There are a lot of factors that going into DNFing a book. Sometimes, I’m just not in the mood. For example, I might be in the middle of reading a contemporary, when what I really feel like reading is a fantasy novel. Other times, I’m just not feeling the book. Maybe the main character is getting on my last nerve, or maybe it’s the frustrating romantic pairings that make you just want to pull out all of your beautiful hair. Reading is my safe place. If a book makes me want to bang the book against my head repeatedly, then you can forget it. I’m not finishing it. The last reason, and probably the reason I hate the most for DNFing a book is lack of time. For example, I might be in the middle of a really good book, but don’t have the time to finish it before it’s due at the library. Those times make me so sad. If I DNFed a book because of the first or last reason, you can bet I will give the book another go, if I remember. Those times, it wasn’t the book’s fault I DNFed, it was mine. That being said, I really, really, really, hate DNFing books.
Remedies to DNFing
Sometimes when I think I’m just not feeling a book, I’ll do a few things to determine whether or not to give up on it. Like I mentioned before, I usually feel really bad about DNFing a book and will usually put up a bit of a fight before I actually DNF a novel. One of the things I do is take a little peak at the ending to see if the book is worth continuing. This way I can determine if I really want to continue reading the book. If the ending is good, I’ll keep reading from where I left off, if the ending is horrible then… I know it’s a really bad habit to peak at the ending, but hey, it’s a last resort. Another thing I will do is pick up another novel first. Take a little break from the one I think I will DNF and read another one for a while. Then when I finish that one, pick up the Maybe-DNF-Maybe-Not one and try again. Sometimes it works because well, sometimes enjoying a book depends on my mood.