Discussion: I don’t DNF

January 25, 2014 Discussion 70

If you’ve been stalking book blogs for a while, you might be familiar with the term “DNF”. There’s a few DNF reviews floating around the blogosphere, even Alise has written some here on Readers in Wonderland. What does the term mean? Well, the blogger, for whatever reason, did not finish a book. Maybe it was too horrible, too slow, just not for them. They didn’t read the entire thing and put it down never to be picked up again.

It isn’t that uncommon to DNF books if you’re a book blogger. Lots of people do because they have better things to read and put time into. The reviewing of DNF books is a somewhat controversial topic but that’s not the point of this discussion. What I want to get into is:

I’ve never DNFed a book.


Okay, that’s not strictly true. There’s a couple I’ve put down for various reasons, but I do have plans to go back and finish them eventually. Still, there’s only about 3 books that fall into even that category and it was only because they either a) had to go back to the library before I finished and I couldn’t renew them or b) I was bored and picked up something else then forgot about them. Most books I read all the way through, and I don’t think I’ve ever given a rating below 2 stars…

Anyway, there are reasons I don’t like DNFing. Many reasons, some ridiculous some genuine. Some of the reasons include:

1. I feel obliged to finish every book I start.

I don’t like giving up. If  I start a book I’m investing my time in and I I want to complete it. Leaving it halfway through is almost a failure to me. I will solider on through it even if I can barely stand it (eventually it’s so terrible it’s funny, and there’s usually a few redeeming things I enjoy). Completion’s sake is why I’m going to read THE ONE even though I detested THE ELITE. I think the only series I’ve intentionally not finished was HOUSE OF NIGHT. Book 3 of that series is the only book I’ve actually DNFed with no plans of picking it up again because

2. What if it gets better?

This happened with a couple of books. FALLING KINGDOMS was one. I was so bored and unimpressed with the characters that I contemplated putting it down. But I kept reading and gave it a chance and it ended up being fairly good. The sequel was even better.

There was another book that I kept putting down at the same place every time I attempted to read it. Three years later I read past that point and finished it and loved it and am kicking myself for taking so long to read it.

3. I know my taste in books well.

I know exactly what I like and what I don’t like, so as a general rule I enjoy most things I read. My average goodreads rating is 3.9 and I rarely rate anything below 3 stars. Chances are, I’m not going to buy books I know I’m not going to like (though a pretty cover can fool me sometimes *shakes fist*). Also, I read and enjoy most genres. Pacing doesn’t affect me to bad (Alise can tell you all about this), and I’m fairly tolerant (or so I’d liked to believe).

Though I don’t DNF now, I might start DNFing in the future? Why? Because it means I’ll have more time to read more books instead of wasting it on novels I don’t enjoy, I have a massive tbr I have to get through, and it might be nice for my sanity. Knowing me though I won’t because of that stupid need to finish everything I start…

What about you guys? What are your thoughts on DNFing? Do you do it? Or are you like me, that patient reader who never seems to hate any book? Is DNFing something you think I should consider? I’d love to read your thoughts!

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70 Responses to “Discussion: I don’t DNF”

    • Bec

      I’ve put down books for that reason, but always end up picking them back up. And there’s never been a book I’ve disliked so much so early on that I don’t want to continue (so far anyway)

      Thanks!

