Let’s Talk Bookish – What makes you DNF a book?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

You can find more details about it here.

I have already talked bout this topic in my article ‘On not finishing books and other bookish sins‘. Basically, I don’t really mind giving up on a book because life is too short to read boring books.

An accurate representation of me trying to read Middlemarch – Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

I always try to read about 100 pages before I decide whether to DNF a book. I feel like this is enough for me to know whether it’s worth it. That being said, the other day I DNF’d an audiobook after a few minutes because I knew that the tone and the historical inaccuracies would drive me mad very quickly. I am very particular with writing styles, it’s true, but I just can’t stand when I can see the author at work – if they’re trying too hard to write a certain way or the characters do something that make no sense just so that the plot can move forward, for instance.

A trope that tends to drive me mad is the love triangle, or when characters don’t tell the truth or speak up when they should. Most of the time, it makes me want to throw the book across the room but I have to say that it’s sometimes so well done that I can bear it (but it’s rare). However, if I don’t like the first book of a series I will never read the rest because… why would I put myself through that? Haha! Again, there are so many things we must do every day that are really not enjoyable, so when I open a book on my free time I want to get something positive out of it.

I never count the books I DNF as read on Goodreads, but I do have a specific shelf for those books on my profile. Sometimes, I go have a look because it happens that I hated a book at some point because I just wasn’t in the right mood and would like to revisit it. This is exactly what happened with Charlotte Brontë’s Villette: when I first started it I thought it was the worst book in the world because I was not in a good place mentally, I read it a year later and it’s now one of my absolute favourites!

I would love to know everyone’s thoughts on this topic and if you do too, you should definitely check Rukky’s and Dani’s posts to find out more.

3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What makes you DNF a book?

  1. I’m so happy that you’re able to give up on books that don’t strike your fancy. I’m still working through some stupid guilt about it – really why should I waste my time on less than interesting reads? I love the idea of a DNF shelf for keeping track of books you partially read, but didn’t enjoy.

  2. Absolutely agree, why waste your time when you don’t enjoy something? Reading should be for enjoyment, and forcing myself through a novel doesn’t sound fun.
    I also have a separate shelf for DNFs on Goodreads, it’s a great way to track them! And I can relate to the revisiting part, too, as a mood reader sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a certain book, but later I might enjoy it.

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