DNF – meaning “did not finished”, the art of starting a book and purposely choosing not to continue any longer and therefore, not seeing how the book will end.
As many other people in our community, I was first on the fence about Dnf-ing. I didn’t even knew that was a thing before I join book blogging – It had just never crossed my mind that one could just put a book down to never picking it up again.
I still feel a bit iffy about doing so, for my own self rather than “I owe it to the author’ kind of thing, in some particular cases it is just needed.
So why do I feel the need to not continue a book ?
First and foremost, reading shall be an enjoyment and not a chore. So I will DNF anything that :
- Is confusing to me. This was a huge thing that is now more rare, as what made my reading difficult is now better; and used to be where the fantasy genre usually ended up in the past. So a book with lots of huge chunks of descriptions, more than two POV in a kind of a messy way, etc.
- Not what I sign in for.
This one happened more recently with a review request. I thought the book would be a certain way, so I accepted it, to turn out being more dark and having like 5 sex scene in the first 10pages (may be exagerating a tiny bit..). Now if I had wanted to read an erotica, sure, but that was not the case and was too pushy and not natural.
- Something I don’t agree of. One of the book I didn’t finished for NetGalley was supposed to be a “fun” romantic love story between a 18 and a 25 years old. This can be different for everyone but to me, this is a big no. The gap is WAY too much and our “adult age” where I live is 19 .. and the younger out of the two guy was acting in such a baby way while having lots of sex scene and sexual thoughts … just no, please.
- Just not what I wanna read right now.. Thoses I am more nice with, as a mood reader, there’s just something you wanna read right now! And if that book isn’t appropriate for that mood .. i’ll just dnf for now and place it back on my shelf for later.
- Not getting into it I read to have that feeling of getting wrapped in another world and nothing else exist … if I cannot “get” in a book, it just end up plain boring to feel really down on earth : sitting and blattantly read some black words on a page. Now where in a book I decide to dnf is different depending on the book; and as No.4, I just place it back on my shelf to wait as it may just not be the right moment for it
And that’s all I have in mind for now !
What’s your thoughts on DNF-ing ? Do you have other reasons than me ?