#SecondChanceChallenge – What’ We’re Reading
As you may know, next week we are going to be doing the #SecondChanceChallenge. Basically, we’re going to try reading a book we previously DNFed to see if we have a different experience with it this second time. It’s a reading experiment.
So what is everyone reading?
If you read our initial post, you won’t be surprised to know that Mary Hinson (@knoxdiver) is reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. It is, after all, the book that sparked the whole conversation that led to the challenge. You can read her blog post about it here.
Robin Willis (@robinreads) is our Middlge Grade and School Librarian correspondent. She is going to be giving Harry Potter #6 a second chance. I had no idea she didn’t finish the series! I believe out of the 4 of us here at TLT, she is the biggest proponent of DNFing a book and you can read her MGM post on the DNF Debate here.
Amanda MacGregor (@citesomething) is our fierce reviewer and is working on updating many of our Take 5 lists. I thought it was fascinating to learn that she had DNfed Feed by M. T. Anderson. It’s a book I DNFed as well, which surprised me because Thirsty is a book I really enjoyed. And, you know, Feed is an award winner. I will be interested to hear what she thought of it this second time around.
Heather Booth (@boothheather) does a lot of program outlines for us and is good with the words in ways that I am not. And for some reason I have always thought she was a big Nerfighter, which is why I was surprised to learn that her #SecondChanceChallenge book is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Looking for Alaska is probably my favorite John Green book, so I’ll be interested to know how she feels about it this second time around. I’ll still love her if she hates it though, every reader their book and every book its reader and all that.
As for me, my #SecondChanceChallenge book is Chime by Franny Billingsley. I’m basically giving this one a second chance because when I told Ally Watkins I never finished it she said we maybe couldn’t be friends anymore. Chime is one of those books that everyone speaks highly of and it just didn’t seem to work for me and I wondered what I was missing. So I’m going to try it again and see if my feelings have changed, it has been a few years now after all. Ally says we can still be friends no matter what. Probably.
The truth is, we may still find that these are not the right books for us and that’s okay. But maybe not. Like I said, it’s a reading experiment to see how we might have grown and changed as readers.
How about you, will you be joining us? Tweet us with the hashtag #SecondChancechallenge and let us know what you’re reading. Or write a blog post and link to it in the comments.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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