Friday, 8 April 2016

Reread, Rewrite and Burn tag

This tag is going to challenge my ability to name the last fifteen books I've read. Thanks to Heather @ Sometimes I'm a Story for tagging me! (I'm also against burning books of any kind, no matter how horrible they were. (Well, actually, there are a few books I'd like to burn, but none of them are on the following list.) So when I say "burn" please mentally replace that word with "gently put aside and not read again.")

The rules:
-Divide 15 books you’ve read into random groups of three
-For each group, choose one book to reread, one to rewrite, and one to burn
-Tag people

Group 1

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Reread: Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater because it was utterly fantastic and I can't wait to finish the series. I couldn't stop reading it. 
Rewrite: By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson. I stopped reading it for a few months because the beginning was quite boring, so I'd cut a few chapters and skip to the exciting bits. 
Burn: The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner. The concept was interesting - a door that led to Victorian London? Yes, please! - but nothing much happened and there were so many names that I got quite confused. And I wasn't 100% sure who the antagonist was? 

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Reread: To Peking by Peter Fleming. The author was the older brother of the guy who wrote James Bond, and he was a journalist who traveled from Moscow to Peking. He was hilarious, and now I want to go to Mongolia. 
Rewrite: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, mostly because she should've either finished writing the whole revolution or have released the sequel immediately. Because that's just rude to have have a sequel out as soon as the first one was released. Rude, I tell you!
Burn: Prodigy by Marie Lu. It was actually quite good but I have to burn (er, gently put aside and not read again) something. 

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Reread: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs because Miss Peregrine was just awesome and I'm so excited for the movie. And the main character, Jacob, was one of the rare the main characters who I never wanted to smash into a wall. 
Rewrite: More than This by Patrick Ness. I needed more of an ending. It was a really amazing book but it just ended and my heart smashed into a million pieces of glass. (Which I then proceeded to step on and cut my feet up.)
Burn: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'M SORRY ALRIGHT BUT I HAVE TO BURN SOMETHING. 

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Reread: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. This was one of those rare and beautiful books that didn't have much of a plot but was completely engaging anyways. (Plus I got it for free and you can't argue with free books.)
Rewrite: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I'd probably shorten it a bit, especially the first half. It was a little slow until I got halfway through, but from then on out it was completely gripping. 
Burn: Chasing the Valley by Sky Melki-Wegner. It was interesting enough and I didn't see the ending coming, but the writing didn't really grab me. It was just average, I suppose?  

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*smashes face against keyboard* Why are these decisions so hard??? 
Reread: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. This is one of my new favourite books of all time because not only is it beautiful but it deals with mental illness, which basically never comes up in YA books. 
Rewrite: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I would stop a certain person from meeting an untimely end. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've read it. *runs off to sob in a dark corner somewhere*
Burn: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. I adore this book, but it's the lesser of the three evils. 

And I'm going to be lame today and tag everyone. 

Do you agree/disagree with anything I've decided? Has anyone read any of these books? (I'm here to fangirl with you, by the way.) Who else cannot stand the thought of burning books?

12 comments:

  1. I love seeing people do this challenge! It's always interesting to see which books would be "burned".

    I feel the same way about the Jill Williamson book. My friend loved it and recommended it to me, but I had such a hard time getting through it.

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    1. I went through so much emotional trauma to try to decide which books to burn. Because I can't burn a book but I have to, even if it's just pretend but ARGH.

      I know, it took me forever to try to get through it. Once you get through the first half it gets a lot better, but it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get there. The world-building in it was quite good, though. Thanks for commenting, Sunny!

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  2. Thanks for participating! :D I also tried to get into By Darkness Hid and had to stop... Haven't started up again yet, but maybe soon. :/ Books with slow starts really bug me, though. Also, I have to agree that Challenger Deep is WELL worth the reread. <3 That was such a good book... Excellent work burning and rereading and rewriting. :) I love seeing how people make their decisions like this!

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    1. Well thanks for tagging me :) It was really hard to get through, which is really too bad because the rest of the book wasn't bad. The second book was the best, I think, but the third one was good but slightly annoying.

      CHALLENGER DEEP WAS AMAZING. I wandered around the house in a daze after finishing it, unable to comprehend its awesomeness.

      Heather, this tag put me through so much trauma. Burning books??? *dies*

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  3. The only book out of those that I've read is The Knife of Never Letting Go. It was certainly interesting to see you do this tag (I'm also surprised that a lot of the bloggers I know know each other). I don't remember the last 15 books I've read so unfortunately I can't do this tag :( Maybe another time, eh?

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    1. The Knife of Never Letting Go was such a fantastic book, and the other two in the series were just incredible. Did you enjoy it?

      Yeah, it's quite interesting how everyone knows each other. You don't have to do the last 15 books you've read, that was just what Heather did and I thought it would be a good way to get a spread of different books. Thanks for commenting, Grace!

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  4. Ooh, I have read quite a few of these. Your last fifteen books have been pretty amazing! I don't think i could have chosen to put any of these in the burn pile, even if it isn't real! The Raven Boys is sooo good, isn't it? I can't wait for The Raven King to come out this year.

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    1. Thanks! I've had a pretty good reading pile lately. This tag has put me through some serious trauma. How do I burn a book, even if just for pretend? IT'S NOT RIGHT.

      Oh, the Raven Boys is amazing. I just got The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Blue Lily from the library today and I can't wait for a spare few hours to dive into them. The Raven King will be utterly epic.

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  5. RAVEN BOYYYYSSSS! I'm actually so desperate to reread, I have to say! To Peking sounds really good. Oh, and I must read some Neal Shusterman at some point.

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    1. YESSSSS!!!! IT IS AMAZING. JUST SERIOUSLY. UTTERLY PERFECT. I'LL SHUT UP NOW.

      To Peking was amazing. I haven't read many travel books, but I've decided to branch out after that book. I haven't read any Neal Shusterman outside of Challenger Deep, but I think I'll have to. Challenger Deep was beyond amazing and was easily one of my favourite books of the year.

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  6. YOU'RE GOING TO BURN SHERLOCK HOLMES!?

    I'm joking, mildly. The other options against it must be really good reads! But really, I understand the tough decisions here. I plan to do this tag. . . sometime. And I think I'm going to use all my favorite books, so yes. I will probably be "burning" some very great books. *sobs* Thankfully, it's all metaphorical.

    Oo, I do want to read Challenger Deep.

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    1. I KNOW I'M SO SORRY, OK? IT WAS A VERY HARD DECISION.

      I'd be quite interested to see what you have to say on the matter. And yes, if this was literal I think I would have permanent brain damage.

      Seriously, it's one of my favourite books of the year. I'd very highly recommend it to anyone and everyone because it was so utterly fantastic. If I could physically shove that book in your face, I would :)

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