Let’s talk about DNF (Did Not Finish)
I find it so hard to stop reading a book. I want to give it a chance to get better, but 3 days later, I’m only 30% in. Sometimes I’m not sure if it’s me or the book. But when I find myself logging into Facebook nonstop instead of reading, it makes me think twice about the book I am reading.
I am very picky about the books I choose to read nowadays. I listen to a lot more than I read now and I want to be CONSUMED by a book I’m reading. So going in, I expect to like the book because it’s either an author I love, it’s been highly recommended, or the blurb really grabbed me.
Lately though, I am finding myself on social media more than reading unless a book really grabs me and I leave all responsibilities behind to read. That is happening less and less lately. Because my TBR list is so long, I would think it would be easy for me to DNF, but the thing is, I usually like the book a lot. But I want to LOVE the book. I want to forget to pick up my kid at school (not really), forget to eat (please!), and forget to update the sales here on the blog (hey, that can happen sometimes).
I can DNF a book I am REALLY not liking or one that has too many errors, but that is a very rare occurrence, maybe only 3-4 a year.
It’s those books that are OK, but take me a week to read that I wish I could DNF and move on, but they have still grabbed me enough to see it through, or it was a fine book, just nothing different about it. It would probably be a 3-4 star read for me, meaning I enjoyed it or even REALLY enjoyed it, but nothing stood out about it or totally consumed me. Meanwhile, I am skipping books that will consume me to read this.
I’m reading a book now… I really like it when I read it, but don’t find myself sneaking reads whenever I pee, instead I open Facebook or Instagram. I have to think about the story (wait, who are they again?) every time I open it back up, but then I like it again. I started a WEEK ago and I am 50% in. Admittedly, it’s longer than most, and it’s been a busy week, but still, if this book was going to be a 5 star read, I’d be done by now. OR, the age-old question I struggle with is happening—maybe it’s just me? I am just not in the mood to read?
I have put books aside and not gone back to them, so they end up being DNFs. Recently I put one aside that was just too sexy for my mood (it was during the hurricane) and went back to it and enjoyed it, so that WAS my mood. But it’s difficult to tell.
Another reason I wouldn’t mind being able to DNF more is that I won’t review a book I DNF because who knows, I may end up loving it (this HAS happened, I struggle with the first 20% only for it to be a favorite). Then I just wasted a week reading with no review at the end? I do, however mark it as DNF on Goodreads, because that’s where I keep my records for myself.
Note: Audiobooks are SO expensive, I do try to finish, but sometimes a narrator will just be a little too annoying to me and I just can’t do it. I listen to samples and read reviews on the narration now before I buy.
As you can see from this post, I don’t give up easy, but I kind of want to more. There are so many AMAZING books out there, that I feel like I am wasting my precious reading time with books that are just good and not great, you know?
What about you? Do you DNF? When or if you do, do you still leave a review?
Talk to me!!! I’ll be posting these “Let’s Talk About” posts a few times a month, maybe weekly if you all like it.
Upcoming topics include:
- Book Slumps
- Book Signings
- Kindle Unlimited
- Series & Serials
- Romance vs. Erotic vs. Ladyporn
- Bookworld Confessions
- What do you read on?
- Books to movies
- E-books and paperbacks
- Words you hate in books
- Book Trailers
- And maybe some non-book world posts, like beauty products I love, family talk, weight and more.
Tell me! Do you DNF? Do you have a topic you’d like to see here?