'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
Second chances happen in real life, although I must admit that I’m a difficult person. If you screw things up, I will hold that to against you. I’m not someone who can let go and forgive easily. I'm a little different when it comes to books. Sometimes we need to give second reading chances and there are three types to me:
-You return to a book/series you placed ‘on hold’
-You try the new book from an author whose previous work(s) you disliked.
-You read the sequel even when you didn’t like the previous book(s).
I am a mood reader, which means that I sometimes dislike a book I know I might like when I’m in a different mood. Sometimes a boo doesn't work for us at that moment. Instead of DNF-ing them and banishing them to the book graveyard, I place them on my ‘on-hold’ shelf. I must admit that it takes A LOT of time before I return to these stories, but sometimes it works out. The first time I read Daughter of smoke and bone I wasn’t blown away, so I decided to step away from the series. Last year I reread it and I flew through the series, suddenly falling in love with the characters, the world and the prose. My current on-hold books are: Frostbite, Heartless, Stormdancer, The eighth day and Gone girl.
The first book you pick from an author can decide how your future relationship with their books is going to look like. I find it hard to try their other books if I hate the first one. It also depends on what I disliked. Sometimes it’s just not the story for me or I disliked the characters; this will give them a second chance. If I disliked the writing-style I’m less inclined. An example is Stephanie Meyer. I didn't like The host or Twilight, so I won't read anything else by her again.
This is probably the hardest second chance; how do you decide if you need to give up on a series or if you need to push forward? I always finish duologies, because I like to cross that series off my mission impossible list and I can handle one extra book. I find it hard to decide what to do with trilogies.
The first book; is the story not fantastic because it’s a set-up or is it simply crap?
The second book; is it simple the middle book syndrome or is the story over?
The last book; is it even worth it?
It depends on how I feel about the separate aspects of the series. I might continue if I feel invested in the characters of if I have that bad case where I'm still curious enough about the ending. An example is The madman’s daughter. I liked that book, I LOATHE the sequel Her dark curiosity, but I was already so deep into the story that I had to find out what would happen and the last book, A cold legacy, wasn’t even that bad. I made the mistake to force Amy Plum’s Revenant series on me. It just wasn’t for me.
Tell me, what do you decide about second chances for a book, an author and a series?