Books I Want to Give a Second Chance

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about some books that I tried to read in the past and ended up DNFing, but that I think deserve a second chance. The one condition for a book to be included on this list is that before DNFing them I had to have read a significant amount of the book, because there’s a lot of books that I read the first chapter or the first few pages of and then decide I’m not in the mood, but those books don’t count for this list because I know I’ll go back to them eventually.

Without further ado, here are some book I DNFed but that I want to give a second chance:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I read 45% of this book back in August and I stopped reading it because I was not completely invested in the story but it was giving me anxiety at the same time. I think that had to do with the fact that I actually really liked the characters so even if I was not captivated by the plot, I didn’t want anything bad to happen to them. So the main reason I want to finish this is obviously that I really liked the characters but also that I think the concept of the book is really interesting and it has a lot of potential, so I want to see where Roshana Chokshi takes it.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I read 50% of this book about 5 years ago and I remember that I was enjoying certain parts of it but I was mostly bored and I think it was because all the main characters were men and I sometimes have trouble connecting with male protagonists. This book is actually the one that inspired this list because I have been getting back into fantasy and I want to read some of the well-regarded adult fantasy series and this is one of them. I want to see if I enjoy it more the second time around, specially since I know the other books in the series have a main character that’s a woman.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I read about 30% of this book exactly one year ago and at the time I wasn’t in the right place emotionally to read this without having terrible anxiety. I remember that the chapters told from Sadie’s pov were hard to read but I was loving the chapters that were episodes of the podcast, those were really fun. Honestly, I want to try this one again when I feel like I can handle an emotionally difficult book because everyone says is brilliant and I’m very intrigued to see how I feel about it.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

I read 45% of this book about one year ago and I stopped because I didn’t really like any of the characters and I actually hated one of them, who is a rapist who isn’t considered a rapist because he is a landowner in the twentieth century. As a character driven reader my hatred for one of the main characters took away all the enjoyment of reading this book. Nonetheless, as someone who loves every other Isabel Allende book that I have ever read, I want to finish her most famous book, which is often considered her best. Also, I have heard that since this is a multi-generational book, the later generations are less horrible.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

I never made the conscious decision of DNFing this book, I read 40% of this and it was a slow read because of the old writing style and language used in the translation I read, so I decided to pick up another book thinking I would read both at the same time but that didn’t happen, I simply put this book down and never picked it back up. But I really want to finish this, because despite how long it was taking me to read it, I was actually really enjoying it thanks to the really interesting concept.

Have you read any of these books? Which one do you think I should I prioritize?

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7 thoughts on “Books I Want to Give a Second Chance

  1. I just posted my review for Sadie which I also read about a year ago (and then reread last month via audio) and it is so so so good but it is an incredibly heavy book so I can totally understand why you couldn’t read it. I do think it’s worth a second shot but only when you’re in a good mindset to be able to handle it. Your well being comes before any book, even if it’s brilliant. 💚

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  2. I also had that same gripe with The House of Spirits when I read it in January. I loathed Esteban and how the society overlooked what he did because of his social class. But I’m glad I powered through that book because the latter parts were surely better and I actually ended up enjoying the book.

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