To DNF or Not to DNF
You are trudging through the book, every page feels like its taking hours to read. Nothing that happens interests you, or worse, makes you want to chuck the book across in the room in annoyance or anger. You don’t like the characters, you don’t like the plot, you cannot possibly see how any of it will improve and you want nothing more that to switch over to another book – one that you’re sure you’ll like. If you were only a few pages in, you’d have put the book down, deciding it clearly wasn’t for you, but you’re already more than a third of the way done. Do you keep going in the hopes that it will improve, that whatever got you to pick up the book and start reading in the first place will pick up again in a few pages? Or do you decide that its not worth your time and put it down, at least temporarily? Every reader has faced this decision more times than they’d like to and it’s never easy.
I don’t like to DNF because I’ve found that if I push through, I usually end up being rewarded. I have DNFed though and looking back, I feel confident that I made the right decision. When I say DNF I mean putting the book down without the intention of picking it back up again. There have been many times where I haven’t been in the mood for a book so I’ve set it aside to read later, but I don’t put them in the same category.
So, when do I DNF?
- I didn’t like the beginning of the book, and it’s not getting any better
- The book is written poorly or badly plotted
- The book seriously annoys me or angers me to the point where it pains me to keep reading
- It’s a genre I have disliked in the past
Do you DNF? Is so, when? I’d love to hear from you!