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One Friday night Mary Hinson (@knoxdiver), The Tween and I were at Half Price Books, as we do, when we realized that Mary had not read The Raven Boys. She started it, but didn’t finish. And to The Tween, those were fighting words.

So we began talking on Twitter about the books we DNFed for various reasons and the idea of a #SecondChanceChallenge came about.

It reminded me of my experience reading Jane Eyre in my early 20s. I was going through my pretentious “read all the classics” phase and started with Jane Eyre, which I DNFed. I set it half read in a drawer where it collected dust for a little over a year. Then one day I tried reading it again and had a totally different experience with the book, really loving it this time. I gave it a second chance and had a very different experience with it that second time.

This is what we’re going to do and we hope you’ll join us.

During the week of April 27th through May 1st, write a post or Tweet us using the hashtag #SecondChanceChallenge about a book you DNFed that you are willing to give a second try reading.

Anytime between May 1st through the 9th try reading it again. You can tweet updates using the tag #SecondChanceChallenge. It’s okay if you DNF it again, we just want to try giving books a second read. It’s an experiment.

Keep us updated the week of May 1st through the 9th and tell us how your #SecondChanceChallenge is going. Did you like it better this time? Did you DNF it again? You can tell us in a blog post or on Twitter/Tumblr, just use the hashtag so everyone can read about your experience.

It’s a grand experiment and we’ll hope you’ll join us.


  1. I really like the idea of this challenge! However, I don’t think there’s been any book I’ve ever stopped reading. I have such a hard time putting down a story since I always think it’ll get better or I want to know the ending.

    • Karen Jensen, TLT Karen Jensen, TLT says

      For the longest time I always finished every book. For years. But I have been better able to let go of that some in the last few years. But I understand what you are saying here completely.


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