Today I’m taking part in this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly discussions meme hosted by J.R. @ Eternity Books!
This week’s theme is Is it bad if you don’t finish reading a book?
As someone who used to hate DNFing books, I say no, it’s not bad. I used to genuinely force myself to finish a book, even if I didn’t like it at all.
Now I’m not saying that if a book happens to be a bit slow in a chapter or two, to DNF it right away. However, if you’re really not feeling it, and you don’t think it’s going to get any better, you shouldn’t force yourself.
I know that finishing a book is quite satisfying and thus not finishing one is the opposite. But there’s also something pretty fulfilling about saying “No I don’t like this book and I won’t waste my time reading it.”
What I usually do is: On my Goodreads I have a list labeled “unfinished”. So if I decide to leave a book be, I don’t just forget about it (unless I truly and wholeheartedly hated it), I put it on that list. And from time to time I check in on that list to see if I’m in the mood to give one of those books another shot. Sometimes it’s weeks before I restart a book, sometimes it’s months and sometimes even years. It really doesn’t matter.
I realised that this is much better for me. This way I can put a book away if I’m really not enjoying it and read something else, but still come back to it if I ever feel like it.
Of course, to each his own. If you DNF a book and to you that means you won’t pick it up again, ever, that’s fine. Everybody has their own process and I respect that.
There are also people who don’t like to leave a book unfinished (I used to be one of them) and that’s fine, too. I’m only stating my opinion here.
What do you think? What do you do? Is DNFing a sin or something you don’t mind? I’m curious, let me know!
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