Sometimes you read a book and you don't like it, maybe because of the writing style, the characters, the world building or something else. But one thing you know and that is that the book was not perfect for you. So you put the book aside and never go back to it, because why read a book a second time that you didn't enjoy?
But then there are situations in which reading a book you struggled with the first time makes sense. The first situation is when you read a book while being in a weird mood in which choosing the perfect book to fit the mood you are in is nearly impossible. When I'm in one of those crazy moods I listen carefully to my inner reading voice, as soon as I realize that I don't enjoy a book because it doesn't fit to my mood, I stop reading it, put it back on my TBR shelve and come back to it as soon as I'm out of the weird reading mode.
The second situation is even more complex. Sometimes you read a book and it doesn't work for you because of your own expectations. Maybe it's a very hyped book, you read a lot of hype posts on it and expect fantastic things from the book. Sometimes the expectations can be so high that the book doesn't get a fair chance. This definitely has happened to my in the past and because of it I stopped reading hype posts. As soon as I realize that hype is going on I'm ignoring all posts on the book and that has helped me a lot with keeping my expectations at a good level.
And sometimes it's not even hype that has influenced your expectations in a way that makes it hard for a book. When I for example read "Lola and the boy next door" by Stephanie Perkins the first time, I knew on the one hand that the book would not be like "Anna and the French kiss", that Lola and Crickte would not be a second Anna and Etienne. I really knew this, still I was hoping in some weird corner of my brain that the stories and characters in the books would be similar. Of course both did not come true and that made me disappointed and made it hard for me to enjoy Lola's book. But then something brilliant and wondrous happend, a few months after redaing Lola the first time I gave the book a second chance. And this second time the weird corner in my brain was not expecting a second Anna and that made it possible for the greatness of the book, characters and relationships in Lola to intrude my brain and heart. The second time I read the book I fell in love with pretty much everything in the story and that's why I love giving books second chances, sometimes it's like reading a completely different book compared to your first reading experience.
Do you give books a second chance? Have you ever experienced something similar to what happened to me when I read "Lola and the boy next door" the second time?