Good morning everyone and welcome to another advice & discussion post. This post is mainly for advice for myself instead of others but if talking it out can assist others in making their minds up about finishing or giving up a book then that would be excellent. I am terrible at DNFing, terrible! I usually give a book at 100 pages before I make time to sit down to make my mind up about if I am enjoying it or not, but by then I usually think that because I have got this far in then I might as well finish it… So I have put together this post to discuss DNFs and reviewing or not reviewing them.
There was a brilliant amount of advice on my last post and I am seriously grateful. If you want to throw your hat in the ring this time around then please do! Here are the points I want to cover in this post.
- What is your opinion on DNFing a book?
- How often does it happen to you?
- Is it a good idea to review a book you didn’t finish?
- How long do you wait until you give up a book?
- Do you think you are too harsh or too kind when it comes to giving up on a book?
I rarely ever DNF books because I am a bit of a completionist and I find it hard to give up on something once I have started it. It is a real problem for me as a blogger because if I was more willing to give up on books that don’t work for me then I would have more time for the books that do. I am always concerned that I have given up to early or that it might get better eventually. I am seeking advice and encouragement for being more efficient in my book review selection process.
I have only ever had to DNF about 3 times since I became a blogger. Once because an author was really getting on my case about reading their book, so much so that I gave up reading it. Another was due to me being unable to relate to anything the author was trying to convey. I was a 25 year old male with children, the author was a 44 year old woman who hates kids so it was hard to connect with her writing. The last one was so weird that I shelved it for another day when I am in possibly in the mood for that level of randomness. I just don’t really know when to give up on most books.
I am starting to think about my criteria for review worthy books more and more everyday. I think I am going to start reviewing books I don’t finish in the future as I think it is a good exercise to talk about books that didn’t work for me but to focus more on how it might for other readers. I don’t see many DNF reviews in my circles so I am wondering if it is common practice. I do not see why it would do any harm to discuss why I didn’t finish a certain book as it might help other people make their minds up about a book or author they have been looking at for a while.
As I said before, my mark is usually the 100 pages mark before I begin considering if this book is for me or not. The author has usually hit their stride by then and I am far enough into the story or content to become invested. I think it has to do with self-doubt when I am deciding whether or not to continue reading that I usually just carry on reading. I am worried I haven’t given the book enough thought or time. Is this common for other people or is it just me?
I know for a fact I am way too nice to books that I am not totally enjoying. I need to become more cutthroat in my decision making processes and make more time for books that might potentially blow my mind or at least give me plenty to talk about. There are several outside factors that make it hard to give up reading like blog tour reviews or recommendations from other bloggers but I have some ideas to try and make it work. I wanted to put this across to everyone in the book community to see what the general consensus was and I am looking forward to the responses.
Do you agree with me? Do you struggle with DNFs? Are you quick to drop a book that doesn’t agree with you? Do you review books you haven’t finished? Am I wrong about how I approach DNFs?
Thank you for stopping by to jump into another advice & discussion post here on Always Trust In Books. I am sincerely grateful for everyone’s input in these posts and I have already had plenty of bloggers that have shown their appreciation for the topics we discuss. I hope I keep getting the responses I have been getting as it makes taking the time to talk about these subjects really worthwhile. If you have any other blogging related problems you want to chat about in a group then please let me know here, on Twitter or on Facebook.