DNF’ing books has been a popular discussion point with book bloggers lately. Everyone and their dog has done a similar post on why they do or don’t DNF books. So it’s time to add my two cents.
To put it bluntly life’s too short. There’s so many books I want to read so why spend my time with one I’m not enjoying? If I’m not enjoying what I’m reading I also end up reading much less, taking much longer to finish the book and giving me even less time on something else.
Reasons for DNF’ing
There’s a few different reasons I’ve DNF’d in the past:
- It’s not what I thought it was going to be – of course this can be a good thing, but there’s times where it’s not.
- The writing style isn’t for me
- It’s badly written (in my opinion)
- And of course, I’m just not into the story
I’ve seen arguments both ways, but personally I don’t count a DNF towards my goal. I don’t care if I’ve read 10% or 90% of a book, if I don’t finish it I don’t count it.
You could say that means the time I’ve already spent on the book is ‘wasted’, but I’m not that bothered if I don’t hit my goal. My enjoyment is more important!
Rating and Reviewing
I don’t rate books I don’t finish. If I haven’t read the whole book it feels unfair to give it a rating of GoodReads. I do however, plan to post about why I DNF’d specific books
What are your thoughts?