So, I find it really difficult to not finish a book. Why? I’m not really sure. I think it’s mostly because I keep hoping that it will get better and I don’t want to miss out.
With ARCs there is an added factor, the publisher is expecting a review, and I don’t want to let them down. I also want to get future ARCs. I am totally fine writing bad reviews for ARCs, which last month in particular shows, but I feel like I have to at least write a review. I know some people still write reviews if they DNF a book but I think it is better to be able to do a full review, which to me means finishing the book. What if the ending is amazing and changes how you feel about the whole book?
If you are going to DNF a book, at what point do you do it? I have heard people say they give up if they don’t like the first chapter but I have read plenty of books where the first few chapters suck but the rest of the book is great. So how much is enough to get a good idea of the book? A lot of people say 100 pages, that seems to be the most popular figure, and probably is enough to give you a good idea about how good most books are. So, simple right, if you don’t like a book after 100 pages DNF it? Well, with me, if I get to 100 pages I feel like as I have read so much I might as well just finish the book or I have wasted that time!
I have DNFed very few books in my time due to a combination of the above but there have been a lot of books I have considered not finishing, often multiple times, while reading them. What’s the big deal then? If you don’t want to DNF then just finish the book and stop whining about it you say? Well, reading bad books, or books you personally consider to be bad, not only means you don’t really enjoy that book, but it can also put you off reading in general or put you in a “reading slump”. I really enjoy reading and want to continue to, but if all I am reading are bad books it will put me off. When I’m not enjoying a book I also take a lot longer to read it so am essentially prolonging the bad experience which is also keeping me away from what are hopefully better books, for much longer. It is hard to motivate yourself to read a book you aren’t enjoying though, or to do anything you aren’t really enjoying. So, it is bigger than one bad book!
A lot of people in the online book community talk about it being hard to DNF books, but there are some that have no problem with it whatsoever. Their argument being, there are so many good books out there, so why waste time on a bad one. I agree! That doesn’t make it easier to actually put the book down though, at least not for me!
What do you guys do when you aren’t enjoying a book? Keep going and hope for the best? Keep going out of some kind of obligation? Or DNF?