Thoughtful Thursday: DNF’ing…

Do you DNF (do not finish) books? Do you call it that or do you call it something else? Do you tell people when you DNF a book or do you act like you never read it at all? How have your DNF habits changed over the years?

Do you DNF (do not finish) books?

Wait! What?!? Does that mean there are actually readers who’ve gone their whole lives and finished every single book they’ve ever started. WoW! If so, I am not in that group.

Do you call it that or do you call it something else?

I usually call it flouncing…as in…I flounced on that book, but I have used the term DNF as well.

Do you tell people when you DNF a book or do you act like you never read it at all?

I don’t broadcast it, but if someone were to ask me I would be honest about it.

How have your DNF habits changed over the years?

I wait longer than I used to. Instead of giving up if I don’t connect after a few chapters I normally give it til about the 25-30% mark. Sometimes even then I’ll skim ahead to see if something sparks my interest. It’s a rarity for that to happen, but…

What about you?

Tamie Xo

 

5 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursday: DNF’ing…

  1. msdebms says:

    I think I am too anal to not finish a book or maybe OCD but there have been two that I just couldn’t make myself finish. One was considered a “classic” but classic what I don’t know as it didn’t grab my attention. The other was more recent and has colored my perception of any book with that particular subject matter/character. That should tell you how much I disliked it. One book I haven’t finished but I plan to. It was quite good but I knew the brutality the main character was going to go through in a chapter or two and I just couldn’t go there at that time. I need to gird my loins and suffer along with him I guess.

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  2. KYbookworm says:

    I used to be too OCD to leave a book unfinished, no matter how much it sucks. I guess I’m getting less stubborn, in my old age. It usually depends on how much I paid for it. I don’t mind surrendering, if it was a freebie, or a 99cent book, but if it cost more than 4.99, I am more likely to struggle through it. Now if I make it to the 50% mark, and I still don’t like it, I give up, but I don’t call it DNF, I call it a “delay of game”. I tell myself, I will try it again, when I run out of something to read.

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  3. Ishabelle says:

    I try very hard to not DNF books. If I picked it up, I should see it through. I have a couple of books I just couldn’t connect to, so I just abandon them in my shelf. If it’s an ARC, I really read the whole book, as a courtesy to the publishers who granted me access. Same thing with blog tours. However, i will let them know in advance how I felt about the book, so they can decide if they want me to post my review or not.

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  4. Karen says:

    I try very hard to persevere, especially if the book has been highly recommended or has great reviews. More often than not the books get better as you go along. I give up around 30% if the characters are just not talking to me. I would never put a review if I DNF but will say if asked.

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