It is tag post time again and whilst I would usually spread these posts out, I’m loving it right now as this week is easy post week, mainly because it is both mine and my sister’s birthday week! Her birthday was yesterday, mine is in fact today, and it is full of lots of different goings on.
By the time this is published, I will be in London trying not to pull my hair out, experiencing every affordable Harry Potter experience there is, dragging my sister, her boyfriend, and friend into Foyles or Waterstones bookshop, avoid being tempted to catch the Eurostar to Disneyland Paris, etc……
Anyway, I was tagged by Mandy at Book Princess Reviews to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread book tag. I’ve seen a few of these posts and I thought they looked like fun so I’m glad to be able to participate.
- 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)
Burn: Eleanor and Park. Sorry any Rainbow Rowell fans out there but I have real difficulty getting into any of her books as I find them really dry and boring. I actually liked this book when I first read it three years ago and even though I do still consider it to be the better book, it does absolutely nothing for me. Honestly, I can gladly go through my life without reading any more Rainbow Rowell books.
Rewrite: The Monstrous Child. This had amazing premise and I was looking forward to reading this but the writing put me off. It was trying far too hard to be good and it did nothing but annoy me.
Reread: The Bone Season. This is the start to one of my favourite incomplete series at the moment and I absolutely adore the world that Samantha Shannon has created. I’m super psyched to start reading the Song Rising soon!
Burn: Flawless. I started reading the Pretty Little Liars series when I gave up on the tv show, and whilst they were very quick reads, I didn’t like them at all. The entire series (both books and tv) is completely farcical and over the top. No teen has that much drama and every character just seemed to be stuck up and selfish.
Rewrite: Ruby Red. I actually quite liked this series but one of my main qualms was that I didn’t think that the German to English translation read that well. The sentences were too long and I had to resist finding a red pen and marking my own edits. As a language graduate I understand and know how difficult translating texts can be so I do take my hat off to all the translators out there, but I think it could have had a few more polishing edits to make it better.
Reread: Virals. For someone who hasn’t continued with this series, I really liked Kathy Reichs’ foray into YA literature. It was fun, the mystery was interesting, and the plot twist took me by surprise. It could have been written less simplistically but it was still enjoyable and I have come to quite like Kathy Reichs as an author, even though I read more of her Temperance Brennan series.
Burn: Fangirl. This is the book that put me off Rainbow Rowell’s books for good. After everything I’d heard, I expected to love this book with all of my heart but it bored me to tears. I stubbornly finished this book and even though the last quarter was better, it still left me with lingering questions that were not discussed.
Rewrite: Breaking Dawn. Even though I really liked this book, I would probably go back and rewrite some bits and maybe even add the missing fight scene between the Cullens, their gathered friends and the Volturi. It has been a while since I read Twilight though so whenever I do re-read it, I would probably want to rewrite those bits that bug me.
Reread: I actually started rereading the Murdoch Mysteries series at the beginning of the year and this is one of the books I need to get to. Maureen Jennings has this incredible knack of writing mysteries whilst remaining sensitive and true to the harsh reality of Victorian Toronto. Whilst incredibly different, I also love the TV show so there is no reason why I should not get to this soon.
And that is that.
And anyone else who fancies participating.
Thank you for reading and have a good day!