Saturday 12 July 2014

Giving books a second chance

Lately I have noticed that my taste in books has changed. It's like the more I read the more critic I become, so books I would priviously have loved don't interest me anymore. Also, I get tired of the same old same old. It seems most YA books are written after the same formula and therefore kind of blend together. Ever felt like that?

Anyway, this has made me branch out and try new kinds of books and different genres. It has also made me re-evalutate books I've tried to read before but didn't catch my attention the first time around. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read them at the time, or maybe I just wasn't interest in that specific type of book etc.
So, I decided to pick some of those books up again, mostly those I couldn't quite why I disliked it and put it down (because there's always those books that just wasn't for you).

It actually started with Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I picked it up over a year ago and couldn't get into it, so I put it down without really having read much of it. All the hype for it didn't make any sense to me. Then in the spring this year all the buzz for the third and final book begun. It made me curious once again, and since I couldn't remember why I hadn't liked the book the first time, I decided to pick it up again. This time turned out quite different. I immediately fell in love with it and flew through all three books.

It made me realize that my first impression of a book isn't always right and sometimes you need to give a book a second chance.
Re-reading books can sometimes do this for me too. Books I liked the first time, I might end up loving the second time, though sometimes the opposite happens too.

Now I plan to give more books another chance, especially those I might have picked up during a reading slump, because even an amazing book can seem dull in such a period.

Have you ever given a book a second chance and have it completely blow you away?


  1. This happened with me and Cinder! I read it when it first came out and wasn't a huge fan. I even skipped reading Scarlet and then when the third book came out recently and everyone was once again talking about how awesome the series was I couldn't ignore it anymore and I re-read Cinder. I'm soooo glad I gave it a second chance. I still didn't love Cinder, but since each book in that series gets better and better I'm glad I decided to read them all!

    Sorry if this was rambling and hard to follow. :/

    1. I completely understand, it sounds exactly like my experience with DoSaB :) and I have to agree with you on Cinder, I like it, but not as much as either Scarlet or Cress. Especially Cress was amazing.

    2. Cress was the best!! Cinder still isn't my favorite either, but the other two make up for it. :)

    3. I agree! Cress and Thorne <3 Now I really, really can't wait to read Winter, and even though we'll get Fairest in January, I'm still a bit frustrated that Winter got pushed back.

  2. I think it's a good decision to give a book a second chance. I am actually considering it, especially for a classic book. When I was younger, I just couldn't get into it. Now I am much more open-minded and I think it only make sense to fill up my to-read list with classics.

    I realize just how much I missed back then, to read only certain genres. Happy reading to you!