July 26, 2015
Last week, I came across this Burn, Rewrite, or Reread Tag on Nicole’s blog Feed Your Fiction Addiction. It looked like fun so I decided to give it a whirl. I had my friend Meghan select 9 books (split into 3 groups of 3 books) randomly from my Goodreads “Read” list. She did not know what I was going to do with them, so it is very much a random list. For each group of 3 books, I need to decide which one to burn, which one to rewrite, and which one to reread. Sounds easy, right? For books that I’ve read since I’ve started this blog, it was easier to make some decisions, but for some books, it has been awhile, and my memory is not always the best. Here goes….
This one wasn’t the worst one to get started with…..I was pretty clear on which book would fit each category!
BURN: Bossypants by Tina Fey. I know I am in the minority on this one, but I didn’t LOVE this memoir. I enjoyed it, and there are definitely laughs to be had, but I wouldn’t miss this book if it were gone.
REWRITE: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I read this one a few years back, and I can’t quite recall all of the details. BUT…..in general, I would like to rewrite the endings of Liane Moriarty novels, because she often wraps things up in too tidy of a package for my liking. I don’t always believe in the possibility of what she writes.
REREAD: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then this should come as no shock to you. This book is one of my all time favorite reads, and I cannot recommend it enough to others. I haven’t yet reread it, but I’m sure I will at some point.
This one was much trickier, because I really enjoyed Beautiful Ruins and I’ll Meet You There.
BURN: A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer. I wasn’t a big fan of this one when I read it during this most recent holiday season. I hated the portrayal of all of the female characters, and I think there are far better holiday reads out there.
REWRITE: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I so loved the characters and setting of this one! However, some of the characters and plot could have been streamlined a bit (but I did highly enjoy it as written).
REREAD: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. I highly enjoyed so many aspects of this debut novel that I read at the beginning of the year. The setting, the characters, the development of relationships, the portrayal of PTSD, a book in a rural setting with characters of a low socioeconomic status……I thought Demetrios did such an excellent job with this one, and I’d hate for anything to be changed.
This one was by far the most difficult, because I did like all three books. I guess it’s good that I had a little bit of warm up with the first two rounds!
BURN: Torch by Cheryl Strayed. This almost pained me to put in the Burn section, because I absolutely adore Cheryl Strayed and her writing. This was my least favorite book of hers, plus I figured the title kind of went with burning (which kind of made it cool rather than painful to make a Burn choice).
REWRITE: The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson. I really enjoyed this book, and it’s hard to say I’d want to rewrite it, but this is what I’m left with . It is a heartbreaking book at many points, and some have commented that it was predictable so maybe I’d add a little more suspense with a rewrite.
REREAD: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I loved this book, and I learned so much about this aspect of our country’s history that I never knew existed. I wouldn’t want to change a word of it and ruin the experience I had while reading it!
What do you think of the choices I made? Would you do anything differently? Let me know if you want to do this tag, and I’ll select some books for you at random!