I thought for this today’s post I would do a discussion post about why I hate to and rarely DNF books.
I always find DNFing books to be challenging, especially because of the work and effort that authors have put into writing their piece of work. I like to give a book as long as possible before I give DNF it, and primarily the only reason that I do DNF is because the book will put me in a reading slump. This year I have only DNFed one book so far.
What does DNF mean and do I support doing it?
DNF is an acronym that stands for Did-Not-Finish. In a reading sense, it is when you start a book but decide that you do not want to carry on reading. You could DNF a book for a variety of reasons such as not enjoying it or finding the content to be too upsetting or triggering.
I absolutely support DNFing books, reading should always be a pleasure, and there is nothing worse than forcing yourself to read something that you are not enjoying. Also, people have many different life experiences, so what may not trouble me, may severely affect someone else.
Why do I rarely DNF books?
There are lots of different reasons as to why I don’t DNF books. Traditionally even if I stop reading a book, I will attempt to go back and try again. Here are just a couple of reasons why I don’t like to DNF my books.
I know my reading taste
I have been reading for long enough that tend to know what is going to appeal to me and make me want to read it. I mainly stick to fantasy and science fiction which means that most of the books that I pick up are going to be of interest to me. When I do venture out of my comfort zone, I tend to only go off of reviews from people who I trust and know that they have a similar reading taste to me.
I am stubborn
I am very stubborn, and once I have started something, I have to finish it, especially when it comes to books. I always feel when I am reading something that I’m not particularly liking that I may like it eventually so I must keep reading. This definitely comes in more when it is a book that I have heard rave reviews about, and it is something that I should have liked. So I will always try and continue until the last possible point.
I always want to know how something ends
Going along with me being stubborn, I always want to find out the ending to a story. I hate to leave anything unfinished and want to find out how events resolve themselves. Sometimes the ending can be the best part of the book, and you get to find out the authors intentions, which may just pull everything together to make it a worthwhile read.
When do I DNF books
I am bored of the book
I tend to only DNF books if I found that I was getting really bored with the content. This may be due to the characters, plot or writing style; it really depends on the book. I only really tend to get bored if I feel that there is no development and that the story is not going anywhere.
I feel myself going into a reading slump
If I feel that I am going into a reading slump before starting a book, there is a high probability that my next read will send me into a reading slump. If it is a book that is sending me into a slump, I will probably DNF it, because when I have a reading slump, they can sometimes last for months, which is not what I want.
I find the content too gruesome
I have only DNFed a book once because I found the content to be too gruesome. This did happen when I was much younger, but it could happen again, mostly because I get scared really quickly.
There you have it, the reason that I hate to and rarely DNF books.
Let me know what you think about DNFing books in the comments below!