To DNF or not to DNF

Here’s the thing, until a few months ago I could not even begin to imagine what DNF stood for. I had to ask someone on Instagram to figure it out because, well, I just did not know. So then I found out it meant “did not finish” and it still puzzled me. There are really people out there who will stop reading a book and have no second thought about it?

Honestly, I do not know how people do it. I have never DNFed a book and I do not think I ever will. I have the need to find out how books end, it does not matter how boring the book can be at times, I will always want to know how it ends. I get it that a book can get boring, that it is not living up to its expectations but I still feel like I should finish it. You just never know how it might end, maybe something will change later on that completely blows your mind. I get that after the halfway point most people lose hope but there are books that went from a 1 star to a 3 or 4 star book just because of the ending for me.

I have also seen a lot of people DNFing books that I have absolutely loved and I just want to beg those people to give the book a second chance. There is so much that happens that makes it amazing that you might not have seen early on but that becomes pretty prominent later on in the book…

Maybe that is just me but I do not DNF books for any reason. It might take me longer to get through a book if I am not enjoying it enough but I will finish it eventually.

What about you? Do you DNF books or see them through to the end?

27 thoughts on “To DNF or not to DNF

  1. I FEEL THE SAME WAY! Even if I’m not liking the book whatsoever I HAVE to finish it and find out what happens because I always think what if I were to put down a book that has an amazing ending?? That would be horrible.

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  2. I always make it to the end, no matter how much I hate the book. I like to have solid arguments to justify why I didn’t like a book and reading it until the end helps my case, haha!

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  3. I do sometimes DNF books. I would lvoe to finish every book that I start, but sometimes I’m just not feeling it. Maybe the writing style doesn’t work for me, or the book turned out to be differetn from what I had expected and just not my taste. etc.
    I wish I could finish them all, but when I’m not liking a book, I don’t feel like reading it and it takes me a long, long time to finish it. and honestly I don’t have the time for that. I could be reading so many other books that I would enjoy in that time.

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    1. Sometimes when I’m finding a book difficult to read I’ll take a break and read something else so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on other books. I’ll give the book I’m struggling with certain days that I’ll read it and the rest of the time read something else. It takes a lot longer to get through it but I feel better about it then. Not finishing a book gives me anxiety which is why I always finish them lol


      1. I tried that, but it really doesn’t work for me. If I don’t feel like reading it I’ll jsut not read those certain days I set for that book. Really don’t like forcing myself to continue reading.. If I do I’ll either end up spending way too much time on that book that I could have spent doing so much other things, or I’ll end up in a huge reading slump

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  4. One time I DNF a book, because it was giving me feelings of such strong sadness. It’s been a few years since then and I always wonder, ‘what was the ending to that book?’ I regret not finishing it!!

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  5. I very rarely DNF a book for ask the reasons mentioned above. That said, I have done before and felt no guilt about it. I figure life is too short to read books that I find boring, so I don’t stick with a book if it feels like a punishment to keep reading.

    Also, the last one I DNF’d had sounded really interesting, but then in the first 20 pages featured the rape of a child, abuse, and birth of her rape baby. There is nothing on earth that would have made me want to finish that book. Some people are so sick. šŸ˜¦

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    1. That’s fair. I haven’t really come across a book yet that just really throws me off when I start reading it or really bored me enough to put it down yet. I just take a break from reading it I find it getting tough to read.


  6. I have to finish even if they’re terrible reads. I can’t leave things unfinished but it will take me a lot longer to finish it if I don’t like it.

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  7. Well, we kind of already had this discussion in our lovely group chat BUT… I’m still reading that one book I mentioned in our conversation. It’s taking me forever. Funny thing, though, is that I’ve put it down a few times and read THREE OTHER BOOKS in 3 days. Then, when I picked it up, I read 50 pages before putting it down again. It’s hard to explain, I don’t hate the book and by no means is it terrible. I just think it’s for me. But I refuse to DNF it. Because what if it gets better?! I read the last line of the book (by accident) and it actually got my attention so now I keep going lol

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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