  1. Chiara@ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    DNF. Hmm. To be entirely honest, I have only ever DNFd one book. ONE. And it is only becuase I could not stand the inaccuracies. It was a retelling-ish thing of Frankenstein, set before the events of Frankenstein occurred. The author magically created a twin for Victor, and all these things that were just wrong. And since Frankenstein is one of my all time favourite books, I just couldn’t do it. So I DNFs after about two chapters.
    I am like you in every other way. If I have invested x amount of time already, I should be able to invest y amount of time to finish the book, right? Otherwise x time will have been a complete and utter waste. And plus, some books get better after you get the DNF feels coming on.
    For example, a week or so ago, I started reading Half-Blood. I was about 50 pages in and I could not stand the similarities between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy. It almost felt like reading the same book. The night I started it, I decided I wasn’t going to continue. I couldn’t get past the fact that it felt like a carbon copy of VA. But then the next day, I was all: just give it another chance. So I did, and then I finished it in one sitting. Yes, there were huge similarities, but I kind of overlooked them to see Half-Blood as it’s own novel. And I ended up quite liking it, and am even hoping to read the entire series.
    With regards to finishing series, that feels like a completely different realm, but yes House of Night! I read the first four books and then was so bored of the storyline and how many are there now? I don’t even want to think about it. But I kind of have a little desire to finish the series. I think it started out really great, so maybe it could go out with a bang, as well? I hope so.
    I know my taste in books well, too. I mean, why would someone even bother picking up a book to read if nothing appeals to them? I don’t understand why anyone would do that.
    As to whether or not you SHOULD DNF, I think it’s a really personal choice. It’s whether or not you want to spend the time finishing it, or the reasons that you have for wanting to DNF. But, like you said, if you’re choosing books that you will most likely like, then DNFs may not be in your future! I hope they aren’t in mine.
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    • Bec

      Ah, I’ve had feelings like that about retellings before. Though I’ve never DNFed because of it, maybe just skimmed read.

      I think with so many stories out in the world now you’ll inevitably come across some Very Similar books that seem very close to your favourites. Glad you ended up liking Half Blood!

      House of Night I just… couldn’t go on. Book 2 was so boring and book 3 *shudder* It seemse like ti’s never going to tend.

      I hope no DNFs are in my future! But with the amount of ARCs from Netgalley I haven’t read yet I think I might have to open myself up to the possibility.

  2. Nara

    I definitely very rarely DNF. Basically, there are only two reasons I ever DNF and those are:
    1. The author’s writing style doesn’t agree with me: e.g. Prince of Wolves, Gail Carriger’s books, Charlaine Harris’ vampire series whatever it’s called. In this case, clearly it’s just the writing style that I can’t stomach and so why bother trying to wade through the writing when it basically becomes a chore?
    2. Too much angst. This usually really only applies to NA books and if there’s all this drama like ex-girlfriends stepping on the scene, random bouts of cancer, jealousy, car crashes etc etc then no thanks. I’d rather not read a book like that.

    I definitely do persevere with most books though- there’s always that slight chance that it’ll improve at some point! As to whether you should DNF or not- it’s really your own choice as to whether you want to or not, I suppose. In any case, I hope you don’t encounter too many bad books in the future!
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    • Bec

      Oh, I have some of Gail Carriger’s book on my tbr. I’m curious what I’ll think of them now…

      Writing style definitely has weight. I’ve read books where character piss me off so much, but it’s just so addictive and the writing is awesome. I’ve also had the opposite, there’s potential but the writing just drags it down.

      Angst books are my sort of guilty pleasure. They can be intense in their own way, and produce many feels if done right. But sometimes they’re so stupid/so tedious.

      I have a fairly good track record (with nothing ever rated beneath 2 stars… I don’t even know what a 1 star book feels like) I reckon I’ll be reading some good books soon :)

  3. Cora @ TeaPartyPrincess

    I don’t DNF often, but when I do I do review. It’s usually just a few words on why it wasn’t for me. If I continue on with a book I should have just put down (The Elite) I end up rage-reviewing. And that’s not good for anyone.

    I’ve resolved this year to DNF more. Why should I waste my time on books tat just aren’t for me when there’s an infinite supply of books I’ve yet to read which could blow my mind?
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    • Bec

      I think I’ll review too. There are reasons why I couldn’t go on and those are reasons other people might want to know.

      Yeah, there’s been a few books I pushed on through that ended up being almost rage reviews. But I always try to highlight at least a few good things about the book.

      Exactly! That’s the thought I’m having now, but one I’m struggling to accomplish because damn need for completion!

