Let’s Talk Bookish – Is Not Finishing A Book Bad?

Hey guys!

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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5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Is Not Finishing A Book Bad?

  1. I’m personally a fan of DNF. It is liberating to say “my time is worth more than a book that isn’t right for me.” I usually give myself 50 pages of a shorter book, or 100 pages of a book over 500 pages to decide if I really want to continue. It has made my reading life significantly more enjoyable.

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  2. I agree and I think that’s a great idea! I have two shelves, one is DNF, and the other DNF-for-now so that I can sometimes check out the second shelf to see if I want to give the book another shot, just like you do. As far as I’m concerned you shouldn’t ever feel forced to finish a book you don’t like. Great post Heran, and thanks for participating again 💖

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