Let’s Talk Bookish: DNFing Books

Hello, and happy Saturday! It’s been a long week, but I’m glad that it’s the weekend. I’m also very excited for this LTB topic, eve though I am a bit late to it! Everyone had great thoughts on this week’s topic, and I had a lot of fun writing my own discussion. So, here we go into this week’s post!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is DNFing books, (suggested by Mint @ Mint Loves Books).


DNF is an acronym that stands for did not finish. What makes you DNF a book? How often do you DNF books?

I usually DNF a book if I just don’t like it, or am having a hard time getting through it. If the writing is slow, and I don’t like the style, I’m not really going to want to keep reading the book.

I’ve also DNFd books where the main character or narrator annoyed me. I don’t want to read a book where I’m not interested in the person telling the story.

For audiobooks, most of the time if I decide to DNF one its because I don’t like style of the reader, or something like that. It’s not worth it for me to listen to audiobooks if I don’t like the narrator.

I also will DNF a book if I come across something problematic in the text and don’t want to continue reading it.

I used to DNF books a lot less frequently, but I’ve started to more often. I usually DNF a book within the first few chapters, and this happens a decent amount. This is because I don’t want to spend my time reading books that I don’t really really love. I think that this is the reason why my average ratings for books are on the higher side.

I don’t know exactly how often I DNF books, but probably at least once a month, maybe a little more depending on how many books I’m picking up!

What’s the silliest or pettiest reason why you DNF’d a book?

I don’t know if this is exactly a petty or silly reason, but once I DNFd a book after reading only 2 or 3 pages because I didn’t like that a word kept being repeated. It was just a piece of the writing that bugged me, and honestly, there are so many great books out there, why spend your time reading one you don’t love?

Do you review books that you DNF?

I don’t. If I don’t read all of a book, I feel like I can’t write a fair review without full knowledge of the entire book. This has been tricky if I have a review copy of a book that I’m supposed to review.

When the review copy is directly from the author, it’s easier to handle. I few years ago I received a copy of an adult fantasy from the author, who had emailed me about the review. I was only 13, and the book had a lot of blood and gore I wasn’t comfortable reading about. I just emailed the author to let her know, and she was very understanding.

If it’s a book from Netgalley, then my feedback percentage just slips a bit, and I don’t have another way to deal with that, but there have been a few times where I’ve decided to DNF a review copy.

This week’s posts:

Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly | Andi @ Oh No Books | Elli @ Ace Reader | Kathryn @ Kathryn Books | Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books | Becky @ Becky Bookstore | Write on Read | Ela @ The Queer Bookish | Raji @ Worlds Unlike Our Own | Dini @ Dini Panda Reads | Hannah @ Hannah’s Library | Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole | Lotus @ Pages of Starlight

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and don’t forget to go and discover some new blogs! If I missed your post, let me know in the comments so I can add it up here! And, if you don’t want your post linked up here, or you want your blog linked differently just let me know.

Do you DNF a lot of books? What’s the main reason that you’d DNF a book for? Do you review books that you DNF? Chat with me in the comments below!

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