  4. Pam@YA Escape from Reality

    I’m like you, I think I’ve only not finished one book since I’ve been blogging and it’s because I’m reading what I want, I know what I like, and even when I request books, I only request books I really want to read. So I’m the same as far as my ratings on Goodreads, my average is around a 4 and I think I’ve maybe ever rated one book a 2 and not even that many are rated 3. But I think that if you are reading a book and you’re really not enjoying it, why continue reading it? There are so many great books out there, and definitely not enough time to read them all. Great discussion!
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    • Bec

      Reading what you want definitely leads to more enjoyment. And you have no pressure either.

      I always think that when I consider DNFing, but inevitably I think “it could get good” and then push on.

      Thanks!

  5. Stormy

    I used to never DNF books. Ever. If I set a book aside, it was always with the idea that I might go back to it at some point. I think before I started blogging, I had maybe DNF-ed 2 books in my entire life. And I still don’t DNF very easy now, but I do on occasion when I’m reading a book and it’s just beginning to feel like a headache and I’m bored. If I really dislike a book, I tend to finish it to the end because I need to see if it ever picks up, which might be kind of strange. It’s the books I’m “Meh” about by a quarter in that I tend to DNF.
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    • Bec

      DNFing more after starting a blog seems to be a thing.

      Yeah, I think because terrible books you KNOW they’re bad and you want them to get a bit better, but meh books they’re neither good nor bad and that leaves you bored… They’re the ones I put down the most/longest.

  6. Christy

    I will DNF a book if I find myself coming up with reasons not to pick it up and read some more, that’s when I know it’s not for me. There have been books that I put down because I wasn’t in the mood for them but I will pick them up later and usually enjoy them. I think you have to do what works best for you. Great discussion!
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    • Bec

      Yeah. I think that I might have to adopt a similar system to what you use. It sounds pretty sound. And whatever reasons I have for not going back are the ones I’d discuss in a review…

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      I think feeling terrible about it is another reason I don’t DNF. I feel like I didn’t give it enough of a chance…

      Thanks!

  7. Niki Hawkes

    I always forced myself through books until about a year ago. I adopted the philosophy that “life’s too short to read books you’re not interested in.” It was inspired from a meme that said something along the lines of: read the best books first because you might not have time to read them all.
    At first, it was so hard to put books down because I felt guilty, wondering if I would be missing out on something really great if I didn’t keep reading (as a side note, I started skipping ahead on those to get an idea if they improved. 100% of the time they did not). Anyway part of the philosophy included choosing books I was genuinely excited to read rather than the ones I felt obligated to. The combination of both goals led to 2013 being the single best year in reading I’ve ever had.
    I’m not saying you should adopt this because everybody should read as they wish in my mind, but just wanted to share because your topic really spoke to me, as it’s been something I’ve argued with myself over for years. :)
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    • Bec

      That is a very very good philosophy. It makes complete sense–what amazing books am I missing out on because I refuse to give up on the books I’m not enjoying?

      Oh wow, that’s great to hear :) Thanks!

  8. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    I rarely put down a book. I also read a book all the way through even though I hated it even in the beginning. I don’t know why. Maybe I have the same mindset that it might get better. I think I’ve only DNF’d books that were assigned to me in school. We just stopped reading them and I was more than happy to do the same or in actuality I just didn’t care anymore. I also most likely pick up books I know I will like and mI’m around your rating on Goodreads as well – so when I’m forced to read a book I don’t really count it if I DNF it. Now that I think about it I’ve only officially DNF’d a book once. The book was too long to care about the main character anymore…

    DNFing has some perks though. Why waste your time reading a book you hate? It just puts you in a reading funk :P
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    • Bec

      When I’m reading a ‘bad’ unenjoyable book, DNFing rarely crosses my mind.

      They do pick some boring books in school. And the fact it was assigned makes it even harder to read because there’s so many other books you’d rather choose yourself.

      Avoiding a reading funk is another DNF pro! But my slumps aren’t usually caused by bad books, just not-so-great moods in general.

  9. Delaney

    I’m actually surprised because I checked last year how many books I read and I did not DNF any of them which surprised me because am awesome like that or because I just picked the right books to read. Usually I read books I want to read (that’s why I haven’t read TFioS yet >__<) and when I want to read them. I sometimes get stressed over book count but then I'm like, why should i care! Reading is for fun, not how many books I read each year.

