Not finishing books is looked at in a lot of different ways. I used to be the type that would NEVER not finish a book because I’d feel guilty that I’d paid for something and not read it and that it may have gotten better and I will never know.
When I first started writing reviews on Goodreads and WordPress I felt like I HAD to finish the book otherwise I wouldn’t be able to review it properly. After numerous books that I’ve slogged through just to give a bad review I realized that I’d much rather DNF and not review a book so I can read a good book and share that with you guys instead. Not finishing books isn’t as bad as you think, if you don’t like a book stop reading it and feel happy that you have a new book that is wonderful rather than slump inducing book of non sense.
Types of DNF books
Refusing to DNF a book
Okay, so I use to be someone who would continue to read a book that I was not liking one bit just to keep giving it a chance, especially if it’s a hyped book. I would slog through this horrible book and only read that and that only for a solid 2 weeks and then get in a huge book slump that ruins my whole reading month. ALL so I can say I finished the gosh darn book.
I finally decided I had way to many books and to little time to put up with that crap because in the end I’m not going to eat a meal I don’t like just because I paid for it so why don’t I just move on and pick up that delicious piece of chocolate fudge cake instead!
Read the first book in a series only
I tend to buy box sets and like to hope that they’ll get better if the first wasn’t that good. Now I review and read reviews so much a lot of me continuing a series is based on you what guys thought of it. Did others who didn’t like the first book end up loving the second? Should I see if it gets better or move on?
If the second doesn’t have good reviews then I won’t pick it back up but some series are an exception. Take the Shatter Me series by Teherah Mafi. I for one really liked the first book but I know a lot of people couldn’t stand how much of a dependent character Juliette was BUT the character growth in this series is phenomenal and I’ve convinced many people to just give the second book a try and it’s ended up being one of their favorite series.
The golden rule! I give the book 150 pages of my time to really impress me. I wish I was in this category more often… I do this with books that I know are going to be hard to get into. Take Outlander for example, the writing took me sometime to get into and I’m so HAPPY that I did or I would not know the glory of Jamie Fraser
who is the ultimate book boyfriend if anyone is wondering. BUT there are some books that I just can’t pick up, I’ll read the first few pages and the book turns into a Thors hammer that I cannot lift, no mater how many people tell me I have to give it a little bit.
I know a lot of people love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but I JUST CANT GET PAST THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS! The words start slipping out of my head and I end up re-reading the same sentence over and over again.The words start slipping out of my head and I end up re-reading the same sentence over and over again.
Throwing the book
Only certain books will elicit the Throw across the room, most books get a firm closing and dirty look or I rage at the pages in hope the character will hear me, pull their shit together and BE THE MAIN CHARACTER I WANT TO SEE… I’m looking at you Rebel Belle *whispers* I’m looking at you.
What do you think of not finishing books? Are you the take no shit and move on type or the lets hope it gets better type?
What books have you DNF? or wish you’d DNF? I’d love to hear some un-popular opinions. I for one wish I had DNF’d these babies sorry to anyone that loved these books I just couldn’t get into them: