Hey Booklovers! I recently came to the conclusion that we readers like to beat ourselves up over not liking a book. I get it, I promise I do. I’m guilty of the same thing but here’s the thing, this year I decided it’s okay to say yes to DNF. It’s okay to not want to finish that story, and here’s why:
Firstly, there is a lot of books out there. Or in the words of Jay Kristoff “Too many books. Too few cenuries.” and so my reasoning is this…Why waste your time reading a book you are not enjoying just for the sake of saying you read it? I’ll save you some inner arguments and tell you that there is really no point. There is absolutely no reason to ruin your reading experience, there is no reason to trudge through a book you don’t love when you could fall head over heels for the next one on your tbr.
I understand there has to be some time to settle into a book. That things might not be there straight away but in 50 pages you might find yourself enjoying the story after all. How many times have you thought “Ah! not to worry it will pick up soon.” but it just hasn’t? Too many I’ll wager. The amount of books we go through a year as bookworms means that evidently we are going to come across a few bad eggs (or perhaps more accurately…a book that just isn’t us). That’s okay. Settle in, get a feel for the book, and see if it’s grasping your attention. Normally as a rule of thumb I ensure to read at least 100 pages before I DNF. That’s my minimum. I will normally give a lot more pages when it’s a chunky fantasy book for obvious reasons. But I really don’t want to force myself to go on in a book I’m not having fun with, and lets be honest…I don’t have to; neither do you!
We often feel a sense of shame for not completing a book, but that feeling is no longer welcome in my book (see what I did there). Bad puns aside, you shouldn’t feel bad for not loving a book. Everyone has likes and dislikes, and it really is no exception with books. Stop being so harsh on yourself. Allow yourself to the freedom to DNF when a book isn’t suiting you. Say Yes to DNF.
What are your thoughts on DNFing a book? Does it kill you, or could you not care less? Let me know in the comments below.