DNFing Books| Yay or Nay?

Everyone has their own view on DNFing books. Some will dnf within the first fifty pages and some just can’t dnf a book. Either way, I’m going to talk about my dnf views today.

One Man GuyNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

One Man Guy        //      Nevernight       //      Kiss of Deception     //      Hollow City

Have I Always DNF'd Books?

I haven’t always Dnf’d books, I used to be one of those readers who refused to leave a book unfinished. However, in the last few years I have stated DNFing books, I rarely finish a book I haven’t been enjoying.

Honestly, I just don’t see the point in continuing a book I have not been enjoying. I see it as a complete waste of time to continue with a book I know I don’t like.

Do I DNF Arcs?

So far in my reviewing experience I have only dnf’d one arc – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I expect that in the future, I will probably dnf more arcs as well. I generally try not to dnf books, especially arcs but if I’m disliking a book so much that I can’t even finish one that I’m supposed to review then I really don’t see the point in continuing.

Why Do I DNF?

I try to avoid DNFing books but sometimes I just can’t stomach continuing a novel. Sometimes, in the case of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I read it purely with the intention of writing a scathing and angry review. Whereas, with other books like One Man Guy I literally hated reading the book so much that I stopped 40 pages short of finishing it.

I often try to avoid DNFs by being more particular about the books I read – I only read a book if it sounds interesting to me, has good reviews and I genuinely want to read it. If I’ve read at least two books by any particular author and I disliked both then I immediately quit the author. This was the case for Ransom Riggs, Claudia Gray and Jay Kristoff.


Do you DNF books or do you stick it out to the end?

SCHEDULED 10/04/2017


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19 thoughts on “DNFing Books| Yay or Nay?

  1. I definitely do DNF books if I’m just not enjoying them! I try to make it halfway through, but sometimes, I just don’t want to continue and I move on to the next one! I also have DNF-ed ARCs – twice, I think – and that’s usually because the book just isn’t up my alley, and I know I won’t finish it by the release date.

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    1. I’m with Mikaela here! I have a rule. If a book isn’t grabbing me by the 50% mark, I’ll DNF it. Life’s too short for books that aren’t our cup of tea! Once I pass 50% though I find it increasingly pointless to DNF and will often just finish reading it as quickly as possible.

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  2. Agreed with the others! I make it to the 50% mark before giving up. And even then I will consider how many pages are left and if it’s worth it to just quickly push through. I almost always push through – I haven’t fully accepted the art of DNF’ing!


  3. Most of the time I finish books, even if I am not enjoying them. I will finish fast, but terrible books. On the other hand I will DNF a book if it’s slow and boring.


  4. I DNF books, I read for enjoyment and ultimately if I’m not enjoying a book why would I read it if I have to force myself to finish it? I normally DNF books only after I’ve read at least 100 pages as some books take 100 pages to really get going. I’ve DNF’d 1 arc before, but I TRY not to DNF arcs


  5. Usually when I reach the 25% mark and the book still hasn’t interested me I take a break by starting another book and then return to the original book 2 days later. By the 50% mark if I still can’t stomach it I DNF it.


  6. I usually try to DNF books. I feel like even if they are boring at the beginning some if them usually develop well and made me like them a bit more.
    However I have DNFed books in the past. The main reason is because either I completely hate the characters and the story, or just because the story is incredibly boring and the characters aren’t that interesting.
    But when it comes to ARCs I try really hard to not DNF them. If I’m not enjoying the book I usually read half of the book (or 30%) so that I have an idea of what the book is about and why I didn’t like it.


    1. That’s actually a big reason why I used to hate DNFing, I could absolutely detest a book from page one but then I would tell myself, but what if it gets better, what if you regret not finishing it? I’ve definitely gotten rid of that outlook on reading, it’s like you say, life’s too short.

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  7. I received and eARC and when I was reading it, I didn’t feel like finishing but I was burdened with the idea that I had to finish it to review afterwards but then I saw someone that revived it as an eARC as well but she just stated that she DNFed so I did as well because what’s the point? I didn’t want to keep reading something I don’t like.

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