The Big Bad DNF
How are you with DNFing books? Is this something you do at the first sign of not liking a book? Or are you the type to refuse to do it at all? Today we’re talking about the big sin of not finishing a book! *gasp*
When/Why I DNF
I used to be the type who would never not finish a book. No matter how much I didn’t like it I would pull through and finish it. This was before I was a blogger, though, and not being a guinea pig for new books meant I only read those who came highly recommended, so not liking a book was actually pretty rare. I also only read 1/4 of the amount of books I do now. Since I started blogging things changed on that front quite a bit. I have mountains of books to read, and there are either very few or no reviews at all when I start a book, thus not liking it is a lot more likely. Sometimes I will pull through if it’s a short book or if it’s one that is so bad it’s entertaining (yes those exist!), but if I’m truly hating it I won’t bother continuing to torture myself. Some books I disliked to much I was dreading it. What fun is that? Reading is a hobby! I’ve heard “well maybe the ending will be worth it and you’ll miss out”, but you know what? If it takes until the last pages for a book to be good, I still won’t care for it. Plus I have never had that happen in my life. Plus, it shouldn’t take that long to engage a reader and that is that. So yes, I DNF. I don’t have a page limit per se, I go strictly by how I’m feeling towards the book and the mood I am in. I do try to at least read half before deciding it’s time to give it up, but lately I’ve given up on a few books even before the 20% mark – though these were special types of awful.
Reviewing a DNF.
I’m not against DNF reviews personally. I find they can be just as helpful. They tell us why someone didn’t like a book to such a degree that they couldn’t finish it. If it can save someone else the same faith, why is it frowned upon? You only have to read a very small percentage of a book before you get a feel of the writing and characters. There were also obviously some clear flaws or annoyances that made someone DNF, and those same things might annoy someone else just as badly, so I want to know what they are! I don’t write full reviews for DNF books like I do others – though it’s more because I don’t want to waste the time than I feel it’s “wrong” – but I still post them on Goodreads and in DNF Madness posts on my blog which I do every few months.
I understand a bit more why people don’t rate DNF books. I think it depends a lot on why they quit. If I truly hate a book SO much that I can’t finish it, I’m sorry, but that book is getting a 1 star. I mean, if a book is terrible to such degree that I can’t stomach it anymore, the 1 star I give it is not any less “real” than from someone who wasted an extra few hours of their lives to finish the horrid mess that it was. Now if I read 20 pages of a book and quit because I’m not in the mood or I don’t think I will like it, I won’t rate that. To me that’s more like reading a chapter excerpt to decide if you will enjoy a book or not. Other times I’ve DNFed due to the genre, the complexity, the writing style or other not being of my taste – meaning not being for ME, not that it was bad. Stormdancer for instance, I DNFed because it wasn’t my genre. The problem wasn’t the book, I don’t want to warn others against it, it just was not my personal taste. To me that’s very different so I leave my rating blank.
I think DNFing all comes to how many books you read, how fast you read, and how patient you are. Also I guess how picky you are in what you start. I read 150-200 books a year and I’m not one who can finish a book in 2 hours so I’m not going to waste time with blah books. Especially that I generally have low patience >.<
What do you think of reviews/ratings on DNFed books?
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