Giving Books A Second Chance
What do you mean?
Well, when you’ve tried a book and just couldn’t finish it, or finished it but didn’t really like it, do you ever try to read it again later to see if maybe you were mistaken in your first impression?
There are a lot of books that I say I’m going to give a second chance to, but then never get around to it. I don’t know why some books just don’t work for me. If I’m reading a book and can’t finish it or don’t like it, I believe it has to do partially with my state of mind. Sick or having a difficult time in real life will always make a difference, I think.
That’s what I think, too – that I’m just not paying attention very well. Either I’m sick or distracted or just not able to focus. I do this especially with those books that are really popular. I think surely I’m missing something because I seem to be the only one who doesn’t like it. But when I think back on it, when I have given a book a second chance, I still don’t get into it very much. The Kate Daniels series by Illona Andrews is a perfect example. I really wanted to like that series; everyone else seems to. I read the first book, and then I listened to it in audio and I just couldn’t get into it. I tried a couple of the short stories in the series, and liked one of those, but I just didn’t get hooked.
I did try Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty series because you told me over and over again to “try it, you’ll like it” and I still can’t say I love it. It’s okay, no offense, but *shrug*. I also tried Kim Harrison’s books, the Hallows Series with Rachel Morgan and I can’t propel myself to pick it up after starting it. I don’t know what qualifies as a “favorite” book to me and why some books just fall flat.
And those are two of my favorite series. It’s just interesting how two people who usually have similar tastes can still vary so widely in what they like at times. I always feel like I’m doing a disservice to a book when I just can’t like it even though there is nothing wrong with it—like I’m maligning its character for no particular reason. It makes me sad.
Yeah….sometimes it does work. I skip the stuff I can’t get through to a couple chapters down the line or to ending to see if it gets more interesting. Sometimes I troll the internet looking for people like you who are invested in the story and maybe can relate to the story better. Gives me a better understanding about some underlying story arc I might have missed.
Maybe I should get better at that. I find it really hard to skip over a book. Have to read the whole series in order, you know, including the novellas and short stories! But maybe if I read the second Kate Daniels book, I’d get into it more, ya’ think?
I think it’s an individual thing. I think if you were to skip a book in a series, your brain would implode. Sometimes skipping doesn’t work. I just can’t continue reading that particular story…..it’s like the gerbil fell off the wheel in my mind.
What about you, our dear readers? Do you give books a second chance? Leave us a comment and let us know!