After seeing Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction post on Twitter about wanting to put down and DNF a book she was sent for review it got me thinking about the subject of DNF-ing a book.
I’m only 40 pages into this book I was sent for review and I already want to mark it as DNF… Going to try to get to 100 pages but uuugh
— ✨ Ashleigh (@frolic_fiction) 2 October 2016
DNF stands for “did not finish” and it is when you decide to put a book down half way through and most likely never pick it up again.
The guilt of not finishing a book
Most bookworms have a massive TBR pile and if you are like me then you feel a guilt when you buy ore books only to add them to that pile of books you still need to read. So DNF-ing a book just makes this even worse because you have bought a book thinking you’d like it and 100 pages or less into it you just put it down never to be read again.
If this is a book you were sent for review like the one Ashleigh was on about then this makes it even worse because you feel like you own that publisher a review. Therefore you need to keep reading even if you don’t like it.
An honest review
However, surely but DNF-ing a book it shows your true opinion of it as it was just that bad you couldn’t continue reading it. Despite how we want to be nice and write good reviews about books to keep publishers happy so we keep getting sent more books, we own them an honest review. Therefore, even if published prefer getting good feedback, the bad feedback can be more effective as it tells them why people don’t like it and hence forth didn’t finish it.
Therefore, surely DNF-ing a book you were sent for review shouldn’t be a bad thing as it can hep give feedback to the publisher – as long as you write a review saying why you DNF-ed it.
Sometimes it can be better to DNF a book instead of ploughing through because the chances are you will resent the book even more.
I had to DNF Scarlet by Marissa Meyer because I couldn’t get on with it, but a year later I went back to it and fell in love with it. Sometimes DNF-ing a book isn’t a bad thing, it just means that you’re not in the right mind to be reading it at that moment in time.
What do you think about DNF-ing books? Should we plough through anyway or put it down if it’s not enjoyable? Can you still review a book you DNf-ed?