Thank you to Analee @BookSnacks for tagging me! Also thanks for teaching me about the randomize option on Goodreads. I did not even know that existed and I’ve been Goodreads for like almost a year now? I’m so smart..
-Randomly choose 3 books. (I used the ‘Random’ option on my 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 (I’m doing 6)
Reread: The Lies of Locke Lamora because it’s one of my favorite fantasy series of all time and it’s seriously so amazing. I particularly love the witty banter between the characters. I literally cannot praise it enough. Like I would sell my soul to Scott Lynch. Without a second thought. No, really.
Rewrite: Probably The Child Thief. I want more Wendy and Tiger Lily! And some parts felt a little unnecessary and dragged the book down.
Burn: Soulless. I love fantasy but for some reason, I have so much trouble getting into Urban Fantasy. I just thought this was just alright. I think it tried way too hard to be charming and witty when it wasn’t..
Reread: Unteachable remains, to this day, my highest rated (4.5/5) romance book I’ve read. It’s also my most highly rated New Adult book. And a romance book impressing me is like me trying to impress Gordon Ramsay with my cooking. It’s hard. Also, it wins another award for best NA cover ever.
Rewrite: Crash Into You. Dear Ms. McGarry, Fix that melodramatic ending and that cover. Otherwise, it was a cute book.
Burn: To be honest, Crash Into You and Cuckoo Song are interchangeable for these two categories. I could burn or rewrite either. Cuckoo Song had such an eerie, creepy, suspenseful beginning with talking dolls and leaves falling mysteriously out of people’s hair. But then the plot just stopped in the middle and it dragged so much until the end.
Ugh this is so difficult.
Reread: Airborn. This is actually one of more underrated middle grade adventure books I’ve come across. It’s so fun and so entertaining. It has flying pirate ships, the classic underdog, a cute romance. I mean, what more can you want.
Rewrite: The Name of the Wind. Write more female characters! Also, the ending subplot just was so unnecessary to the story. Some of the plot tropes are really cliche too and some of the lore and history could have been better integrated.
Burn: Alif the Unseen. The premise is interesting and one of the few Middle Eastern fantasies I’ve read that is so devoid of Western perspective, but the characters and the plot do not really live up to it.
Reread: The Wrath and the Dawn; I actually should read this again since there is a short story coming out with the events of the first book from Khalid’s perspective!! ❤
Rewrite: An Ember in the Ashes. I need more worldbuilding. Less love triangles. Less sexual-assault-as-a-way-to-make-a-character-appear more-evil trope.
Burn: Monkey High. I will burn this and then buy myself another copy 😉 but seriously, this book subverts a romance trope that I had been waiting for. The main male character who is normally the goofy sidekick ends up with the girl (who is more of like your alpha male type character)?? Yes, please.
Reread: Strange and Ever After. This isn’t really a testament to how good the book is. It’s more of the fact that I didn’t like the other two books. But SaEA does have its moments.
ReWrite: The Martian should have been retitled How to Survive on Mars 101. Give me more character development, more of Mars itself!
Burn: The Spook’s Revenge. Worst series ending ever. If you read this series, just pretend like this book doesn’t exist.
Burn: Code Name Verity. It just lacked a sense of urgency and pacing for me.
Reread: The Well of Ascension. This is actually my second favorite Mistborn novel. Sooo good. I love all the political maneuvering in thsi one.
Rewrite: Nailbiter. All it needs is a little more character development.
As always, I tag anyone who would like to do this. It was really fun, but really hard at the same time.