BookTube — it’s so awesome. While I’ve watched a few BookTubers before, I hadn’t gotten that much into it because I just don’t think I was watching the right channels.
But I recently discovered jessethereader‘s BookTube channel and I LOVE IT. The guy is HIL-arious. I would launch into a discussion about BookTube right about now, but I think I might wait to discuss that in another post so I can really develop it more.
Anyway, he has a Book Tag video called ‘BURN, REWRITE, OR REREAD?’ whose concept I just love and is really just such a fun game. So fun in fact, that I decided to replicate the game in a written format here! Since I don’t know too much about the BookTube community, I don’t know if transferring something to the blogging community is taboo or not, but this is just too much fun to pass up.
I posted the original video above (definitely worth the watch!) but I’ll also outline the rules of the game here:
- For each round, three books are randomly chosen.
- Out of these three books, you must decide which will BURN, which will be REWRITTEN, and which will be REREAD. (!!!)
- Sometimes it’s an incredibly hard decision, but sacrifices must be made :'( Although at one point Jesse offers to burn himself and save the books haha, buuuut then how could you guarantee that the rest of the books would be saved??
- To pick a book randomly I decided to use my Goodreads ‘read’ shelf and a random number generator. First, you need to enter the upper and lower limit for the # of pages on your ‘read’ shelf (mine was 1 to 11). The preset # of books on each page is 20, so after a random page # is generated, you can clear and enter 1 to 20 to pick a random book off your read shelf.
- Let the games BEGIN! 😀 (& May the odds be ever in your favor and all that stuff…)
ROUND 1 : The DON’T GET MAD AT ME One
I was pretty prepared for some heart-wrenching difficult-ness, so I was kinda surprised that Round 1 was easy enough. It kinda makes me cringe though, haha.
BURN: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Honestly, I don’t really remember this one. I’ve never been a fan of Angel books, and even when I looked up the synopsis on Goodreads it wasn’t really ringing any bells. So it’s just gotta go! *chucks on bonfire pile*
REWRITE: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
BEFORE I GET TORN TO SHREDS, HEAR ME OUT! I know so many people love this series, but I somehow must have had an unfortunate mishap while reading it because I DON’T REALLY REMEMBER IT. I read it a heck of a long time ago and I must’ve read it quickly as well. When I went to pick up the second book in the series, the cover redesign confused me to the point that I couldn’t decide if it as the same series or not (these were my dark pre-Goodreads days). So alas, this one gets relegated to the Rewrite pile. Honestly I should reread it (for real haha, not just for this game), but how can I when what I really need to reread is…
REREAD: Champion by Marie Lu
The conclusion to such a good series!! If it isn’t one of my favorite series ever, it’s pretty close. Prodigy is my favorite book of the trilogy though, because I really thought it built upon Legend so well and really kicked the series into gear. I also really liked the way Marie Lu ended the series, so I just don’t think I could move this to the Rewrite pile.
ROUND 2: In Which I Show My Extreme Sci-Fi Nerd
Oddly enough, all these 3 were Sci-Fi (Or is it really odd? It’s pretty much my favorite genre, haha). Look no further for evidence of my extreme Sci-Fi nerdy-ness, because a book that made this list was a set of Ender’s Game short stories. *sorry-not-sorry look* Yup, I’ve read just about every Enderverse book that exists.
BURN: The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Okay, I actually enjoyed this one — though I haven’t gotten to reading the other books in the series and don’t think I will — because I thought it was pretty original and fast-paced at parts. Honestly I should probably label it as ‘Rewrite’ because I think fixing some flaws could make it better, but I’m gonna have to sacrifice this one to the Burn pile because it just doesn’t make the cut and Ender needs to be saved, period.
REWRITE: First Meetings in Ender’s Universe by Orson Scott Card
Okay, I should probably burn this one, BUT I CAN’T. As a set of short stories set in the Enderverse, they should be somewhat expendable because they aren’t crucial to the other books. But they fill in such interesting back-stories and gaps in the books, and the fangirl in me just can’t burn them!! Ender’s Game is, after all, my favorite book. Some people have pointed out a few inconsistencies between the details of these stories and the actual books, so I’m gonna let OSC rewrite to fix these minor things.
REREAD: Gone by Michael Grant
This definitely DOES make my favorites list! While it boggles me that some people hate this series, I really love it — sometimes it may be far-fetched, but who cares when such crazy things are happening to a cast of characters that you’ll grow so attached to?? Plus, I heard Michael Grant give a talk at the National Book Festival a while back and I’ve got a lot of admiration for the guy; his book must simply be re-read.
ROUND 3: The Simple One
Either I’m just more experienced at this game now, or this was just an easy round.
BURN: Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Again, I remember nothing beyond the synopsis, and maybe with good reason. This one’ll become fodder for the fire…
REWRITE: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
This series. Anyone who has read this series knows how aggravating it can be! Each book is the same, and the books have so many flaws, but somehow they keep dragging you in… arrgh. I’ll send this one back to the editor to smooth out these issues.
REREAD: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
This is a great series (with a great ending), so I’ll be rereading this one!
Post-Game Reaction: I really enjoyed playing this, so be on the lookout for a Part 2 in the future (maybe!). I do feel like some rather strange, old books popped up, but some of my favorites did, too. And obviously, my emotions took over my logic at times, but it can’t be helped when we’re dealing with BURNING BOOKS.
Tags: So I’ve never tagged anyone to participate in something before, but here goes! If you guys have the time and think you’d like to participate, I tag:
Meg @ Adrift on Vulcan
Amy @ Ode to Jo & Katniss
Lola @ Hit or Miss Books
and anyone else who wants to participate!