Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Ramble: DNF

DNF - Did Not Finish. 

Alright, who out there doesn't finish books.  Before this past week, I had finished every book I started for the past 2 years.  I rarely start a book that I don't intend to finish.  I got 80 pages into a book this past week and just couldn't finish it.  As a blog that promotes the good in books, I will keep this not so great read nameless, other readers may love it more than I could.

SO I dropped it.  I set a book down and I don't know how it finished.

A short and sweet Ramble, but what are your thoughts?  Do you not finish books?  What do you do afterwards?


  1. I, too just put down a book after reading only 40ish pages. I often feel really bad when I don't finish a book I started, especially when it's been given to me for free to review. Then I realized... I am SO busy with all the things going on...I shouldn't have to waste my time finishing a book if I'm already so disappointed by it! I could easily spend the time reading a book I enjoy. So don't feel bad.

  2. It happens to me. Not very often, but it happens. Most of the time I just don't mention it on my blog. Once in a while, if I feel compelled to tell people about the book, I'm just honest about my reason for not finishing. Mostly, though, I just pick up the next book and move on! Too many good books out there to worry too much about it.

  3. I give a book 50 pages to grab me. If it doesn't I have no problem putting it down unless:

    I promised to review it.
    Or it's for book club.

    I want to know what book it was! You can email me if you don't want to say it in public.

    bookishchatter AT gmail DOT com

  4. I for whatever reason feel quite a bit of pressure (pressure I put on myself, btw) to finish books. If I absolutely can't do it, I'll just set it aside. I usually write a DNF review explaining what didn't work for me but what might appeal to other readers. I never want to come across as ruthlessly negative, but I do try to convey honesty.


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