I set aside books and don’t finish them for many reasons. But when I DNF a book, I don’t always consider it a total loss and that’s why I keep a “maybe-later” shelf at Goodreads. I decided to take a look at the list of books that didn’t really work for me in the past and think about why they didn’t work to see of any of them deserved a second look.
Here are a few books that didn’t work for me the first time around that I’ll be re-reading in 2014 because I think they deserve a second chance.
Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun – Ok, I know, this book is loved by everyone. But for some reason I just couldn’t connect. Admittedly I had very high expectations because of all the raving in the romance community and maybe the book didn’t live up to my inflated expectations. I don’t know. But so many of my friends love this book and it’s been a long time since I first tried to read it so I’m going to give it another go in 2014.
Club Justice (Trinity Falls Series) by Mara McBain – The reason I didn’t finish this one was it wasn’t romancey enough for me. At the time I was reading MC books and I was in the mood for a good romance. It appealed to me because the main couple were already in a long-term established relationship. But I wanted more romance so I set it aside for later. I’m looking forward to picking this one up again.
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy) by Mira Grant – I really enjoyed this book up until something very unexpected happened to a main character. Usually something like that wouldn’t cause me to put a book down but because of some personal things going on, I didn’t want to continue with the book when it took the unexpected turn. I am looking forward to picking this up again though since I really enjoy post-apocalyptic settings with zombies. – UPDATE: I re-read this since I wrote this post. I loved this book and I’m itching to get to the next book in the trilogy. I’m still disturbed by something that happened, but I’m glad I gave this book a second chance when I was in a different frame of mind.
The Maybe List
These books might get a second chance, but we’ll see.
Blind Obsession by Ella Frank – The reason I didn’t finish this book was because of how it was written. There is the main couple and then a third person who is present via journal entries. It was hard for me to flip back and forth between the present and then back to the journal entries. I find this format jarring. But this was another well loved book so I may try again when I’m feeling more patient.
Cut & Run (Cut & Run Series) Urban & Roux – I have a lot of pressure from the FV crew to give this another try. I am the only reviewer at FV that does not read and love this series. I’m jealous of the excitement people feel whenever a new book in the series is released and so I’m tempted to give it another try. But, I don’t read very much romantic suspense. It’s my least favorite sub-genre and when I read Cut & Run, I found myself skimming a lot to get to the romance and I was disappointed. Many have said the series doesn’t get good until about book three or four but I struggle to read that many books before a series takes off. I’ve asked if I can just skip to book three but all the die-hard fans say I must read them all. So, that puts this series on the bottom of the maybe list. We’ll see.
What books are you willing to give a second chance? Or do you DNF and never look back?