Re-read, Re-write, or Burn

Do I get all of my ideas for blog posts from BookTube? Yes. Yes, I do. But this game looked like so much fun and I don’t have camera equipment or the desire to learn to edit videos so we’re going to play Re-read, Re-write, or Burn. Now, I’m not sure whose video I saw of this originally, but I’m going to take a guess that it was BooksandLala’s because she was one of the first book tubers that I found and I love her. She is great and I love her channel. Here’s the link to her (most recent) Re-Read, Re-Write, or Burn tag video.

Now, for me this tag is going to be especially difficult to complete because guess who unhauled all of the books on her shelves she didn’t like last week? That would be me. And I’m here in North Carolina where I basically only have my favorite books anyway and I picked only books that I have on my shelves (except for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom because I had a couple extra sheets of paper). So, deciding amongst my favorite books is going to be a struggle to say the least.

Round One

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE AMONGST THESE BOOKS? I literally screamed when I pulled these three out of my bowl.

I can’t do anything to make Harry Potter better, obviously, because it’s perfect. So… We’ll go with re-reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But… I can’t get rid of either Just Listen or Discovery of Witches. HOW DO I CHOOSE? This was a bad idea.

I guess… Well, I think I could find things to re-write in Discovery of Witches because I felt like at times the pacing was too slow. Just Listen is perfect so I guess I have to burn it? That makes no sense, but I don’t know what I would change! Let us hope Round Two is easier somehow.

Round Two

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark, and The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

I would re-read The Day of the Duchess because I would want to address some of the issues in Queen of Shadows that others have identified. I love Queen of Shadows, LOVE it, but I think that a lot of the criticisms of the lack of diversity in the Throne of Glass series is understandable. So I hope that if I re-wrote it, I could address some of those concerns. (And I loved The Day of the Duchess. Sarah MacLean is amazing and as you know, Sera is amazing.)

And that means I’m burning Guilt by Degrees even though I actually really enjoyed that book.

Round Three

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? How am I supposed to choose?! This is awful. I can’t. I don’t know. Like, you all do not understand how much I love Six of Crows. WAIT. I’m re-writing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Umbridge can die and Sirius can live. YES. Okay. And I’ll re-read Six of Crows. And I’ll bury Half-Blood Prince because you can’t BURN Harry Potter, you just can’t.

Round Four

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Um… Y’all. What?! Lord of Scoundrels is basically universally acknowledged to be one of the foundational romance novels so I feel so bad! But I think I would re-write it. I was on the verge of throwing this book across the room, stomping on it, and then burning it because of how much I hated the hero and then he literally pulled it together like the next chapter after I told myself only one more chapter. So. I guess I would re-write it and make him start redeeming himself just a little sooner.

I cannot get rid of Sense and Sensibility because Jane Austen, but also, The Fixer is such an amazing YA novel! I loved it so much. That plot twist, you know? So… I guess I’m burning Sense and Sensibility and re-reading The Fixer? Oh dear. Oh, oh dear.

Round Five

I knew this was going to be difficult, but dang!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Saint Anything, and The Truth About Forever both by Sarah Dessen

Actually, this is easy, because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE THREE WORDS ARE, RAINBOW. So I’m re-writing it (although I don’t know what I would make the three words, to be honest. How about like twenty words? Idk.).

And I’m re-reading The Truth About Forever because it’s my favorite Sarah Dessen novel ever, which means I’m burning Saint Anything, which is really sad because I really loved that one too.

Okay, I’m trying not to make my posts too long, so here you go! Five rounds. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you agree or disagree with my opinions, definitely let me know in the comments! I thought this was such a difficult game.


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