Sweet! I just got tagged in my first Book Tag, and I’m pumped! I love games and this seems like fun. Thanks to Abooknerd13 for tagging me (and it was fun reading your rounds and choices!).
Now let the games begin!
- Randomly choose three books (I used Goodreads ‘random’ generator).
- Out of those three books, choose which one you would Reread, Rewrite, or send to the Burn pile.
- Rinse and repeat. I was challenged to do four rounds. Hahaha, let’s see if I break any hearts in the process.
Not going to lie, it feels slightly blasphemous talking about burning and rewriting books, but it’s all for fun.
Also, surprisingly therapeutic.
Reread: The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain. I really enjoyed this book and would happily reread again. Mclain did a fantastic job with characters, atmosphere, and staying true to the 1920s.
Rewrite: Slade House by David Mitchell. I’m a little lukewarm about this book. There were great ideas and the suspense was there, but it really fell apart in the last short story.
Burn: Beastly by Alex Finn. Not terrible, not great. Just there. Honestly, the movie from this book was awful. Guilty by association.
Reread: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The characters are pretty awful people, but for some reason I really dug this book. Those Bronte sisters just know how to write.
Rewrite: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I know everyone loves this book, but I was more in the ‘it was OK’ group. I would keep everything about the Circus itself intact though, because Morgenstern’s descriptions are on point. I would change a lot of background stuff, like the actual challenge itself, the relationship between the two leads, etc.
Burn: Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. Ugggghhhh. I wanted to love this book. I was on board for most of it,but that last act… My goodness, it was just too silly.
Reread: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It’s amazing, and I actually do want to reread it at some point.
Rewrite: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I wouldn’t really change much, the book was just up against Jane Eyre, and Jane Eyre won. For rewriting, there’s a certain object that gets from point A to point B towards the end, and I have no clue how. So maybe I’d add some clarity? I mean, other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Burn: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. As much as I love Austen, Mansfield Park is my least favorite of her books. There are some good parts but a lot of parts that make you feel sleepy.
Reread: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Another amazing book. I wish history books were more like this one.
Rewrite: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Honestly both Linger and this book are on the same level for me, and I went back and forth on which to rewrite and which to burn. This got the edge because I thought it was at least trying to open a discuss about racism. I just found it a bit on the bland side, so I would probably just try to punch it up!
Burn: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. The one good thing about Linger is it was a marked improvement on Shiver, which lacked substance for me. Sadly, Linger was still riddled with the same issues I had with the first.
Who-hoo! That was fun. I’m looking forward to more Book Tags in the future. Now time to pass the torch along!
I just tagged five newest followers to join in and do at least three rounds. Its 100% up to each person if they want to participate or not. If you do participate, then just leave the link in the comments. I’m excited to see what books are pitted against each other. Have fun!
**If you’ve already done the Book Tag its completely up to you if you want to do it again or just link the rounds you’ve already completed.