DNF stands for ‘did not finish’ and is a way book bloggers label books that they stopped reading and didn’t pick up again.
Within the book blogging community, there is a whole spectrum of opinions on choosing to DNF a book. Some people are all for it and believe it’s the only way to ensure you get the most of your reading whilst others don’t like it and feel as though you have to keep going to fully try out the book. Now I’m not quite sure how I feel. This post is prompted by the latest book I read and rated 2 stars. Multiple times throughout the book I wanted to put it down and not ever pick it back up but for some reason I kept pushing through and finished the book. Maybe it’s because I watched to give the book a chance or because this is my third book of 2017 and I want to stick to my Goodreads reading goal or maybe a combination of both. Even now it’s finished I don’t know whether I’m glad I kept reading or not.
So this debate about to DNF or not to DNF is all very well and good, but what about when the book in question is an ARC or a book that you’ve been sent to review? How does this change our feelings on DNFing? Luckily I have never yet had this problem. All the books I’ve been sent to review, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and finished but I know of other bloggers who have DNFed books they’ve been sent and that must have been a tough decision to make. I certainly think if I’d been sent a book, it would make me more likely to keep going with the book but I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I really disliked the book.
Another query that comes along with DNFing books is whether or not you qualify the book as part of your total number of books read in a year. The vast majority of us set a Goodreads reading goal for the year and are really determined to reach it, so are we allowed to qualify DNFed reads as part of that total? Personally I wouldn’t choose to qualify a book I DNFed as part of my total but I know that others do. I cant certainly see the appeal of doing so if you’ve spend ages reading a book, only to put it down 75% of the way through.
So where have we got to, now we’ve asked all these questions? Have we reached a conclusion about DNFing? I certainly haven’t! I think all I can say is it’s up to you! I’m going to try and be less afraid of DNFing so I don’t waste time on books I quite frankly am not enjoying.
What do you think? Do you DNF books? What about books you’ve been sent to review? And how do you feel about counting DNFed books in your yearly total? Let me know in the comments!