Book Talk | Why I DNF Books

Book Talk

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.

Why DNF?

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

GoodReads Goal

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?

 

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