Why I Have Yet To DNF! | Rants & Rambles


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This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:


So I’m sure at least once throughout your bookworm life you’ve found yourself reading a book that is just not holding your interest. You keeping picking this book up and then putting it down; pushing through just one more chapter hoping things pick up. But now you’ve reached the halfway point and it’s still not cutting it. So what do you do? 

To DNF or not to DNF, that is the question…

But for me, the choice is not so easy. I’ve read discussion post after discussion posts that remind readers that it is okay to DNF a book. There are some that provide tips to DNF-ing a book and even help you decide when it’s the best time to cut your loses. I wish those tips worked for me because they probably would’ve kept me from wasting my time on a lot of crappy books…like right now, where my current read makes me want to pull my hair out. But for some reason, I just CAN’T DNF A BOOK

I’ve always been a little envious of those who are able to say, “EFF THIS, I’M DONE!” This is ironic because I am not the type of person to stick it out when the going gets tough, but I just can’t apply this idea when I find myself reading a book I don’t like. 

First off, I ALWAYS NEED TO KNOW HOW A STORY WILL END! It doesn’t matter if I am about to go bald because I’m pulling my hair out, I need to know what is going to happen, who is going to die and which one of my ship ends up sailing. I’ve had people suggest that I just read the last chapter so you can get my answers, but the problem with that is that THEN, I want to know WHY things went down the way they did. That leads to me back tracking and reading the previous chapters and then I just find myself continuing where I left off and eventually finishing the book. Not really the best method for me, but I just need answers and if I have to struggle to get some, I will.

Then there are times where I just keep on reading and hoping that the book will eventually get better. IT NEVER GETS BETTER! I can tell you by the time I’ve read 30% of a book, I already know what I’m going to rate it. If I am hating a book by the time I reach 30%, the chances of my feelings changing are slim to none because I’ve already made up my mind about how I feel. So why continue? Because I can’t help but hope that some how, some way, something will happen that will make me fall in love with this book I despise. I really need to stop looking on the bright side because clearly there is none.

And lastly, I don’t think I could ever review a book I DNF-ed. I mean, I could list all the reasons why a particular book was not for me, but it wouldn’t feel like a review to me. I need to have all facts before I can provide a good reason for why someone shouldn’t read a book and I can’t do that if I don’t know how the other half of the story ends. It feels incomplete to me, like I’m only telling you one side of the truth and it would nag at my conscious until I finished the book to see if my reasons were legitimate. I love reading DNF reviews, but when it comes to writing one myself, I don’t think I could ever do it.

So while I commend those who have the ability to DNF, I simply can’t and I don’t think I ever will be able to DNF a book. However, while I can’t bring myself to DNF a book, I can DNF a series without even thinking twice. If I really wanted to know how a series ended without having to suffer through reading all the books, I just go to Wikipedia and read the summaries and then I can go on my merry way. Sadly, I think some of us are just not meant for the DNF life and I’m just going to keep on trucking and just hope that I can better choices when it comes to picking my next reads so I can avoid as much crappy books as possible.

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

Do you struggle to DNF books?

Let me know in the comments!

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

14 thoughts on “Why I Have Yet To DNF! | Rants & Rambles

  1. I’m the same exact way! I just can’t bring myself to put down a book because I’m always worried that it’ll get better later and I won’t know because I DNF’d it.
    What’s kind of funny is when I was younger before I started blogging, I would DNF books all the time. If I didn’t like it, that was it – I gave up on it. But over the past few years, it’s become impossible for me to do that haha

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    1. I think because books are so hyped up in the blogging community, we all want to know if they are actually worth the hype. I know that’s one of the reasons why I find it so hard to DNF. Everyone is raving about a book and I want to know if it’s actually worth it, so I keep pushing myself to read it even if i don’t like it. The only good thing so far is that if I end up hating the first book in a series, I just DNF the series and then I don’t have to read anymore bad books.


  2. I sometimes feel a bit guilty when I DNF a book unless it’s absolutely terrible. But I have learnt my time is too precious to waste on a story that doesn’t interest me 🙂 If I do DNF, I don’t review but I might make a little list of all the things that just did not work for me. I can’t review if I did not get to the end of the book.

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    1. My brain has yet to realize that time is a precious thing to be wasted 😂😂. I’ve read some pretty horrible books and I couldn’t bring myself to DNF them. I mainly just try my best to forget them once I’m done and grab a book I know I’ll like for sure and that usually works for me.

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  3. I’m with ya girl! I have a hard time doing it too! I’ve been pretty lucky in my pickings lately but sometimes there is just some books you don’t want to finish but would feel guilty about DNF-Ing them!

    Great post!

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    1. My reading has been off the last two months because I’ve not been reading as good books. I’ve really wanted to DNF some, but like you, I just feel guilty. Like I’m not giving the book the benefit of the doubt and that things could possibly get better. It totally sucks, but I’m hoping my reading month for August is so much better!

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  4. I always DNF books, for even the silliest reasons. I don’t have much time to read so I refuse to waste it on something I’m not liking. My friend has never DNF a book, as much as I try to convince her to do it. She’s like you, she HAS to know how a book ends, even if she’s hating it 🙂

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    1. I do the same where I try to make it 50% and hope that the books get’s better. Even if it doesn’t, I’ve already wasted time reading half the book, so I might as well just read the other half to see how it ends. It just sucks because I could’ve been reading something so much better, but my need to KNOW just got in the way -__-


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