two: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth | The Ersatz Elevator | Frankestein
This, once again, proved pretty easy to pick:
Burn: Frankenstein Mary Shelley: I accept that this will be blasphemous to many people, but this book was not something I enjoyed, it was whiny at best, so it can go on the first as fuel.
Re-write: The Ersatz Elevator (ASOUE #6) Lemony Snicket: This is actually one of my favourite of this series, but I think all of them could always do with a re-write, even if it is just to improve little bits that I don’t like.
Re-read: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Col. Chris Hadfield: This was my book of 2017, and I would read it again in a heartbeat. I think it is right up there as one of my favourite books ever, if not THE favourite!
Round Three: The BFG | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | A Game of Thrones
This was awful, because I like all three books a lot and found them quite hard to separate:
Burn: A Game of Thrones George R R Martin: I don’t want to burn this, but the other two are amongst my favourite books ever, so I can’t save this ahead of them. Besides, it’s long so will burn and keep us warm for a while.
Re-write: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J K Rowling: I cannot believe that I have put a Harry Potter book as re-write, but I have. This is by far the longest book, and there are sections *cough* GRAWP *cough* that could easily go missing in a re-write.
Re-read: The BFG Roald Dahl: I just love this book, it really showcases the magic of Roald Dahl in the best way, and could not be improved. I’d always re-read this little gem.
Round Four: Chew Vol #2: International Flavours | The Hound of the Baskervilles | Live and Let Die
This wasn’t easy, as two of these left my disappointed and would easily be put in the re-write slot if it hadn’t been for them both being in the same round.
Burn: Live and Let Die Ian Fleming: I love the song, I dislike the film, I was disappointed by the book. It’s actually stalled the progress I was making with the series, and it is only book 2!
Re-write: The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: This hurts a little bit because I love Sherlock Holmes, but if I am honest, this is the one I like the least so maybe re-writing could make me like it more?
Re-read: Chew Vol #2: International Flavours John Layman and Rob Guillory: I love this series, and I have no where near enough brain power or imagination to improve it!
Round Five: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Holes | Brave New World
I don’t really like this. I don’t love, or actually like, any of them. They could all be burned it they were in a different group:
Burn: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll: I really, really disliked this book, and would not miss it at all if it got chucked onto a fire. I might even find some extra copies to throw on too!
Re-write: Brave New World Aldous Huxley: I didn’t quite get this book, which is a shame given my love for dystopian literature. Maybe a re-write would help…
Re-read: Holes Louis Sachar: I literally don’t remember this book, but it’s a Young Adult read, so it wouldn’t take long. I can remember thinking it was alright.
Round Six: The Gemini Contenders | High Rise | The Host
This was a nice easy finish:
Burn: High Rise J G Ballard: I didn’t love this at all, and don’t think I’d really miss it if it ended up on a fire, so I’m’a burn it.
Re-write: The Host Stephanie Meyer: I actually really quite like this book, but there are a couple of aspects of it that I find a little creepy (such as the transplant of the alien into a youngish girl) so I’d like to try and fix those bits if I had the chance to.
Re-read: The Gemini Contenders Robert Ludlum: This was one of the books that got me into reading thrillers, so I’d always choose to re-read it if it came to it.
What would you do faced this these round? Fancy giving it a go yourself? You should, you’re all tagged! Please make sure to link or comment back in some way so I can see what you choose!