Thank you to the lovely Ava for tagging me. I’m a very indecisive person so I bet this one will be hard for me, but I’m ready for a challenge. Let’s get straight into it…
- Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
- For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
- Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).
Burn: Fallen by Lauren Kate
I have no problem burning this one. Well, that’s a lie because I threw it out as soon as I’d read it. Fallen is full of clichés (insta-love; Mary Sue; unfriendly towards female characters; hot, arrogant, stay-away-from-me love interest, etc.) It’s a worse version of Twilight.
Rewrite: Nightfall (The Return #1) by L.J. Smith
This is the first book of the new trilogy. I remember really liking the first four books (L.J. Smith got me into the paranormal romance genre) but this one was a disappointment. It didn’t feel like part of the same series. It’s a shame because she could’ve done a lot more (and better) with the characters she built in the first four books.
Reread: Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is my favourite book from John Green. I’ve reread it once or twice already and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read random passages from this book. Looking for Alaska has some of John Green’s best writing and I love the balance between weird and serious throughout the book.
Burn: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
This wasn’t a bad book by any means, but burning Atonement is out of the question. And if I have to choose (which I do) I’ll pick this one over The Death Cure any day. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, but I don’t think it’s any different or better than other thrillers / mystery novels.
Rewrite: The Death Cure by James Dashner
I really liked The Maze Runner, thought The Scource Trials was a good follow-up (though not as good as the first one) but The Death Cure was where I lost all interest. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t connect with the characters or the story anymore. It had lots of potential; I just didn’t like where Dashner took the story and how he wrapped it all up.
Reread: Atonement by Ian McEwan
No doubt about it. It’s one of my all-time favourite (non-YA) books. I urge everyone to try it (and then watch the movie afterward!). Fair warning: keep a box of Kleenex by your side. You’re going to need it.
Burn: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
This is a tough one! I’d save History Is All You Left Me in a heartbeat. Easy. Which leaves this one and The Spectacular Now. Both got the same rating (3/5) so that doesn’t help at all. I guess I’d save The Spectacular Now since I’ve read it more recently and because I felt more connected to the characters.
Rewrite: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
I liked the characters but the story dragged on for too long. And there were some plot points I would’ve changed.
Reread: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I absolutely adore this book. I’ll be rereading this many, many times.