Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag – 2021 Edition


Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag 2021

As I’ve done for the last few years, I’m doing this tag as part of my annual wrap-up traditions. I just love doing it! It’s great to highlight some of the titles I read this year that wouldn’t necessarily make my Year’s Reads in Review list. I always find it interesting to see if my thoughts about a book have changed much since I read it.

Here’s a recap of what you are supposed to do:

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you completed three (I do 5) rounds

To get the books for each round, I used a random number generator to pull titles from my “Books Read in 2020” excel file. This includes any DNF’d titles for the year; and if a number repeated itself (or landed on a heading), I reran the generator until I got a fresh title.

Round 1

Burn: I actually have nothing against The Immortal Vow, it’s simply that I rated the other two books as a 5-stars! It was a fun paranormal romance, it just doesn’t compare to the other two!

Rewrite: Despite giving it 5-stars, I did struggle with some of the content in Ruin. Maybe things didn’t have to be so intense with Celia and we still could have achieved the fantastic character evolution we get from her.

Reread: Colin’s book was one of my most anticipated reads in the Bridgerton Series, so it should go without saying that I loved Romancing Mister Bridgerton.

Round 2

Burn: I honestly think that every woman should read Long Shot. It’s a powerful story about how you can get trapped in an abusive relationship but not realize it until it’s too late. The only reason I would “burn” it is that I hope it never becomes anyone’s reality.

Rewrite: I wasn’t overly pleased with how one character’s story wrapped up in particular in A Sky Beyond the Storm so that would be what I rewrite.

Reread: The reason Rivalry is even on this list is that I reread it this year before I finished the rest of the series. But I loved it just as much the second time and it’s the start of one of my favourite contemporary romance series ever.

Round 3

Burn: Again, I really enjoyed Washed Up Royal. I thought it was a fresh take on modern royals. I guess I just wouldn’t reread it and there was nothing I would change about it so here it is in the burn pile.

Rewrite: I adore Ana Huang’s work and Twisted Love was no exception. My only “low” for this book was that the pacing of the plot felt choppy at times so if I could smooth that out, I would!

Reread: I’m a sucker for forbidden romance and I really loved the Romeo and Juliet take Enemy Dearest had. And I think I might have to reread it when Soren’s book comes out!

Round 4

Burn: Even if I did enjoy the simplicity of High Society, it could have used more development for its characters and plot.

Rewrite: I really thought These Violent Delights would be a 5-star read for me thanks to its 1920s Shanghai retelling of Romeo and Juliet. But I was left disappointed in the romance and I struggled at times with the plot.

Reread: As I said, I love Ana Huang and Twisted Games was everything I wanted it to be!

Round 5

Burn: While I loved the wild ride that was The Burning Kingdoms, I felt like the ending was rushed and almost a cop-out so I was left disappointed.

Rewrite: There were parts of Never is a Promise that didn’t work for me when it comes to the romance so I would rework that second chance reunion.

Reread: I like a good happy ending it was quite the read to see if that was what we would get in Fighting for You.

What would you Burn, Rewrite and Reread from 2021?

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