    I usually DNF if the book is really a bore then I just don't want to read. If I don't then I won't. I would probably skim little to see if any good happens, but usually nothing does. And then I read the ending and there you go. XD

    And not finishing series is one of my bad habits! XD But I read the first book and if the first book sucks, I will not read the second book because chances are, it's either going to get a little better or not at all. So finishing a series is actually a pretty big accomplishment in my world. XD If I like the first book/loved it I will consider reading the second book because what if the second book ruins it for me? I'm just not the biggest fan of series because they tend to drag and sometimes they could just write for one book but they end up dragging out the storyline and then it just becomes uninteresting and tasteless. But that's just my personal options.
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    • Bec

      It’s great when you have periods like that! I get distracted by the book count too. Especially my unread book count…

      I used to skim but I found if I did that I lost all motivation for continuing (even when they’re good).

      That’s not too bad! There’s a few series I’ve done the same, and then continue and think they’ve just dragged it on. But if I read the second, I usually have a commitment to finish. Especially if it seems like the series will get better with each installment.

  10. Lily B

    I have unfortunately had books I did not finish, some for the plain reasons that I just couldn’t choke it down anymore if it was that bad for me. It only happens once in a blue moon. I try to finish it at first, even if I have to do it little by little and keep coming back to it.. Other’s like you I have not finished because it was from the library and needed returning, but I hope to eventually pick it up anyway. If it’s an ARC, I give it as much of my attention as I possibly can though.
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    • Bec

      See, ARCs are the only books I’ll probably DNF, well and library ones that go back never to be seen again. I feel like I have to finish all my books and if I don’t like them I can put them down and pick them up when I’m ready. Where as ARCs I need to read ASAP (or should… I have a backlog to catch up on)

  11. Cait

    I rarely DNF because I’m a bit OCD. XD I hate unfinished books lying around the place! And in the back of my mind, I’m always sure they’ll get better (they usually don’t). I usually rate books 2, 4 or 5 stars. I guess I either desperate love or hate stuff. ;) I HAVE put some books on hold, but I do plan to get back to them.

    And I was totally mesmerised by that cartoon GIF. I didn’t realise I was just sitting here watching for ages….
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    • Bec

      Ahaha, just like me, but with a few more 3 star boks scattered around.

      It’s a fantastic gif (and a really long one)

  12. Deyse

    Oh boy I used to be just like you, until last year I had only DNF one book, my entire life but them I entered in a binge buying and ended up with over 30 books on my tbr pile and ended up doing it more times. I still struggle to DNF because is something… unnatural to me, but sometimes the book is just way not enjoyable, in any aspects, that’s the only situation that I DNF: when I’m half way through the book and didn’t found any single thing to enjoy in it.
    Good DNF in the future Bec :)
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    • Bec

      I binge buy every time I go to the store >< I have even more than 30 books and DNFing would help shorten it faster...but I don't know if I can do it. I'll probably DNF for similar reasons one day... Thanks

    • Bec

      Yes! And I worry that it could have deserved my attention, and what if I just wasn’t in a good mood that day, etc, etc

  13. Aman

    No rating under 3 stars? Wow! That’s very impressive, Bec! But how do you do it. When I read a premises, I could never tell if it’d work for me or not. Sure, the story sounds interesting and I might enjoy it, but there are so many books I’ve read thinking that they are the perfect fit for me only to read it and be thoroughly disappointed by it. How do you avoid that? Is it instinct or just guess? I wish I would have avioded some really bad books that wasted my time. And you never DNF?!? Why?!? House of Night was actually the first series I DNF because I just couldn’t take it anymore. Okay, so going through your points (1) why would you feel like a failure? So what if a book didn’t work, there are million others waiting to be devour. You don’t want to miss out the good ones if you’re stuck reading the ones you don’t even want to in the first place. (2) okay, I get this one. Then you don’t have to straightaway DNF it, put it on hold and get back to it later on. Sometimes it’s the mood thing too. (3) I wish I could do that, but sometimes you just have to take chances. What about when you’re trying a new genre? There have to be a few misses here and there.

