ASK THE BOOK COMMUNITY: Dnf-ing books

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ASK THE BOOK COMMUNITY is a series that I am planning to do on my blog where I’ll be posting some bookish topics on Twitter to get more insight on what other readers’ responses are about the said topic.

This week, the topic I asked the book community was about not finishing books or most commonly known as DNFing.

Before I continue, I would like to thank everyone who joined the discussion when I posted this topic on Twitter. If you are on Twitter, please follow them because these are some genuinely lovely people.

Tina – @booktins
Candace & Isabelle – @bookdutchesses
Kerys – @kerys_howarddd
KitKat – @bookreviewskb
Myta – @oroplatamyta
Yvonne – @coycaterpillar
@onmybookshelff
@Mehsi_Hime
Taryn – @arcanedrag0n
Hedwig – @HedwigsBooks
Bec – @_becandbooks
Lorryn – @readingparent
@afangirlreviews
Paul – @Highlander27
Ayuni – @itsPeachCobbler
@cats_luv_coffee
Peter – @PeatLong
Sarah – @SarahsBookNook
Dani – @_literarylion

Okay, so that’s everyone! On to the topic, shall we?


So I asked this question on Twitter, I think, yesterday.

QUESTION

My personal answer to this question is, yes, I do DNF books. I DNF them for the sole reason that I noticed that when I force myself to finish something, I get into this huge reading slump that would take me forever to get over from.

I used to think that not finishing books is a big disrespect to the author that’s why I still try so hard to finish them despite not loving some of them. But then I realized that by doing this, I am limiting my time to read books that I might enjoy better by wasting my efforts into finishing something that I knew beforehand I wasn’t going to enjoy.

So that’s my personal take on it, let’s hear what my fellow readers have to say:

community talks

DNF1

I used to be really uncomfortable in DNFing as well mostly for the same reasons that Kerys said. I don’t really love knowing what’s going to happen next. But when the plot is really, really good I might consider finishing.

DNF 2

I do shamelessly DNF books too!

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I used to feel the same way as Dani. I feel bad for not finishing a book than an author spent a lot of time on working to finish. But as I grew older, I realized and accepted the fact that not everything I read is for me.

14

I think I give books around that much pages as well to know if I’m going to DNF or not. Sometimes, when you read, you’ll just know if you are going to end up loving it or not.13

Plot is pretty important to me as well. One of the factors that makes me DNF books.
12

I’m saying yes to all of those reasons!
11

I don’t encounter a lot of typos on books I read but I could understand why that could be a factor. No one wants that in books especially if they’re not self-published where editors are involved.
1098

It’s the same for me. I get really slumpy when I force finish books.
7

So true, there are so many books right now that deserves our attention.
6

I love that! Embrace the DNF!
5

Bland characters and bad plot. A recipe for DNFing. LOL.
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Yeah. I get this so much. I mean you spent money on the book so you should make the most of what you purchased. I want to be able to do this so much too. Sadly, it isn’t for me.


Based on the responses I got, there is a split on people who does and doesn’t DNF books. Some readers prefer finishing the books, while some are okay with not finishing them.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It all boils down to preferences. Every reader has their own unique set of preferences when it comes to the books they read as well as their reading habits. The choice of putting down books is one that will also vary from reader to reader.

I used to feel guilty about admitting that I, often times, do not end up finishing books. But as I discuss this more with people, the more I realize I am not alone in putting down books that no longer interest me.

Don’t get me wrong, I am jealous of people who can finish books that they are not loving or enjoying. It’s just that personally, I don’t think I can finish something that is no longer working for me. I have been reading my entire life, I’ve been in enough slumps to realize that force reading myself is a big no-no (for me personally). Last year was the biggest slump I’ve ever had. I didn’t read a lot of books the entirety of last year which was a bummer. I don’t want it to happen again.


How about you? What are your thoughts about DNFing books? Do you do them? Why and why not?

love always

8 thoughts on “ASK THE BOOK COMMUNITY: Dnf-ing books

  1. I loved this post Sandee! It was really great to read all the different opinions on DNFing! While I don’t really DNF books at the moment, I really want to be able to do this in the future to save my own time and just pay attention to something I care about more!

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  2. This is such a good post, Sandee!! I was actually preparing one on why I never DFN books XD Almost always, it’s because I’m stubborn and refuse to leave things unfinished. But dear, some are a real loss of time.

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  3. I used to never DNF, like ever. I just couldn’t do it. Now I’m a lot more chill about it and if a book annoys me too much, it’ll just get dumped lol

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  4. Fantastic post! I think discussions like this, particularly ones that result in no strict “right” answer is needed more. Too often, especially on Twitter, the book community is harmfully obsessed with policing how we read.

    You hit the nail on the head with this: “I realized and accepted the fact that not everything I read is for me”

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  5. I DNF books on the regular, I just don’t consider them DNFs. I regularly get books out of my library, read a chapter or two, and then return them unfinished. To me that’s like trying a chapter before buying it in the store, and I don’t consider that a DNF. Thankfully, since I’m so quick to put down books early on if I don’t like them, there are only a few books that I’ve gotten many pages into and then decided to officially DNF,

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