Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag 2023
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. Plus, I always find it interesting to see if my thoughts about a book have changed much since I read it when I look back.
Here’s a recap of what you are supposed to do:
-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 2023” 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.
Burn: I’m picking King of Spades. When it comes do the Midnight Dynasty books, I seem to be a Constantine fan so this Morelli book didn’t really work for me. I skimmed through the next two in the series just so I had a general idea of how it linked to the other novels in the universe.
Rewrite: The rewrite for Unwilling Bride would just be to make it a full novel. I could have read a lot more about this couple, I really liked them!
Reread: So I made it a goal this year to reread/read all the Chronicle of Narnia books. The Magician’s Nephew definitely made more sense to me as an adult than when I read it as a child…but maybe because I had a better understanding of the Narnia timeline.
Burn: I’d only burn Furysong because it ripped my heart apart as the finale to this amazing series.
Rewrite: This was tough to pick but I’m going with A Righteous Man. While I really enjoyed it, it was just missing that little something to take it to that next level for me.
Reread: I DEVOURED The Total Knockout from start to finish. I just loved every aspect of this book and would definitely revisit it in the future.
Burn: I actually rated You Said I Was Your Favorite the highest out of the books in this round. So I’m just going to make a pun about how much I enjoyed the slow burn romance 😉
Rewrite:I’m going to pick I’ll Always Be With You. I really enjoyed the start of the novel but when the setting changed, it just lost that spark for me.
Reread: I enjoyed the shift in the plot direction for House of Shadows from the first novel in the series. But I noted that I should have read this book rather than listened to the audiobook so that I could keep all the characters straight.
Burn: I was actually very surprised by how much I enjoyed Undertow despite my preconceptions from the synopsis. But I feel like it’s one of those books that you just read once because as soon as you know the big reveal/twist, it’s not the same the next time you pick it up.
Rewrite: I enjoyed learning more about the Canadian Icon Christine Sinclair in her memoir, Playing the Long Game. I just wish the audiobook was Sinclair narrating her own story (though I get why that isn’t the case when I finished the book and learned about how private and shy she is.).
Reread: Again, Prince Caspian actually was a reread for me when revisting the Chronicles of Narnia novels. It was actually the last book I can remember reading when I was a kid.
Reread: I’d read nearly all of Laurelin Paige’s books again and Brutal Billionaire is no exception. Such an addicting read from start to finish!