I’ve been seeing this tag pop-up around the internet, so I was thrilled when Melissa tagged me to participate in this little activity.
If you’re unaware of this tag, you simply pick three random books and choose which one you would burn, rewrite, or re-read. I’m going to be using Goodreads randomized feature on my read list and pluck the first three that pop up. I’ll be doing three rounds as of now, but I would love to this again in the future.
Burn: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Okay, this is difficult because I actually really liked this book, but I’m choosing to burn it because of the importance of the other novels.
Rewrite: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If I’m being honest, I’m not too fond of The Hunger Games. (Please, don’t kill me.) I wasn’t particularly a fan of the films, so I was hoping to love the books. Unfortunately, I thought Katniss lacked so much emotion for the situation. I also didn’t find the need to press in any romance, especially a love triangle.
I would burn it, but Suzanne Collins and her work have been a huge inspiration on our world, which is why I’m choosing to rewrite it. I’m a new writer, so maybe I wouldn’t be bringing much to the table, but I would love to rewrite this and omit the romance, and instead focus more on Katniss. I would expand on her character, adding more layers to her as a person.
Re-read: The Next Full Moon by Carolyn Turgeon
The reason why I chose to re-read this novel is because this is the first book I remember reading for fun. I used to hate books and writing because I pinned those topics with school (bleh), but my sister, an avid bookworm, convinced me to try reading outside of school. She gave me this book, and I’ve been in love with the literary world ever since.
Burn: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
This is another book I didn’t particularly dislike either, but compared to my other options, I’m afraid, with much remorse, I’ll have to toss it into the flames.
Rewrite: The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
The Wild Girl was a brilliant book with so much depth and emotion. It’s an amazing historical tale about one of the Grimm brothers’ wife, Dortchen Wild, who had a frightening life. And that’s putting it lightly.
This was an extraordinary tale of strength and perseverance, but I think a few chapters could have been trimmed down a bit. Other than that, I wouldn’t change much.
Re-read: Alice by Christina Henry
Alice is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with horrorfying elements that are surprsingly reminscent of real world issues. This book is dark and twisted, but it is amazing and daring for the themes that it explores. A definite re-read.
Burn: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
I liked the concept of this book, though it didn’t mesh with me. I felt very disconnected from the characters, and felt their actions were predictable and unrealistic. The romance also felt forced. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t work for me.
Rewrite: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
I actually liked The Infinite Sea more than The 5th Wave. However, there was a point near the end of the book where everything became quite jumbled and confusing. I had a difficult time understanding what has happening. I loved learning more about Ringer–one of my favorite characters in the series–but this book almost feels unnecessary.
If I had the opportunity to rewrite it, I would add more plot points in this novel, along with a little more clarity on certain scenes. But I must say, Rick Yancey is an incredible writer, so I doubt my efforts could top his style.
Re-read: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Okay, I know I said The Next Full Moon was the book that inspired me to start reading, but the Divergent series is what kept me up at night, prodding me to continue and finish the series within about three or four days. Veronica Roth really opened up magnified my love for the literary world with her characters.
After recovering from the aftermath of binging this series, I was inspired to write down the ideas that were bubbling in my mind for over a year. This is when I discovered my passion for creative writing and realized I wanted to be a novelist. Fast forward about two years and I’m going through my final rewrites on book one while working on book two!
To all of you who have read this far, consider yourself tagged!