We've all had it and we all dread it. DNF-ing a book is probably one of the worst things to happen to a book blogger.
But sometimes you just don't want to finish a book and that's perfectly okay.
What is a DNF?
A DNF is a book you did not finish for what reason ever.
Why It's Okay
Not all books are for everyone.
You have to think like this: If you're forcing yourself to finish every single book you start, you'll miss out on a lot of great books while you're stuck reading the shitty ones. Life is too short to torture yourself with bad literature. Don't feel bad because your taste doesn't match with every single thing you read.
I've even DNF-ed books and afterwards went on to ask a friend who read it about what happened next. If you simply don't feel like the writing clicks with you - don't read it. You're under no obligation to finish any book.
When to DNF
- You don't have any enthusiasm left for the book, you're dreading every page you have to read. When is it over again?
- You dislike the characters so much that you've just stopped caring about their journey
- The author pulls an unforgiveable faux-pas
- The plot is too graphic, too emotional, too violent etc. for your taste
- Poor langugae makes you have to guess what the author is trying to tell you
- Copy cats: Haven't you seen this somewhere else?
As you see, there are millions of reasons to DNF a book. If yours is not on this list I'm not even surprised. You can DNF for thousands of reasons and every single one is a justified and perfectly okay reason to.
What if it's an ARC?
Actually, most publishers I've worked with state in a the package leaflet that it's okay if you dislike a book. You don't even have to DNF it- if you flat out change your mind about wanting to read a review copy , you should send your contact an email.
Most publishers are very considerate. You can even send the copy to another blogger for review and inform your industry contact. You don't even have to be specific as to why you didn't want to read the review copy after all. Just be respectful and state that the book wasn't for you.
With review copies though I have a minimum of 50 pages for every book to get me hooked. Don't DNF if you've only read ten pages, especially not with review copies, that's just disrespectful.