    I don’t know how you read without dnfing Bec but I’m glad you shared this post with us. Thanks :)
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    • Bec

      I like a large range of books so it’s hard to find something I won’t like, but overall I’ve just read so many different books I can sort of judge if I’ll like it. Of course, I could be missing out on some really good books too. Mostly just guess work, idk.

      When I start a new genre I’m not sure about, I’ll always read a well loved book first, or one that features an element I like because I’ll probably enjoy it then. Sure, there are some that are less than stellar but there’s always some really good stuff out there and the only way to find it is to try them all (and read bad books to get to the good)

      I don’t really know how I do it either… No worries!

  14. Summer/Sunny

    I know quite a few bloggers/readers who don’t DNF either for those reasons. And these are the exact reasons why I’m so conflicted. I used to be DNF-crazy (a bit), but more like I didn’t even start a book because I’d be afraid I’d DNF it. Now, I’m better at moderation. But never (kinda) DNFing? Wow! I feel an obligation of sorts, but I just hate FEELING like I’m wasting my time. It was great to see your thoughts on this!
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    • Bec

      I do that sometimes–put a book off because you’re scared you won’t like it/scared about what will happen (there’s so many series finales on my tbr shelves right now)

      I don’t think it’s ever really crossed my mind as time waste until I finish the book… Though there is one I’m reading now that I’m enjoying but am still struggling to find the motivation to read. It’s weird.

      Thanks!

  15. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Fantastic post Bec, I never used to DNF before because I would rely on recommendations and reviews for picking my books, but now as a book blogger time is of the essence. If I’m not feeling it or I’m feeling super frustrated by the halfway mark, I know it’s not for me. Saves some time and frustration lol, and you’re right, we have so much better stuff to read. Sometimes I’ve read through and it started to get better though. But mostly when I start getting frustrated I read reviews to see what happens later on. I have no regrets about DNFing certain books.
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    • Bec

      Thanks!

      I think if I ever start receiving unsolicited review books/am autoapproved on NG/EW I might find books to DNF more. But for now most of what I’m reading/review I’ve bought myself. Time is not something I care about, not really. I could use less frustration though XD

      I never thought of looking at reviews to see if they got better! That’s a good idea.

  16. Goldie

    Whoah! Well, actually, I used to NOT mark books as DNF prior to book blogging because I also used to want to finish all the books I’ve started (hence I managed to get through The Scarlet Letter, War and Peace, and The Age of Innocence). But since I started blogging I realized I don’t want to waste my time reading books I haven’t been enjoying for the first five chapters. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read books that only got better halfway into the story, but that means they managed to sustain my interest, even if I was a little bored, until the half. There are just some books where my brain starts shutting down and all I can think about in capital letters is I’M BORED. I’M BORED. I’M BORED. And ergo, it’s a DNF. But if you DNF it, do you think it’s still fair to rate it? I tend not to, though, but I mark it as DNF in Goodreads.
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    • Bec

      A lot of people start DNFing with blogging. And it makes sense not to waste time and put it down but I just can’t. Normally the books are slightly more interesting than whatever I would be doing otherwise (like studying XD)

      I don’t think it’s fair to give it an actual star rating because you didn’t finish it and therefore can’t give it fair judgement. You can review it and mention WHY you DNFed it though.

  17. Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl

    I DNFed a book last summer but never wrote a review. I just took it off my currently reading status because I’ll try reading it again. I love the premise, but the way the author wrote the story was so boring to me.

    WICKED by Gregory Maguire was a book that I didn’t like at first. I read the first sixty to seventy pages and put it down, not wanting to pick it up again. I eventually gave it another try and enjoyed it quite a bit.

