Tag: Burn, Rewrite, or Reread?

Posted April 16, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

Lyn from Great Imaginations tagged me to do the Burn, Rewrite, or Reread tag/challenge/thing, and that made me SO HAPPY because honestly, this sounds hilarious. Basically, we’re playing kiss/marry/kill but with BOOKS.

The rules are as follows: randomly pick three books you’ve read, and then decide which you would burn, rewrite or reread. I’m using Goodreads and a random number generator, but I’m sure you could do it another way if you wanted to.

Round One

Faking It Altered Lying Out Loud

Reread: Faking It by Cora Carmack
This was not difficult, because as a matter of fact, I just reread Faking It last week! Seriously, this is one of my favorite NA books of all time, and Cade is one of my top book boyfriends of all time. Top notch fake dating banterfluff ♥♥♥

Burn: Altered by Jennifer Rush
I didn’t really *dislike* this book, but I never cared enough to push on with the series. The characters just didn’t pop off the page enough for me, and, well, I’m a character reader. So into the furnace this can go.

Rewrite: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
IT PAINS ME TO SAY I WOULD REWRITE A KEPLINGER BOOK. But in fairness, this is my least favorite of her YA books so far. I guess it could do with a bit of rewriting – make Amy’s character arc stronger letting her be her own person, make Sonny stop lying much earlier on, and maybe show more past the ending. Still this makes me sad ;____; but I did like Faking It better.

Round Two

Looking for Alaska The Art of Wishing (2) Illuminate

Burn: Looking For Alaska by John Green
HAHAHAHAA THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT AT ALL. Not too long ago, “Looking for Alaska hate” was a top search term leading to my blog. *cough* I mean, I dunno if I’d say I hate this book, but it was just soooo not for me. Too pretentious, too predictable, too “John Green”-y, and THAT AWKWARD BLOWJOB SCENE HAHAHAHA NO I NEVER WANT TO RELIVE THAT.

Reread: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
YESSS I WOULD REREAD THE FLUFFINESS. This is the best genie book I’ve read yet, and it’s such a refreshing paranormal romance. It almost reads more like a contemporary! The ending was cliché, but I just remember squeeing at all the cuteness. I should reread it soon anyway so that I can finally read the sequel!

Rewrite: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
This fits! I liked Illuminate, though I read it AGES ago, but only parts of it were really good while other parts were predictable and plot hole-y and not so good. I particularly loved the surprise twist on the romance, which made this into one of the best love triangles I’ve read, and the Dorian Gray aspects – though at times that overshadowed the originality of the book. So I guess I’d want to find more balance for those aspects and make the plot a lot stronger and more plausible. (I never did continue on with this series. Meh.)

Round Three

Inked The Unbound Epic Fail (1)

Rewrite: Inked by Eric Smith
I loved the concept of Inked, but the execution was not the best. I didn’t care too much for the characters – which for me is obviously a big stumbling block – and the plot kind of lacked cohesion and proper pacing. I thought this was because it was a standalone, but I know Eric’s working on a sequel… so it’s all just a little awkward.

Reread: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Burn: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
I actually sold my copy of this book, so it’s fitting that I would put it in the burn pile. I mean, the title gives it away, right? ^^; I didn’t hate this book, but it was just so average, and as a Pride and Prejudice retelling, it did epically fail.

I Tag

Daisy from Between the Pages
Daph from Loving Books Blog
Christina from A Reader of Fictions
Morgan from Gone with the Words
and YOU, if you want to.

What do you think of my choices? Would you have done any differently?

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10 responses to “Tag: Burn, Rewrite, or Reread?

  1. Ooh, fun! I will be doing this probably this weekend 🙂
    And yes! The Art of Wishing was the cutest ever! 😀
    Though I’m kinda sad you’d burn Epic Fail, I thought it was fun.
    The sequel to Illuminate (which I can’t remember the title of, fail) worked a teensy bit better for me than the first one, but it’s not really impressive either.
    Thanks for tagging me!

  2. I think, for once, I’m actually going to accept the tag. but first I’m going to practice on yours.


    I will also burn Altered, though I actually most want to rewrite that one. Still, I can’t burn the other two. I think I’d also rewrite LOL, but I would make a VERY minor change and eliminate the reference to Wesley’s ex-girlfriend. Nope nope.


    obviously, I will marry Lindsay Ribar. I mean reread The Art of Wishing. I haven’t read Illuminate, though so I don’t know about those two.


    Again, I haven’t read both, but I’d probably rewrite Epic Fail because P&P retellings should always be amazing. *sobs*

  3. Kimberly

    This is such a cool tag! I keep meaning to read Cora Carmack’s books, but they never quite make it to the top of my reading list. I need to make more of an effort!

    I am SO RELIEVED not to be the only person who disliked Looking for Alaska. I just went back and read your review, and it and the comments were refreshing. I actually read that book because it felt like I couldn’t be a real YA librarian unless I was in love with John Green. Apparently I am not a real YA librarian. To this day, it’s the only book of his I have read because I hated it so so much. If I never read (or watch, or meet) another manic pixie dream girl character ever again, I will be a happy camper.

    • Awww, don’t feel bad! There are plenty of readers out there who don’t particularly care for John Green. I have only really liked The Fault in Our Stars (I actually LOVED that one) but it was the first one I read, and the rest of his books are all pretty much based on the same formula: pretentious writing, manic pixie dream girls, and overly witty MCs. I definitely feel like he’s overrated. But I do treasure my copy of TFIOS.

  4. I haven’t read any of these books, though I do love VE Schwab! So I’ll agree with your choice to re-read her by default.

    I imagined you cackling manically when you were talking about Looking for Alaska, hahahah! Tooo funny.

    I may join you in this! It’s such a fun post idea.

  5. This tag sound like so much fun! I discovered it over at Christina’s blog, A reader of Fiction, and that lead me here. I have not read any of the books battling for your rereading love, so I trust your good taste in books 😉

    Oh, by the way, did you make the tag illustration? May I use it if I credit you and link back here?