Tag: Burn, Write, or Reread?

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Usually I skip out on this tag stuff because I’m a lazy blogger. This time, though, I am so on board. Thanks to Debby (Snuggly Oranges) for tagging me because this looks like SO MUCH FUN. I’m honestly not sure who came up with the tag, though I’ve tried to figure it out, but it wasn’t me.

The rules are as follows: randomly pick three books you’ve read, and then decide which you would burn, rewrite or reread. Like Debby did, I’m going to use a random number generator on my Read shelf, and I’m going to copy her formatting for the most part too. I’ve also decided to restrict to YA/NA books.

Round One

Incarceron
Real Live Boyfriends
Virtuosity - Jessica Martinez

This book bored me nigh to tears. I know this series was really popular with some people, but I didn’t bond with the characters at all, so getting through it was a struggle.
This series would be a great one for rereading. If you’re a Jessica Darling fan and haven’t read this series, DO.
Well, by process of elimination, I guess I’m rewriting this one. Problem is that I read this a while ago and do not remember what happened. My review’s not giving me great clues other than that maybe I would remove the flash forward at the start? Idk, guys.

Round Two

The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
Wildefire
 In a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis
Save me from books about prep school boys and their rich kid problems. Christina don’t caaaaaaare.
I’m definitely going to reread Wildefire, because I have the sequel and do not remember what happened in book one almost at all at this point. That’s cool though, because I really liked it several years ago.
Ooh, I’m excited because I actually know what I would do with this one. I really liked this book, except for the daughter sort of forgetting about the boy she was crushing on for a little bit. I’d either get rid of the romance or have her deal with more regret.

Round Three

Cress
The Murmurings
 The Fine Art of Pretending - Rachel Harris
I didn’t hate this book, but it was still the easiest choice to make. The Murmurings wasn’t what I hoped it would be, and the changes I would want to make would be so massive it wouldn’t even be rewriting.
I had some issues with the writing on this one and didn’t feel like it really brought the banter. I’d also try to make Brandon someone I respect a bit more, because I had issues with some of his thoughts on women.
Believe it or not but this was a hard choice for me. I mean, OBVIOUSLY I am going to be rereading the Lunar Chronicles forever, but also rewriting some of Cress is tempting, since I’m one of the very few who did not like the Cress/Thorne ship. However, push came to shove and I’m leaving Cress alone. All the shippers may rejoice that, even in my fictional universe here, it remains unchanged.

Round Four

Born of Deception - Teri Brown
Howl'sMovingCastle_B_PB
 Starry Nights - Daisy Whitney
This one’s easy. I really enjoyed Howl’s Moving Castle (and I adore the movie to bits). It’s part of a series, and I want to revisit and read the other books this time too.
I actually don’t remember this book at all anymore, but I had some spoilery issues with the ending that it might be fun to try to improve. I really loved the concept of the series, and I liked Anna, so there are good bones here to work with.
It’s all about the romance that I didn’t like at all, so bye bye. I mean, I did like the writing, but this rewrite would require a fundamental genre change and that’s too much work.

Round Five

Wither
Charm & Strange - Stephanie Kuehn
 The Sweetest Dark - Shana Abe
*sobs* *cries* THIS IS SO HARD.
Making The Sweetest Dark a Christina book would take a whole lot of work. But on a base level, there’s something here for me to work with. I’d completely change the romance and a lot of the plot/paranormal stuff, but hey.
I’m so damn sorry that I have to do this. The obvious choice is to reread Charm & Strange, the only one of these books I actually am impressed by. However, Charm & Strange was the kind of slow read that I do not want to revisit ever. I really, really do not want to reread it, and I feel like it was too smart for me to rewrite. I don’t want to reread it to the degree that I would reread Wither, which starts off one of my least favorite series ever. What is life? This game has taken a painful turn.

What do you guys think of my choices? If you want to play, consider yourself tagged!

10 responses to “Tag: Burn, Write, or Reread?”

  1. Aoife says:

    This looks like fun. *lets number generator pic three books*
    Noooooooooooooo. I will never be ablt ot decide XD
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  2. I can’t believe you are not on the Cress/Thorne ship. I forgot this thing. Kind of. (I blocked it out because no.) BUT HAHA YOU LEFT IT UNTOUCHED WHEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    Fair – The Fine Art of Pretending could have been so much shippier than it was. There is much potential there to play with though 🙂

    YES YES REREAD HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. I also still need to read the sequels. Oooops. (But imho the movie is superior to the book.)

    Aaaaaaand those are the books I have read. Womp womp. But I enjoy your pain in that last round mihihihihihi.
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  3. Lyn Kaye says:

    Reread Howl’s Moving Castle….I second this!

    I like what you said about rewriting A Handful of Dust. The book would have survived without the romance.

    Rewrite The Sweetest Dark and have Jesse fall off a cliff – yes please.
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  4. I love Howl’s Moving Castle… but I’m not a re-reader. If I were, I’d definitely be reading it again! (I never want to see the movie again, though. Ever. I hate the movie as much as I love the book!)
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  5. Hannah says:

    ARGH I know what you mean about Charm & Strange. It was brilliant, but I don’t think I can reread it, especially knowing the twist and all. And I definitely couldn’t do a better job at rewriting it.
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  6. MichelleC says:

    I’m so in love with this idea! I can’t wait to try it out with my own books and see what everyone thinks. I’ll tag a link to your profile if you don’t mind. Thanks again for the idea!

    P.S. You’ve also given me some great ideas on future books to read.
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  7. Oh yeah, this game was hard on me too. I posted mine now, inspired by your post, Christina.

    I have not read any of the books in your tag battle, but I just recently watched Howl’s movie castle and I LOVED IT! Must have the book, now!

  8. I never got past the first book in the Ruby Oliver series. I can’t even remember much about it… definitely worth trying again. Although I still need to read Jessica Darling too.

    Hey! I wasn’t a big fan of the Cress/Thorne ship either. Thorne isn’t as appealing to me in general, but Cress totally deserves more.
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