I’m going to be honest. I have DNF’d like 6 books lately. For those who see these acronyms and wonder what in the heck i’m talking about, DNF means did not finish.
Those of us in book land like to turn an acronym into a verb… Which is totally normal right?
I rarely used to DNF, but lately I have been of the opinion that this is MY time i’m investing and it’s a bad investment of my time to read something that I don’t love. As a result, my review ratings have gone up a little and i’m okay with that. It means I’m spending energy on the books I love.
As for those in the DNF pile, I set them there for a handful of reasons.
It’s not a NOW book. It’s a Later book.
I find this a lot with new releases. I hate reading books right when they come out because of over-hype. I also tend to read books I otherwise wouldn’t have due to hype. I save these for when i’m in the mood for them and usually have higher satisfaction. Sometimes it’s not the book, it’s the timing.
Some books bore me. It’s a fact. Whether the pacing is off, the characters are bland or the plot has been done before, some books just aren’t for you. And that’s OKAY.
It offends me.
This is rare. Not because I don’t find things offensive, but i’m careful to watch others’ reviews and I don’t pick up books that have been marked as highly offensive. When I do find one, I don’t finish it and I don’t give it publicity.
It’s poorly written.
I can overlook this on ARCs, but when a published book is riddled with typos, I may not finish. Obvious errors and poor grammar can take me out of the story, which means I’m not enjoying my reading experience.
I would like to note that I hate DNFing an advanced copy. When I accept an ARC, I feel like I have made a commitment to read that book and I am not a person who shirks their commitments. BUT, I also value my mental health and general happiness over reading a book that I don’t like. If I do DNF an ARC, I usually set it to the side for a week and give it another go. If I DNF again, then we just aren’t meant to be.