DNF-Do You Feel Guilty?
DNF stands for Did Not Finish, if you were wondering. And to be honest, there are so many books that I DNF and I rarely feel guilty. If I'm not enjoying it then I don't want to spend my time reading the book. Reading is something I do for fun, not because I have to. There are usually two reasons that I don't finish a book.
- I start reading and just don't like the book. This has happened so many times in the past year that I'm not sure I can keep count. Ok, maybe that's not entirely true. I could go back and figure out what they all are, but why? This happened with several that I've heard great things about. I don't feel guilty afterward, I just wonder what others see that I don't.
- The other main reason is more so that I'm just not in the mood for that type of book at that moment. It doesn't mean that I won't eventually pick the book up, I just am not right then. Sometimes this happens if I try to read too many books of the same genre back to back. I get burned out and just need a break. I might come back to these in the future. It just depends on how I feel.
The only time I might feel marginally guilty over not finishing a book is if I've received it for review and then couldn't finish it. This is something I need to change in my review policy. I generally don't review novels, or at least rate them, if I have not finished the entire thing. Some authors want you to, others don't. So I just have to figure out my own way of doing things. I want to help authors, give them my opinion, but if I get into their novels and don't enjoy them then it's not going to help either one of us for me to continue reading it.
So the short answer is no. I don't feel guilty about not finishing books. And I don't necessarily turn people away from those books that I can't finish. If I think someone else would like it then I will still tell them about it. I'll just tell them I couldn't get into it.
What do you think about not finishing books? Do you force yourself through? Do you feel guilty when you don't finish one? Tell me in the comments what you think!