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If you didn’t know, Teen Librarian Toolbox is hosting the #SecondChanceChallenge, which is a challenge for readers to try rereading books they put ‘on-hold’ or DNFed, and ultimately giving them a second chance to win you over. (Full details in the post!)

So I’m going to list down books I want to try reading again for this challenge. I’ll be reading them from May 1st to May 9th, and possibly even keep going even when the challenge is over, because I know I won’t be able to finish all of these in just a week.

Side note: I’m totally open to buddy reads if anyone wants to read these with me!


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1.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:  I got through about half of the book before putting it down. But I really, really want to try again because there is potential for me to love this book.

2.) Eon by Alison Goodman: Again, I got through half of this before putting it down for some unknown reason.

3.) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: Not sure how I far I got through with this, but I feel the same way about Daughter of Smoke and Bone with this.

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4.) Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Loved the world building in the first book. I’ll be buddy reading this with my friend Riz!

5.) Unhinged by A.G. Howard: I already know how this trilogy ends (it ends horribly–at least for me), but I still want to give it a go.

6.) Rebel Heart by Moira Young: Loved book one, but unfortunately can’t remember anything that happened in it, so when I tried reading this… Eek. Confused as hell.


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1.) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan: It’s RICK RIORDAN, guys. But for some reason, I’m just not too keen on this one… I tried reading it, got through half before thinking that it wasn’t for me.

2.) The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: I read a few pages and was like, no, no, no. But I almost always give books the benefit of the doubt.

3.) Burn for Burn by Jenny Han: I read a few chapters of this, and it was just screaming NOT AN AIMEE BOOK in all caps at me, but I have seen some fabulous feedback of this from trusted reviewers.


Have you read any of these? PUSH ME TO READ THEM. Or buddy read them with me!

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113 thoughts on “I DNFed These Books… But Now I Want to Try Them Again!

  1. My jaw dropped a little when I saw Siege and Storm on here. I really enjoyed that book, even though it was way different from the first in the series. Definitely worth another try :)


  2. There are quite a few dfn books I try again. my reading enjoyment can go simply on my mood at the time i pick up a book. Often I will get 50 pages in and decide nah not right now, but its still a good book. There are some books I get like halfway through and its not doing it for me at all. I give up on those generally. some of your DFN books are books I really enjoyed. Girl of fire and thorns,loved it.


  3. I read Blood Red Road, too, Aimee but it’s been forever ago and I couldn’t drum up the interest to pick up the rest of the series. The year wait in between books is awful for me, because I forget why I wanted to continue with the series. Hope you enjoy Dustlands. I’ve heard great things about Leigh Bardugo’s series. I didn’t end up liking Daughter of Smoke and Bone as much as the majority out there. The second half took a downward plunge for me. I guess that doesn’t really encourage you, because you quit at the 2nd half. Good luck! :)


    1. Yes! Waiting in between books just makes me want to cry in a hole. :/ I’m actually 300-ish pages in DoSaB and it’s going downhill for me as well. :(


  4. I didn’t love Daughter of smoke and bones when I first read it, but then I gave it another shot and BANG. I fell in love. I’m a huge fan of The girl of fire and thorns :) Siege and Storm is my favorite book from the series. So, I would definitely recommend to revisit those three :D


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