    I don’t like not finishing things I start, especially books, and for some of the same reasons you don’t DNF. I’m always like, “What if it gets better? I’ll be missing out.” I don’t even like to CONSIDER missing out on a great story, lol! I agree with you 100% about possibly DNFing books because of your massive TBR list. I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite a while if I come across a book I just can’t get into, and with the exception of the book I DNFed last summer, I luckily haven’t come across any. But if I do, it will be SO hard for me to DNF it because of my need to finish things. Ah, the dilemmas of being a bookworm. :D
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    • Bec

      I want to read ALL of the great stories! And it’s funny because by wasting time reading a not so great one instead of DNFing, we could be missing out on so many more fantastic ones.

      Ahaha, it is a frustrating dilemma, on of many

  18. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I never DNF-ed before I started to blog, but a year ago I started to realize: I don’t have the time for it. I’m not going to bother with books I clearly not enjoy. It’s a waste of my time and I end up writing a negative review – which I don’t really like to do :) So to spare that, I put them aside. Some will get another shot (I can be a mood reader, so it might not be THE book for me at the moment), some I hate and I’ll never look at them again.
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    • Bec

      Mood is another thing that stops me from DNFing I think–I wonder if the only reason I’m not enjoying it is because of how I feel in real life and as my mood improves I might enjoy it more. Don’t think it’s ever happened that way…

  19. Nova @ Out of Time

    For me, life is way too short to read bad books. I DNF too often because I’ve just got so much to read. But I definitely see why you don’t want to. Sometimes, I’ll DNF and then twitter friends will make me pick the book right back up and it will get better so that’s definitely a factor.
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    • Bec

      I never thought about asking twitter! That’s a good idea… Might have to start doing that and making an effort to DNF/get through more books…

  20. A Canadian Girl

    It’s weird but I never really DNF’ed a book until I started getting books for review. Now, I DNF books all the time partly because I’m not going to waste my time trying to finish something I don’t like and partly because I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more critical about the books that I do read. In any case, for about half the books I DNF, I claim that I’ll return to them at some point.

    When I do DNF a book though, I never give it a rating because I feel like it’s unfair to judge a book that you don’t actually finish; you never know if you’d have liked it had you actually finished it.
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    • Bec

      I’m not getting review books yet techinically, but I think that happens because not all you have are ones you asked for, and it starts to feel like you have to read them.

      I think the same! It’s not fair to read/pass judgement on what you haven’t completed, but you can share your thoughts on what you’ve read and the reasons you decided not to continue.

  21. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I don’t DNF too! It just feels weird for me to give a book up when I’m like 10 pages in lol. Once I start reading the book, I HAVE to finish it, no matter how bad it is. Sure, sometimes I drop the book, but I DO pick it up like you. Hmm I don’t plan on DNF-ing in the future though. I’m scared that once I DNF a book, it will become a habit. I also DNF because like you said, “what if the book gets better?” I also feel like I wasted my time DNF-ing a book when I’m already 40% in…like, might as well finish it!
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    • Bec

      YES! When people tell me they’ve read less than 100pages or so and DNFed it’s so strange. How can you make up your mind before then?! I’m like you, I’m a fair way in when I think I could DNF but then decide I might as well continue.

      I’m scared of it becoming a habit too, and making me more judgmental when it comes to reading. And I really don’t want that.

  22. Lauren

    I totally understand where you’re coming from, it took me a long time to be able to DNF, mostly because of #2. I just KNOW any book I DNF will immediately get better after my last page. It’s just a fear of missing out. Sometimes that has been the case, and I’m glad I stuck with it, but other times DNFing would have been the move. It’s so tough to know what to do when a book isn’t working, but I think I’m finally comfortable moving on if I’ve given it an honest shot. Awesome post!
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    • Bec

      It’s a massive fear and I’m so scared that if I put it down I’ll be missing out on a great book. It is so difficult to figure it out in the moment. Hopefully one day I become comfortable :)

  23. Alice Atorly

    I don’t DNF either–and for a lot of the reasons you do. Frankly, I can almost always find something redeeming or enjoyable enough in a book to get me through it even if it gets only 2/5 at the end of the day. A steam romance is usually the thing, honestly. ;) I’m a sucker for that anywhere I can get it. It’s not enough to save a tale–just enough to keep my attention.
    I’ve been thinking about whether I *should* start to DNF, though. I do want to clear out more time for reading other books in my massive TBR pile. I guess my guideline would be not DNF-ing ARCs/NetGalleys I’ve requested out of respect to the publisher/author (even though that doesn’t mean a positive review). How would you differentiate?
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    • Bec

      Exactly! There’s alwasy at least one thing (or the hope of something)that keeps me reading.

