Discussion: How Do You Handle DNF Books?

Posted October 4th, 2017 by in Discussions / 6 comments

Lately I’ve been contemplating DNF (Did Not Finish) books. I’ve had a few books that weren’t great. Any voracious reader is going to have that. Turns out as a (newly discovered) mood reader, it may not always be the book’s fault; just my mood.

I’ve talked before about being a constant victim of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I’m also big on good endings. Because of this I struggle with chalking a book up to DNF status. What if it gets better? Maybe it didn’t work for others but what if it’s a hidden gem for me?

I have a few questions:

  • Do you DNF books?
  • What makes you decide to DNF a book?
  • For bloggers/reviewers: Do you review DNF books?



6 Responses to “Discussion: How Do You Handle DNF Books?”

  1. Heidi

    I used to push through my books no matter what, but finally in the last couple of years, I decided enough is enough and I learned to set aside books that weren’t working. If you are finding yourself dreading reading time, you know it’s time to quit. As far as how I handle it, if I really want to know and I am worried about missing out, I go ahead and read the last chapter. Don’t torture yourself reading books that arent’ for you. Time is short and there are too many good books out there to read.

    • Stephanie

      So true! I need to start doing this and stop being so rigid. I think I’m going to go with reading the last chapter when it doesn’t work for me to see if it’s worth the effort!

  2. Lianne @ The Towering Pile

    I rarely DNF books, because I’m just not good at giving things up and always think they might get better. Honestly it’s not a huge issue for me because I seem to be really good at picking books I like! But I have DNF’d a few, usually when I find that I’m only reading like half a page each night and will never finish at this rate. So for your second question, the usually my reason for DNF’ing is that it’s interfering with my quantity of reading because it’s so boring I keep falling asleep.

    I sometimes review DNF books, if I have something I wanna say about them. Sometimes I’m just like “ugh. no. boring.” and that’s it so I don’t bother writing a review.

    • Stephanie

      Right now I’m pretty much the same way. I don’t have many that I struggle with but sometimes I do and I never put them down. I think I’m going to have to start because I’m kind of over wasting my time with books that aren’t doing it for me when there are so many others that do!

      I think what I’ll do is just a quick GoodReads review of why something didn’t work for me. Thanks for your input! It’s good to know I’m not alone. 😉

  3. Ashley

    I’m brutal. I will DNF on page 10 if I’m not feeling it. Sure, maybe the book will have gotten better, but you know what? There are tons of books out there that won’t make me wait until page 150 until they get good. I’d rather spend my time reading books that I enjoy 100% of — not just the last 10%.

    • Stephanie

      I’d rather spend my time reading books that I enjoy 100% of — not just the last 10%. – I like that! It makes a lot more sense when you put it that way.

      I think at 10 pages I would more likely set it aside to try another time but I totally understand where you’re coming from. Reading time is so limited that I’m not going to keep wasting my time with something that isn’t working.

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