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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

Tag time! Hello, welcome to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks, where I post every Monday! In this post I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Emily Rose @ Rose Reads, and I am super excited to do this tag!!!

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round 1

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I felt really sorry for the Seekers series, but the main reason why I read the three books in the series years ago was because my dad just randomly bought the first book for me and I was quite interested. Now that I’m older I realized that it’s not a very good book. Also I’d love to reread Jane Eyre, it’s been years since I read it!

Round 2

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I didn’t remember much from A Journey to the Center of the Earth but I don’t think it was one of my favourite classics. I wouldn’t change TSOA for anything in the world, its writing is so beautiful, but compared to The Raven Boys, I’d reread the whole Raven Cycle again and again if I could.

Round 3

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Again, another book my dad bought me, which was A Single Shard. I remember quite liking it when I was younger, but I absolutely do not remember much. All I remember was that it was set in Korea, and it was very interesting to learn about the culture surrounding pottery and all that stuff. I really wanna reread it right now.

Round 4

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Again, another unfair choice because I wouldn’t want to change anything from The Bell Jar – sure the writing sometimes got sort of boring, but it was still super good – but because it was compared to Harry friggin Potter, of course I had to choose Harry Potter to be reread.

Round 5

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I felt super sad about this choice, but I just couldn’t help it. I really liked The Girl on the Train, which I only read recently. I adored Lord of the Flies though, it’s such an amazing book that gave me chills while reading it. Buuuut I had to choose Narnia above them to be reread, cause I absolutely remember nothing from the last two books of the series. It seems like I have a lot of books to reread!!

Phew, that was a fun tag! I really liked the difficult choices, it really made me sad to sacrifice some books. Anyways, I won’t tag anyone, but if you really wanna do this tag, consider yourselves tagged! See you on another post, bye!

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December Wrap Up

Slightly late but as people say, it’s better than never! Even though I made a post of my 2015 wrap up and all, I just thought it was still necessary for me to show you the books I read in December 2015 and what I thought about them. So, here they are!

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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (review)
I don’t want to talk much about this book because as you might know, I loved this book! I also wrote an extensive review which you can read here. Don’t worry – if you haven’t read it, you can still read the spoiler-free parts because I separated the spoilers from the non-spoilers part.

4 stars

The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier
This novel is about a man who accidentally meets a stranger who looks exactly like him, and after a night, that other man took his identity and he was forced to become another person and was thrust into that stranger’s family. It was a very interesting read for me. It was kind of hard to get into, just because it was a classic and the narration was quite old-school language. But I really enjoyed the overall story. The middle part of the book was okay, but what bothered me was how the characters were all kind of weird and unmemorable? I had a hard time telling who was who and who was related to whom and all. But overall I really liked the story and the message itself, how it addresses the main character’s self discovery, and also shows some themes like family and war. What kind of bothered me, other than the characters, was the fact that the whole plot seemed kind of straight and there were no action or anything exciting. I guess I might have been reading too much young adult, but I felt like the story wasn’t going much anywhere.
Comparing the book to the movie, which I watched several days after finishing the book, I actually quite liked the movie. It was so different from the book but still retained some aspects of the book into the movie. I loved the actors who played the characters, and they all made the characters more likeable than in the books. The ending was odd but other than that, it was quite an enjoyable movie and book.

3 stars

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I just randomly picked up this little book, which I don’t even own because I read my friend’s copy. Of course so many of you have read or at least have heard of the book before. I myself have never read it before until now. I understand why so many people from different ages and places loved it. It was quite and quirky and I feel like there was something beautiful about the book itself. I love the cute little illustrations, and the ending was lovely. Overall a very nice read.

3.5 stars

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Well I have finally read this book! I went into this story with so many people saying how amazing it was and how it changed their lives. And I really understand what they are talking about now! It’s such a beautiful book. I think I might make a separate review about it, but I just want to let you guys know that I love the book very much. And yes, of course, I cried while reading it. Especially those last chapters. But what I thought was really amazing about this book was its uniqueness, how its format was slightly different and how the story was written from a very unique point of view. More thoughts of the book will come in a review which I will (hopefully) write soon!

4.5 stars

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
You have probably heard of this book before. It was voted as the monthly group read of my book club (The Book Basilisks Bookclub) and I haven’t read this book before. It has been considered as an important piece of modern classic and it deals with very important themes, more specifically mental illnesses. I really enjoyed this book. At first I didn’t really like where the story was going because the main character, who narrates the story, was a great narrator but the character did suffer from depression and you can feel it in her words. The writing was beautiful, and the characters were great. I really like the whole feel of it and it was quite chilling to know that this novel was based on Plath’s own experiences and thoughts. Overall it was a beautiful book and I am glad I read it.

4 stars

Well, those are the books I read in December! Not a very bad reading month I must say, it was filled with quite interesting and memorable reads. Hoping to read more in January!

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December Group Read Announcement! #TheBookBasilisksBookClub

Good evening bookish people and today I am here to announce something exciting for you! You might not know but I have a book club located in Goodreads! I created the club/group more than half a year ago, and since then we’ve had nearly 100 members on the group!

The name of this group is the Book Basilisks Book Club, because someone messaged me on my Harry Potter blog with the fact that we are more than just bookworms, we are book basilisks, like the one in Harry Potter. (because we obviously love Harry Potter too!)

In this book club that I am moderating, we discuss a different book each month after polling and for that whole month we will read the book together and talk about every aspect of the book, share our thoughts on our experience reading the book with each other. It’s super fun but I have to admit we need more members to make the group more exciting and active, which is why I’m inviting all of you guys to join this awesome group!

For the announcement, we had two rounds of polls for December’s group read and at the end, I am happy to announce you that our group read for December is:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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I’ve never read the book before and I’m excited to read it with you guys during December, and here’s a little synopsis of the book I got from Goodreads:

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

If you are interested to join in and read this book with us, join our Goodreads group and maybe add me on Goodreads as well!