My Stance on DNF
What is your take on DNF books? Do you review them? Choose not to review them?
I never stop before the 40% mark with a book. I am still a perfectionist with a Type A personality, so I try my best to finish reading books. After looking back at my data, I’ve DNFed 4 books since I started blogging (although I haven’t updated my DNF shelf on Goodreads). I also have one I have set aside and have in my Carousel waiting to be read. At the time, my life was too chaotic to dedicate to that book.
I feel there is a perception about DNF reviews. Those slimy 1 star reviews that focus on every single minute negative of the book. Where did this even come from? My reviews, whether DNF or a 5 star, are honest, fair and include elements I liked and those I didn’t. If it is a DNF review, I feel as a reviewer it is my duty to share why I couldn’t continue reading. This is helpful to readers like me, potential customers, and also the author.
I don’t think I ever DNFed a book before I became a book blogger. I see so many of my students quit on books because they just don’t want to read, period. Very few actually don’t like the book or think it’s for them. I can’t ever remember either of those two scenarios growing up. If I checked it out, I read it.
So when I started blogging, I thought it was sacrilegious to DNF a book. So I didn’t…no matter how much I disliked the book.
About a year into this journey, the conversation about DNFing kept springing up around the blogosphere. I wasn’t an active participant, but I took note: a lot of bloggers were coming around to or okay with DNFing.
After stumbling across a few books that looked so promising and turned out to be such duds, I firmly believe in DNFing. I don’t do it very often, probably less than five times since I’ve been blogging, but why should we punish ourselves to finish a book that we do not enjoy? That will skew our reviews.
DNFing a book and reviewing a DNF are two different topics. Some are on board with DNFing, but would never write a review for that book.
I do. The longer I’ve been at this, and the more I say I’m not accepting review requests, the more that come in. It’s like our world no longer understands the meaning of the word “no.” It means yes, people think. And since so many bloggers clearly identify their review policies, I find more and more authors fudge their book description when pushing it to reviewers to cater to those individuals’ tastes.
I review my DNF books so that other readers who have the same reading interests as I or who had the same expectations as I know that the book might not be for them so they don’t waste their time. Although in the past year I have become quite lazy and have several books and audiobooks I haven’t written a review for…I haven’t DNFed a book in a long time, so I might just skip writing the review because I have better ways to spend my time. You know, reviewing other books. 🙂
There are just too many books out there to force myself to read things I am not enjoying.
How do you feel about DNF?