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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
So I’m sure at least once throughout your bookworm life you’ve found yourself reading a book that is just not holding your interest. You keeping picking this book up and then putting it down; pushing through just one more chapter hoping things pick up. But now you’ve reached the halfway point and it’s still not cutting it. So what do you do?
To DNF or not to DNF, that is the question…
But for me, the choice is not so easy. I’ve read discussion post after discussion posts that remind readers that it is okay to DNF a book. There are some that provide tips to DNF-ing a book and even help you decide when it’s the best time to cut your loses. I wish those tips worked for me because they probably would’ve kept me from wasting my time on a lot of crappy books…like right now, where my current read makes me want to pull my hair out. But for some reason, I just CAN’T DNF A BOOK!
I’ve always been a little envious of those who are able to say, “EFF THIS, I’M DONE!” This is ironic because I am not the type of person to stick it out when the going gets tough, but I just can’t apply this idea when I find myself reading a book I don’t like.
First off, I ALWAYS NEED TO KNOW HOW A STORY WILL END! It doesn’t matter if I am about to go bald because I’m pulling my hair out, I need to know what is going to happen, who is going to die and which one of my ship ends up sailing. I’ve had people suggest that I just read the last chapter so you can get my answers, but the problem with that is that THEN, I want to know WHY things went down the way they did. That leads to me back tracking and reading the previous chapters and then I just find myself continuing where I left off and eventually finishing the book. Not really the best method for me, but I just need answers and if I have to struggle to get some, I will.
Then there are times where I just keep on reading and hoping that the book will eventually get better. IT NEVER GETS BETTER! I can tell you by the time I’ve read 30% of a book, I already know what I’m going to rate it. If I am hating a book by the time I reach 30%, the chances of my feelings changing are slim to none because I’ve already made up my mind about how I feel. So why continue? Because I can’t help but hope that some how, some way, something will happen that will make me fall in love with this book I despise. I really need to stop looking on the bright side because clearly there is none.
And lastly, I don’t think I could ever review a book I DNF-ed. I mean, I could list all the reasons why a particular book was not for me, but it wouldn’t feel like a review to me. I need to have all facts before I can provide a good reason for why someone shouldn’t read a book and I can’t do that if I don’t know how the other half of the story ends. It feels incomplete to me, like I’m only telling you one side of the truth and it would nag at my conscious until I finished the book to see if my reasons were legitimate. I love reading DNF reviews, but when it comes to writing one myself, I don’t think I could ever do it.
So while I commend those who have the ability to DNF, I simply can’t and I don’t think I ever will be able to DNF a book. However, while I can’t bring myself to DNF a book, I can DNF a series without even thinking twice. If I really wanted to know how a series ended without having to suffer through reading all the books, I just go to Wikipedia and read the summaries and then I can go on my merry way. Sadly, I think some of us are just not meant for the DNF life and I’m just going to keep on trucking and just hope that I can better choices when it comes to picking my next reads so I can avoid as much crappy books as possible.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Do you struggle to DNF books?
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