Burn, Rewrite, Reread | Book Tag

I was tagged by Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd (check her out!), and it looks like so much fun!

Start by randomizing your Goodreads “read” shelf, pick the first three books, and assign an option to each. 5 rounds …. let’s do this!

Round 1


The Notebook (The Notebook #1) by Nicholas Sparks

This was an easy choice because I hated this book. This book was SO BORING! I was literally listening to this audiobook while watching paint dry and I think the paint situation was more exciting. I gave this book 1/5 stars.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This was a little tougher because The Great Gatsby is honestly one of my all time favorite stories! Unfortunately I find Fitzgerald’s writing to be a bit cumbersome. This is the only reason I chose it for a rewrite vs. City of Ashes. I just feel like it could be cleaned up a bit to make it an easier read. Still this book garnered a 5/5 star rating from me.


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

I didn’t love this series as much as I did Clare’s other works … but it was a solid read and I would be down for a reread at some point. No complaints really. Somewhere around the 4.5/5 stars on this one.

Round 2


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I hate this book with a burning passion! I hate everyone in this book with a burning passion! I want to burn this book with a burning passion! There I said it. I gave this book 2/5 stars because I think it is a good discussion book.


The Host (The Host #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Oh wow … another really tough one here. Honestly The Host is one of my favorite books but I could never nominate S&S for a rewrite (it being my #1 favorite book ever and all) so The Host gets the rewrite. Maybe a few more exciting things to happen? But overall I think this book is perfect that way it is. I gave this book 5/5 stars.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Well this is my favorite book and I have read it about a million times already so yeah … reread it is. Obviously 5/5 stars!

Round 3


Paper Towns by John Green

I didn’t hate hate this book … but I didn’t really like it either. I am not sure exactly what it was to be honest. There were a few moments where I rolled my eyes thinking “that wouldn’t happen” (this is the curse of reading realistic fiction for me). But there were also some really great writing moments especially with the symbolism of the paper towns. All in all not a terrible book … just not for me. I still gave it 3/5 stars.


The Siren by Kiera Cass

Honestly this book was probably much worse than Paper Towns. I think I gave this one a 2/5 star rating. But I have been a bit obsessed with sirens since childhood so the idea of this book really appealed to me. That being said, I felt like it could definitely benefit from a rewrite.


Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I would reread this book over and over and over and over and over and over into eternity if I could feel the way I felt the first time I read it every time! This book is absolutely beautiful and one of the best endings to a series I have ever read. My emotions were wrecked for ages after this book! 5/5 stars all day long!

Round 4


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas

This book took me 4 attempts at reading it to finally get through. That does not bode well. Celaena is the most arrogant annoying MC I believe I have ever come across EVER! She really made it hard on me. But I am happy that I finally pushed through to the end on this one because Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) is one of my all-time favorites! I gave this book 2/5 stars and I’m ready to host that book burning party.


Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

This book had a fantastic premise … but it was sorely lacking in the overall wow factor. I think it could benefit from a rewrite. Maybe a bit more of the magical elements would be my biggest suggestion. I gave this book 3/5 stars.


The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #3) by Philippa Gregory

I love this series! The War of the Roses is one of my favorite historical time periods in English Monarchy. It reads like a real life Game of Thrones …  that actually happened! Philippa Gregory really does her research and her writing is phenomenal. Weaving intricate stories of politics and war and revenge from the POV of the women in the stories. I highly recommend these books for any fan of historical fiction or fantasy! If you read mostly fantasy and YA fantasy books, do not be thrown off by the historical fiction tag on these books. They read like fantasy and I, again, highly recommend them! Full 5/5 stars for this book and this series.

Round 5


The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

This series was a guilty pleasure like eating an entire box of chocolates while watching The Bachelor. I didn’t hate it … but at the same time it wasn’t great. One of the most cliché books ever written but you know what … I enjoyed it. Unfortunately for this line up … I will have to nominate it for the burn list. I rated this one 3.5/5 stars.


Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Don’t get my wrong … I adore this book and this series. I did feel like the writing lacked a little bit but whole heartedly feel like if Bardugo was to go back and do a rewrite on this series, given how much she has grown as a writer, this book would be epic! I gave this book 5/5 stars.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

This series is one of my favorite series. Laini Taylor really earned my love for her writing and storytelling with this trilogy and I would absolutely reread it. I gave this book and series 5/5 stars


I’m pretty lazy right now so I tag anyone who wants to participate! Have fun! 🙂


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