Let’s be real, you’re not going to love every book you read. It’s unrealistic. Even I, miss 4 or 5 stars nearly every damn time, knows I’m not going to love everything I read.
For example, the classic Catcher in the Rye. I had to read it for school and ended up Sparknoting/Cliffnoting it because I cared so little and wanted to strangle the kid.
You all know the feeling right? The feeling why you’re reading of “Holy moly, I cannot do this.” Whether it’s because the book is slow or you’re bored or you legitimately hate it, you just want to throw it against the wall… So many reasons.
And that feeling sucks, especially when you’re an avid reader, you want to like books. Who wants to read a book you don’t care for? It is torture.
That is why DNFing is so damn beautiful. You don’t have to do it, you don’t have to finish the book. Just take what you have and give it the review you think it deserves.
Now, I don’t like doing this. I don’t like not finishing a book. I want to give it the benefit of a doubt. Maybe it’ll get better at the end, something that will allow me to give it a higher rating? Maybe there’s some epic twist at the end and all of my suffering will have been worth it. But I like the author, how can I hate the book? Everyone else loved this book is there something wrong with me?
But for real, you guys, it is suffering. Chances are it isn’t going to get better and you’re just going to end up hating yourself for wasting your time reading a book that you don’t give two rat tails about.
Let’s be real, we all have TBR lists the size of freaking mountains. There are so many OTHER books out there that we want to read that it doesn’t make sense to read a book we don’t care about.
DNFing is a merciful thing. You’re suffering, the book is suffering, your TBR pile is suffering.
Move on. Read something you want to read. Someone else will love that book that you don’t.
Don’t make yourself suffer. Don’t make the book suffer.
Reading should be fun, when you don’t enjoy it why make the pain last?
So, how do you all feel about DNFing? Is it something you do often? How do you feela bout DNF reviews?
Peace and love ❤