Today is more of a discussion post. Let’s talk about DNF’d books. I am going to be answering five questions. Why do I DNF? How often do I DNF? Do I count DNF books as books I read? How far do I go into a book till I decide to DNF it? And lastly, Which books have a DNF’d and why? DNF’d books are a big thing in the book community. We all DNF books for our own personal reason and I never make anyone feel bad about DNF’ing books. I don’t see any shame in deciding you know what? This book is not for me and it will be a chore to read it when I could be enjoying something else. Not every book is for every person and no one should waste their time on something that just isn’t connecting with them. We are all individual people with our own minds and personalities so of course, our taste in books will be different just like with food, music, relationships, etc.
So, why do I DNF books? I DNF books for only two reasons. Reason one is the book is so boring that it has become a chore just to turn the page. And reason two is the writing just isn’t good. This could be either the books makes no sense, the plot isn’t there, or the I have zero connections with the characters. I don’t like to DNF a lot so I really try to research a book and spoiler-free reviews before I decide to purchase one. I also will ask my trusted book friends about the book to see how they felt about it if they read it.
How often do I DNF? I don’t do it often. I don’t DNF any books that I personally buy because if I spent money on it I have to finish it to make sure I didn’t waste my money. I will DNF books that I am given for free since I didn’t spend money on it, ebooks/eARCS, or books that I got from thrifting. But again I don’t do this often because I really try to see if the book sounds like something I will like and 99% of the time I get it right but there is that 1% that I and a book don’t connect.
Do I count DNF books as books read? If I get 50-60% or more in a book then yes. If I read less than 50-60% than no. If I am 50-60% or more into a book at this point I have gotten to the meat and potatoes and if the book doesn’t connect with me at that point it never will. So, I count it as read because I will usually just then skip to the end at that point to see how it all comes together. If I DNF it at less than 50- 60% I don’t count it because I barely scraped into the fullness of the story but I just don’t care to finish it.
How far do I go into a book till I decide to DNF it? This really depends on the book. If everything is just really confusing and nothing is working then it could be between 20-40% in that I call it quits. But, if the story has something that is keeping me around a little longer then I make it to that 50-60% mark and if I still hate it I say bye.
Which books have a DNF’d and why?
1- The Scarlet Letter- This was such a boring book and only that last 50 pages or so saved this book.
2- The New Voices of Fantasy- This was a huge hit or miss anthology and I only read the short stories that I liked and skipped the rest.
3- The Hazel Wood- This was so confusing and a mess.
4- Road of the Lost- I got about 50% into this when I realized it was going nowhere.
5- The Summer of Crud- I got to 50% in this one as well when I realized I truly did not get what was happening.
6- Tess of the Road- I got really far in this one but it was just a boring story for me and not the adventurous tale I was hoping it would be.
7- The Killer’s Choice- I don’t remember this besides the fact that it sucked.
8- Dryland- I got 12 pages in when I decided I couldn’t take the terrible writing and grammar anymore.
9- The Writer’s Bloom- This was just another confusing one that was not going anywhere.
What have you DNF’d? Why did you?