Welcome to a fun little tag called the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag. This is just like the Kiss/Marry/Cliff game (cough Shag/Marry/Kill for the older among us), but book-related! I was tagged by Liz @ Travel In Retrospect (surprise surprise) and so I decided to give it a go.
- 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).
Basically grab a list of your books (I used my Read shelf on Goodreads), grab three numbers, and then decide which of the three you’d rather burn, rewrite, or reread. Simple, right? Let’s go!
Re-read: Henry V – William Shakespeare
I adored reading Henry V for the sake of discussion in class, I assume that’s because I enjoyed it full-stop, but you can never be too sure, so I’d like to re-read it to check. The adaptation which was part of The Hollow Crown TV series didn’t hurt matters at all.
Re-write: How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
I can’t say there is anything specific I’d want to re-write about Caitlin Moran’s memoir, I just wouldn’t want to burn it either. I suppose I could re-write it to be longer??
Burn: Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
I really did not get along with the pacing or writing style of Assassin’s Apprentice which is such a shame as I was constantly told I would adore Robin Hobb’s fantasy series. If it were in a different setup it would be a ‘rewrite’ for sure, just a shame it has been drawn alongside two things I loved.
Re-read: The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski
I remember enjoying this first book in the Winner’s trilogy but I never actually continued with the series. I plan to do so this year but I really need to re-read the first book before that can really happen, as I remember next to nothing about the book.
Re-write: The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
I love the films – who doesn’t? The books can be extraordinarily dull. I wouldn’t dare to presume I could re-write anything as good as Tolkien could, he was an amazing world builder and writer (and just intellect in general) but I would perhaps re-write a couple of scenes to make them more readable *cough* The Council of Elrond *cough*
Burn: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
It took me weeks to finish this book. Now, was that because it was the last book in the series so I knew I would never get anymore of the world of Harry Potter, as far as I was concerned? No, it was because a lot of things happened that I’d rather had not happened. People seemed to die for the sake of it and I’m still not over a lot of them, nor have I forgiven JK Rowling, so I suppose if I had to burn one of these three great books, it’s gotta be the book that killed off so many beloved characters.
Re-read: Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo
Forever until the end of time I will want to constantly re-read the Six of Crows duology. As soon as I finished the series I immediately wanted to re-read the two books. Everything about Bardugo’s Grishaverse is incredible, from the characters to the world-building to the development of both, they’re just amazing, and I will always recommend it to lovers of fantasy and heists alike. If my constant re-reading could also magically change a couple of small things that happened, that would also be a nice bonus.
Re-write: The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
I had to read this book for A Level and I can remember… well not a lot of it, if I’m honest. I’m told it’s practically a classic, and it is an important book to read if you’re interesting in reading diverse fiction but, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. Don’t get me wrong, the writing style fulfils the purpose of the novel, I’m sure – I wrote many an essay about that – but it doesn’t change the fact I might have liked the novel more if it had had a slightly different narrative style.
Burn: Renaissance Utopias and the Problem of History – Marina Leslie
I had to read this for a university essay about (surprise surprise) Renaissance-era depictions of “utopia”. Whilst I find utopia an interesting concept, it was still a book of essays, so you know, not the most enjoyable of casual reads. I suppose I’d have to burn it since I would never re-read it unless I suddenly had an urge to re-write my essay also which, you know, considering I’ve graduated, isn’t likely. I am still interested in the concept of utopia and dystopia though so… hey, not all ends up in flames.
Well that was a bit of fun, and I was mildly surprised at myself for burning Harry Potter! If you’d like to join in on the fun yourself and do this tag then, please, consider yourself tagged by moi. If you have a Burn/Rewrite/Reread post of your own please do link it below because I’d love to see it!