Hello everyone, and welcome back! I missed a lot of fun bookish tags that happened before I was a blogger, so you know. Just casually delving years into the past to have some fun. Tag yourselves if you like and leave your posts below, if you’re into that!
- Randomly choose three books. (You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)
- For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
- Repeat until you have completed three rounds.
Off we go!
Scarlet, Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, and I’ll Give You the Sun
Burn: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, but not with any malice. I actually enjoyed this book (and I’m a little sad to burn it even in a figurative sense, because it introduces Nico, who I think is rad) but I just didn’t like it as much as the other two.
Rewrite: Scarlet. My issue with the Lunar Chronicles is that it feels like it spirals out of control with each new fairy tale retelling adding a bunch of characters to the ensemble (and often leaving little time to catch up with those from previous books). Scarlet isn’t the worst culprit since it’s only the second book in the series and Scarlet’s past intersects with Cinder’s. (But whoo boy, was I annoyed to be left on a cliffhanger after Cinder only to wait most of an enormous book to figure out what was happening with her.) But if I could, I’d give this series a whopping rewrite to give it some focus and add some queer characters.
Reread: Definitely I’ll Give You the Sun. This was a beautiful book and one of my favourites of last year.
The Giver, Attachments, and Library of Souls
Burn: The Giver. No malice here either, really. The Giver is decent, but I think the young adult genre has done a lot with dystopian fiction since, so reading this book feels less crucial than it once might have been. I still give props for its ambiguous ending, though.
Rewrite: Library of Souls. I feel like the Miss Peregrine’s series goes way downhill from its initial premise and feeling of mystery. The surreal spookiness in each situation lasts about five minutes until everything is explained. There’s cool stuff in those books, but rewrites, for sure.
Reread: Attachments. I know intellectually that the premise of Attachments is actually kind of creepery (an IT guy falls for a woman as he reads her flagged emails), but I just…? I really found this book to be a good time. The conversations between the two friends emailing were so good. The protagonist plays D&D and has no idea where his life is going. #relatable
The Kiss of Deception, An Abundance of Katherines, and Glass Sword
Burn: Glass Sword. Some malice. Honestly, Red Queen was incredibly trope-y and flawed, but the action/plot moved forward quickly enough that you could kind of let it skate by. Glass Sword spends more time moping and hoping we’ll care about its cardboard characters, which…no.
Rewrite: An Abundance of Katherines. I didn’t entirely mind this book. I mean, it was still one of John Green’s “boy meets girl who is Not Like Other Girls and changes his life” books, but I liked the footnotes and nerdiness. Ideally, we could actually get to know the girl in question and the best friend better, especially since they’re both much more interesting than the narrator.
Reread: The Kiss of Deception, I guess? This one isn’t as much of a no-brainer as in the first two rounds. I found this book to be goodish, but forgettable enough that I didn’t immediately grab the second in the series. I could reread it and try to get there, I suppose.
City of Ashes, Carmilla, and Graceling
Burn: City of Ashes. How appropriate! Seriously, I have a whole huge post about how downhill the first TMI trilogy goes.
Rewrite: Graceling. The worldbuilding in this book is great and there’s a lot I like about it, but the character ends up coming off somewhat Mary Sue-esque because of the way her power works, and the build-up to the confrontation with the villain ends up feeling pretty anticlimactic. (More about it here.) A little work would make me like this book a lot more, I bet.
Reread: Carmilla. This is a quick, fun read. Would reread for Hallowe’en (or before catching up on the YouTube show, which I really should do).
Thanks for stopping by, and again: tag yourselves if you like, and if you do, please comment with your posts! I’d love to see what you make of it. See you Friday!