‘Ello folksies! Hope you’re having a decent fall season where you are right now because I certainly am not. If you’re under the pretty illusion that fall’s the best season of the year, then I invited you to come experience it in its full autumnal glory here in Shanghai. Which is to say, there is none at all, because the leaves are still green, the sky is filled with grey clouds 24/7, and it’s only slightly less humid than that one horrible sweltering PE day last Wednesday afternoon–and on top of all that, it’s already freezing 😦 But enough about the weather… because boy am I excited for today’s post 🙂 🙂 🙂
So right here I have a wheel of twelve random books from my shelf. These are all 4-5 star reads, many of which are favorites of mine—because if we include too many books with lower ratings it wouldn’t be any fun, now would it? What we’re gonna do is let the wheel pick three of those books. And then I have to decide which one I would reread, which to rewrite, and which to burn.
Sounds all very nice and straightforward, no? Let’s jump in.
Here’s how my wheel looks right now!
Okay, so first up we have! The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson! Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams! And The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale!
Well… oh my. Now I understand why everyone’s always crying while playing this game.
If you’ll excuse the language… crap. Crap. Crap.
*takes lunch break*
This is gonna hurt a lot of people, foremost of all myself, but…
Reread: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Interestingly enough, it’s the only four-star read among this trio, which not only reveals my skewed rating system but also shows exactly how much I value deep worldbuilding. It’s just that this is the kind of book that I would love to delve into all over again, though since I’ve already read it once it’ll just eliminate the confusion of the first time. Ya know?
Rewrite: The Storybook of Legends! You guys, the Ever After High franchise was my childhood—I know I say that about a lot of other books, but I’m serious; this series was what got me into writing. However, based on the fact that this trilogy by Shannon Hale is a novelization of some major events in the animated show, I figure it wouldn’t be too scandalous to want to rewrite it. Not that I’d want to change anything about Hale’s beautiful writing, but—and here we go talking about worldbuilding again—there are some things in the official story itself that I think needs some explanation. To be honest, when I was a kid, writing for Ever After High was like, the end-goal author dream for me xD
Burn: I hate this, but I’m not gonna waste any time crying about it because I’d like to just forget about the choice I’m making. Moonscript is one of those books you read once, cherish in your heart forever, and then come back to years later when the experience has dulled—at least, for me. That’s why I didn’t want to reread it (still waiting for that magic prime time). But I also wouldn’t want to rewrite it because it’s next to perfection, and so with that ruthless execution of the process of elimination we arrive at this conclusion.
With all that said… we have now arrived at the second round.
We have here The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork; The Little Selkie by K.M. Shea; and The Luckless by A.M. Sohma!!
*facepalms* As Kit from The Luckless would say, sheep! Orange sheep, black sheep, TANGO-DANCING SHEEP.
Ughhhh I really don’t wanna do this but here goes…
Reread: The Little Selkie by K.M. Shea. This is because I haven’t read this book in a long time, but I’m planning on doing it again soon anyway, so this is the perfect category for it.
Rewrite: The Luckless by A.M. Sohma. Don’t get me wrong; I love this entire series so much and I definitely am nowhere near Kitty’s (A.M. Sohma is K.M. Shea’s LitPRG-writing pseud) level of genius, but I truly do think this book could have gone through an extra few editing passes. Which I guess is not really the point of this category, but if I were to make any other changes, I’d try to make the love interest more… interesting?
Burn: As it has been a while since I read The Enchanted Sonata, my feelings for this book are less fervent than the others, but I still wouldn’t willingly choose to burn it. This story is too lush and magnificent for that.
Okay, this one was a little less intense, but I’m not liking the odds for the next round.
A Dance of Silver and Shadow by Melanie Cellier, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and… The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson!
*exhales* Okay Merie, you can do this.
Reread: A Dance of Silver and Shadow. To be fair, I’ve already reread it plenty enough times, but ehhh it doesn’t matter. It’s better than burning it anyway because LOOK at that BEAUTIFUL cover I could NEVER—yeah, moving on.
Rewrite: The Noble Servant. This is one of the only two “hit” books I’ve read by Melanie Dickerson, but there’s some cheesiness throughout that doesn’t strike quite right to me… if ya know what I mean.
Burn: Okay, so I actually feel bad for not feeling bad about this one. I enjoyed Heartless but didn’t love it, but it does count as a four-star for me so no I’m not breaking any rules (just… once again, proving that the rating system is skewed). I would have no qualms whatsoever burning this book, though, but that’s probably oweing to the fact that I’m heartless (heheh). Maybe if the Cheshire Cat played more of a role, I’d have some different opinions…
And whewww we’re down to our final three! Let’s take a look, shall we?
… Hoo boy, this is not gonna look pretty.
But I’ve learned on my journey so far already that no matter what the final turnout of this will be, I’m gonna hate it. So I have come to terms with this harsh reality and arrived at inner peace.
Reread: The Sparks by Kyle Prue. This series is so much fun! I haven’t read the conclusion yet though because my sister claims it ruined the whole trilogy so… um, yeah…
Rewrite: The Long Patrol by Brian Jacques! The Redwall Saga has its fair share of problems but at the heart of it all the story’s always a good time (I think?). I would probably choose to eliminate all or most of the scenes in the villains’ POV. I know the point of having animals as good and bad guys is that because they’re animals, we tend to see them in a black-and-white light (at least in childhood), so I don’t think it’s necessary to make any of the villains more dimensional. But this also makes reading from their POV somewhat tedious, so yeah.
Burn: *takes deep breath* No friends, I would never of my own volition burn the masterpiece that is Romanov by Nadine Brandes. It’s my favorite novel by this author and I love it to pieces, but I’m not in the mood for rereading it and I don’t want to rewrite it. So, into the imaginary firepit you go, with all the other beauties 😢
And with that… I guess we’re done.
But by golly, I didn’t know it would actually be that hard xD
So that was actually pretty fun! (You must be thinking I have a twisted sense of humor, which I do.) I don’t know who to tag, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! (I used this website to make the wheel.)
See y’all next Saturday, and have a good weekend 🙂
Until next time,