Let’s Talk Bookish: Do You DNF?

It’s time for Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly meme created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion where you chat about topics in the book world.

Today’s topic: Why do you DNF?

Short answer: I very, very rarely DNF books. I’m lucky enough to be a speed reader, so if a book isn’t holding my attention I’ll typically just speed-read through it so I can see how it ends. (Speed-reading isn’t the most enjoyable way to sit down with a novel, but it gets the job done, especially if it’s an ARC I committed to review. I don’t review books I don’t finish.)

Is there a specific trope you can’t stand? A plot twist that will make you drop instantly?

Not really. The only time I DNF’d a book for something like this it was a romance novel (maybe YA? I don’t really remember) that spent PAGES making fun of a character for being a virgin and saying no to sex. Not just an asshole character, this was the omniscient narrator. It made me lose respect for the author to such a degree I just couldn’t keep going with the book.

How many pages do you usually give a book to capture your attention?

If I’m reading for pleasure I try to give a book 50 pages. But after a decade of reading slush pile manuscripts I can usually tell if I’ll be enjoying a book (or if I’m reading something that will end up getting a 4-5star review) after the first paragraph.

How many books do you give a series before deciding if it’s worth your time?

One. I’m old now and no idea is so original that I can’t find another series about homicide dectective-werewolf-wedding-cake-bakers that’s a better fit for me.

Do you count books as read on Goodreads if you DNF them?

Nope. Because I rarely DNF books I don’t like counting them in my read books. But I have no issue with readers who do. As far as I’m concerned anything that took up your time and ended up not being worth it is “finished” whether you got to the last page or not.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. M.T.Wilson says:

    I very rarely DNF books too. For me, it’s like once I’ve started I feel committed to finish it, even if I’m not loving it. And sometimes a book picks up in the second half and I end up being glad I didn’t DNF.

  2. DNFing always makes me feel guilty but at the same time, if it’s a book I think is bad I’m like “Should I spend time reading this if I don’t like it??” but at the same time, I feel more confident in explaining exactly why I didn’t like the book if I’ve read the whole book! (and it gives me more to talk about in my reviews 😂)
    If I do DNF a book (which is rare, since I try to only pick up books that sound good to me), I’ll only count it as read if I’ve read around 200 pages of it.
    Happy Reading!! ❤

    1. Resa says:

      I think 200 pages of a book is definetly enough to count it as “read”!

  3. Hannah says:

    That’s so interesting that you can tell from just the first paragraph whether you’ll like a book or not. I also give a book 50 pages at most before making the decision to DNF. I’m in agreement that there are too many books out there to waste time on something you aren’t enjoying!

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