Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I was inspired by BooksWithChloe on YouTube and Kaya at A Fictional Bookworm, to bring you guys the Reread / Rewrite / Burn Challenge. So the game is pretty simple – I’m going to pull three books out of a mug. These books were all from last years Read list from Goodreads. There are no graphic novels or manga, though! From these three books, I’m going to decide which I’d reread, rewrite or burn! I’m not going into massive details about the books, because it’ll just bog the fun down! I’ve got the names on bits of paper, and they’re in this fetching DC Comics – The Legend of Batman tin travel mug, which my boyfriend got from the Eaglemoss Collection!
In the words of RuPaul, “Gentlemen start your engines – and may the best woman win!”
I’m going to reread S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett. I really enjoyed this the first time I read it, and I think is due to the world and its characters. I’m going to rewrite Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, as I feel like it could have been better – my plan would be do develop the characters more, improve the writing style and make it more fierc, as it’s a plot I’m a sucker for! And I’m going to burn The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Adhieh – as much as I did enjoy it, it’s just not for me and I can pick out faults.
This was so hard, especially as these were picked by my boyfriend! I’m going to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – this is one of my favourite series’ of all time, and I have a lot feelings about it. You can also find secrets about the rest of the series on a reread too – I love doing that! I’m going to rewrite Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. As much as I love the series, I would tweak a few chapters and maybe ramp up the budding sexual tension… And I’m going to burn To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I wasn’t a fan of this, as it essentially becomes a retelling of The Little Mermaid. I found it predictable and plain, and the characters were uninspiring.
For this round, I’m going to reread Dracula by Bram Stoker, so I can understand it more, as I did like parts of it the first time I read it. I’ve decided to rewrite It by Stephen King, as it was very long-winded and can be condensed in so many places. And I’ve decided to burn Almost Love by Louise O’Neill, as at times it’s a bit too close to home, the lead character is very unlikable and unlike Louise O’Neill’s other novels, this didn’t leave me bowled over.
So this round was picked by my boyfriend again. I’ve decided for this I’m going to reread Scythe by Neal Shusterman, as it was an enjoyable book, and it would be a nice refresher as the third is coming out soon. I’m going to rewrite The Ritual by Adam Nevill, as at times the language didn’t feel right for the characters, and the ending was too ambiguous. I wanted more from the final confrontation! And that leaves me burning Heartless by Marissa Meyer – the characters were flat, and the plot was too predictable, especially as it’s essentially a prequel to the Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland.
I feel this is a relatively easy round. I’m going to reread Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This was a book I did enjoy, even though it made me uneasy. I think part of the reason I’d like to reread it is because there were so many clues littered throughout that you could form your own conclusions, especially with the ambiguous Cordova ending. I’m going to rewrite To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, as it was a little bit too soft and fluffy for me – I think I could make it more to my taste and add some fantasy elements… And without a doubt, I’m going to burn The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book was a love story in disguise and not a fantasy. The novel was lacklustre, and almost felt like a chore. In the end, the whole series was a complete disappointment to me.
My boyfriend is trying to kill me off with two choices here… I think I’m going to reread Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, as the sequel is coming out soon. I loved this! I’ve decided I’m going to rewrite The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. As much as I loved this, it could be much longer, and I feel like I could have added a few more scenes towards the end… I didn’t think twice about this – I’m going to burn Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. This was my most hated book of the year, and I still can’t stand talking about this as it frustrated me so much! I unhauled this, and many of Bret Easton Ellis’ other novels.
I’ve killed myself with this round – I’m dead, buried, gone… So I’m going to reread The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I loved the plot and characters, and I’m desperate to read the sequel! I’m going to rewrite some of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, purely for more Maven – he might be a villain, but he’s my favourite character. And as much as this pains me, I’m going to burn An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I did really enjoy this, but I have no other choice and I’m so sorry!
So that’s it for this challenge, I really hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to do more challenges like this in the future, so watch this space. What books are you going to reread, rewrite and burn? I’d love to know!