Time for some real talk. There are so many books to read in this world that finishing a book that you don’t enjoy or like is just a waste of time. This means that sometimes we just have to give up on books and face the fact that we never will finish that particular book. This is not a failure, you gave it a go and found that it wasn’t good. We are all made different and we will not like every single book we read.
I usually try to read about 20% of a book before I decide whether I will finish it or not. But it does happen that I quit much sooner, I once gave up after 3 pages (the writing was horrible and I wanted to murder someone). But it does happen that I read more than half the book before I give up.
So far this year I have dnf’d several books. In fact, let me list them for you.
- Stones and Finger Bones by Jessica Minyard
- Mark of the Black Arrow by Debbie Viguié
- Steel Lily by Megan Curd
- Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
- The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore
- Highland Raven by Melanie Karsak
- Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore
So far it isn’t that many. But last year I think I dnf’d over 30 books. And there is nothing wrong with that. If you for any reason don’t want to finish a book, then don’t finish it.
Do you feel bad about dnf-ing books? How long do you wait until you dnf a book?