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!