DNF – or Did Not Finish – means exactly what it suggests: you didn’t finish something. Here’s my thoughts on guilt-fuelled DNF.
Putting a book on my DNF goodreads shelf always comes with a bit of guilt – but today I wanted to focus on specifically choosing to DNF a read to review book, or an ARC.
For me, personally, it’s always a difficult decision. I don’t want to let the author down, but at the same time, I want to enjoy what I’m reading – I don’t want to feel weighed down with feeling obligated to read something I’m not into.
It’s especially difficult if I feel the book is good, just not the right fit for me. When I hate a book, or have a big problem with it, I feel I can justify the decision to DNF it – but when I think a book is decent yet don’t want to continue, I feel unjustified.
There are a lot of reasons I can chose to DNF a book.
- Offensive/insensitive approach to topics.
- Poorly written (grammatical/spelling/typing errors).
- Wrong genre/not as described.
I try to give indie authors an equal chance when reviewing books, but that only complicates the problems further – I feel worse when DNF-ing a book from an Indie author compared to a more mainstream novel.
It’s a problem I guess will get easier as I continue to blog and gain more experience – but for the moment, it’s definitely something I struggle with, and as a result I haven’t been accepting book reviews at the moment. Anyway, it was good to get that off my chest. I’m enjoying Topical Tuesday so I think it’ll be sticking around for a couple of weeks as a trial run!
What do you guys think about DNF-ing in general compared to a read to review book, or an ARC? Do you feel the same pressure to continue reading books provided by an author? Let me know in the comments!
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