Hey guys! I really liked putting together last week’s discussion on Goodreads so I decided to make discussions a weekly feature! 🙂 I think I’ve seen a couple of different bloggers post their thoughts on DNFing books, so I thought I’d share mine too, especially since this is something that I argue with myself over on a regular basis.
I will fully admit that I rarely DNF books. It breaks my heart to do it. If I had to tell you the last book that I didn’t finish, I don’t know that I could remember. I HATE to abandon a book that I’ve started. When I do put it down, it’s never with the intention to abandon it completely – I always tell myself that I’m just taking a break and I’m going to read something else then come back to it. I don’t know if I would ever DNF a book otherwise.
Why? Well, most of the time I’m afraid that if I decide to stop reading it that I’m missing out on something really good that happens later on. Even if I’m only 30 pages from the ending and the book has just been terrible so far, the possibility that those last 30 pages are really good makes me afraid to stop reading. Another reason is that I’ve already committed time to the book, so why not just suffer through and finish it? If I’m already halfway through, why give up now? And of course, I can’t stand not knowing what happens in the rest of the book, even if I don’t like the book (and sometimes don’t like or care about the characters).
But there are times where I wish I could bring myself to just admit that the book isn’t for me or at least isn’t something I want to read right now. (There’s always the possibility that this book that seems really boring to me right now might be exactly the type of book I need a few weeks, months, or even years later.) The main conundrum for me is that I have so many books that I want to read and that I’ve heard wonderful things about, so why in the world am I wasting my time reading this book that I’m not even enjoying?! It’s times like those which make me wish I didn’t have such a hard time deciding to DNF a book.
Luckily, this is only very rarely a problem for me. Maybe it’s because I’m easy to please or maybe I’m just good at picking out books that I’ll enjoy, but I rarely find myself hating a book that I’m reading. Maybe that contributes to me not wanting to put down a book – I’m not used to disliking books and I don’t want to admit to myself that I’m not going to enjoy everything I pick up.
So, what do you guys think? Do you DNF books often? What makes you decide to put down a book? Tell me your thoughts below!