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Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a fun article on the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ today. Now, not all of the books in this list are books that I naturally hate, they are just books that probably did not work out at the time of my life when I was reading them and some of these books may be series or trilogies that I am planning to revisit to see how I feel about it now and how I feel about it before. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ list!

1. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret.

Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


Well. Okay. I cannot remember why I did not finish (Also known as: DNF) this book but I do hope that sometime in the future that I will be picking this book back up for a read and also, to end up liking it because of the world and how it works intrigue my inner and outer heart. So, yes. I wish to enjoy this book when I pick it back up to read. 

2. This Is What Happy Looks Like By Jennifer E. Smith

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If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?


I can remember why I picked this book up and put it back down with no remorse.. Well, maybe a little bit. It was because I read this book right after Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and you can tell by the look of this blog that I loveeeeeeeee that book. So, I was not in the mood for a contemporary book and thus, the fall of the book. 

However, I will be picking this book back up because it does not deserve to feel unwanted and to be chucked aside on my bookshelf. Therefore, I am giving it a second go.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

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Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions.

With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.


Unlike other John Green Books, this book does not stick with me or leave me with a good impression. Although I liked the LGBTQIA+ representation in this book, I just did not find the story to be overall impressive whatsoever. Thus, I hope to read it again someday to see if my opinion has changed… Or not.

4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

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Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


This series has stuck with me ever since I finished it last year and although I did not enjoy the second book in the trilogy, I found the trilogy to be overall impressive and those plot twists had me going out of my mind. Thus, I feel like I should revisit this world and have the reviews for these books going up on my blog.  

5. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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What would you do to save someone you love?

Time is slipping away. . . .

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


I did enjoy this book when I first had it read which was last year because of how intense and fast-paced it was. But I would like to read it again because I really need to know if my opinion differs because after I finished ‘The Chaos Walking’ trilogy which I did not enjoy before but has now become my favorite trilogy of all-time, I want to know if my opinions on other books/series will do the same too! 

Thus, I am planning for a re-read!

This is the end of my ‘Top 5 books that I am giving second chances to’ list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your Top 5 books that you are giving second chances to down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

22 thoughts on “Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to

  1. While I can’t bring myself to re-read A Discovery of Witches, at some point in the future I plan to read Shadow of Night – and hopefully I will find it more enjoyable than the first book. Also, might give Eragon another shot.

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  2. I really liked Will Grayson Will Grayson! Maybe you’ll enjoy it more the second time, but it’s okay if you don’t. That’s great you want to give these books a second chance, I don’t think there’s any books I would give a second chance to 😂

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  3. I actually really enjoyed The coldest girl in coldtown, so I hope you like it when you pick it back up. I don’t remember much about this is what happy looks like, but I remember liking it too 🙂 (although I can relate to not being so impressed with books after reading something amazing)

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  4. Ooo I love the idea of this post! I don’t often try to read things that didn’t grab me, but sometimes going in a second time works a charm 🙂
    I really loved Will Grayson Will Grayson. It’s a little bit silly so I think your mood upon going into the book will impact how you feel about it. 🙂

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  5. A fabulous idea. Sometimes we are just not the right people, at the right time, to enjoy a particular book.

    There have been several books, over the years, that I’ve ‘re-discovered’ years later, only to wonder why I didn’t enjoy them at the first sitting. I did this, for example, with A.S.Byatt’s “The Children’s Book.” It was at least 3 years after purchase that it became my bathroom book (of random selection) and I ate it up.

    Then there are the epic books that you fall in, and out with, I’m in my 16th month of reading 2666 by Bolano. It’s so bold, that it seems I love it, only until I cannot take it anymore. Yet I do not give up!

    An interesting experiment indeed.

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  6. Such a great idea to give a second try! I’m looking forward to read your thoughts and if you finished the books. Honestly, brave too to invest time getting back to them. Although, I know the feeling of leaving the book unfinished….I haven’t read majority of them, but I was completely stuck with John Green’s and it took me a while to finish it, one star rating, though.

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