Hello everyone, and welcome back! I decided this tag was too fun not to bring back (and I’m a little behind on new reads thanks to my Harry Potter reread). So let’s give it another shot!
- 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!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Magicians, and Monster
Burn: The Magicians by Lev Grossman. There were some cool aspects to the world in this book, but I hated Quentin and this book felt almost bitter about the narratives it was satirizing? Or maybe I like stuff like Narnia/Harry Potter too much to enjoy this? (A friend wrote a post for me about the show being better, but I haven’t tried it yet.) Anyway, nah.
Rewrite: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book had a moody, atmospheric set-up but eradicated its own mystery very early on, spending the next two books throwing action at us. I think it could’ve done well with giving us less exposition and allowing its mystery to unfold over time.
Reread: Monster by Walter Dean Myers. I actually donated this one; I think it’s worth reading for its message and interesting script format, but I think it keeps us at a distance from some characters on purpose so that we can interpret events for ourselves as readers. For that reason, I didn’t feel totally emotionally connected to it and like I wanted to reread it? But I don’t think I would rewrite it and it’s worth a read, SO.
Red Queen, Geekerella, and Magonia
Burn: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I don’t hate this book because it has enough action to not be boring, but it is basically YA trope mash-up, the book.
Rewrite: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. I enjoyed this book a lot, but it really does start you off feeling like you’ll have a protagonist with a disability/illness but then actually that’s a fakeout, which is disappointing. If there were a way to write that element more sensitively, I’d love that. (Also the sequel disappointed me, so maybe I’d alter the ending just to set up a different one, I don’t know.)
Reread: Geekerella by Ashley Poston. The more I think about this one, the more it’s becoming one of my favourites of the year, I think! And I liked it pretty well at first already.
A cOURT OF thORNS AND rOSES, eVERY hEART A dOORWAY, AND thIS sAVAGE sONG
Burn: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I wanted to love this series, but it dragged so much in the beginning and had a pretty messy ending, I feel. I wish I could sit down and edit through the thing because it does have some great moments, but…if I have to choose right now, I’m still feeling bitter.
Rewrite: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This was an excellent premise, but it was kind of given short shrift in this very brief book that was actually more about a murder mystery when it really didn’t need to be? There’s another book in the series, so I’ll pick it up at some point and see if it appeals more to me.
Reread: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I have to admit, this round was a big toss-up; even as disappointed as I am with aspects of the ACOetc. series, part of me wouldn’t mind rereading it, and I wasn’t totally thrilled with the end of this duology. But This Savage Song is definitely worth a read (cool world, no romance, yesss) so that’s how we’re rolling.
lOVE & gELATO, cROOKED kINGDOM, AND thE sKY iS eVERYWHERE
Burn: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. Cute, not bad to read, but utterly forgettable.
Rewrite: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This book wasn’t bad, but it’s nowhere near as good as her second book, I’ll Give You the Sun. Also, maybe this is the pet peeve of someone who’s edited poetry and been in a zillion poetry workshops, but when people just write down sentences about things that happened but break it into lines, I…don’t…feel…like it’s super poetic? I feel like we were supposed to find the protagonist’s poetic impulse really profound and I just couldn’t get there.
Reread: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Obvs. This duology was just a lot of good fun (and feels).
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 again soon!