We had so much fun with the “Kiss, Marry, Cliff” tag a few weeks ago, so we tried to find other tags similar to it. Enter: the “Burn, Rewrite, Reread” tag! This was created by Lauren Ann, and here is her original video.
The rules are simple! We’re doing ten rounds, so we need 30 books to play. To randomize the books, we went to Goodreads and shuffled through our “read” shelves! For each round, you pick 3 books and decide which you would like to burn, rewrite, or reread. Simple enough, let’s go!
Burn: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Unfortunately we will have to burn this one. Clare and Schwab are just stiff competition. Plus it has “fire” in the title, so it’s just asking to get burned.
Rewrite: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – I’m sure we could find a few things that would benefit City of Ashes in a rewrite.
Reread: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab – Everything Victoria Schwab touches is perfection already, why would we mess with that?
Burn: Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan – We love you, Saga, but you’re up against some true champs in this round.
Rewrite: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – This was my (Ashley) least favorite book in this series that I love. It was almost annoying. I honestly wish it could be rewritten to fit with how wonderful the rest of the series is.
Reread: Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – We refuse to touch the gold that is J.K. Rowling, and who wouldn’t cherish a Harry Potter reread?
Reread: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Uprooted by Naomi Novik – These are our children and you will not touch them. But seriously though, we’ve stated before that you can’t touch Schwab and her perfection. But Uprooted and These Vicious Masks are ones that I (Ashley) recommend to everyone. That’s not even an exaggeration. Like, if you haven’t read them you’re missing out.
Burn: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. We actually played this game a couple of weeks ago, and had originally decided that we would chose to rewrite all of these books. However, due to the recent allegations against Jay Asher and him being subsequently dropped by his literary agent, Thirteen Reasons Why and anything else Jay Asher has even considered creating can burn in a dumpster fire.
Rewrite: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – Breaking Dawn is a childhood favorite. As in we were children and had no idea what good writing looked like. And anything after The 5th Wave kind of sucked. So we vote for a rewrite on these two.
Burn: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson deserves better than this, we’re sorry.
Rewrite: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – We love this series dearly, but Maas gave us a lackluster climax and too perfect of an ending that we know we will pay for greatly later in the series.
Reread: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – That plot twist was pretty deserving of a reread.
Burn: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – It can burn for all the tears it made us cry.
Rewrite: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Again, we love Cassandra Clare, but we wouldn’t mind a bit of a revamp on it.
Reread: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – This series is a mutual favorite of ours, and we actually are dying for a reread soon.
Burn: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings – Just burn it all.
Rewrite: Heartless by Marissa Meyer – We need this one to be rewritten as less of an origin story for an evil queen and more of a story with a happier ending that didn’t destroy us.
Reread: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – Even if we weren’t protecting Harry Potter no matter what, this was still one of the best books in the series.
Burn: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – This relationship is so problematic it hurts to think I (Ashley) enjoyed this book so much when I first read it.
Rewrite: Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – We’ve said this before, but as much as we love this series, the first book just felt like Hodkin was getting her bearings as a writer. The writing was sloppy, especially compared to the other books. She deserves a redo.
Reread: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – We would reread this one for the rest of our lives.
Burn: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – Okay, so I will admit that after loving The Cruel Prince I might actually have to reread this one. But at the time I just really hated it (Ashley).
Rewrite: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Great concept, mediocre execution. Still love it though.
Reread: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – This is one of Clare’s best books and characters.
Burn: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – I mean, there was Once love for Twilight in our hearts, but that time has passed.
Rewrite: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Compared to Cinder, we didn’t have a choice but to put this one here. Plus, we can rewrite it without Gayle and pretend the whole love triangle was ever a thing.
Reread: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – We just love the Lunar Chronicles infinitely, and a reread is actually coming in the near future.
And that’s a wrap! Feel free to play this game yourself and tag us in your post!