      The thing is I think most of the books I would DNF will be ARCs/galleys. Which I think is okay because the publishers want honest opinions and should know that books they publish won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I’d still feel terribly guilty if I do DNF and ARC though.

  24. Sophia Lin

    OMG I’m not the only one who abandoned House of Night! Yush! Well, I honestly forget about many books… so book busy I am. But I used to feel the same way with #1.

    I’ve come across a LOT with #2. Most memorable? The last 2 books in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I think they just got lucky I gave them the extremely rare 3rd chance to impress me.

    I’m usually so picky about books – in the past golden days of me not blogging and having no clue of this amazing world called Indie – that I tend to like almost every book I read, lol. If I don’t remember it, then I probably didn’t like it…. or it’s just been 2 long. On the bright side, blogging HAS helped me realize clearly what types of books I love, like, hate, dislike, am impressed, not impressed, etc.

    I usually go with my gut instinct – it usually tends to be right. Although there ARE times that I don’t listen… and usually regret it. Oops.

    • Bec

      I’m pretty sure a lot of people abandoned that series at some point… I never ended up continuing the Caster Chronicles past Beautiful Creatures (mostly because I didn’t feel a need to pick them up)

      I forget books I didn’t particularly love too! Even the ones I own I struggle to remember sometimes.

      Gut instinct is the best option. I’m usually right when I trust that feeling… usually

  25. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I’ve DNF a total of two books in my whole reading career. I generally try to read books that I know I’ll like, so that way I’m not obligated to DNF them. I COULD DNF if I really needed to, but like you said, what if it gets better? I have a shelf on GR called “Probably-finish-later”because I genuinely think I could finish it when I read it with a different state of mind.
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    • Bec

      Two is pretty impressive! I should make a shelf like that! I tend to forget the books I put down to try again later… Sometimes a different state of mind really helps your enjoyment of something.

  26. Bookworm1858

    I have struggled to DNF in the past but I’ve gotten a little better since being a blogger and seeing people make an argument for how your time is valuable and you shouldn’t waste it on books that aren’t working for you when you could find one that does. I still have trouble DNFing though!
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    • Alise

      Exactly! I know what you mean though, I always have that feeling that I should be going back and finishing books just for the sake of completion.

  27. Irish

    This is exactly how I feel with DNF. I even feel guilty when I’m about to DNF a book. I can imagine the books crying and urging me to please read them because they deserve a reader (my weird imagination is sort of scary). And when I see them in my bookshelf, they look so abandoned and I pity them so I pick them up and read them again.

    My rules with giving up with a book is when in second time, I still can’t feel anything with the story, that’s the only time I will really give up. Otherwise, I will just place them on my “On Hold” section to be read again in another day/months.
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    • Alise

      I’m just now seeing your comment-so sorry!

      Haha, I get that way with some other things, I definitely humanize them.

      That’s a good system, I tend to put books down and never pick them up again. I should give them a second try.

  28. Rachel

    I think I probably DNF about three books a year. So not that many, but like you, I don’t try to read things out of my ‘usual genres’ (which are somewhat flexible).The last thing I DNFed was Game of Thrones. I really have no idea what all of the fuss is about. LotR is much better.

    Honestly, if I really can’t get into a book, I have no problem with not finishing it. Skim reading doesn’t work for me. For some reason I accidentally switch back into normal reading after a few minutes.

    • Alise

      Yeah my number is a bit higher but I probably have much less patience, LOL. Love LotR. Have you seen the show for Game of Thrones? I know a lot of people prefer the show over the books because they are really confusing. I like the show though. But yeah, nothing beats LotR. I find myself sometimes doing that too.

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