DNF'ing: When It's Time to DNF
I'm definitely someone who has a hard time DNF'ing books. I feel like once I start a book, I have to finish it, but I when I go to write my review and I rate the book two or one star, I ask myself why I read the book in the first place. This year, I finally decided to start DNF'ing books and even ARCs that I'm not enjoying, and it is just so freeing! So far this year, I've have not rated a single book one star, the lowest have been two stars, but I only read them because I was enjoying the story or I didn't like the writing. So now that I know the freedom of DNF'ing books, I want to tell other bookworms about DNF'ing.
At what page should I stop reading?
You can stop reading the book at any point! Not every book you pick up is going to be a five or four star read. Most people go around 100 pages before DNF'ing, but I feel like I'm committed at that point, so I usually go around 30 or 50 pages before I stop reading.
I'm not loving a popular series or a book someone recommended to me, what should I do?
This happened to me, and I started reading Throne of Glass, and since it was such a popular series, I just kept reading, even though I greatly disliked about everything in the book. After I finished it, it felt like should a relief to not have to read it, which is never how I want to feel after reading a book. It doesn't matter if it's a popular series, don't read it if it feels like a chore. Now, if someone recommended me a book (this is just my personal preference), I would finish the book, only because I wouldn't want to hurt my friend's feelings about their favorite book. With all that being said, it's completely up to you whether or not you want to read a recommendation someone gave you.
I'm enjoying the story, but just not excited about reading it, does that mean I should DNF?
It can be confusing between a reading slump or just not feeling the story. If this happens to me, I usually put one book down and start another, I keep doing that until I find a book that I'm excited to read. I'll try and go back read that book I was enjoying again and I'm still not liking it, I'll DNF it.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever DNF'ed a book? If so, which one(s)? Let me know in the comments below!